Art is something special to me, I love art and as early as I can remember art was something I kept on doing.
From sketches, to making my own comics as a kid, to drawing Anime characters. Art was my escape, my own way of creating worlds and characters that only existed in my mind.
Now that I am older, I can merge my love of Art and my love of Affiliate Marketing into something amazing.
So here are my top 5 tips of How do to Affiliate Marketing as an Artist.
Tip Number 1: Making Art Videos
Let’s face it, videos are probably your best bet in getting someone’s attention. Can you remember a time before YouTube?
It’s unbelievable how much YouTube and social media changed how we live our lives. YouTube is an amazing platform and you can reach almost anyone in the world as long as they are connected to the internet.
I always believed that the internet is the best place to learn new skills. Even though I went to college to pursue an art degree, I actually learned more watching videos online, whether it was from YouTube or Skillshare or whatever. The internet is the biggest School in the world and it’s free!
Whatever it is that you want to learn, you can type it in Google and someone out there has the knowledge to teach you things. Which is why, Making Art Videos is my number one tip.
I know you may be asking yourself “I don’t want to show my face” or “I don’t have the technology” or this or that. Don’t let excuses be your downfall, if you don’t want to show your face that’s fine, let your art speak. If you say that you don’t have the technology, your probably reading this off a computer and you have access to the internet, then all you need is a phone or some sort of device that allows you to capture video.
BE RESOURCEFUL, I know you have it in you. Don’t let “I can’t” be part of your vocabulary, say “I can” because I know you can and you know you can, so go on and do it!
You got this I believe in you and if you believe it too, type “I Can!” in the comment box below.
You can start a YouTube channel with you cellphone attached to a tripod and have it film your art from above. You can use this flexible tripod, this inexpensive tripod can wrap it’s legs around object giving you the possibility of finding the best angle.
So what are you waiting for, show the world how talented you are and you can even monetize your artwork (keep reading to learn more about that) and if you don’t want to draw or if you feel like your art is not good enough (first of all, don’t feel like that, art is subjective. Maybe you don’t like it, but others might!) then make videos about Reviewing Art products, buy pens and pencils, art books, sketchbooks, drawing books, brushes, paints, you name it!
Buy these products and let the world know if it’s worth the price, and soon enough you will get a following and you can list your items with an affiliate link and boom, congratulations, you are now doing Affiliate Marketing!
Tip Number 2: Find a Print On Demand Company
Print on demand is basically that, it’s a company that Prints on Demand things that artist like yourself make and upload to their site. From hoodies, t-shirts, to book covers, blankets, shoes, phone cases. If they have a product, you can bet that can print your designs on it and you can make some money off that.
Some of the companies that are known for their print on demand services are the following:
Redbubble, Printify, Vacord, Teespring, Society6, Merch by Amazon* and so much more. The best part is that most of them are non exclusive, meaning you can make one design and upload them to as many print on demand websites as you want.
*Merch by Amazon requires you to apply and wait to get accepted before you can upload designs, and you are limited to 10 designs at first until you make a few sales and then you start going on to bigger brackets*
But if you are committed to making awesome designs and find a specialized niche then starting a Print on Demand business can make you a decent amount of cash. Just remember, these sites are highly competitive and you must know that it takes time before you see any sales. I started a Redbubble store and after 6 months I received an email that I made a sale. One thing you must keep in mind is that you should spend the time and make your designs in bulk, around 30 to 50 designs per website in order to just break through and make a sale.
And try to stay with a certain niche, do your research, see what is selling and try to adapt your art style to certain trends but stay unique and try to create an “Art Brand” if you know what I mean.
Try it, you don’t have to spend any money. You just gotta upload your design and the company will print it for you once you have made a sale, so give it a shot!
Tip Number 3: Create an Art Blog
Artists are creative people, and writing can be a creative outlet for a lot of us. If you are reading this blog right now, it means that you are probably someone who also writes blogs.
And if you love to make art, no matter what medium you use, making an Art Blog is a great way to show off your art. It’s perfect when you are applying for a job that requires art because by creating an Art Blog you are essentially making a Resume that put your art first.
It’s a similar concept to tip number 1, except you’re not making a video but instead you are writing articles or blogs or reviews of things that are related to your niche. If you are a painter, you can blog about painting tutorials. Create an easy to follow step by step on how to paint a beautiful landscape or you can write about your top 10 acrylic paints for under $50 and add your affiliate link.
No matter what style of art you do, a blog can help you reach new visitors to your website. A blog can also be used as a “Business” card when you are reading art forums or social media groups. If you find people are asking what is the best brush to use for oil painting and you already made a blog post about that subject with your affiliate links then all you need to do is respond to that question and say something like “Hey I reviewed some brushes for oil painting, it’s actually on my website here’s the link” and you start to direct people to your blog and that’s when you can implement a capture form to capture their emails and create a solid following of fans of your art.
And creating a blog is not that expensive, you can even start with a free account and if you feel like you are getting too many visitors you can always upgrade to a higher tier.
