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The Best Website to Sell Art Online – The Truth

There is one question that I get asked on a regular, pretty much daily basis by artists venturing into the world of selling art online. I get asked so regularly that I thought a post addressing the issue would be a good idea.

The question is “What are the best websites to sell art?”

And the answer? It’s surprisingly simple. The answer is “your own website”

The best website to sell art online is…  your own!

Sadly there are no magic websites that will do all the work for you. That you can just upload your images to and then forget about and wait for the money to roll in. Wherever you put your work for sale you will need to promote it to get visitors to view and buy it.

And why put your time and energy into promoting someone elses site? Why not spend it on promoting your own website and domain name?

Etsy, Facebook, Zazzle, Redbubble etc all offer a brilliant service but it’s best not to rely on them exclusively for your online sales.  What if they collapse, close or change their terms of service in  way you don’t like and you want to move? What happens to all the hours you have spent getting links and promotion to your shopfront? All gone in the click of a mouse…

Rent your property or own your own home?

If you own your own domain name and website you are in control.

You can then point visitors from there to your Etsy or Redbubble shop if you want but all your promotional efforts take visitors to YOUR domain name and website first, so you can easily swap shop providers should you wish to without losing all your visitors.

I love the metaphor that it’s like the difference between renting or buying a house. You dont want to spend loads of energy and money fitting a swanky new kitchen in your rented pad only to be turfed out by the landlord next month, but any improvements made to your bought house are an investment for the future.

Still not convinced? Here are some more good reasons why your own website is the best plan for selling art online.

7 good reasons for setting up your own website

You will look more professional

You can control the way the site looks rather than being reliant on a parent shop sites generic style.

You can create your own brand

The design of your website can fit in with the style and branding of your work – again making you look more professional and giving your work a coherent showcase

You can control your own domain name

Registering and using your own domain name {ie www.yourname.com} looks great, helps with search engine results and allows you to have a proper associated email address too. No more shoddy looking hotmail addresses. And your domain name is yours to keep, so you always get the traffic directed there.

You can stand out in the crowd

Its very easy to get lost in amongst the bazillions of users on the large selling sites. You own website allows you to be able to stand out in the crowd and be easily found by search engines.

You won’t have to pay commission

Anything you sell on your own site is commission free. Hooray. [Although you may have to pay a small transaction fee to Paypal].

You have freedom

You can stop or change to another selling site easily with no problems. You won’t lose your client list or the advantage of all the promotion you have done as it will all still point to your personal website. Just change the links to your new shopfront and away you go!

Endless possibilities…

There are no constraints on what you do with your own site. You can make it your own little corner of the web. Every bit of promotion is an investment for the future. You can build your own domain and art career step by step…

if you are serious about selling artwork online or setting up a creative business then the best website to sell your art is most definitely your own… Setting it up is a crucial step that will pay dividends in the long run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Results – The Enterprising Artists Survey

A little while back, myself and Dan from www.rightbrainrockstar.com asked artists to take part in an online survey to enable us all to get a better idea of the lie of the land when it comes to using the internet to sell or promote art.

Well, after some mammoth number crunching from Dan the results are now in. {Apologies for the length of time it has taken to compile the results. We were going to be happy with 50 replies and we actually got an amazing 954 artists completing the survey meaning that it took longer than anticipated to deal with the resulting fascinating data.}




First Things First

Firstly – a big thanks to everyone that took the time to fill in the survey. It is really appreciated. We hope you find the results interesting and helpful. You can find a list of people who took part and their websites at the end of this article {big thanks to Dan for compiling this list}

The Questions of Gender Balance

One of the most fascinating results of the survey is that the vast majority of people who replied are women. The respondents were 83% Female and 17% Male.

Women are obviously getting out there and taking control of their own art career by the use of the internet which is heartening news. However, this throws open other questions as to why men are so under represented. Do they not enjoy fulling out surveys? Is the internet a channel suited to women but not so much to men? Where do male artists sell their work? As with many things, answers lead to more questions.

 

The Internet – Don’t be distracted by the butterflies…

The internet is extremely important to artists participating in the survey. 82% of artists use it up to 20 hours per week for promoting/marketing, networking, research, promotion or selling. The majority of time online was spent using Social Media to sell or promote art {up to 80%}.

Whilst it was good to see that nearly as much time was spent on artists own websites, much less time {less than 50%} was spent on working with email or newsletters. This is somewhat worrying as social media is often the opening point to finding new fans/clients/collectors but a newsletter or email is often where you close the deal and make sales.

It is slightly worrying that by focusing on the distracting butterfly that is social media, artists are missing a trick in growing and maintaining their mailing list, the really important bit where the sales can be made.

