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I am on a few different but similar sites to FAA and receive feedback on a daily basis.
Since being a member here (paid account) i have had no visits and wondered if anybody could shed any light on whether i am doing anything wrong.
My page/site has a couple of hundred images displayed but no one has visited - confused :(
Hi Mike! I belong to several Art Centers, and have many arts show in the past with sold out of my hand embroideries. I will have my first Art
show for Autism charity in May 4, 13, and more after this. Please help me with FAA for I am not very good of advertising myselve well! English
is very hard for me to describe my work eventhoug I want to say a lot but the words just do not come out. I read just about every thing you write
to learn how to get me out there but not very lucky with the sell so far. Perhaps I start to load up my hand embroideries to see if I have any luck.
Please take a look in my web site Totam & Tolan Collection.
Thank a million, To-Tam
@to-tam - i would start with advertising in the language you do know and see what you can get from that. though the ones that understand it won't be able to read the site without a translator - that's where the flaw of that plan is.
i would upload things that are really yours to start with. like uploading images from the louve won't help you out in selling it, plus it's blurry. you want work that represents what you do. you want to upload only your best work, there are 5 images of the Eiffel tower, most of them lean and a few aren't printable. i don't want to hijack the thread by posting them. but there is at least one that is very grainy, leaning and well, not printable. and it's also spelled wrong.
overall you need to present your images better. forget about scanning slides in from 1986, stick with the paintings you made, otherwise you'll confuse the audience about what you do. like initially looking at your work i assumed you did photography of some kind, but now i see your a painter. i would honestly remove the things that aren't paintings (or at least the things from 1986) . then you have to advertise. who too? i don't know, you'll have to just gather friends and show them all. you'll want to add hashtags #autism #autismAwareness #skeleton #RockBand #guitarist (for the skeleton guitar player. for keywords add the things i said plus Los dio Meurtos i think that's how it's spelled, it's for the day of the dead, and you would more likely get people that way.
the paintings are quite varied from skeleton musicians to people in your family, so it's hard to pin down the type of thing you do. and you want to be recognizable.
watch the crop marks in the paintings.
you know i was looking at everything and i see like 6 different styles, the stuff towards the back of the folder is far finer and of better quality then the portraits. i can only assume the portraits of the the girls, boy, angels, etc are older. if they are older, and because they are family - i wouldn't show those. i would highlight the musicians you have in your galleries that looks like current work.
the gallery needs to have all the images. right now you have them set up under musicians, yet you have nice tropical birds that no one would ever see, and the photos which are mixed in there (the later photos are better than the ones from the 80's), so it makes it confusing as a buyer to find things.
for wording, i think the best thing to do is to describe what people are looking at. then look in wikipedia for a brief outline of who these people are, or what kind of parrots those are, etc. and word it like that. then you can advertise in two languages. mostly you need more keywords on things, and that's tough for some pieces.
JC and Mike, thanks for the feedback, what i meant JC was both really, i get comments and sales on my other sites.
I suppose your both (all) right, i have only found out today how to add my site here to my FB fan page, this may help with hits/sales.
just keep plugging away i guess is the best option for me, but thanks a lot for advice.
A quick look tells me you are in 2 Groups, you have no favorites, you have nobody on your watchlist, no blogs, etc. If you want to have more sales and visits, you need to visit others and get to know others. Your work is good and word of mouth is the best advertising there is.
Nice work. You have some unique and powerful pieces. If I might suggest, and only suggest: Add more keywords outside the box for the market you mean to attract. Right now you're sticking close to the main subject of the image: boat, factory, etc., with a few keywords like black. Add more like black and white or urban and such. I'm imagining you're a cryptic kind of guy and your keywords might reflect that right now.
The reply about joining other groups and commenting on others' works applies also. Right now you're a little like an island. That will change. You can remain the unique guy you are by joining with other artists like you.