Just curious because I'm finally getting back to this after starting it & ignoring it for a few years. If it's not too rude, what have your sales been like and how long have you been on here? Just trying to decide what is worth doing and what is not so I don't spread myself too thin. Thanks!
Yes, I sell. Like I said in another thread, after two years, it's not as much as I'd like, but in the past 8 months I have hunkered down and began marketing myself better and my sales have picked up. Even if my sales keep at this pace, it's been worth it. This is the only POD site I am on, so those sales happened only because I was here. You're already fighting an uphill battle with so few images, however. And your bio is still "coming soon." Either jump in all the way or not. No toe dipping will cover it!
I don't make much here but have had a few good sales. The two brick and mortar galleries I'm in both sell my prints along with my paintings. The prints sell at a steady clip and I'm about to do a big order for more. Here I sell about one or two a month. I've learned that my sales efforts are best placed in the brick and mortar world. I can always count on foot traffic.
It's definitely more like a job than an ATM as Edward pointed out.
I've been here for 2 years, and things seem to trend upward for me as time goes on. I definitely get out what I put in though. Spend lots of time to create art, and spend plenty of time promoting it and it does seem to pay.
It really is a double edge sword and somewhat complicated.
You don't want to jump right in and put effort into it unless you know you can sell. But at the same time you really can't sell unless you jump right in and put effort into it. To further complicate things, just because someone on here sells a lot does not mean that you will too, and vice versa because everyone has their own life experience.
The only way to really know is to jump right in and put in some effort and see, and at $30 a year if it doesn't work it won't be that bad of a loss. It's worth the risk in my opinion. And if it doesn't work out for you at least you'll learn something, even improve your skills from the effort.
Thanks guys! Sounds encouraging since I have the time to do it now. Also I'm mainly using the images for my wood transfer art, so it makes sense to take advantage of them & try to sell them since otherwise they would just be sitting in my computer. I do graphic design & help in my parent's business, so I'm not really a stranger to marketing. Just wondering what works the best for folks here.
Based on any sensible business metric, its a huge loss so far. I'd make much more per hour flipping burgers. Sales are growing and am up to around 50 sales in about 2 years and have earnings in the thousands. . I haven't done much promotion outside the site. If making money is the sole goal you are probably better off skipping any pod site. If you want to fine the place where you'll be likely to make the most money this is the place.
If you have an offline presence with a gallery or elsewhere then its definitely worth it to put some effort in here to have this as a place to send buyers.
Basically the odds for earning much from selling online are slim and it takes a ton of work to build sales. The best odds to sell and make more than enough for a cup of coffee are here.
Welcome back! I agree with the others about increase your promotion, uploads, and quality of images! And you will start making sales. Amount of sales will depend on your quality and effort. I hope you make a lot of sales!
I just joined this month and so far no sales however love art and design so for me it is someplace to show my efforts and hopefully to sell something in the future. Really like the way the site is set up and is user friendly.
There are a few who are making more than minimum wage here on the forums that I know of, there's a good chance there are a lot more that make the same or more that don't visit the forums. And that's pretty good taking into consideration that this is only one venue where you will be selling your artwork, hopefully it's even just an adjunct to your primary source of work whether it be in art or otherwise. It all depends on how you manage your time, the effort you put into it, the quality of your work, and the size of the audience your work is suited for. -W
I have been a member since 2007. I had not sold anything so I asked the discussion group for help. I did almost everything they suggested, that was in January and now I have sold one card! But I am sticking with it and working on it every day!
It depends on your definition of decent, but I am very happy with FAA and the sales I am making : ) I have been here for 2 years and have spent a lot of time and effort promoting myself outside of FAA.
Sat on the account for almost a year without uploading, began uploading in August of 2013. I spend 99% of my time marketing, 1% taking photos, not a complaint, just a reality. I've had six sales..many more than I thought I would at this point. I have spent $30 for the site, $20 for four domain names....I have no advertising budget at all so I spend a lot of time scratching around looking for free publicity. I made a deal with myself I would not start agonizing over how it's going..or not going, until two years was up. When they tell you it's a full-time job, they are not kidding.
you don't have to pay anything, but due to the limit, you won't get that far with only 25 images.
one has to realize when selling that its not just a full time job, it's your life. make art, advertise is the basics. i wake up around 7am ish, and go to bed at 10pm, while i'm not always making art during that time, it's most of the time. but because it's art and because it's online, its done. you can technically make sales while you sleep. it's not like it will be used up.
I've been here for over a year, and sell better off site than I do here. I have not had one sale here the whole time. I get calls from time to time wanting to see if I have something a person wants, and if I have one printed that they are looking for, I get the sale. I can also get bigger prints in quality than I can get here so that helps also.
It seemed that my sales were gradually going up. Until January.
Since January I've gotten less and less sales. I've been here 3 years and thought by now it would be more than that. My prices are lower than the top sellers here too. Maybe I need to raise them.
I do market myself quite a bit. I have over 67,000 views on my FAA page and over 97,000 views on my G+ and nearly 2000 likes on Facebook. I guess views don't mean sales, but it does prove people are looking at my page. I'm sure most views are from my marketing, but why are they just looking and not buying? My sales are usually slow at the first of the year, but they are still slow. Kind of feel frustrated about it at the moment. I wish there was a way to know why the sales have gone stale. Is it because I'm not marketing correctly? Is it because my prices are too low? Is it because my work is no longer as visible? I've heard there has been some changes here on how art is displayed as well as other changes. I don't know all the details, but when those changes happened my sales fell almost to zero.
Even still, I am very happy with FAA and the quality of the prints. Perhaps it's just slow right now.
I had nice side money, about 100-300 dollar per month, since December '13 I made 190 dollar. Sales dried up, and I dont know why. I heard they changed the search algorithm and all new work is pushed to the back. Makes sense as all my new work didnt make any difference to my sales.
your wrong about that sinisa - it all depends how you use it and utilize it. i know i've gotten sales from twitter and such. it all really depends on the followers you have and the quality. however if your selling stock - stock and art usually don't mix. stock doesn't often look good on a wall. people are usually looking for art. you have to choose stock carefully, like how many people would want a rhino beetle on their living room wall?
if you cross off the social scene - what methods do you use instead?
looking at your twitter profile, you have just under a 1000 followers. hard to say if they are particular people or random. your site looks like a gallery, there is no need to look at it closer if you have the image loaded up on the screen like that. and without the tag words you may not be found in the search. but more than that, bots take those tags and spread it across the web.
being that your only following 50 people the ratio you have is pretty good, unless you erased them after they followed you. usually i look for even numbers or i don't join them.
i know sales are being made here, i just sold something today, and yesterday. it's slower now because this is college month. right now countless people are picking up their kids from college or going to graduations, i think it's done in may. at the end of june it's either high school grad, or the start of vacations.
walmart maybe not doing well, though i haven't seen stats on that, has no real bearing here. they are two different things.
Yes you can make good income or supplements here, well, I was until a month or so ago and it was growing well, and then it's like there is a curtain between me and the rest of FAA. I'm confused because I sell where I don't market - yet here - nada since a month or so ago. It is as if something happened and yet many talk about it and no one says what happened - or I'm losing the plot.