How to Start a Blog with WordPress in 2021

How to Start a Blog with WordPress in 2021

Wondering how to start a blog with wordpress in 2021?

How will you feel that finally, you were able to start a blog helping you not only to make money online while blogging but also present your work out in the world. Maybe sell your digital products online or maybe even your physical products?

You can start a blog with wordpress in 2020 and start making money online in a matter of minutes. Or you could finally, create a storefront and start selling from this? ,Be able to lead clients and direct them to your own self-hosted platform. All this and more like your own pretty domain name, Set up email addresses, newsletters and more.

in this posts series, how to start a blog with wordpress within next 24 hours.

We are going through times when that is allowing us to stop and look at our surroundings. Raise questions about who we are being, what is important and what needs to be done with. Maybe you are still struggling with your surroundings and they are keeping you busy enough that you don’t even get the time to reflect on who you are being and which direction to take.

For me this time out by Universe has given me a safe place to go within and shed out the unwanted. These unwanted items not only include, purging my home, decluttering my surroundings but also in a good way I am exploring new ways to expand my online business and work. I see so many people going through all of this as well.

Some have been busy all their life doing 9 to 5 jobs, they don’t even love or are passionate about. It is like dragging themselves to work every day, going through the workload, communicating and frustrated with a nosey boss. And now when they got the time out they are wondering if this is how they want to spend the rest of their lives?

Maybe you too in a state similar to this, maybe you were also forced to sit at home, maybe you too are wondering what if there is something else to life. Maybe you are struck by fear and are not able to do anything creative. It almost feels like running in a hamster wheel. Forced life, but for how long? will this ever end? you love drawing, maybe gardening, maybe painting, do you really have to wait for your retirement to do what you love doing?

This pivot may mean

  • Leaving your job and facing some uncertain times and wondering if you can too make money by blogging
  • Getting overwhelmed wondering ok here I am and I would love to spend more time doing what I am passionate about but how to begin where to start from and what are my next steps.

I am passionate about helping other creative women find their inner Creative Diva and start earning a living doing what they love by blogging and selling their creativity online.  And all of this starts from taking a single decision and setting a strong intention. If you are committed enough to make a change in your life, if you want to be one of the few who are strong enough to take a stand for their desires then allow me to take you by the hand and over the next few posts help you create a business doing what you love.

So in this post, I will share the initial tasks you can take right now starting today towards a strong business foundation. by setting up an online shop in less than 24 hours.

how to start a blog with wordpress in 2020 in 4 steps

  1. Choose a blog name and get a hosting
  2. Install WordPress in order to Start a blog
  3. Personalize your blog by installing a pretty and functional theme
  4. Add the right plugins to help you track data and traffic
  5. Consistently write great content that attracts your ideal client
  6. Monetize your blog by affiliated products or your own self hosted shop

Step 1:

Get a domain name & Hosting in order to start a blog with wordpress

If you already have a domain name then it is great ! time saved ! if not here are. A domain name is a name that people can type in their address bars to find you. This post of mine intends to set up a website for you in 24 hours so I will not write tons about each and every step but I will guide you towards your end goal, that is …. an online shop!

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So your name could be simply yourname.com or yourbusinessname.com or maybe you want to be creative and come up with something interesting for your blog name. The thing is it really doesnt matter!. Focus on just getting a name and dont get caught up and procrastinating over how good a name sounds.

I am recommending 1 and 1 Hosting for this because it is the cheapest solution out there right now, you begin with paying $1 for the Domain plus hosting for the first month and then $4 onward. For the domain name, $1 for the first year is included. I signed up for the business package and have hosted two of my website paying $8.

When you are paying this low you are lowering the mental barrier of setting up a website being expensive just go ahead give it a try what is there to lose? $1 for the domain name for the first year is ample time for you to know if you are committed to running a website.

Other recommended providers are Godaddy (Starting from $5 ) Blue Host ($3.95 free domain for first year and hosting)

What is the difference between the domain name and hosting?

I often get asked this question, believe it or not, this confusion even stops many of you from taking the first step. So a domain name is like getting a URL that can be typed in the search bar, and hosting is a place where you will upload your files to. These files will include your website data, product images, blog images files, and similar.

For people to access your website, they will be landed on a webpage hosted on your hosting provider. it will show the files you stored in the form of a homepage blog or similar.

Step 2

Installing WordPress on your hosting space.

Consider your hosting space ( which you paid $1 for the first month) links to your domain name Here is how you will do it inside 1and 1 hosting. But you will see that most of the hosting companies have similar Cpanels. Cpanel is the dashboard from where you can take various tasks from inside the hosting provider.

After you signup, you will log in to your Cpanel ( Hosing Dashboard) here is how this looks like

How to Start a Blog in 2020 and make money

how to start a blog with wordpress in 2020 and make money

You have icons presented in front of you with managing your domain name, creating email addresses, installing websites and stores, managing your hosting space, and your billing and account information. If you click on domains you will be able to see the domain name that you just purchased.

But to set up your WordPress Shop and blog you will head on over to the search bar on top of the screen and type install WordPress.

How to Start a Blog in 2020 and make money

Give your website a title and click Create Website. Something Like ” Julias Art and Workshops” or whatever, don’t worry you can change it later at any time.

Type in the administrator login ( the login you will use to access your WordPress installation) I would recommend keeping it long and not including word admin in it. Here is a screenshot of how this looks like

How to Start a Blog in 2020 and make money

Next, you will be presented with an option to install a managed WordPress just click on the second option

Next, you will be asked to link a domain name to the WordPress installation. From the dropdown choose the domain name that you just registered with.

And you are done!

Type the domain name in the URL space in your browser and your website is online!

Step 3:

Personalize your blog by installing a pretty and functional theme

For my 3 Blogs that I own i have been in a whirlwind for ages trying out different themes. The Theme in a wodpress means the whole design of the website. Think of WordPress installation as a skeleton and now you need to make it pretty. We are done on how to start a blog with wordpress now you should also think about making it pretty right?
I have added a list of recommended themes and alternatives to my own choice of wordpress theme ( Divi) in the checklist you can download it for free.

