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Do I Need A Personal Website to Sell Art? (3 of 30)

Yesterday, took some time for me it was about one hour and 4o minutes to get the statement written where I was semi happy with it.  I am working through a 20 day course on improving my artist statement.  But I updated most of my profiles, and actually have two fans on Imagekind.  So we are rolling along.

Today:

  • Pick one image.
  • Improve its description on imagekind.
  • Make a blog post about it using at least 200 words.
  • Make a paypal add to cart button to offer the painting form sale in my blog.   Log in to you pay pal account it has easy to follow instructions to do this.  Place button in the html of your blog post.  Test it.
  • Let your readers know about your  ImageKind galleries and offer prints using the standard ImageKind Pricing package.  Test your ImageKind links
  • Set up twitterfeed so I do not have to tweet all my blog post.  Twitterfeed will automatically scan my blog and copy my post to twitter.  I go into detail about setting up twitterfeed in Social Marketing Trifecta.

The first time going through this will eat up the majority of the time I have put aside for this project, but once the system is in place, I should be able to set 7 of these post each weekend, and have blogger publish them on a daily schedule, after that I will just keep adding my new creations to the end of the que.

Let me know how it is going?

Jeremy

Do I Need A Personal Website to Sell Art? (1 of 30)

Not really.  You do need a web presence, which at a minimun should be a blog, and a gallery site.  And I am convinced that you can get a decent gallery system going by using Imagekind or redbubble.  Welcome to my 30 Day challenge to my self .

Goal: Come out of no where using free services, sell two original paintings and 5 prints in 30 days or less.

First I need to establish accounts using the following services:

Yahoo Email:   _____________________________________________________

Flickr (hook to Yahoo Email):  _________________________________________

Imagekind Site: ____________________________________________________

Start A Blog With a New Alias: _________________________________________

Twitter Account: __________________________________________________

Facebook: _______________________________________________________

MySpace: _______________________________________________________

Squidoo: ________________________________________________________

Paypal: _________________________________________________________

This is the check list I am starting with.  I offer it to those of you who would like to try the challenge.  You of course will not have to get new accounts for everything.  I am gettng new accounts for everything to prove a point.  When I establish my accounts, I need to fill out a planned profile.  My profiles will all be linked to a well developed artist statement.

In addition to the above you should have a body of work of 30 pieces that you believe the world will want and a killer artist statement.

Good Luck, More on this latter this evening.

Print On Demand Services Part 1

There are many Print-on-Demand (POD) Services  that can be used by you to create affordable prints of your work for prospective collectors, or to create memorable collectibles.  In my getting started course http://www.simpleartmarketing.com/Sell-Art-Online.html,  I recommend using one of these services to establish your first online gallery. You should pick these services depending on your goals and objectives.

If you only wan to sell high quality prints of you work, then Imagekind or RedBubble are the services you should use.  Imagekind allows and encourage you to upload large formats of you work.  Imagekind’s policy is that images smaller than 800×800 pixels will be available for display only. Large high quality photos of your art work best.  The prints your customers purchase will be a beautiful representation of your masterpieces.

Other POD services like Cafe Press and Zazzle, give you the opportunity to print your images on merchandise.  If your art lends it self to coffee cups and hats by all means use these services.  It is a great way to distribute your cards, and designs.  I am workingon a graphic novel and intend to offer plenty of merchandise to my collectors.

There were four POD services reviewed in The Unconventional Guide To Art and Money.  There are probably more POD services available.  Please be sure to leave comments about any  print on demand (POD) services you may have used and your opinion of each, so we can all benefit.

Print-on-Demand
Services
Fees Display
Customization
Most
Suitable for…
Pros Cons
ImageKind Free,
Pro ($7.99/month), and Platinum ($11.99/month) accounts
Only text is
customizable
Selling prints of artwork or photos -High-traffic site
-You can get 15% commission on frames
-You determine your profit based on ImageKind base prices
-Free account limited to 24 images
-Less community-oriented than RedBubble
RedBubble Free Only text is customizable Selling prints of artwork or photos; T-shirts and art cards also available -High-traffic site
-You determine your profit based on RedBubble base prices
-Integrated blog attracts traffic
-Fewer framing options than ImageKind
CafePress Free for basic shop; premium shop $6.95/month or $59.95/year Premium shop offers different templates Printing images on merchandise, especially humorous, quirky, whimsical or political themes -High-traffis site
-You determine your profit based on CafePress base prices
-You can open unlimited basic shops
-Very limited options for prints
-Basic shops limited to one product type
Zazzle Free Galleries are customizable Printing images on merchandise, especially humorous, quirky, whimsical or political themes -Rapidly growing traffic
-You determine your profit based on Zazzle base prices
-Earn 15% commission on any sales traffic you send to Zazzle
-Options for prints are more limited than ImageKind and RedBubble

This is just a short listing and you could spend the rest of the day exploring each of these options or even find new ones. Please share your experiences with me and in Part 2 will begin to explore the details of each service.
Take Care,

Jeremy

Promote Your Art Using A Free Blog Site

For Artists, a free blogging web site is a great way to get started in the on the web, a simple way to promote your work in progress, and a great adjunct to direct people to any gallery sites where you might have your work displayed for sale. A blog that is consistently updated with interesting content about you and your art, can give your other online efforts an big boost in the search engines. Blogging gives you a chance to communicate with prospective collectors. Popular blogging web sites like blogger, wordpress or movable type allow Artists to set up, host , and maintain a blog for free.

The free blogging sites can provide you with all of the tools that you need to get your blog up and running without spending any money means that you have nothing to lose by starting a blog. The fact is blogging is a web presence that you can control, update and use without a lot of outside help. By signing up with a free blogging web site, you may find it easier to get listed in search engines than you would if you were starting your own blogging website from scratch. For example, google runs the free blog hosting site blogspot and blogger. Google searches blogs on these sites often. Each entry in your blog is indexed as a new page by the search engines. This easy access to search engines can take some of the work out of promoting your blog, and can help you gain a following with a minimum of marketing effort.

Some Artist also happen to be great writters. Whether you are a great writer or someone who is really unsure or their writting ability, you should write something in every blog post and post often. A blog will help you promote an sell your art, but only if it is continually refreshed with new content. Unless you are selling still lifes about the sandwhich you had for lunch, your fans, collectors and prospective buyers may not share your facination with white or wheat.

Starting your Art blog on a free blog site is a great way to build a following before you spend any money on your blog. If and when your blog becomes popular and you are ready to take the next step and purchase your own domain, your readers will follow you to your new home. The fact that it is possible to use a free blog host like blogspost, blogger, or wordpress as a kind of incubator for your online marketing efforts. It is a way for you to begin to know your market intimately, and a way for them to see you and your art as something tangible and desirable. Having your own domain can help you make your blog feel professional, and finding a company that will host your domain is not difficult or expensive. Once your blog takes off, you will probably be able to sell enough advertising space to be able to afford to buy a domain and pay for a hosting package, and still have money left over. However, it does not make sense in most cases to invest in these glossy luxuries before you have a sizable readership.

A free blog host like blogspost, blogger, or wordpress can be used as an incubator for your online marketing efforts. It is a way for you to begin to know your market intimately, and a way for them to see you and your art as something tangible and desirable.

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