In 2011, over half of the respondents generated less than 10% of personal income from art. More focus on other parts of the internet puzzle including mailing lists could help this to grow. 40% of artists websites were out of date or irrelevant, a part of the puzzle that is fairly easily fixed. Woman cannot live on Facebook alone 😉

If you are at all unsure about the importance of starting and growing a mailing list, read this post “What is your crucial secret weapon for selling art? : Lessons from “The Apprentice”

Your mailing list, in conjunction with your website, is probably the single most important piece of the jigsaw of your internet strategy for selling art.

Marketing is the biggest challenge for artists.

63.52% of respondents stated that promotion and marketing were the biggest challenge to earning income as an artist. It was heartening to see that only 20.44% were having a challenge with artistic skill and direction although insecurity, doubt and lack of direction were a big issue at 48.22%

We know what we are doing artistically but need a little help and confidence to market our work to the world.

Overview

All in all the survey results were extremely positive. It was great to see so many people get involved and be so enthusiastic about sharing their experiences. The fact that so many women are online, getting their work out into the world is wonderful.

The challenges faced by artists in marketing and selling their work are all solvable with the help of all the great blogs named in the survey. Artists marketing and selling their work online are at the forefront of a new way of selling and are rising to the challenge.

Download the full report

These are just a few of the highlights of the report. You can view and download the full report here from www.rightbrainrockstar.com

Dan has summarised the results over on www.rightbrainrockstar.com. Cory Huff of the Abundant Artist has written an interesting post on the survey results and offers some suggestions.

And big thanks goes to…

The following artists completed the survey. Here are links to their websites. Please take 5 minutes to check out what they are doing… {Big thanks to Dan for compiling this extensive list}