I choose Divi as my website theme because it is so easiy manageable. And besides the designers and tons of users at DIVI provide all the documentation on how to make it best work for you. And if you ever get stuck somewhere there is always a vido or help out there to overcome that.

Ofcourse there are plenty of free themes out there a few of them I have mentioned in my checklist but I choose to go with a premium one as I prefer to get all the support I can get.

Here is link to get Divi theme if you are interested.

Here is how to install a theme on your wordpress blog

  1. Login to your wordpress wp-login
  2. Go to Appearance
  3. Click on themes
  4. Click on Add New
  5. Click on upload
  6. Once it is uploaded Activate the theme!

Step 4:

Add the right plugins to help you track data and traffic

 

 

How to start a Blog

How to start a Blog

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Mailchimp alternative and How to set up a Newsletter for your blog for free

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To some this will be a very basic thing but for some this is something that they really need help with , If you are someone who is new to blogging or thinking about setting up a blog ( Start a blog is very easy do it now ) or plainly want to set up a newsletter this post is for you.

For someone who is in the initial phase of doing business online setting up all these tech can be daunting and really confusing, it all seems like it is a BIG task that you need to accomplish and chances are you are putting it off to a time when you are free or when you have time in your hands. Well you are in for a treat you are going to set up a newsletter for free in just a few steps today and even have it all set up and installed in a few steps.

Here is what we are going to cover in this blog post

  • Why do you really need a newsletter ?
  • What do you need to do in order to get the most out of your newsletter?
  • Which is the best program out there for starters and Mailchimp alternative?
  • Where to get your initial subscribers?
  • 3 steps you need to do before you start sharing your newsletter/

Why do you really need a newsletter ?

If you have a business online or are even blogging for fun,  maybe you have an instagram account that is booming and maybe you have a facebook following or a group . You think that this is the best mode of communication with your tribe . But wait! These platforms are although the best places to get in touch with your clients or readers or community. But really you can not track how many of them are loyal to your content. How many and the other metrics like what people are clicking on and what are they most interested in . These metrics can be measured only by directing these people to your website or blog and Newsletter could be your best tool when it comes to learning more about them.

Having a newsletter means , you can send them periodic offers, product launches , News about the latest and when they forget to login to facebook you can always pop in their email account. Facebook , instagram and twitter can suddenly wake up one day to a totally new rule and maybe you get locked out or whatever way universe plays. You can loose your community .

What do you need to do in order to get the most out of your newsletter?

My top tip? frequency! yep stay connected with your audience with atleast 4 emails / month . 3 of which could be full of value and one with your offer. People connect with stories , share your life and share your struggles and also give them a chance to get specials through offers and promos .

I am guilty of not emailing much and I am also guilty of removing optins from my website because I was getting 100+ email subscribers per day, while I had no time to connect authentically with them. Authenticity is the key, my email open rate for some lists have been 50% which is considered Awesome by industry standards. This mean that people are reading your emails and connecting . AND this happens when you are sharing value rich emails.

Which is the best program out there for starters and Mailchimp alternative?

I use MailerLite  other programs that I have used in the past and are free to start are

Where to get your initial subscribers?

  • Best practices are to set up a list in your email client.
  • offer something of value to your website or blog visitors in return of their email address
  • Write 3-4 blog posts around the topic of that Value freebie
  • Attach this free download to your welcome email
  • insert this code on your blog in sidebar and inside all of these blog posts.
  • Create atleast 3 pinterest images of these blog posts and share them in relevant groups and your profile ( here is how promote mine on autopilot )
  • Write 3-4 automation emails following the download email this can be done inside Mailerlite as well.
  • And done!

Now once you have created this plan of action you will continue to get consistent subscribers and they will continue to receive initial emails until your next update email send as an update.

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Best Pinterest Scheduler to increase Traffic to Blog or Website

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How i use tailwind as Pinterest Scheduler to increase sales of my digital products and increase traffic to my blog

I have been listening and reading about how Pinterest is a very useful tool to increase sales and to drive traffic to your products for a while now. And I read hundreds of blog posts on the same topic too. So I started experimenting with my own account on pinterst.

I was instantly able to double my online sales ! But following and sticking to a solid posting schedule was becoming a tough task. I found out that if I use Pinterst regularly and shared my each and every content on a regular basis to my own and other group boards I was getting a spike in traffic and sales.

In case you are wondering I have a product based business on etsy where I sell Wall Stickers and Wall decals. Also I have some digital products and illustrations that I sell through this website and through etsy as well.

I admit that although I had subscribed to Tailwind for Pinterest for while but I was not fully utilizing it to its full potential and capacity. I was never a fan of various schedulers until I realized that I really need a tool to help me keep myself sane . And since I had already noticed increase in my sales through Pinterest I knew it is time to take it seriously. The very first step within your blog is to optimize your pins for greater conversion I have covered this in one of my previous posts on where I share my on blog strategy to optimize my pin you can read about it here.

Below is a screen shot from one of my pinterest profiles and this is just the current month stats.

Do keep in mind that this post contains affiliate links and in case you decide to purchase anything using my links I will get a small commission from the service provider. However trust me that I only share tools services and softwares that I have myself used and enjoyed and found also found useful.

Since I started using Tailwind I have never looked back.

I am going to share a full walk-through of how I use pinterest to get blog and shop traffic below.

Why use Tailwind?

After viewing my analytics and realizing that the biggest traffic driving source is pinterest , I really needed to up my game and get serious about it.
I had been using boardbooster for a while now, and I liked it to the extent that it helped me ” Pin the pins for me” but once i decided to up my game I had to play serious!

My aim was to double my sales at that time my monthly earning from my wall decal business was accumulating to around $1200. I believe that creating amazing products is very important but then after the product is created 80% of efforts should go into marketing it and placing it in front of the right audience.
And since I knew my audience was hanging out over at pinterest. I had to take my leap.
I had previously signed up for the free Tailwind trial but it was only when i signed up for the initial month ( that gave me more pins to pin) I started seeing instant results.

