- How to make a website domain name work for you as an artist and
- One reason why your artist's website is NOT found on the first page of Google when people look for it.
BELOW: I explain:
- why her website domain name was a problem and why I couldn't find it;
- some tips on how to choose a domain name which gets found fast by people who don't know you - but may have heard of you.
The selected artists post - matching names to websites
I find and match artists' websites to the names of selected artists and publish a post about this quite often.
Names of artists are often meaningless while a list with embedded links means that those aspiring to be selected can check out the websites to see the standard of work selected. This is enormously helpful to:
- up and coming artists
- the peers of those selected who have not yet realised that in fact they are actually good enough to submit work via the open entry.
So here's the letter (minus all names)
I found your site for the first time today as I was seeking a list of AWS Exhibition artists for 2016. I cam across your list of the 2013 accepted artists where you provide links to the artists' web sites. Mine was not linked, but I have had a site for many years. If you can, at your convenience, please link my name to my site.
I enjoyed your site and will bookmark it for future reading.
and here's my response
I've updated the post with your website which I'm always pleased to do for any artist whose website is incorrect or missing.
However please note the following:
If you wonder why I do this, take a look at the number of artists listed in that (art society acronym) post and then multiply out that number by (say) a minute and you can see very quickly why to do otherwise would waste an awful lot of my time. I used to find that if I just put the name of the artist into Google it could take ages to find the website. It's my habit to "max out" at a minute of searching.
- Latterly it's been my practice to put "the name of the artist" + the word 'art' or 'artist' into Google to find the websites for 'selected artists' posts. This is to speed up the search process
- the artist then has 15 seconds to deliver a result - i.e. enough time for me to scan a page to locate the right website. That means that the website MUST turn up on the first page of search results on Google - and preferably in the top half of the page
- if the website doesn't get much traffic and/or there is another artist of the same name then it's quite likely I can't find the website that fast - and it is left
My job is to find the website. It's the artist's job to make sure I can find it fast. Unfortunately I think the addition of the letter "K" in the middle of your domain name really does not help.
Unfortunately if I just put the name "name of the artist" into Google I don't find you. You may say you always use the letter "K" with your name but I don't know that and that is not how your name was listed by the (art society acronym). Invariably it's the names of artists with extra initials which present problems with finding websites.
In my experience, the artists who are competing with others of the same name do much better being found if they add on 'art' or 'artist' after their name. Initials rarely do anything unless the person looking already knows the artist and knows that's how she styles him or herself. Semantically they add nothing.
You may have had a website forever - but the key thing is whether or not people can actually find it.
If you want to test it for yourself you need to do it on somebody else's computer (eg one in a library) which has no record of entering your name or searching for your name - or eliminate all the stored cookies and search history from your computer.
I hope you find this useful
More on the topic of domain names
|examples of domain names for artists|
In general I recommend:
- Test out whether anybody else with the same name as you owns a website domain name - this is your competition and the domain name you need to differentiate from.
- ALWAYS use .com for the suffix. It 's the most popular and most easily found by a very long way. It outranks everything else and reigns supreme.
- ALWAYS use your own name for your artist's website.
- Differentiate yourself and add value in an informative way if you can't get the .com for your name
- Use a country domain name (eg .co.uk) if you can't come up with a .com domain name
- use an extra word in your .com domain name which adds value eg. art, artist, painter, watercolours etc
The next time the domain name registrar tells you all about the new whizzbang domain names which exist, do remember that they are in business to make money and sell you things whether or not you need them.
Try and always stick to a .com website if at all possible.