Alicia Adanna (Visit website@ZuriART

Rosemarie Adcock (Visit website@rosemarieadcock
Cigdem Aksoy
Robyn Alatorre (Visit website)
John Alden (Visit website@japhotoguy
Jo Allebach (Visit website)
Alex Alvis (Visit website)
Tracy Anderson (Visit website)
Linda Anderson (Visit website)
Keith Andrews (Visit website)
Garland Arnaud
Noble Artist (Visit website)
April Ashby (Visit website) @stellatadesign
Lesley Atlansky (Visit website@latlansky
Sarah Atlee (Visit website)
Anna Ayres (Visit website)
Alicia Bailey (Visit website@abecedarianbook
patricia baldwin seggebruch (Visit website@pbsartist
Nancy Barry (Visit website)
Sandy Bartholomew (Visit website@SandyBee
stephanie bartz (Visit website@HeyBartzie
Catherine Bath (Visit website@cathyfatimah
Andy Bauer (Visit website@ArtByAndy
Mickey Baxter-Spade (Visit website@MickeysArt
Sarah Bays (Visit website@Thumb_print_ink
Lisa Sonora Beam (Visit website) @LisaSonoraBeam
Robert Bean (Visit website@rbfineart
Ann Bean
Elias Beniflah (Visit website)
Laurie Bennett (Visit website) @sewmanydiapers
Teresa Beyer (Visit website)
Penney Bidwell (Visit website)
Helen Billett (Visit website@MeringueInc
Robert Alan Black (Visit website@Cre8ngAlan
Brad Blackman (Visit website@bradblackman
Anne Catharine Blake (Visit website@ACatharineBlake
Chris blevins (Visit website)
Sam L Boehner (Visit website@samboehnerart
Mic Boekelmann (Visit website@micbstudio
Tina Bohlman (Visit website@tinabohlman
laura bolle (Visit website) @lbolle_artist
Deniece Bonner (Visit website) @ClarityArt
Lori Boocks (Visit website@LoriAnneBoocks
Chris Book
Jill Booth (Visit website@Austropicalart
Jason Bordash (Visit website)
Jana Botkin (Visit website)
Clare Bowditch (Visit website@clarebowditch
Sara Bowen (Visit website@rhubarbella
Fi Bowman (Visit website@fibowman
Mary Lea Bradley (Visit website@mlbradleyartist
Dennis Brady (Visit website@Dennisbrady
Christine Brallier (Visit website@cbmosaics
Yvonne Branchflower (Visit website)
Erika Brandner (Visit website@Ekabo
Allison Bratt (Visit website@AllisonBrattArt
claire Brewster (Visit website@clairebrewster
Travis Brimner (Visit website)
Val Britton (Visit website)
Siobhan Brocklehurst (Visit website@GemstoneOrchid
Carla Brooks (Visit website@DeltaMoonSoap
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kyle bryant (Visit website@thekbco
Jacqueline Bryant Campbell (Visit website@Jbryantcampbell
Brenna Busse (Visit website)
Libby Bussinah (Visit website) @Libbys09
Pattie Byron (Visit website@pattiebyron
KC Cali (Visit website) @kccaliartist
Nana Campana (Visit website@nanacampana
Elissa Campbell (Visit website@blueroofdesigns
Jean Cannon (Visit website)
Patricia Capracotta (Visit website) @AGreenGoddess
Patricia Carberry (Visit website)
Gwen Card (Visit website) @FrontPorchArt
Ruth Cardin (Visit website)
Mii Careta
Carole Carlson (Visit website)
KB Carpenter (Visit website)
Kathleen Carrier (Visit website@katcarrier 
Mike Carvin (Visit website) @craftyguy
Joseph Cavalieri (Visit website)
Julie Chapman (Visit website)
Lindsay Cheesewright (Visit website) @FaerieMajikk
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Elisa Choi (Visit website@harmonythoughts
Roula Chreim (Visit website@roulachreim
Carolyn Christensen (Visit website)
Joelle Circé (Visit website@CirceArt
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Corey Clark (Visit website) @clclark22
Violette Clark (Visit website@violetteclark
MaryAnn Cleary (Visit website@maryanncleary
Heather Clements (Visit website@artheatherart
sam clift (Visit website@sam_clift
raquel coelho
Annette Coleman (Visit website@AnnetteColeman
Donyae Coles (Visit website@okokno
Dean Collings (Visit website) @ProfsrD
dawn collins (Visit website@ZetasAttic
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Ellyn Cooper
Sarah Cooper (Visit website@keepsakescrafts
Amber Coppings (Visit website@Xmittens
Kathy Cousart (Visit website@kathycousart
Amy Cox (Visit website) @none
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Karen Davis (Visit website@ChitlinCircuit
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Nancy Denmark (Visit website@NDenmarkArt
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Donna Iona Drozda (Visit website@ionadrozda
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Donna Duncan (Visit website) @metamorphisarts
Sam Dunford (Visit website) @samdunford_art
Paolo Durandetto (Visit website@durandetto
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Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald (Visit website@jdmstudios
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Amy Evans (Visit website@amyevansart
Kristen Fagan (Visit website@CreativeStash
Brittany Faulkner (Visit website) @with britt
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Dora Ficher (Visit website@doraficher
Karen Fields (Visit website) @kfieldsdesign
Patricia J Finley (Visit website) @PatriciaFinleyArtist
Laura Fisher (Visit website) @baisebeige
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Felicia Follum (Visit website@FeliciaFollum
Julia Forsyth (Visit website@JuliaForsythArt
Cindy Fort (Visit website@cindyjfort
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Marie K Godwin (Visit website@artistmkgodwin
Tahirih Goffic (Visit website@paintingmommy37
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Pat Grady (Visit website@embellishbliss
Crista Grasso (Visit website@ambertortoise
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Deborah Grayson (Visit website@GraysonStudio
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norma greenwood (Visit website@normadventures
Sean Griffin (Visit website@lightscapesfoto
Lina Grigaitis (Visit website)
Elizabeth Groeschen (Visit website@elizadele
Sari Grove (Visit website@GroveCanada
Beth Grove (Visit website)
Julie Gubler (Visit website) @heroprnt
Adriana Guidi (Visit website)
Erin Gursslin (Visit website@ssilverwear
Laura Habel (Visit website@heartinhawaii