Here are some of the reasons why I recommend Tailwind:

  • It is the only scheduler approved by Pinterest there are others like Viraltag, FriendMe+ and formerly Boardbooster, Hoostsuite but Tailwind is approved by pinterest.
  • It’s only 9.99/month with the yearly plan where you will get unlimited pins.
  • You get a suggested times optimized plan for your pinning schedule
  • You get access to tailwind tribes
  • You can create board lists and by categorizing your content you can pin them to board lists, this helps you to control the content when pinning to relevent boards.
  • You can use Smart Loops to create seasonal content lists, and when the season arises you have to take no extra actions and release seasonal sales , promotions and posts on autopilot.
  • Access to Analytics to better optimize your content sharing strategy this includes
    • Profile performance,
    • Board insights,
    • Pin inspector,
    • Website insight,
    • organic activity
    • Referral Traffic

Here are some of the reasons why Tailwind will help you gain more clients:

  • With increase in more eyeballs on your product you will be able to increase sales
  • You can have more traffic to your website
  • You can increase subscribers and followers
  • You can have tailwind set up once and then forget it.
  • Your posts will get published across all media while you concentrate on creating and working on new ideas

Tailwind Strategy that I use to increase Sales:

 CREATING A POSTING SCHEDULE

One of the features that tailwind provides is the optimized time slots. You can create a weekly pinning schedule where tailwind will autogenerate time slots for you that best suits you. You will be asked to choose number of pins that you want to pin daily and hit create schedule and BOOM! youve got yourself a time based plan !. All the pins that you pin will be released to pinterest whenever the next time slots allows it to. So this means that you  have a total control over number of pins and frequency of the pins that you want to push through Tailwind.

This is a screenshot from my Tailwind dashboard, you can access this from under the publisher tab on the left hand side menu. You have choice to choose how many pins you would like to pin each day. The green slots are the suggested times provided and set by Tailwind. And the green dotted times are Other suggestions that I can use with just one click!.

I also have the option to add time slots manually should I choose to do so , You will find a Add time slot button on left side in order to manually add time slots.

If at any later time you decide not to post on a time slot and delete it , no worries because the pin will automatically be shifted to next available time slot.

So how do you know when is the right time to pin, it really depends upon person to person and content to content. There is nothing to loose, I personally started with pins as less as 15 and increasing my pinning keeping in view the interaction that i saw on my pins. Currently my plan includes 50 pins per day.

 BOARDS LISTS AND HOW TO USE THEM

WHAT ARE GROUP BOARDS?

The best thing you can do to increase eyeballs on your products , services or blog posts is to join various group boards. There are tons of group boards on various topics. So which boards to join? look for boards that have your audience, people who are likely to interact with your content, blog post or product. If your niche audience is mom bloggers then look for group boards where they will hang out. Use PinGroupie to find some boards and send them request to be added.

HOW TO FIND AND JOIN GROUP BOARDS?

The trick is to find high quality boards. I usually measure this by looking at the number of pins, followers and number of contributors. Most of the boards either require you to send them email , join their facebook group or simply leave a comment. Usually their descriptions will mention the process.

Another way to find good group boards is by spying on your competition, see which boards they are contributing to and you can join those boards too.

Al you have to do is to go to their profile , then to their boards list and scroll down to find group boards joined by them, the group boards have a round icon with sections.

USING BOARDS LISTS IN TAILWIND

Now comes the fun part , once your profile is connected to Tailwind you will be able to create lists of boards, they can be listed and grouped in various ways. You can list them in category, by subject or by interest. I like to keep separate board lists to promote my products, and a separate list to promote my blog posts. Again you can figure this out once you have joined a few group boards and you are aware of your audience. Where they are and what they are interested in .

Creating a board list is very simple. Go to “Publish” and “Board Lists” tab, click to add a new board list and organize your boards in categories. It’s so easy to sort out your boards and it will save you so much time in the future. Whenver you are ready to pin one of your pins to multiple group boards , the board list will come on top of list and you can simply choose from there.

Tailwind will distribute this pin to all the boards keeping in view your time schedule ( explained in detail below)

 SMART LOOP FEATURE

Think about all the content that you have ever created all the product listings , blog posts , items that are currently sitting idle but could be working for you , driving traffic back to your website.

Smart loops makes it easy for you to find every piece of content that you have pinned from your website and find the best performing ones . it then recirculates those pins for you at the best times for engagement over and over again , so that you can get back to doing what you love creating

You can even setup seasonal loops that will circulate only at the specific time of the year . And smart loop will keep track of every loop and pin so that you can perfect your performance over time.

How to create a new loop?

Choose the name for the loop that you are creating based on the category of the items you would like to create looop for maybe it is a list of reciepie blog posts, graphic design articles , or your products. Then decide which boards you would like to share it to? you can include the list of all the boards ranging from your own and group boards. How exciting is this!

You will be able to pull list of group boards right here with just one click, or you can choose single ones as well. This will pull groups that are either yours , from a boards list or from your joined boards.

Next you will give it a time frame confine it to just a custom time of the year or all round the year. Tailwind will pull your best content and will allow you to choose pins of your liking so that you can add them to the loop.

How can you use it to drive sales for your products?

Good question right? think about it you no longer have to worry about creating and then worrying about your products sharing all the content again, you really dont have to worry about now. Just create loops based on your products categories and then loop them up. While you are busy creating new posts, new products or simply affiliate products they will keep on looping on auto to those boards for you.

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 HOW TO SCHEDULE NEW PINS USING TAILWIND

You can easily install chrome extension for tailwind once installed the tailwind button will appear over the images once mouse is hovered over them.

This is really simple, easy and fun way to schedule all your blog posts, your products and your content across all the social medial platforms. When you are scheduling you can add the same pin to facebook, twitter and sharing with tribe members for additional boost. I have found Tailwind as hands down the best social media platform !

Which platform do you use? would you like to try tailwind? get a free month when you use the link provided below!

