Do you or have you discovered the “best” or “optimum” time to upload your images for maximum exposure to the buying public?
Do you think people use the ‘Today’s Images’ to view the newest uploads?
I did a search for one of my images and found someone else had a similar image with the same title. I know it came after my image was on the home page. At first I was angry and then I thought it could be an interesting strategy.
Have you or would you title one of your images the same as one that sells a lot?
if we had a true strategy that worked, i don't think we would really say anything. because that would be a poor strategy.
the place is world wide so i don't think there is a particular time, more so, the time you send your ad may also have impact. i don't think anyone but bored people look at the today's images because it's a random hodge podge. people usually have idea what they want and do a search for it. unless they came here on someone elses invite like a tweet.
the search doesn't see titles. the title doesn't sell the image, the image sells the image. and calling it the same thing won't help you much. and if it's really obvious they would call you the fake. if it happens to line up then it does. it's bound to happen. i tend to repeat mine a lot because i thought i did something new.
by homepage - do you mean chosen as a feature on the main front page? or something else?
Not yet! I am new but slowly accepting the fact that this is like a journey in a sense. There are so many great artist out there that it's unreal. Not even the best artist on here have it on lock down because of the different styles etc. I think we kind of know when we browse around which pieces we would personally buy if we were non-sellers. If I came to this site to buy something I think I would look around a while and most likely change my mind more than a few times. Just keep plugging away is my motto and think of this more as an experience of meeting people, learning new tecniques, and a goal to put together the best gallery possible. Not sure if more images just for the sake of more images will help even though I am surprised personally of what some people will buy. Good Luck! Or should I not say luck?
I don't think upload timing has anything to do with sales. Well, at least not my portfolio, lol. I sold an image yesterday that I uploaded in Sept. 2011. And it was the first sale for that image. I think the fastest an image sold for me after uploading was a week. I just upload whenever I have something to upload. And, as Craig said, keep plugging away...
It does if you put your title in the key words section.
"Have you or would you title one of your images the same as one that sells a lot?"
I haven't, but ouuuu let's do it. No rules against it. However, if you're going to play the search engine game, you don't have to guess what the top global searches are. Here's what you should have named your art in 2012:
Michael Clarke Duncan
Check Google to see what's hot this year and name your art that.
Is that smart marketing or dumb marketing? Could it even be considered marketing? Does it clash with your vision for your art, and you as an artist, or is it just perfect?
Let's say I am a buyer and I remember seeing a photo I liked. I can remember the title but not the artist. So I put in the search the title. Let's say I search for someone's image that right now is on the front page and will be getting lots of views. I'll use Tom Druin as my example because his image is one I could rename one of mine to.
By Tom Druin
So if I rename, or title my image to 'Raw Steel' could I hone in on his viewers?
As long as the key word is related to your image, you're good. Tag spam will get your tags deleted. But titles are your decision alone. Be sure and put them in the key words, along with your name. A fine art abstract named "Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot" is a legit title.
the timing doesn't matter because most don't buy things as soon as they see things. most of my sales are about 3 weeks since i uploaded them, usually at the earliest.
if people type - Whitney Houston or gangnam style - the expect to see those things. and if it's not it's spam. and if it is, it's probably a copyright infringement.
the best way to sell is to advertise to people that may be the most interested in whatever it is your trying to push. tags are important because they help people find your things, but don't rely on them. descriptions help the viewer as do the titles, google likes them too. i've been here 2 years and never once did i look at the today's uploads. i never saw the point honestly.
facebook is a pain to use because the only way you can get sales there is to have lots of friends. they have lots too. and the more there are the harder it will be to find your ad or discussion. unless you can find a clever and funny description for a duckling or a dog with cake around it's mouth - it will probably be hard to wrangle up people.
and the people that find you (or me in this case), are people who like the work, like looking at it - but not buy it.
Thanks for all the useful ideas! I had been wondering about these questions, since my art work has been viewed by people in Guatemala, India, and China as well as in the U.S., where I make it. I would think that people could be looking at your work at any hour of the day.