Charlotte Hagan, RN
Johanus Haidner (Visit website) @JohanusHaidner
J. Haley (Visit website@jhaleyarts
terrie hall (Visit website)
Dee Hall (Visit website) @hatup
Mckenna Hallett (Visit website)
Elizabeth Halpern (Visit website)
Kariyappa Hanchinamani (Visit website)
alison hankinson
Amelia Hansen (Visit website)
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Rosemarie Hanus (Visit website@spawnofflame
Alice Harpel (Visit website) @aliceharpel
Martha Harrell (Visit website)
Tiffany Harris (Visit website)
Teresa Harrison (Visit website) @treeartlady
Sandi Harrold (Visit website)
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Kathleen Harvey (Visit website@doulakat
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Sarah Hempel Irani (Visit website@SarahHIrani
K Henderson (Visit website)
Kate Henke (Visit website@katenke
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Deborah Hill (Visit website)
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ken hobson (Visit website@none
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Sarah Hollandsworth (Visit website@yarngeekfibers
Terry Hope (Visit website)
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cory huff (Visit website@agoodhusband
Aimee Hughes (Visit website) @BellaCraft
Pamela Hunt Lee (Visit website@pamela hunt lee
Floyd IAm @Floyd IAm
Lazaro Iglesias (Visit website)
Beverly Ingle (Visit website) @beverlyingle
gary irish (Visit website)
Raj Iyer (Visit website@IamRajIyer
Dolores Jablonski (Visit website) @atawhim
charlene jacka (Visit website@505clayspace
JJ Jacobs (Visit website@abstractsbyjj
Sethi Jacobson (Visit website)
James Jarvis (Visit website) @JJarvisartist
Tamara Leigh Jarvis
Leah Jay (Visit website@leahjayart
dale jenssen (Visit website)
Barry Johansen (Visit website) @barryjohnsen
Marty Johnson (Visit website@bzbwoman
Lonna Johnson (Visit website)
Sarita Li Johnson (Visit website@SaritaLiJohnson
JoAnn Jordan (Visit website@JordanEM
Becky Joy (Visit website@beckyjoyartist
April Joy (Visit website)
Melanie K (Visit website@MelanieK__
Jamie Kalvestran (Visit website@JamieKalvestran
Kelly Kautz (Visit website@KellyKauz
jonathan keeton (Visit website)
Leslie Kell (Visit website)
Toni Kelly (Visit website@A_Spattering
Barbara Kemp Cowlin (Visit website)
Donalee Kennedy (Visit website) @DonaleeKennedy
Robin Kent (Visit website)
M Sanzi Kermes (Visit website@sanzistudio
Rachel Kerwin (Visit website)
Christopher King (Visit website@wingsart
Tim King (Visit website)
Carolyn King (Visit website)
Jen Kirby (Visit website) @jenkirby
Donna Kitchens (Visit website)
Duygu Kivanc (Visit website)
Colleayn Klaibourne (Visit website)
Helen Klebesadel (Visit website@HelenKlebesadel
Laurie Klein (Visit website) @ljkphoto
Lloyd Knowles (Visit website)
Alexa Kocinski @alexakocinski
Shana Kohnstamm @shanakohnstamm
Joe Kopler (Visit website)
Christi Kraft (Visit website@CKPFineArt
Ria Krishnan (Visit website@RiaKrishnanArt
charlotte kruk (Visit website)
Candy Kuehn (Visit website) @candykuehn
Marina Kulik (Visit website@aquarellista
Helena Kuttner-Giasson (Visit website)
Jane LaFazio (Visit website@JaneLaFazio
Joshua Lance (Visit website@joshualanceart
Jamie Lapeyrolerie (Visit website) @jamielynne82
Alice Larsen (Visit website@art from alice
Marc Lawrence (Visit website@MarcLawrenceArt
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Robert Lee (Visit website@BruthaRob
Stacy Leeman (Visit website@stacy leeman
Susan Jane Lees (Visit website)
Shelly Leit (Visit website@shellinayaart
Teresa Levite (Visit website@mrslevite
Fay Liberty (Visit website)
Terri LLoyd (Visit website@clvngodess
Linda Loder
Vince LoGreco (Visit website@CaptainV45
Jeanne Lorenz (Visit website)
Dorothy Lorenze (Visit website@Dblorenzeartist
Beth Lowell (Visit website) @blowell
jen lowery (Visit website)
Amy Lund (Visit website@aclhandweaver
Eoin Mac Lochlainn (Visit website) @EMacLochlainn
Carol MacConnell (Visit website)
Kate MacGillivary (Visit website)
kim mackey (Visit website)
Robert Maddison (Visit website)
Kathleen Mahoney (Visit website) @khmahoneyart
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Megan Manske (Visit website@dwnrabbithole80
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Christine Marsh (Visit website@ChristineMarsh
Christine Martell (Visit website@cmartell
Meridith Martens (Visit website) @Meridithm
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lori mcnee (Visit website@lorimcneeartist
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Anna Measures (Visit website@annameasures
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Gwyn Michael (Visit website@gwynmichael
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Janet Miller (Visit website) @Kyoti13
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Debbie Moore @Whispoo
Cindy Morefield (Visit website) @CindyMorefield
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Terry Parker (Visit website@lomapriepottery
Pat Payne @UnauthorizUsage
Robin Pedrero (Visit website@robinpedrero
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candace pryor @artacrobat
Andrew Purchin (Visit website@andrewpurchin
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Marika Purisima (Visit website@meeks_p
Alison Quine (Visit website) @alisonquine
deb raguso (Visit website) @artistnurse
Heidi Rand (Visit website@GardenDelight
Luna Raven (Visit website) @acuriousgirl13
Joanna Read Cotter (Visit website@joyinmystudio
Phili Rees (Visit website) @digitalcloudart
Mark Reeves (Visit website@sqinchesoflove
Amy Reges (Visit website) @LabradorArt
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Kerry Remp (Visit website) @Folding4U
Jenn Ressmann (Visit website@jennressmann
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Noella Richard @NoellaArt
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Facebook Changes & Artists | 4 Crucial Things You Need To Know…

