|Shades of grey and blue |
(in Fine Line Artists exhibition at Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego California, November 2010)
coloured pencils on Arches HP, 10 x 8"
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
How do you optimise your blog/site to gain maximum hits?You can find out more on my resource site Blogging for Artists - Resources for Artists. This includes links to other useful blog posts about blogging for artists.
Different art bloggers will have different experiences of what attracts maximum traffic. It partly depends on the focus of your art blog
Some basic tips are:
What do you find to be popular issues/topics?
- Make your blogname and domain URL memorable and unique. Calling my blog "making a mark" with a domain name of http://makingamark.blogspot.com was probably the best decision I made early on. I also bought the 'proper' domain name of http://www.makingamark.co.uk and that's now an associated 'resources for artists' website. Using your own name is also good if it's unusual (and do make sure you snap up that domain name even if you don't use it straight away).
- Post on a regular basis: Google likes sites which update on a regular basis. I post to my main blog most days and it gets far more visitors than my relatively static website. I'm expecting Making A Mark to top 1 million unique visitors early in 2011. Having a blog and creating a post only once in a while is a waste of time as it will NOT generate any traffic.
- Get out and about and visit other blogs - people will then come and visit you and if they like what they see then they'll tell their friends
- Make sure people know about your blog: The majority of blogs die in the first three months because of lack of visitors and feedback and people get disspirited
- Be persistent: Traffic usually builds slowly. However growth can be exponential once you get know as everybody tells their friends about this really good art blog they've found!
Topics I know attract interest and traffic are:
- explanations of working methods - if you're doing anything interesting which you don't mind sharing, artists and collectors are always fascinated to know how you did it. Steo by step demos and videos showing you creating your artwork are always good to view.
- show how you've developed your art. e.g. Take one piece and explain the story of its development. Take a series of works and explain how they developed.
- exhibition reviews - including photos of private views and artwork in galleries. Make sure you're allowed to take pics before doing this
- Artists & Illustrators (A&I) magazine is a best-selling magazine in the UK for professional artists and aspiring amateurs. It provides both inspiration and practical advice to its readers through features, profiles and interviews of accomplished artists or new talent and previews of forthcoming show
- The image in this post, along with others in my cacti and succulent series, will be on display in a group exhibition by Fine Line Artists at the Mission Trails Regional Park Art Gallery San Diego, Californiain November/December 2010