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How to start a Blog

Changes i made to monetize my blog

I can truly say that this blog is dead in terms of earning revenue , i have been using this blog to pour down whatever my heart desired but i never took time out to monetize it .
Well i think now is the time
When one is an artist and a blog is a playground then we rarely think about monetizing it . but i think i will give it a try.
I realize that i have all the necessary ingredients already available on this blog i just need to make a few changes .
So starting this month i will try to update you with a monthly income report of this blog and i will also share with you the steps that i took along the way .
The changes i made and i found useful

So to begin with right now i will not be sharing the income report that will be posted by the end of the month

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Below are few of the changes that i made.

Changes i made to monetize this blog.

1- I upgraded my hosting SERVICE

My current hosting provider is Hostmonster. I have been using their services since last 12 years . During that time the biggest mistake i made was to shift host once when i felt the need of up gradation . But now i am back to hostmonster again and this is where i am staying with this blog.

2-Uplifted the blog theme

I have been using Fabric Child Theme running on Genesis frame work . The theme stayed there for the whole time while i stopped posting on this blog. Now once i decided to run this experiment of monetizing this blog my first thought was to change the theme .

I needed an eCommerce platform so i looked around and decided on Bazar theme bought via theme forest. I love how i can easily integrate the ability to sell and while doing that have a clean look of the website that is responsive as well.

2- Added Adsense ads

I have tried using Adsense in the past but not with much luck. But now again i have added a few of them in the side bar .

3- Added a storefront for Graphics

With Bazar theme it was easy to add the store front to the blog , now the home page opens to some content from the store and some from the blog.

4- Social Editorial Calendar planned.

Ok i am not that much of an expert but i took some time out to lay down a social editorial calendar . I have found a few tools useful to make it practical . And i hope to make it work for me.

5- Re-linked and Organized

This one single task is such a big one and believe me i am still working on it . I re categorized the posts . Used a few plugins that helped me get this worked out smoothly  . And then changed the header links entirely.

6- Exported my Etsy shop

I am Done with Etsy!
yes i do not plan to work more towards my etsy Aifactory shop ,
i do not plan to update the shop at etsy with new contents. So i exported all the listings from from Etsy , took a while to figure out how to but phew , its done!

If you are interested in how to start a blog you can read about it in my previous post .

Do you have any experience working towards monetization of a blog? any ideas and suggestions? don’t forget to leave a comment if you do have any suggestions for me.

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Through the blog i will be offering , completely free printable party invites , matching cupcake toppers printable sheets , thank you notes , teachers printables , teachers resources and worksheets , free recipe cards and much more . Follow the blog as i will be soon updated loads and loads of free printables!

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How to sell art online and make money as a Digital Artist

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How to sell art online and make money as an artist

How to Sell Art Online and make money as a digital artist

These past few days I have been focusing more on creating hand painted art beside digital art. Although having Masters in Fine Arts degree up my belt and a gold medal as a painter once i fell in the “trap” of creating digital art I totally shifted my line of work. Now spending 20+ years selling art online I think it is time for me to turn to traditional watercolor and canvas.

A while back I wrote a blog post about selling art online in a blog post ( 16 places to sell stock photos and illustration online) this post alone got me plenty of recognition and was bookmarked and saved by many. Now I wanted to share some of my tips on making money selling your art online. The digital era that we have entered after this pendamic hit us, everyone is goint online!. Artists are also looking for ways to reach out to galleries and many turned to instagram as a resort for sharing their work.

The real fact is that you can not just wake up and start making money online selling art unless you are clear about your objectives as well as few tools understanding. Here are few platforms of my choice when it comes to making money selling art online.

Sell art online free through instagram

When it comes to selling through instagram your first step would be to create a creators account on instagram. Write a compelling bio with the keywords like Art, Artist, Watercolor Artist, Buy Art Online, Art for sale and like wise. The best place to add your keyword is your username as this is the place that Instagram search looks for when someone enters a keyword. Secondly use these keywords as part of your bio when you are writing it. Third point is to add a call to Action that may include DM me , Signup , Download Now or something like that.

 

Now after you are set up for instagram your next mission is to bring consistency to your posting schedule. Categorize your content in 3-4 buckets that may include work process videos , finished artwork , artwork in use or your personal life. Posting consistently is the key when it comes to increasing your audience and eventually selling art through social media.

How to Sell art online and make money through POD websites

The best way to actually sell your art is on various products. POD stands for Print on Demand websites. These include Zazzle, Cafepress, Gearbubble and Printful. After you open up an account you will have the choice to choose the products on which you want to sell your art on. These can be T-Shirts, Cups, Mugs, Aprons, Bedsheets, Hoodies, Cusions, Pillow Covers, Laptop Sleeves and so many more.

All you have to do is to simply upload your art and place it on pre-made product mockups, add a title set a price and post for sale. Everytime an artwork or product is sold you are rewarded in form of a comission. You really dont have to run after printing or shipping the POD websites will do this for you and you will recieve royalties for every purchase you make.

>>Related post : How to sell art onine and make money

Sell Fine Art online on canvas and as Art Prints

Again if you would like to recieve orders via instagram or your own website, and have it printed and shipped you can make use of the websites that help you sell find art online on canvas and as art prints. A few of these are Zazzle, Cafepress, Artprints , FineArt America.

Using pinterest to drive traffic to your website

However if you choose to sell your art online through your own ecommerce website, you can choose platforms like Shopify, Wix or likewise to create with a few clicks. The improtant task after that is how to drive traffic to your website and make a sale. Many of us during their initial phase of website launch are not ready to invest in facebook ad and google ads to drive traffic to their art portfolio. Pinterest comes in handy ! I have previously shared how I use Pinterest to drive traffic to my website using Tailwind  you can read it if you are interested. Otherwise all you have to do is create compelling pinterest long pins , that can be done easily via canva and then have it directly published to your pinterest boards. Want to know about my strategy ? check out this post.

Using Email to sell Art

Once you have a website, or maybe you only have instagram as your point of selling art you can easily setup a mailing list that will help you capture fans and clients. Use Mailerlite or mailchimp as your email list provider and give a signup incentive to your fans. Most popular way is to offer 10% OFF to your subscribers when they sign up. Now start regulerly emailing your fans with the latest updates and offers for your special subscribers. This will help you drive more traffic to your website as well as sales!