If you believe that $20 a month is too much to pay for a website, you should start to find a way to spend less on eating out or buying that $7 latte. A website can be your step into creating a life that you want, and you should start as early as possible because it takes around 8 months for SEO to kick in and for Google to start ranking you. So don’t wait to long, if you’ve been on the fence about creating an Art Blog, take a leap of faith and believe in yourself. You can do this!
If you want to start your own website or blog, WordPress is my go-to when making a website. Simple and Easy to use, WordPress makes you want to keep writing and focus on your creativity. You don’t need to know how to write codes to make a beautiful website, with multiple themes to choose from. WordPress will do the heavy lifting for you, Click here to start you website today! http://bit.ly/startwordpress
Tip Number 4: Leverage Social Media
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, DeviantArt, these Social Media sites are great ways to show off your artwork.
First of all, they are FREE and these sites have a lot of users logging in multiple times a day. By creating a social media account, you are now open to communicating with a larger audience, which is why this is perfect for anyone trying to get their name out there, especially if you are an Artist.
Instagram is probably my number one choice because it’s free, it’s easy to use, they have a large amount of users, the power of hastags, and you can showcase your art with your post and direct your audience into click on your website.
One of my favorite uses of instagram, especially when you are an artist, is seeing other artist post their art and be inspired by them. It’s great because you can comment on their art or even direct message the artist themselves and start to network with people that you relate to.
Facebook is another site that has around 2.2 billion users yes you read that right, billion. How insane is that?
You can start by creating a business page, and no you don’t even need to create a new account. If you already have a Facebook account, it is really easy to create a business page and use that page to showcase your artwork. This is also good if you mainly focus on creating fanart of your favorite shows, you can combine this with a print on demand store where you can upload your designs and use the store URL in the description of your posts.
This can be done once and you can forget about it because your post will stay in that website until you decide to delete your account or the social media website goes bankrupt which I doubt but it can happen.
One tool that you should use, especially when you want to leverage as many social media accounts as possible is to sign up to a post scheduler. These post scheduler sites helps you schedule a post on several social media websites and make your life just a little bit easier. You no longer have to remember when to make your post and if you already posted on this website or that website. They take all the guesswork out and all you have to do is post one time and they will post on the other social media sites for you.
You can also schedule posts, if you had a really productive creative day and you made 4 beautiful artworks. You can upload them to the scheduler and decide when and at what time do you want them to post for you. You can also add your descriptions and your hashtags and you can spend the rest of your day creating more art instead of spending hours figuring out where you haven’t posted yet.
Tip Number 5: Create a Coloring Book/ Children’s Illustration Book
I think everyone in the world grew up reading Children’s Books and we all have fond memories of picking up our favorite book and having our parents read to us before bedtime. That’s why creating a coloring book or writing and illustrating a children’s book can be an awesome way to make some money on the side. Creating a book has always been a passion project for me, of course you can do the outsourced route and still earn a decent amount of money but you know when you have an idea that you want to translate into paper and no one else can do it but you. That’s magic right there.
I don’t know if you’ve ever had that feeling of trying to go to sleep but you just have too many ideas in your head, if that’s you write happens to me in the comments below and we can see how many people have that problem. (not that it’s a bad thing)
I call those moments my universal bridge because it seems like those ideas are coming from the Universe itself and you are this conduit receiving this information, bridging the gap. I honestly look forward to moments like that because I get this energy that I can’t get from any other stimulant (caffeine is my only stimulant by the way) anyways back to creating books.
Amazon, that’s all I have to say and you probably already know that this company carries a lot of weight especially when it comes to creating a side income. KDP aka Kindle Direct Publish, CreateSpace, and AVX are they top heavy hitters when it comes to publishing your own books and getting it in the hands of Amazon’s customers.
But in our situation, we will only focus on CreateSpace. Even though CreateSpace is an amazing program that Amazon provides, it is not the only player in the Print On Demand Books. There are many alternatives to CreateSpace but many people stand behind Amazon’s excellent customer service and reputation as the leading online bookstore.
Using CreateSpace is fairly easy, create an account, upload your pages, add books covers and it is ready to be published and added to Amazon’s Ecosystem. This is where you can be creative, by doing some research and finding out what kind of books sell then you can create a successful physical product that has your own artwork, how cool is that?
If you walk around your nearest bookstore, I’m sure you will find a lot of best selling Adult Coloring books. They were particularly popular in the early 2010’s but you never know, they may still have a market for Adult Coloring books. If that’s not something you want to do, you can create a comic book/ graphic novel. Some of my favorite graphic novels are the Amulet Series, Bones, V for Vendetta and The Sculptor. One day, I will publish my own graphic novel but for now I will continue with my blog until then.
As an Artist you are the Creator, the multiple stories or characters that are in your head are waiting to come out. Give it a shot, maybe you have a golden goose something in that noggin of yours!
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P.S. If you don’t have a good phone or you want to have a dedicated video camera, check out my picks for affordable cameras that can help you make videos as well as recording audio.
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