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Artists Sell From Online Portfolio

by AnnieSteiner , August 18, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: Internet, Internet marketing, SEO, galleries, online portfolio, selling art, websites

I have heard so many artists say that a website is a waste of time and money, because art does not sell on the Internet. I even know of some artists that have canceled their sites "because they had not sold anything". My experience is the proof that, that way of thinking, is wrong. A website is not only a sales tool, it is above all an online portfolio. It is a place where your customers can follow your new work, and keep in touch with you. I am glad Artid makes our sites so attractive, and that they work hard on SEO (Search Engine Optimization), which makes our sites easy to find.

A gallery owner from Boston, who is also an art consultant was recently looking for new material to hang in a health care facility. She found me on the Internet, and ordered many of my prints on paper as well as on canvas. It was a good sale, and the beginning of what I hope will be a satisfying partnership for both of us.

I know that my followers view my site on a regular basis. Sometimes before or after a show they know I have participated in. If they hesitated on the purchase of a certain piece, they go home and view it on my site to remember better how it looked, and sometimes to check its colors on the wall they were planning to hang it on! It helps them to make their decision. So, even if you think you "don't sell anything" through your website, the potential is there. Keep uploading new work, blog, and upload videos!


 

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  Tereza Ordyan ( homepage )

04/05/2013 * 15:31:07

what a soft landscape :)

 
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  lourna ( homepage )

03/05/2012 * 13:21:55

thanks for the inspiration...

 
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  Back workout ( homepage )

01/11/2011 * 06:14:50

Thanks for the useful information. Definitely this is must to read! I know I’ve been on the website before to do a quick look, but this time I will take a proper read as it sounds very useful. Keep it up!

 
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  glasses online ( homepage )

01/11/2011 * 02:04:40

only thing to do is to keep drawing and painting and eventually if someone decides they like a particular item that you have created, the rest is pretty much a done deal.

 
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01/09/2011 * 22:44:53

Thanks for sharing your good thoughts and idea here.Just continue on sharing your talent and creation to us readers.
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  ghd straighteners uk ( homepage )

12/01/2010 * 01:57:49

I like having both that personal touch with a client and also my ArtId backup. It helps a great deal for me to be able to email someone and say I'd like you to go to my "small works" or my "Abstracts and Sculptures" galleries as I have just uploaded something you may be interested in for your new office space~

 
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  pandora bracelets ( homepage )

10/11/2010 * 05:09:05

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.

 
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  Lili De Faria ( homepage )

09/10/2010 * 13:41:22

I agree with few comments here. Starting with the first one, from Julie Akeman, I am in the same condition of you Julie but I read also a good thing to notice about, in Robin Louisell comment.
This last one made me feel really better about selling my paintings, because put a brilhant light right there, in the end of this tunnel here.
Artid is my second experiment about using the internet to sell my art and I'm here for few days, and I still can't say anything about it other than that it is a lot of hope envolved in this idea of a webesite exclusive for art.
For now, I just say I am happy to be here.

 
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  Robyn Louisell ( homepage )

08/29/2010 * 19:41:46

Something else is, that I am always learning from everyone around me now. I have gotten more sketchings done with future ideas and I've developed some really fabulous relationships with some of my clients and I look forward to each and every day for new inspiration.
You know you've been given a gift of insight when you are able to see things through other folks' eyes to develop new techniques and perspectives.

 
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  Helen Shideler ( homepage )

08/20/2010 * 17:22:11

I like this post very much - there is real marketing potential.

Having an internet presence helped me to complete a sale after the peple saw the painting in person. They wanted to take another look at it and show a few friends. Then they purchased it.

Also, I have sold two paintings directly from the web.. so it can happen. I was really delighted with this development of course.

 
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  Julie Akeman ( homepage )

08/20/2010 * 17:05:45

I like this post, it is hard to sell especially for a new person. I live in an area where people are NOT in the habit of buying art. I out strip the art classes available at my local community college so I can't pick up anything new unless I go into computer graphics. I found another site to post works for free and someone else sent a link to another site that lets you post and sell your paintings for free. I figured I keep going at it and posting on here as well as other sites till something clicks. My art is not the typical art you see which makes it difficult I guess, to sell, so I just have to keep going at it.

 
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  Dee Callahan ( homepage )

08/19/2010 * 23:38:24

Like Jason, I too have had the experience of having several search engines take friends,old and new, and even some total strangers to my artid galleries. For me,it is well worth while to keep uploading my photographs.

Unlike artists who may have different textures etc. to their specific medium; it is a bit easier to "get in touch" with the reality of my artwork;as long as I keep loading sharper images~

I like having both that personal touch with a client and also my ArtId backup. It helps a great deal for me to be able to email someone and say I'd like you to go to my "small works" or my "Abstracts and Sculptures" galleries as I have just uploaded something you may be interested in for your new office space~

Sometimes we cannot meet in person. We can leave a voicemail or a text, but there is nothing better for an artist than to have the ability to visually present his or her work to a customer or many customers at one time... especially when he is not available.

I'm going to keep on uploading and utilizing the opportunity to expose my work to the masses via ArtID~It not only is a more focused medium than most individual wesites, and is less expensive too; but it is a solid place to organize one's art~

 
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  Annie Steiner ( homepage )

08/19/2010 * 12:18:46

I just wanted to add that after receiving the email from the gallery owner that told me of her interest in my prints, she asked me to bring her some samples so she could actually see my work (and meet me) in person. There is, of course, nothing like personal contact, but the Internet did provide the opportunity of the first contact and triggered the interest.

 
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  Robyn Louisell ( homepage )

08/18/2010 * 22:48:57

The part about seeing it in person, I can kind of agree as well. Although, since my space is limited, it is not like I have a lot of room to invite folks over to view. Then there is the wonderful advantage of actually having someone that has actually purchased art from me that loves to show off their collections, that in itself, having a satisfied individual that has purchased items from me and has the items framed professionally is in itself something that brings more folks to view my online gallery. The one thing that I wish, was that a person could actually reach out and touch my work and then they would also see how much time I take to sculpt up certain parts of the paintings in order to make a statement of the focal point. Maybe one of these days in the future we will have the same luxuries as "The Jetson's"

 
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  Jason Schakosky ( homepage )

08/18/2010 * 15:42:36

I like that I can type my name into the Yahoo search engine and the first thing that comes up is Jason Schakosky... ArtId... buy and sell art online. I couldn't ask for anything more. Nevertheless, when it comes down to it, I actually want to see the real deal in person if I were to buy something.

 
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  Robyn Louisell ( homepage )

08/18/2010 * 14:51:58

I completely agree. The art world is a very demanding area and people are very specific about what they want. The only thing to do is to keep drawing and painting and eventually if someone decides they like a particular item that you have created, the rest is pretty much a done deal.
If the internet was not around, I would not be painting and people would not be finding my work.

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