>>Related Article : Mailchimp alternative and how to setup newsletter for your blog

 

Conclusion : If you are wondering how to sell art onine and make money, consistency and a plan of action is the key no matter what path you decide just keep doing it……. Read how I nearly gave up !

 

16 Places to Sell stock photos and illustrations

16 Places to Sell stock photos and illustrations

16 PLACES TO SELL STOCK PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS

A quick google search would probably give you tons of websites to sell stock photos and illustrations from.

How I started to sell Stock photos and illustrations and why you should too.

It all started way back around 12 years ago when once i was sitting in front of my computer clueless and projects less . Nothing to work on and no idea to where to get work from.

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That’s when i started to think backward , by backward I mean i wondered from where all the cool illustrations and graphics coming from that we used to buy for our projects. Not aware that I could too sell stock photos online as a side hustle and bring in some extra income.  At that time I was working in a telecom company and my job was to create multimedia sms . I would score the internet looking for inspiration and graphics to use . But to tell you the truth the job was 9-5 and not much fun.

As i wondered from where these graphics coming from I now looked at the source sites with a different eye . As I looked i found a little button saying Contributor / Sell Stock Photos. Now what was that I had no idea. I clicked on that and read it through and signed up and after that soon my graphic design profession took another turn.

I was soon crazily creating illustrations and uploading them to multiple contributing website. Since photography is not my jam and I know I am good at Adobe illustrator I knew that I could also make money online if I start and sell stock illustrations. The day that i earned my first $.30 was such an encouraging day. I was “Freelancing” earning for myself !. How satisfying this $.30 was ! I was hooked!.

And then I started looking further for more sites to contribute my stock illustrations and sell photos online !. And pretty soon my portfolio was up at 5 websites and i was waiting for my first image sale and I was earning form myself. It started from $.30 from each image sale and now the whole process has grown into my very own website for graphics you can check out my custom cliparts for sale here

The good that came out of all this is a satisfaction of being ones own boss and alongside client based custom illustration jobs.

I would like to share a few websites that I have contributed in the past and hope that it might open doors for opportunity for someone else as well. If you are wondering how I market my portfolio of images on sale through  these websites you might want to look at how I promote it using Pinterest on autopilot. I have now been selling stock photos for a while now , and have also successfully used my own creations to create products and sell digital products and photos online.

Check out my tips on driving traffic to your products right here Or if you are just starting out and looking for a way to get started then read my post on How to start selling Art online for some guidance and direction.

Sell stock photos and illustrations make money online

So what it means to sell stock photos online?

Simply put, stock imagery means any art that already exists and is ready to use. A stock agency curates a library of images on large number of subjects and licenses those images to customers. People often refer to “stock photography,” but “stock” can refer to any type of visual content, including photos, videos, or illustrations.

below are some of the stock sites that i have personally used in the past during my obsession with stock image contribution. These are in order of revenue that i generated and still generate from them.

1- Vecteezy 

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At Vecteezy, you can sell vectors, stock photos, and stock video clips. You’ll need to complete an application and submit a few samples of your work. Once you’re approved, you can submit resources through the contributor dashboard or via FTP. Vecteezy does not require exclusivity, so you can submit the same creative resources you sell on other sites.

An interesting detail about Vecteezy is that you can (optionally) make money by offering free downloads. They have millions of free resources on the site and contributors earn $5 per 1,000 downloads.

 

2- Dreamstime ( You can sell stock photos and illustrations)

sell stock photos and illustrations

You can sell stock photos , Vector illustrations and various design elements from this website. After you apply as a contributor you are provided an ftp area as well as upload interface.
If you are uploading vector files then you need to save them as EPS files . I have shared a post about how to prepare file as an eps for submission a while back . That can be accessed here.

Here are some examples of my work at Dreamstime

3- Shutterstock

sell stock photos and illustrations

Shutterstock has been one of my favs when i started uploading work. The uploading process used to be a bit simpler but still it is not too techy. Once you are on the site the Become a contributor button is on the top right. Shutterstock sell royalty-free images, footage, vectors and illustrations. You can apply to be a contributor here.
For me shutterstock had been a favorite one because they don’t pressure you into exclusively distributing images or video . Your content is yours to control to maximize your selling opportunities and profit.

4-istock by Getty images ( accepting to sell stock photos and illustrations)

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(15% Off Annual Subscriptions for All Customers when you decide to use my link)

Why you wont find my portfolio on istock ? it is simply because you have to be an exclusive with them to start selling. And if you are an exclusive then in my opinion going to the road of stock imagery and earning from a multiple streams becomes a bit difficult. But hands down istock is one of the best stock photo website out there. Though it is a bit difficult to be accepted to sell stock photos but once you get in chances are you will do good!

5- Creative Market ( Sell Stock Photos, illustrations and templates)

sell stock photos and illustrations

I love this place, if you are ready to bundle your creations and are ready to create some awesome resources for designers and artists then you might want to consider joining creative Market

Although I have a very small portfolio there but I do continue to get commission every month, maybe if I get serious posting new content I will be able to increase monthly revenue coming from this website. It has a lot of potential.

Creative market is more of a full content resource website , from where you can take a step further and start selling templates , themes , fonts and other resources too. I love the simplicity of creative market and I see a great potential in selling through creative market BUT if you package your content well.

6- Graphic River ( Envato Marketplace, you can sell stock photos illustrations and other graphic design resources)

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Graphic river has been in the industry for a while now and has proved to be a good resource for graphics. I personally like to buy through creative market when it comes to themes resources and fonts. But Graphic river is a good competition and has turned a lot of sales for me over the years. My portfolio is really really very small over there but still I get a small chunk of money now and then.