Facebook has undergone a RADICAL overhaul over the past few days. Changes, first outlined by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg at the f8 conference in San Francisco have already begun to roll out over the site and many more will be coming online in the coming weeks.

Many artists use Facebook as a platform for promoting their artwork so what will the new changes mean if you have an artists Facebook Page? What do artists need to know about the new Facebook?

Lets take a look at some of the new changes.

The power in the blue corner.

Facebook now marks stories that it thinks are important to you by tagging them with a blue corner in your news feed. Users have the power to “untag” these prioritised stories in their feed by simply clicking on the blue corner, meaning that Facebook then demotes similar items in your feed.

By this change, Facebook are taking a massive shift in direction, in that this will selectively weed out boring, irrelevant or annoying posts. Users can easily demote and remove all those annoying updates from friends about requests for Farmville stuff and tedious information about what they had for tea. Hoorah

What this means for artists.

However, whilst welcome in many ways, this change can also mean your work gets removed from the feed if you aren’t engaging enough or if you bombard people with things they aren’t interested in.

It will no longer be enough to accumulate loads of LIKES and then bombard your LIKERS with low quality posts. You are going to have to produce great engaging content to earn your place in the news feed.

Posting interesting content that engages people is now more crucial than ever if you and your art aren’t going to end up talking into empty space…

Too much information!!

The news ticker in the right hand column is a second by second relay of exactly what you are up to. It shows your comments on friends posts {who aren’t neccesarily friends of the people viewing} and also, will soon show any games you may be playing or music you are listening to. In short it overshares everything you do to pretty much everyone, everywhere.

Facebook will also be introducing Facebook Timelines in the next few weeks. This means that everything you do on Facebook will be evolved into a searchable personal history timeline stretching way back into the past. This video explains the concept.  Timelines could be a pretty cool feature but may have some drawbacks too.

What this means for artists.

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to be yourself and also to behave professionally. If you are using Facebook to promote your business it is essential that you are aware of how you may appear to others. Be careful about what you post and do as it is becoming even harder to be totally sure exactly who is viewing your actions. Keep it professional at all times.

Now may be a good time to go into your photo history and delete or detag the pictures of you being sick in a bush at a student party.

Build a shed in the walled garden…

Facebook is making these big changes in an attempt to be even more immersive. You will be able to do an increasing amount of actions, such as listening to music or watching films, WITHIN the Facebook framework. The changes are all designed to make Facebook even more addictive than it curently is [if this is possible].

This is the “Walled Garden” effect, where users are encouraged to stay in one place, within the same site, and never leave.

What this means for artists.

This means that it is becoming even more important to have a presence within the Facebook framework. If you don’t already have an artists Facebook page, now would be a good time to create one. If you do have one, spend a bit of time ensuring it is up to scratch and contains great content. You need to make sure you have access to the walled garden and aren’t left outside banging on the door.

But build a house outside it…

Not all the changes have been popular with Facebook users. There have been many online groups formed to protest against the way Facebook rolls out changes without consultation and doesn’t listen to user feedback, coupled with concerns over Facebook’s attitude to user privacy. It is hard to predict if Facebook can continue it’s meteoric rise or if it’s progress will be derailed somewhere along the way…

A quick glance over the shoulder to some of the internet casualties of the past, including the once mighty MySpace, AOL, Digg &  IBM illustrate that Facebook could quite easily stumble and lose ground to other social destinations like Google +, especially if they keep annoying their users every few months.

As every James Bond villain knows – world domination is by no means guaranteed.

What this means for artists.

Now, more than ever it is ESSENTIAL to base your web presence on YOUR OWN website, on YOUR OWN DOMAIN, outside of Facebook.

Whatever Facebook’s fortunes over the coming years, your own site is your home on the internet, on your own land. It is the most important piece of the jigsaw in promoting your work and will be there for you, whatever social media platform comes to the fore.

