I've now identified a way of responding to the query I received - plus a way in which you could also help out around providing advice.
coloured pencils on black Arches cover
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Here's the query
I have come to the font of all blog knowledge to ask for some advice on how to make the next move for my artwork. I begin to feel much more confident and would really like to get my work out there. Really bad year to choose to do it with the recession but you have to start somewhere, right? I'd really like to get more traffic to my blog and website but have no idea how to do it. Any advice you could give me would be really appreciated.Now what's really good about this query is that first the artist recognizes a need to find out more before she starts trying to market herself online ( "conscious incompetence" - see yesterday's post!). Plus, second, she also recognises that the recession is going to make a difference. She's absolutely right - it will make a major difference!
I'm currently very motivated from the business standpoint.
Do you have any recommendations regarding Etsy, ImageKind or any of those sites?
But that then throws up the issue of whether past advice continues to be relevant given the way that the art economy is changing!
She's asking about two things:
- how to get more traffic to her blog and website
- views on various websites which help artists to sell their art online.
A new Resources for Artists site
I've got information about ecommerce sites in Art Business - Resources for Artists. However that's a very big information site and I've started to break out specific topics from that one into separate microsites.
What I've decided to do is create a new Resources for Artists site focused purely on ecommerce for artists and selling art online. [Update: In the end I created a number of sites - and you can find them all in Resources for Artists - Selling Art Online Headquarters]
In fact I got it up and running this morning and will be spending today populating it with links to all the sites I know about.
Here's how you can help
My aim is to try and make the new site as relevant as I can to people who want to know about selling art online. So, in terms of checking out the scope of the new site, it struck me that the readers of this blog could provide some useful pointers!
First please let me know what you want to know about. For example, do you want to know more about the law and regulations relating to selling online?
Use the comments to this post to leave a note of your query/queries which you'd like to get an answer to - or, alternatively, those mattters that you try and keep up to date on.
Second, I've got a lot of links to include - but more are always welcome. Please leave a comment with the name and URL if you've got any favourite websites, blogs, blog posts, articles, tools or books which you have found helpful in relation to selling your art online - whether it's ACEOs, daily paintings, small works, original artwork of any size, prints or crafts. That way what has helped you can be shared with other people in the community of artists interested in selling art online.
Tomorrow I'll be publishing the new site and will highlight some of the issues which emerged for me as I was creating it - in terms of:
- where the gaps in information are
- where there are now queries over the continuing relevance of past advice.
After my mistake around moor hens and coots, I decided I needed to start drawing Coots so I wouldn't forget and make the same mistake. I'm having a fun time with the RSPB database for identifying birds - here's more about the coot. Usually they appear to be all black - except when they're fluffing up their feathers to keep warm because they're standing on ice! They also have the most curious feet and a penchant for standing on one leg.