7-Fotolia

Update: Fotolia recently closed and partnered up with Adobe Stock Contributor and my portfolio was automatically shifted there

I currently plan to take my graphics down from fotolia , reason you ask? at times fotolia used to bring sales that ranged from $5-$10 each graphics . But lately I have noticed that their royalty has fallen down to $0.30  , just rechecked gone down to $0.25 . It seems that they have sold out rights to images to some other websites as well , as I have found my images being sold from there on couple of other “unknown” , websites as well that sell stock images.

8- Etsy

Alright so Etsy is hands down i have found to be just ok among many mentioned above . The amount of images that you sell through Etsy needs additional advertising on your part . While when you are selling through stock photography websites 1-7 all you need to know is better keywording . But once you start selling through etsy you must be aware of ways to drive traffic to your shop , SEO , social media marketing and more. Check out the blog post where I share how to monetize your shop by updating your listings.

10-Zazzle

sell stock photos and illustrations

Zazzle in my opinion can drive you more earnings if you have a potential of visualizing your products on various products. You can upload any of your graphics and then using bulk tool create multiple products ranging from stationary to homeware or more. Despite the fact that I am no longer creating many products through Zazzle but my Birthday invitations store and Art Prints shop are giving me an extra income.

Last but not the least there are a few more websites through which you can sell your photography stock imagery and graphic design resources. these are …

11- Artfire
12-Cafe press
13-Shopify
14-Selfhosted woocommerce shop
15- Gumroad

16- MasterBundles

Sell Your Graphic Designs in a few easy steps! If you are looking for a good place to boost sales and get great exposure you are right on the spot! Just fill in the form on a website describing your deal, and don’t forget to give MasterBundles some links to preview some pages of yours.

If you are now selling your deals elsewhere – no problem, they can always sell your products on better terms.😉 MasterBundles is the only marketplace that offers vendor’s cuts up to 50%.

Bonus Stock Photo Websites for free Marketing

Stock photo website that are not so monsters in industry t are a good way to get additional eyes on your portfolio you can become a contributor as a free provider.

  • Unsplash
  • Pexels
  • Pixabay

Just like etsy Artfire gives you ability to host digital content for instant downloads but then you have to work extra to drive traffic to your shop . That can or may include your social media skills to sell art online .

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How to Sell Art Online and make money

How to Sell Art Online and make money

How to Sell Art Online and make money as a graphic Designer in 3 Steps

If you are regular reader of my website and know my journey as an artist then you might be aware of the time when I threw away the whole concept of trying to sell my art online and how I came back to painting after 3 years. No journey be it selling art or achieving any of your dreams is without challenges ( you might consider reading What artlicensing is and isnt) . When it comes to starting out as an artist earning a recurring revenue from your Art then you might be curious on how to sell art online or where to sell your graphic designs, illustrations or vectors online.

Sell art online and make money

Related : How I create Digital products from my illustrations

Keeping in view a complete starter I have compiled a list of websites where you really dont need to have an extensive portfolio of work and just start selling right away. All you require is a skill as an artist and the knowledge to just start !

Step 1

Sharpen your tools to sell art and make money Online

So online is a digital world so your physical portfolio of work will not help you here much. You need to have proper set of tools to begin creating your portfolio of work. I will not go into details in this post for creating a portfolio of work and placing it online. Right now my aim is just to give the power of selling art in your hand so you can just start creating art right away and start earning comission from it as soon as possible.

You need to get aware of the graphic design tools and softwares and get aquinted with some specific skills. these include

Learning Adobe illustrator

learn how to create seamless patterns ,

Learn how to convert your drawing into line art,

Learn how to use basic vector illustration through this tutorial

How to expand patterns 

How to batch convert JPGS

Or use these 38 Vector Tutorials in order to sharpen your skills an artist.

Learning Adobe Photoshop ( Learn how to create mockups , learn how to convert your drawing ,)

And if these graphic design tools seem too techy for you at the moment you can choose from a few simple graphic design tools like Stencil , picmonkey or canva to do the job for you .

Step 2

Hacks to create product mockups Online

in order to represent your work you will be needing beautiful product mockups . These websites provide tools that will help you create beautiful mockups using free stock photos. Not necessarily you will be using free stock photos you might want to consider using Stock photos from a few leading websites including Dreamstime, Shutterstock, Istockphoto and Canstock.

Create Mockups using Printful’s Mockup Generator.

Even if you dont plan on using printful as your choice of selling art on your products yet , but signing up and using their mockup creator tool is recommended. You are able to create beautiful mockups with just a few steps!

Use Product mockups using Zazzle’s Product creator to sell art and make money .

Secondly since Zazzle is also one of the 16 places from where you can sell art online that i recommend, you can however choose not to sell art dirctly from them but use their product image creator instead. Like Printful just drag and upload your artwork to their website and you have a mockup like canvas, Art Prints, T-Shirts created in no time at all.

Use Stock photo websites to download Stock Photos with mockup of various products including T-Shirts, Tags, Towels and many more to create beautiful mockups. Here your skill as a Photoshop expert will come in handy. You can also use these stock photos free for commecial use that I shared recently

Step 3

Start Uploading your and Selling your Art on Products

Here are some of the pointer websites that can help you sell your art. All you have to do is upload your artwork, these are called Print on Demand websites. As a print on demand artist you will upload your art over their mockups and once you make a sale they will print and ship it for you.

Creative Market

Previously I have mentioned creative market in many of my blog posts and it is one platform that very quickly caught the attention of graphic designers and illustration artists. Although there are many other competitive platforms to sell illustrations and art but in my opinion creative market has the best quality of digital products oniline and as a seller you get to recieve best benifits of selling your art. There are multiple types of products that you can create and sell including but not limited to mockups, Photoshop and vector brushes, cliparts, seamless patterns and more.

Here is a breakdown of a few of the points that in my openion set it apart

  1. You get to keep 70% of your sales comission which is way better than many other competitive websites.
  2. No exclusivity lock meaning you are free to sell your designs in other platforms as well.
  3. Easy upload interface is one of the key features of creative market it is really easy to get started as a seller.
  4. Recieve free downloads from other creators if you want to use. Artists share their work as free downloads and creative market promotes them as well through their email campaigns so you get extra exposure when you open up your shop at creative market and sell art online.