Enjoy the fun of Facebook, and use it as an extension to promote your work,  but build your main foundations on the solid ground of your own website and you can’t go far wrong…

 

What do you think of the new Facebook changes? Exciting? Frustrating? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg Animated Gif

Jamie Beck and her partner Kevin Burg create little pieces of cinematic art by combining video with photography to create beautiful animated gifs. Jamie is a street photographer and Kevin has a background in motion graphics. This re-appropriation of a much abused medium often reserved for flashing effects on Myspace is startling and the effect is magical. It is used to great effect on Jamies photography blog From Me To You and you can view more gorgeous animated gifs here

Facebook – The crucial CAN’S and CANNOT’S

If you run a Facebook page promoting your art {or if you want to} it’s incredibly easy to fall foul of Facebook’s promotion rules. At worst this could mean getting banned from Facebook and your page and profile being deleted. Therefore it is incredibly important to know the rules. Build a little Biz blog has created a handy list expaining the LATEST rule changes.

What should artists blog about?

A tricky part about starting your own art blog is knowing what to say!. The Abundant Artist gives some great advice.

What if there were no more art galleries?

“What if there were no art dealers, no “art reps”, and no commercial galleries to sell our work?”

“What if we summoned the courage to take full responsibility for our careers instead of placing our future in someone else’s hands?”

Kesha Bruce asks some crucial and inspirational questions…

What do you think art collectors want from an artist website?

Brian Sherwin discusses this crucial question in relation to artists websites. How does your website measure up?

 

Some wonderful resources and discussions this month. Enjoy

 

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HOW TO STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST (AND 9 OTHER THINGS NOBODY TOLD ME)

How to steal like an artist {and 9 other things nobody told me}

This amazing post by Austin Kleon is based on a talk he did in New York. It is a list of 10 things he wished he was told in college. Brilliantly sage advice for artists everywhere. An absolute must read for all creative folks.

The Importance of Being an Artist in Today’s Modern World

Sometimes. with the economy the way it is, it’s difficult to see where the future of art is heading. Artist Lori McNee shares some thoughts.

Artomat Art Vending Machines

A lovely idea. Art-o-mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. There are over 90 active machines in various locations across America. You can submit art to be sold. Just wish there were some in the UK.

Where the feeling of overwhelm comes from (and how to destroy it)

We have been talking about overwhelm on Artonomy this month. Peter Shallard offers psychological advice to entrepreneurs and offers another and interesting angle on the best way to deal with it..

A Brief Guide To Life

Continuing the theme {I have gone a little existential this month – I think it’s due to the long Easter break!} Leo Babauta over at Zen Habits has a wise and simple manifesto for a simplified and more stress free life.

Heres To The Crazy Ones…

The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…

 

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Video | How To Price Your Artwork | Cedar Lee

In this very helpful little video, Cedar Lee explains her strategy for pricing artwork.

A useful starting point if you are unsure of how to go about setting a structure around your pricing.

Cedar Lee is an artist from Baltimore. You can find out more about Cedar and her paintings here.
http://www.artbycedar.com

 

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Naughty domain names {and how not to get stuck with one}

When you are thinking about starting to sell art online through your own artists website, one of the first things you need to consider is your domain name.

It is one of the elements of your artists website which requires the most careful thought and unfortunately somewhere that you can easily shoot yourself in the foot if you are not careful, often only discovering the problem further down the line when nobody can find you.

But don’t worry. Sticking to a few simple rules will ensure that you get the most out of your domain and website. Lets have a quick look at what it entails.

What is it?

Your domain name is the address you type into the address bar of your browser to call up your website. You can think of it as a signpost that points visitors to where your website is hosted. It will look something like www .johnsmithsculpture.com. It is an important part of your web presence and has implications for search engine optimisation. You can register your domain name before you have a website set up in order to secure it.

Why is it crucial to get it right?

Your domain name is a very important part of your personal brand. Pick the right one and it can enhance your professional appearance. Pick the wrong one and it can let down the side {see point 6 below ;-)}.

It also has a direct bearing on your e-mail address so picking the right domain enables you to set up a professional email address along the lines of enquiries@myname.com. This looks SO much better and more professional than  email addresses like sexybex75@yahoo2h5f.com,  again tying in with your personal brand and giving the right impression. I see a surprisingly large amount of artists undermining their hard work on marketing by giving out business cards with addresses like this. It is an important element of your whole professional package so well worth sorting out properly.

Careful choice of domain is also really important from a search engine point of view as a domain name containing your name and possibly a keyword about what you do can really help your site to appear well in search engine results. You want people to be able to find your work when they type in your name.

How to choose a good domain name

When you come to buying your own domain name there are quite a few things to consider before you lay down your money. Many domain names have already been registered so it can take a bit of trial and error to find a good combination that hasn’t already gone.

Google views domain names as being one of the most important elements of a website when deciding whereabouts in the search pages to rank it so its well worth spending a bit of time on getting a good combination. Spend time doing a bit of brainstorming to come up with different combinations that may work.

