I have worked tirelessly to create the Doll Makers Dream Website.
Many people have told me things such as;
"Don't give away such valuable information for free!" and
"I appreciate your hard work, but how do you pay the bills?" and even,
"People are ungrateful, don't give away something for nothing".
Well, the truth is- I am earning some money for this FREE website.
Ok, I'm not earning a truckload of cash right now, my site being the in beginning phases... but here's my story:
I first started sculpting, it drove me nuts trying to find tutorials
online to teach me how to make dolls. I didn't have a lot of money and
it seemed like any tutorials that were helpful cost upwards of $40! I
just couldn't afford that.
I empathise with beginner doll makers. I knew I wanted to teach people for free but I also had to find a way to earn money.
That's when I learned about INFOPRENEURS on the SBI Program. It's a concept where if you make a website with a lot of quality content, add pay-per-click ads and various affiliate programs, you can earn money without ever having to charge the visitor a dime!
sounded perfect for my ideals- teaching people for free whilst still
earning money. So that is the model that I'm basing Doll Makers Dream
on. I don't want to have to charge beginner sculptors any money, so I simply allow people to advertise on my website... places that I try to keep targeted and beneficial to my readers.
Granted, further down the track, I will make ADVANCED sculptors tutorials available for a small fee. However, these will be targeted to artists who are ALREADY earning from their craft in the professional world. They will be targeted to people who can afford it. I never want to charge beginner sculptors money that they just don't have.
So breathe easy and know that you will learn how to make dolls without there being a hidden fee. There is none.
Being an affiliate to certain companies is a way to earn a little money on the side without having to charge my visitors any money for my tutorials.
What does being an affiliate mean?
For example: I am an eBay affiliate. If you are looking to buy a particular product, and you find an eBay link to that product on my website, I will get a very small payment for sending your custom to eBay. I however only link to products that I feel my readers might already be looking for according to what people have been requesting in emails etc. (Please note that when some products sell out on eBay, the link will pull up a random product until what I have originally searched for is restocked). This price doesn't make what you're buying more expensive, you are not paying for me to give you that link. eBay does. That is how most affiliate programs work.
However, there are many sites that I absolutely will never affiliate for.
I always purchase goods and services from the company (often on a regular basis) before ever considering becoming an affiliate.
What good would it be to me if I put all this effort into teaching you how to make dolls in the hopes of enriching your lives if I just wind up leading you to the slaughter anyway? I will not recommend ANY website unless I have personally been a customer and believe that it has some honest value to my visitors and friends. Simple as that.
On that merit, I will not respond to any spam emails that ask me to advertise their shonky products. If there's something you genuinely want me to endorse, if you can send me a sample, I will use it myself and see if it genuinely will add value to my readers. I will however require that sales of any new products be made through a secure and established website before I will recommend it on my website.
I am affiliated with the following sites:
* Dickblick.com (formally affiliated with. Still recommended for products and services but their affiliate program has changed.)
* www.sitesell.com (the site that built this website and offers the online business course I follow)
* eBay Partner Network
* Google Adsense (contextual based advertising, my control over these ads are more limited. I am affiliated with Google, but not through the actual people who's ads show up in those spots. But through filters and keeping my articles on topic as possible, I hope the ads are also beneficial).
I hope you all enjoy Doll Makers Dream. My art is a full-time journey for me so I appreciate your understanding where I've tried to monetize my site without compromising my goal for it. Thank you for all your support!