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Do I Need A Personal Website to Sell Art? (7 of 30)

Be a fan to have a fan.

This new pen name I am using doesn’t know anyone, but already he has 14 friends on face book.  I do not know any one but my artist associates on Imagekind, they seem to create a very supportive fan base.  I am selecting some artist I will be come fans of later this week.  10 fans a week. 10 Sincere and honest comments about the work they have posted on line.

My twitter is not going as well.  I am really trying to make it without any additional twitter tools, but I may get a few trial auto follow accounts.  More on this later.  I am not indexed on google yet.  I need more meat in my post.  I am going forward but should have at least 200 to 350 words about each post to get noticed bu the great search mechanism of the internet.  It is the end of the first week of doing this and I am pretty tired.  So initially it is hard work.  I do not think there is a way around that.  Eventually it will become easier and most of the task will become routine.  But during the build up stage the first 30 days make sure your  support system is in place to help you stay the course until you hit your objective which should be one sale and 3 ot five prints.  I know it is possible.

Just sticking with it for 30 days or how ever many days it takes will make you stand out.  Will cause people to take notice of your art.

Keep posting , keep reviewing, stay objective,  and focus on the goal

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Jeremy

Sell Art Online — Where Do I Start

Blog – Blogger

Artist Statement: Write an artist statement, make it an evergreen post.  Sidebar, header or footer.

Post you wips:  Post your work in progress (wips).  As it goes ask for comments, get you readers involved in the creative process.  Sell originals on your.  Get a paypal account and follow a tutorial on paypal about how to add a button for purchase.  Once you have done this a few times, it will be as easy as sending an email.

Twitter (easier than sending an email)

Keep the conversation going with a twitter account, you can remind the world what you are creating.  More on twitter in Part 1 Sell Art Online With Twitter

Use Flickr or Picasa

If you are going to use Imagekind, or you think yo are going to use Imagekind use Fickr or Flickr Pro to store all the electronic copies of your art.  I recommend you use it as a make shift file ssystem/catalog for your art in Is Flickr A Social Media SIte?

Use Imagekind or Redbubble

Set up galleries to display and offer prints for sale.  If you are looking to provide high quality framed prints of your work Imagekind and RedBubble both have nice features.  A comparison between these two sites comming in Print On Demand – Part 2

Read Great Books and Blogs

Get two great books I’d Rather Be in the Studio! and The Unconventional Guide to Art and Money read them and put them to practice.
Read Art Marketing Blogs

EmptyEasel.com
Tony Moffit
Fine Art Views.com
ArtBizBlog.com

Your comments are appreciated and will help move forward the idea that an artist can take total control of their online success.

Jeremy

Sell Art With Twitter – Part 1

Social networking is a new breed of communication. You will use social media to maintain and develop relationship with potential collectors on the internet. These media sites offer the ability to network in ways that the more traditional message boards never could manage.  If you want an easy way to start using the new social media sites,  start with Twitter.

As an artist social networks give you an extended reach when combined with your other online activities to sell art twitter will give you an extended reach.  It will help you to communicate with prospective collectors in an immediate and simple way.   So while you will not sell art directly on twitter,  it will help to give a face and story to your art.  You begin using twitter as soon as possible, even before you set up you online galleries.

Getting started with twitter is easy.  If you have never done social networking, this is easily the most basic of all the current popular sites. Registration takes no more than a few minutes.  Make sure you fill out your profile.  It will give you the appearance of being a permanent participant, and help you build credibility more quickly.  Post some links. They can be to works in progress you are posting on blogger, or links to your Imagekind site  as well as to pages on your site.

Do some searches. Use keywords to find other Twitter users that may be potential clients. Use the follow feature to create a connection. Follow most people who follow you. Be cautious if you decide to use auto follow.  It will build your list, but there are some spammers and pornographic services that follow everyone.

Art and Money list a few Artist for you to follow:

http://twitter.com/michaelnobbs

http://twitter.com/leah_art

http://twitter.com/knitgrrl

http://twitter.com/dooneystudio

http://twitter.com/soniei

http://twitter.com/emptyeasel

http://twitter.com/smlacy

http://twitter.com/smallandround

http://twitter.com/julesandnate

http://twitter.com/Hennartonline

http://twitter.com/koldobarroso

http://twitter.com/johntunger

http://twitter.com/jimsmeltzart

http://twitter.com/gapingvoid

http://twitter.com/olivosartstudio

http://twitter.com/fstop23

http://twitter.com/5wa

http://twitter.com/QueenofTorts

http://twitter.com/allyjoyetsy

http://twitter.com/ArtByChrysti


Use Twitterfeed to help people stay updated. Twitterfeed is basically the website’s answer to an RSS feed, and it’s a great way to automatically keep your followers updated without them checking your page too often. It also allows things to be updated on their own, so you don’t have to spend extra time telling everyone you have an updated; it’s all done for you.  More on twitterfeed will be covered in twitter tools.

Please leave comments, on twitter tools you use or have questions about.

Is Flickr A Social Media Site?

I found the following paragraph on brighthub.com

“Flickr is a social photography website affiliated with Yahoo, so you will need a Yahoo ID to sign up. This site is good for connecting with other artists and whet people’s appetite for your artwork, but I must mention it is not a place for selling. Actually none of the social networking sites are, a constant commercial is a turn off. On this site, you can use your website URL as your user name, so when ever an individual looks at your photos, they will have your website to go to if they are interested enough to want to learn more.”

http://www.brighthub.com/office/entrepreneurs/articles/49064.aspx

Be careful not to use Flickr for commercial purposes, it is expressly forbidden in their terms of agreement.  But you can use it to store and sort all photos of you art. It can be a data base for storing all you art work.  If you are storing photos of your artwork on Flickr as a way to track you inventory make sure your description includes the following:

  1. Name of the Piece:
  2. Where is the Physical Piece: ie collection of the artist
  3. where else s this piece on line
  4. Date of creation:
  5. Support: Canvas board, paper
  6. Medium:
  7. Technique:
  8. size: height by width by depth
  9. Notes: Tell a short story about the piece

You can copy the above ans use it as a template for each photo of your artwork you upload to flickr past the above.  The above list is abbreviated from Alyson Stanfield’s Great Book I’d Rather Be in the Studio!

In addition to using Flickr as a data store and catalog of you art. You can also link to Flickr through you blog,  Imagekind and other web services.  When you have a free Flickr account, you can upload 2 videos and 100MB worth of photos each calendar month.  The value of a Flickr Pro Account (24.95) is you are limited by to a 20 MB file size for photos and a 500 mb file size for video. There no limit on the number of the files. You can combine Flickr with your Imagekind Account and have an easy way to get you Large High Quality images over to you Imagekind Gallery.

Back to the original question, is Flickr a social media site.  You can use Flickr for social networking, but you can not use it for commercial purposes.  It is probably the best investment you could make for an online inventory system.  Just remember you can not sell your art work directly on Flickr, but you can sell it through you Imagekind Account.

Imagekind will be reviewed in great detail in an future Blog Post  Print On Demand Part 2

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