Some good points to bear in mind are:

1 Include your name in the domain.
Creating a domain including at least your last name and probably your first name too will help people find you more easily. I.e. www.johnsmith.com

2 Include a keyword relating to your work.
Even better, using a descriptive keyword in your domain, helps with searches for this subject. I.e.www.johnsmithsculpture.com

3 Don’t use hyphens.
It’s tempting to hyphenate your domain name as sometimes all combinations of words seem to have been already registered. If at all possible do try and avoid the use of hyphens though as it makes it well nigh impossible to tell anyone your domain name orally.

Imagine trying to tell someone your web address over the phone. “John hyphen smith hyphen sculpture dot com” just sounds really confusing. Use hyphens as a last resort only.

4 Keep it memorable.
Try and register a domain name that people can remember easily. To this end try to keep it short and to the point. www.pamalaspotterypigemporiumandartbarn.com probably wont work so well.

Also, if there are any common misspellings of your name it can be worth registering both variations in case people forget how to spell it.

5 Try and secure a dot com
If you can, try and secure the .com version of your domain name. You may want to register a few different variations of your domain name with different “Top Level Domain”s {Top Level Domains or TLD’s are the ending part of the domain address ie .com or .org etc} If possible avoid domains ending in the more obscure .info .tv and similar for your main domain name.

You may also want to register the TLD relevant to where you live {ie .co.uk if you live in the UK. .fr for France etc} You can use the .com as your main domain and point the others to your site too.

6 Consider your choice of words carefully.
Some combinations of words, when put together, create an unforseen comedy domain name. Consider the humorous joys of the following real domain names and carefully check any domain name combinations you come up with.

www.powergenitalia.com {Italian Power Company}
www.penisland.net {Pen company}
www.speedofart.com {Designers}

Yes, they are all real! 😉

Checking if your chosen domain is available

Once you have some ideas, you need to check if they are available to register. Go to a domain registration site such as www.names.co.uk or 123-reg.co.uk and enter your desired domain name in their website checker box to see what is available. You don’t have to register your domain there if you don’t want but you will be able to find out of the domain is available for purchase.

Registering your domain

There are an almost infinite number of companies on the internet offering domain registration. It makes life easier to have your domain registered at the same place as your hosting so take a look at the domain registration services offered by your hosting company if you have one.

If you want to register the domain separately {for example, if you want to secure it before hosting or your website is set up} try www.lcn.com or www.names.co.uk

If you are using an artists website building service they will generally be able to look after the registration for you and ensure it is set up correctly to point to your website. This again is a good option as it keeps everything in the same place and allows someone else to deal with the technical side of things. Just make sure you can keep the domain name should you ever want to move to a different service.

All done

Sorting out your domain name can look like a daunting process but the steps above should enable you to choose and register a domain with reasonably little pain. Go and make sure you have secured your personal domain name as soon as you can. You don’t want to discover that someone else has registered www.yourname.com when you come to set up your artists website.

Please share any problems you have had with registering domains in the comments. Have you secured your personal name domain yet?

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Best of the web | January 2011 | Don’t miss these

Creative Entrepreneurs month

Hugh Macleod’s Ignore Everybody

I love Hugh MacLeod’s take on creativity. {see image above} 

Check out Hugh’s tips for creativity in Art and Business

Make sure you scroll down. These are so true.

Freedom, money, time and the key to creative success

Mark McGuiness of Lateral Action has created a FREE E-book detailing his struggles to find a balance between freedom, money, time and his creativity. Its an interesting and inspiring read and you don’t have to register to download. Read it here

I thoroughly recommend having a look round LateralAction.com too. It’s packed full of great info on creative entrepreneurship

John T Ungers Art Heroes Radio

John T Unger is a great example of an artist doing well on his own terms by using the power of the internet to reach a global audience. He creates stunningly beautiful firebowls out of metal and sells them all over the world. Art Heroes radio is his project whereby we can all learn from his great interviews with artists who are living and working successfully in the arts.

Check out his own site too for a good example of a great artists website in action

And finally… Should I work for free?

In short… NO

In long… well, see what ShouldIWorkForFree.com has to say. 😉

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Are you making these 6 art sales killing mistakes on your artists website?

Poking around the internet a lot, as I am wont to do, means that I look at a heck of a lot of artist’s websites and in my meanderings round the corners of cybespace I have found that there are some issues that come up again and again.

Without wanting to be overdramatic, I would say that there are a core of common mistakes, all of which have the potential to seriously damage if not kill the possibility of selling any art on the websites that make them.

