Maria Williams-Russell Art Blog
If you like the way your Minds Island studio looks, but are not happy with the contacts you have been getting, it may be that you are not using the capabilities of the Minds Island search engine to the fullest. If you are a long time member, that isn__™t surprising, since the search engine was only a promise a year ago. But now that it is up and running, it is a good idea to understand how it works, and how it can work for you.
Behind the search box on the home page is a robust search engine that allows visitors to Minds Island to focus in on the art they want to find. They can look for specific media, techniques, subjects, geographical names, colors, dimensions, prices, or for such imprecise qualities as ___soft___, ___colorful___, ___playful___ and so on. But when they do, will they find the piece of yours which might be perfect for them?
In order to enhance your ___visibility___ to the search engine, you need to know how it works. It is searching for a match to an entered key word in the text you enter associated with each work of art. Medium, dimensions and price are all easy___but only if you take the time to fill out the data screen. Other characteristics of you art are not asked for in specific entry boxes; they will only be there if you supply them in the ___Description___ area. Note: this is not the text in your personal profile; if you want the words in there to show up in a search, you need to add them again in the painting description.
In fact, you may want to think of the description not just as supplementary information, but as a list of qualities of the work which are obvious to someone seeing it. Because the search engine can__™t see your work! It can only read the words.
You may also wish to think specifically of ways in which professionals, such as art consultants, might be framing their search. They could be looking for ___New England___ work, for work of a certain predominant color or in a certain size range, or for ___city___ paintings. What words can you put in your description which might make your work visible to that art consultant? Remember, professionals have a more sophisticated search engine than does the general visitor.
So, if you want to be found, shout it out! Whatever you do, don__™t leave the description of your work blank, in the mistaken impression that you are letting the work speak for itself.