 

These website include Zazzle, Redbubble, SpoonFlower, Printful , gearbubble

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Pinterest Templates are getting attention more and more as the awareness around the power of using Pinterest as your social media scheuling increases. There are plenty of Pinterest Templates out there and you might have seen many bloggers and creators sharing a few as well. Since I started focusing more on Pinterest as my main source of traffic I realised the power it holds !.

Pinterest has become next to amazon as a search engine for products and ecommerce. More and more brands are realising that their business must be on pinterest. Having said that although there is a strategic approach behind how and when to pin but the whole process becomes easier if you have pinterest templates in your hands.

Although I have been using pinterest for driving traffic to my website for a while now. Being a designer I always loved creating pins from scratch everytime that I needed to share my new blog posts. Until recently I realised that having pre-made Pinterest templates saves you a lot of time!! and moreover since you have the basic design elements it keeps you on your branding as well .

Using good Pinterest templates and sky rocket your results

Below is a screenshot of my pinterest analytics once I implemented the below mentioned practices for a good pinterest design. There is a science behind a good pin besides how it looks!  I have shared below few of the best practices for a good pinterest pin that is good performing and brings in more traffic to your website.

If you use a strategic design your pins are not all overand also converts sales, leads and brings in traffic and clients. Beside strategic design the other factor contributing to the success of your blog or website is having a good pinterest publishing Tool and a well thought and planned action plan. You might want to look into the strategic posting schedule that I wrote about a while ago.

I have created around 40+ Pinterest templates for myself and I regulerly use them. These are made in Canva so they are pretty easy to manage and use as well.

A good pinterest template consists of the following 

  • Strong visuals

  • Clear and readable headings

  • Catchy Phrase and Call to action

  • connection to its landing page ie delivers what it says

  • Keywords as part of text over the design

  • Keywords within descriptions

  • Keywords on the lading page itself

  • Alt attributes for pinnable images on the website.

  • Human figure or element also adds to phsychological drive to click on the image

  • Delivers what it says

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Graphic Design Tools Online Series : Stencil

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If you are seeking to wow your customers then this Graphic Design Tools Online Series if going to do just that for you. This series comprises of graphic design tools online free and paid .

Looking for graphic design tools online then you must check out this series of canva alternative, grpahic design online software to create images and graphics for your blog or social media.

This post includes affiliate link and I get paid a small commission every time someone decides on purchasing the product they found through me. However please know that all that i share comes from my honest opinion and I was not contacted by the creators of stencil for this post. 

You do not have to be a graphic design wizard or a pro any more to product awesome images and graphics online. Gone are the days when you had to go down the difficult route of spending hours struggling with graphic design softwares no there are plenty available online for free.

Today I am introducing you to Stencil!

No more spending hours on youtube trying to learn complicated programs to accomplish your everyday graphic design needs. Stencil is a very simple and intuitive platform that in my opinion is exact rival to Canva. Sometimes there are hidden gems found if you only know where to find them!

Ok so What exactly is Stencil and how this can take on place of your regular graphic design tool online?

Stencil as your online design maker

Create sleek images for social media posts, ads, blog posts, and more, plus organize your designs with custom collections. It doesn’t matter if you are a graphic designer, a personal Virtual Assistant or a Novice Blogger. We all know that sometimes the most time consuming part of doing business online is the creation of continuous graphics and we are always looking for free graphic design templates. 

As soon as you login you are presented with a clean and professional interface that is much similar to Canva but in my opinion if Canva is still complicated then you might want to take a look into using Stencil. The interface is much cleaner and there isn’t much “noise” should you choose it to be your online design maker.

Alternative to: Canva, PicMonkey, and Venngage

While Canva, PickMonkey and Venngage are great tools on their own Stencil can be your simplest alternative to any of these. The interface just comprises of free graphic design templates that you can edit with ease. There are a collection of quotes and icons library making it real easy to create something if the tech side of online graphic design tools scare you.

Quick and easy graphic design tools online

So the fun part here is that if you are a Social media marketers, bloggers, and content teams looking to make awesome graphics in less time then you are at the right place check out the video below with some detailed explanation by people at Stencil

Creating high quality graphic design and images is a breeze with stencil You can access gorgeous stock photos, dope templates, clean icons and graphics, artsy filters, and Google fonts that transcend Comic Sans (plus personal fonts you can upload).

Create amazing graphics instantly

Use various filters, icons, filters and fonts to create amazingly creative graphics instantly! And whoever you are ready you can share your creative work directly to social media. While you do that fear not the graphics will be saved to your library to be accessed later. This means that you can create graphic design templates that can be used over and over again.

Seamless integration and posting to social media

This one feature I swear can save you tons of time and while I was using Canva it really bugged me that their posting to social media feature is kind of wonky. When you edit the design it edits the scheduled post as well. Say what?? Well at the time of writing this post if they have made an update to this particular feature then kindly let me know !

So when you are done with creating a graphic design maybe for your blog post or your product offers, then you can directly choose to post it to social media.  The social posting feature allows you to post to facebook , twitter, pinterest, instagram and guess what Buffer! . Now this is interesting as if you have access and direct add it to buffer you can schedule it to be posted across all your media profiles which ofcourse is another story!

Images are sized accordingly ! what else would you need?

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With add-on options for Chrome and Firefox along with a handy WordPress plugin, you can make magic right in your browser instead of waiting on slow process-heavy programs

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Fear Vs Flow What is your Creator Mode?

Fear Vs Flow What is your Creator Mode?

If you are an artist and want to sell stick illustrations online or just your Art the one thing to focus on is mindset practices. When you are working from fear your art will not bring you any money as well, this article covers how you can make money from selling your art with the right mindset. Check out more on Sell Art online from aivault.com

If you are an artist and want to sell stick illustrations online or just your Art the one thing to focus on is mindset practices. When you are working from fear your art will not bring you any money as well, this article covers how you can make money from selling your art with the right mindset. Check out more on Sell Art online from aivault.com

I remember back in 2002 when I really got into blogging, I loved what I did so much so that I would wake up at 4 AM to write my next blog post. I had no idea why I HAD to blog but I did. At that time, I had gone through a phase of trying to find adobe illustrator tutorials as I was starting out. I couldn’t find any online.