So here in no particular order are my top 6 sales killing artists website mistakes. Check your site to see if you have any of these issues, and if you do, sort ’em out quick to ensure you are in the best possible position to sell art online.

{warning. I may get ever so slightly ranty in this post as I get so frustrated at the amount of sites and artists scuppering their own chances of success when their work is great. Don’t let it happen to you.}

1 } Hidden prices give us “The Fear”

There is nothing more guaranteed to prevent a sale than looking for a price and seeing “price list available on application”. It brings out in us all “the fear” of going into an expensive shop and dealing with a snotty assistant who assumes we can’t afford it and looks at us like we crawled from under a hedge.

Most people {especially us Brits} would rather pull our eyes out with spoons than ask the price.

If you are happy with your price structure you should be happy to show people the price. Make it clear on your site so that people don’t have to hunt for it.

How does it kill sales?

People will just not contact you for the price out of embarrasment in case they have to make an “Ummm, Oh yes that’s fine but I think I have just strangely changed my mind” kind of excuse. Just tell them.

2 } Muzak

Putting music on your site is really offputting to a visitor as the chances of them liking the same music as you are VERY slim. Then it just annoys them whilst they scrabble around to find a mute button. Even worse, if you haven’t included a mute button they will harbour feelings of deep and steaming resentment towards you that you inflicted Richard Clayderman on them at 6am when they were having a quiet surf and woke up their sleeping husband so he got grumpy at them [or maybe that’s just me].

How does it kill sales?

As well as the aformentioned deep and steaming resentment build up prejudicing sales, music also stops people having a sneaky look at your site at work.

3 } Splash screen lunacy

A splash page is a web page placed at the front of a site that contains a big image or an introductory flash animation, possibly of artwork swishing in and whizzing round.

They were popular about 10 years ago but can still be seen on some sites. I did think they were dying out but just this morning got a link to an artists newly launched site which had one.

Splash pages annoy and frustrate visitors [Have you ever watched an animated one through without clicking “skip intro”?] and confuse search engines, even if they are static by putting an extra, unnecessary and empty page between them and the content. It can make the site unusable on smartphones and just generally gets in the way.

How does it kill sales?

Splash screens frustrate the viewer before they even get to consider buying your work, driving them away from your site and off to look at other artists work.

See this post Artists Websites and the Attack of the Toddler Brainz to see why.

4 } Google adsense chaos. A site cluttered up with advertising.

It’s quite common to find a site where the work is lost amongst columns of Adsense ads [little text ads from Google] as well as flashing banner ads taking up half the space of the site. As these ads will be related to art [Google places ads relevant to your content] it can be hard to see where the ads end and the art begins.

Its very off-putting to users if your pages consist of large chunks of advertising. Its also very difficult for you to make money this way unless you have a very popular site with thousands of visits and constantly updated content. You won’t just get free money for cluttering your page up with a few ads. For most artist it’s better to concentrate on selling your work rather than advertising space.

How does it kill sales?

The advertising devalues your work making your site look more “bargain basement” than “Saatchi Gallery” This makes visitors far less likely to want to part with good money to buy your art.

5 } The anti-Zen. An imbalance between form and function.

The best websites keep a good balance between looking good and functioning well. A site that does either at the expense of the other will perform poorly.

We have all come across them. The beautiful sites that take ages to load and then crash your machine or the extremely functional sites that look terrible. Good website design should balance both elements to create a harmonious whole. [Ooh, I have come over all zen!}.

How does it kill sales?

An imbalance either way can prevent sales. Too much form can mean a deficit on the technical side and issues with the user having difficulty with the purchasing process. Too much function and you can devalue your artwork by placing it in an unnatractive setting {back to the “bargain basement” again}.

6 } Weird Navigation involving fairies

Visitors to your site just want to be able to view your work easily and quickly. They don’t want to play a game where they have to discover an invisible hovering fairy on the page and then chase it around the screen until a menu unfolds out of its tiny wings {I have actually seen this navigation, I’m not making it up!}

At this point they will have gone off to have a cup of tea and a lie down in a darkened room. Just make it as easy as possible for them to get around the site and find out more about you and your work. Don’t make them have to work for the information.

How does it kill sales?

Going back to the Toddler Brainz post, people have the attention spans of 3 year olds on the web. By the time they have found the hidden fairy menu they will have wandered off to do something else, thereby not even looking at your work for sale. Just make it easy for them to find it and then they have more chance of buying it.


So there are my top six sales killers. Removing any of them from your site should definately mean an improvement in your results and a general improvement in the user experience of your visitors.


Do you agree that these are killers? Has removing any of them improved the performance of your site? Do you have any more killers that annoy you? Please share your comments below.

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