April 4, 2020

HOW TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE | The Top 5 Sites To Get Paid | For Future Reference Vlog


Hey it’s Eli aka Atlas. And today’s video is for all my starving artists
who don’t wanna starve anymore. (You’re ready to eat–you’ve been ready to
eat.) So here’s the deal: this is going to be a
checklist of sorts–quick tips–for you guys (and girls) who are trying to make a little
coin off your art. Now some of these are going to seem super
obvious, but some of you newer guys are going to find this pretty helpful. So what this is basically going to be is a
list of sites that I’ve personally used or use to generate a little income. For the sake of brevity, I’ll basically skim
over these and throw out some names and some explainations. deviantART: Good ole’ dA–where it all started
for me. But honestly, the only reason that I’m recommending
deviantART these days is more or less out of respect. When I got my start (about 10 years ago,)
this site was hot. If you were looking for work you could definitely
find it because they had–and still have–a very active forum with sections for both artists
and commissioners. The only issue (at least for me, as my prices
went up) is that actual work propositions can be sparse–and again, especially once
you’re pining for higher price ranges; the deviantART set are more or less in the market
for $80 and below, in my experience. Now, keep in mind there are of course exceptions
and big spenders, but I wouldn’t count on it. Still, this is a great place to hone your
marketing skills and get your feet wet if you’re starting out. Reddit: If dA is for beginners, Reddit is
definitely for intermediate beginners; it’s very compettitive, but you’re guaranteed work
if you’ve got good product and you can pitch right. This site is kind of special to me because
it’s actually the most recent one that I’ve joined for work among this list-for about
2 or 3 years now. The difficulty in Reddit comes in that these
guys are very strict with their rules; I recommend absolutely finding the subsection that best
fits your art and staying there–otherwise you’re most like to get banned quick. My recommendations are the ComicBookCollabs
and HungryArtists subs as a jumping off point. Zwol: ZWOL.ORG (not “.com”) is a special and
interesting site. It’s pretty much a comic book themed site,
so if your art doesn’t revolved around that youmight feel a little out of place. I joined that site back in 2016 at the recommendation
of my friend Drew, and I think my thread advertising my work is the most viewed and replied-to
post in the whole forum with 54,000+ views. As long as you regualarly update it and (again)
have good product, you’ll never havea a shortage of clients to bring from here. Guys, I’ve gotten so much work from here. Highly recommended. Twitter: The bird is a tough one if you don’t
know how or can’t quickly build a fanbase: since everything on Twitter is user-fueled,
if you can’t get enough buzz about your art then you’re going to be in a drought for a
while. This is why I’d place Twitter in the Hard-Intermediate
category. But assuming you’ve brought your deviantART
fans with you, and can generate some buzz on your own, you should be able to get your
For-Hire ads in circulation enough to get some DMs requesting your services. To give it some perspective, I’ve put out
2 or 3 ads for commissions during my 2 or so years on Twitter and usually get 5-10 or
so inquiries within the same week. I can imagine that would double or triple
if your fan base is really booming. Instagram: I’ll definitely class this one
as purely Difficult. Instagram has absolutely no way to interact
with your audience outside replying to comments. But there’s no forum, no groups, no ads, and
no where to really spread the word about your services. That said, I’ve gotten a couple of inquiries
from here, though only a couple have panned out for some reasons. And lastly Patreon: I really can’t comment
on this one, but I’m including it because I know it’s very popular and a lot of people
have had amazing success on there. I made a Patreon years ago and it never went
anywhere unfortunately. But I will chalk it up to the game. I joined way before I was any good at marketing
and had a less interactive viewship than I do now. If I rejoined Patreon, things might be a little
different now. But don’t shy away from is because of me. To put it into perspctive, Sakimichan (possibly
Patreon’s most successful artist–from deviantART originally, btw) has over 6,000 patrons who
subscribe to her rewards from $3 up to $150. (Shes basically a corporation at this point.) Keep in mind, the site works on a Tier reward
system, so you’ll have to bring something worth buying to the table for the low-low
and the high-high…. So it’s a lot of work. But who knows, you may be the next Sakimi. Redbubble: Honorable mention goes to Redbubble. Some people use Teepublic (which I might)
or Society6, but this kind of includes all of those. Merchandising sites basically. Guys, that is definitely top-tier Difficulty
level: making something someone wants to wear on their whole body. Now it probably isn’t as hard as it sounded
(since a lot of people do actually do it), but you’re going to have to be a great designer
first and foremost, and (again) a great marketer. I’ve got a couple pieces over there, but I
seriously need to update my gear–especially since I have a bunch of ideas for designs. But the other guys [POINT to side] have been
keeping me plenty employed. Still the idea of this is the most exciting
to me, since its automatic revenue if you can get it going–something we all could use. That wraps it up. If you liked the video, ETC. Make sure you tune in this Friday for a new
episode of For Future Reference and next Monday for either a new tutorial or speed art. If you guys wanna check me out on any of the
sites mentioned above (and maybe buy a print or two), the links will be right in the corner,
AND in the video description below. And guys, the reason I made this video descends
from the reason I actually joined Reddit (outside of it being recommended to me twice); I heard
some great advice from one of my favorite Youtube personalities, who basically said
“If you want things to change, change your circle of influece.” I was basically stuck around deviantART and
in a drought, never really exploring my other options because I didn’t know what they were. So I educated myself, did a little work and
got things off the ground (and most importantly took my work elsewhere). I hope some of you can find this useful, etc.

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