So what I did was to turn to help section of Adobe and then create something. That’s how I learned. But once I was confident enough and I even started to sell stock illustrations online I knew that there are others like me in the initial stages of learning illustrator who needed help.

So I started writing illustrator tutorials. What I am trying to say here that I had the passion and drive to create and I was coming from a place of giving. As a result what I received was a sense of achievement, feeling of being in the flow where I was just doing what I loved to do. And that drove me to wake up early when my little one was asleep and write out my next piece of content.

RELATED: 38 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials to get you started

Hence flow to me is a combination of doing what you love doing, having a passion for it, and added drive of bringing joy to someone else’s life as well. At that time I was living in a shabby house and I was barely making any return on what I was doing. But… I was free from a weight of fear.

Fears………….. Ah… that’s what takes you away from the flow.

Fear of tomorrow

Fear of what might come

Fear of what might happen

Fear of loss

Fear of scarcity

Fear of lack

Fear of loosing

and the list goes on and on.

Fast forward life got busy I “burdened” myself with many fears as a result

I lost the passion to create something for free! because I was overcome by “need” to make ends meet, I started weighing if my actions were in fact bringing me cash in return. I stopped doing things that brought me “joy” and started focusing on things that brought be “money”.

I went into the mode of hustle and I went head-on in the mode of grind.

As a result, I was overwhelmed, overcome with fear in many shape and form, my art was not bringing me joy.

I was lucky that I noticed that, I saw what I was doing and started looking for ways to overcome that and return to my “Zero State” yes that’s where all the joy happens that is where are is created from that is where you get to make money…….

So what is a “Zero State” ? And how can you be in one?

It took me time to come back to zero state, lots of journaling, lots of forgiving, lots and lots of giving up and surrendering. I can better explain this with an example.

When we come into life, we are at a zero state, that is a complete zero state, you don’t owe anything to anyone, you don’t fear anything, you don’t have to do anything, there arent many things that you should do.

So all the Owe someone, forgive someone, have to and shoulds and shouldn’t s aaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllll it does is to take you away from your state of joy and a state of being in flow. To achieve this I use journaling, and that is how I come back to state of joy and I wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is how I make money!.

PS : I just added how to come out of fears workbook to the resource library

So my question to you today is are you in your “Zero State”?

Have you ever experienced it?

Have you experienced flow?

How will you describe it?

Hit reply and let me know!

 

 

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How I create Digital Products from my illustrations

How I create Digital Products from my illustrations

If you are seeking to make money from your art and by creating passive income while selling digital products and create a life of freedom here is a blog post that breaks it all for your. Perfect resource for how to sell art as digital products and make a constant flow of income out of it.

If you are seeking to make money from your art and by creating passive income while selling digital products and create a life of freedom here is a blog post that breaks it all for your. Perfect resource for how to sell art as digital products and make a constant flow of income out of it.

In this blog post, I am going to share with you how I make money selling my art as digital products So you can also see how easy it is.

Why do you really need to create digital products from your Art?

If you are an artist and you are creating drawings and illustrations every day then probably the next thing you would want to do is to sell them in any way. And selling them online is one of the most profitable, fun and easy way to make money while doing what you love.

The types of products that I create from my Art are clip art packs and digital invitations coloring books and of course courses.

Cliparts

When I am creating cliparts I start with creating an inspiration board. I use Pinterest to do that All you need to do is create a secret board and then pin various images on to it.

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Then my next step is to create a related series of images that may range from 7 to 8 supporting images in the same theme. The next step is to convert all of these images as separate png and jpgs or arrange them in an EPS file for sharing.

After creating the complete set I usually package them in a Zip file and create a pretty looking preview graphic with some basic information typed as text.

My next step is to upload these preview images on various websites for sale, accompanied with the source files for sale.

A few of these websites are at the Creativemarket, Graphicriver , Art fire, Etsy and of course my own website.

Now when it comes to creating cliparts my go-to tool is Adobe Illustrator. You will have to use some photo editing software as well . You can also use canva for this but I prefer using photoshop. It really doesn’t matter, any photo editing software will help you create Pretty mockups and a preview Graphics for your clip art sets.

When it comes to making a sale it is really not difficult the main thing is that you stay consistent and create. I have seen people who have been creating and listing nearly every week for the past 8 to 10 years and their income from simply selling $1 and $2 per graphics set and making around 10 to 20k per month easily.

Besides this, if you save these graphics as EPS files and list them up on stock photo sites you will have another constant source of income.
Even if you are not familiar with Adobe Illustrator you have two options, number one you can use few of my tutorials completely free to get hands-on experience with Illustrator, or, if you are good at creating by hand maybe watercolor and painting, you can create separate icons scan them save them as jpegs and pngs package them and sell as cliparts.

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Digital invitations

Another cool way to use your graphics and clipart is to create digital invitations and designs and sell them on various websites.

Here is how to do it

Simply create a digital invitation with some mockup placeholder party details just like cliparts you will need to create a fun looking mockup for these invitations to present as a preview for the potential buyer. Next up you are going to upload this invitation to various websites few of these websites are zazzle, Cafepress, Etsy or your own self hosted website.

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It is really not that difficult to create and sell cliparts graphics PDF or printables using your images the one thing that is required is consistency and as well as Not overthinking the whole process.

Just keep creating and you will find the flow and once you do …. you will see some money Rolling In, this will definitely keep you motivated.

You really don’t have to overthink about and comparing your work with the rest of the world just list and put them up for sale a few of my drawings are really crappy but they are still making me sales once in a while so it doesn’t matter do not overthink or over judge you are maybe it will come to use for someone.

Just make sure that you are coming from my place of Mindset where you are sharing value with the world and when we give value, we get value in return.

Now it is your turn tell me do you already create digital products?

if so how you are creating them and where you are selling them I would love to know and if you are entirely new at this and you need some direction?

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Asmaa’ xo

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