It "feels" unethical to PURPOSEFULLY title any of my image the same as someone else's and try to piggyback on their success. If I coincidently name my image the same as someone's as I'm sure I have then I wouldn't feel guilty. But I wondered about purposefully naming and tagging an image that is currently in the top features. If I had an image that was very similar to one of Mike's images that sells a lot - it seems wrong to me to copy his title and keywords and try to get his image views and possible buyers. I personally wouldn't do that, but I think there's nothing to keep someone from doing that or having done it.
if i were to find my name on someone elses keywords and they aren't related to the family i would contact support to get rid of those words. as it is i still see people using words like ebay or things like that. and it doesn't help in the long run because google knows ebay has nothing to do with this site.
but also because of how this site is set up, even if you were to title your things the same titles and such, because the sellers are at the top, they would be seen before yours. you would still be in the back
Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases.
But those things CAN be protected by trademark.
However, unlike copyright protection, which is granted the minute your work is created, trademarks aren’t handed out so freely. In fact, if the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t consider your title (or brand) a distinctive mark that is indisputably distinguishable from others, you will not be granted trademark protection. This is why you see so many works of art and books with the same—or very similar—titles. Many of the terms are considered too generic or arbitrary to warrant protection.
Ah, yes Mike, that is true. It's all about the sales in the search algorithum. I know there is other criteria as has been said in the forum...perhaps sales is at the number one position in that and no matter what I keyword, title, descript, if there are no sales then I will always be in the backend of the search. Thanks everyone for your input!
I doubt many people, well at least buyers, even look at he recently added page.
I do get more artist hits when uploading during the waking hours, but they don't generally buy.
What if I wait to upload it for better visibility, and someone comes looking before I do, then I have no chance for that sale. I want the art up and indexed by the search as quickly as possible once I have it ready.
Example: I have no idea what time I uploaded it but it got zero initial views. It got all of two in the next week. It sold on the second view. I could generate all sorts of views by entering it into contests, and promoting it on FB and Tweeting it and and and.... BUT the reality is, those views would not mean sales unless I could actually tap the market for this image. It isn't generally artists and honestly, there just isn't much to cover this market on FAA, so I just don't care about the view count or getting it up.
Doesn't FAA track their pages? They must know if people use that tool.
@JC - interesting to know but then you're way up in the top sellers group so your work is highly visible.
I use the 'Todays Images' to see what's being put out there and to try to find work I like and comment on. I have seen that it matters to our rankings to visits/comments etc. from others and about the only way to achieve that is to comment to others. It's very disheartening to have to try to market ourselves to an invisible audience. I know, I know, we have to market outside of FAA and I do, but I think the majority of us will remain in the 75% rear-end. =)
Lucky for me, I like my own work and keep posting anyways, audience or not. It's fun!
There are many things that FAA has that may not be used all that often. Like sorting a search by most comments. I am not privy to that info and who knows, maybe potential clients use that, but they probably do use "recently added" to sort images at times.
Now, while it is true that I sell well and the search is friendly to me, I used this image as an example because that doesn't matter at all. Even if I joined the site yesterday, that image would still be somewhere on the first four pages of the most relevant search.
JC - Logically, to me anyway, I put in the word "ranger" to search. Your image does come up but not until after a great many of Mike Savad's images that neither have the word 'Ranger' in the keywords or description or that fit that word. I just really don't understand some of the search things and don't bother trying.
Are you saying then it doesn't matter because your image would come up on a 'relevant' search regardless of your "Seller" ranking?
Also if I am not mistaken a good time to post to Twitter is between 2:30 to 3:30 maybe a tad later. I can understand the early morning as most are getting ready for the day and near the end they are getting ready to go home.
Yeah, and Pinterest ran that image up pretty quickly, and is even the reason I caved and joined myself, but thousands in a day I have never seen but heard stumble used to be able to do that back in the day.