Looked At Your Analytics

In order to know what’s working for you and what’s not, you need to look at your analytics system.  Not only do you need to look at your blog posts, but also your social media posts.  For example some posts may do really well on Twitter, but not on Facebook.  Also if you’re doing videos, look at your most popular videos as well as how many minutes watched.  Are they watching the full-length of the video, or are they just watching 10 seconds?  All of this will best help you determine how to use your time wisely.

So start going through your analytics and let me know what you learned and what systems you use!

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My Camera Helpers

Everyone needs camera helpers.  Today I’m introducing you to Michael and David.  They’re my camera helpers.  They help me remember to actually look at the camera instead of looking at myself.  If you watch my earlier videos, I’m looking at myself instead of the camera.  …  Fail.

Anyway.  If you decide that you actually want to do videos.  Don’t be discouraged that you have a low number of subscribers and views in the beginning.  That’s actually a good thing, because unless you’re some amazing person, your first run of videos will be crappy.  So it’s better to have crappy videos in the beginning when have a low number of people watching them.  You’ll get better at it, but you have to do more videos in order to get better.  So enjoy your low numbers while you’re getting use to doing videos.

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Things You Need To Think About Before Taking Commissions

Many artist make their money through taking commissions.  I personally don’t do this because of the way my life works.  I have a little baby and certain medical issues that make it difficult for me to commit to a time frame.  However some of you may have an interest doing this so I thought I give you some things you need to thing about before you start.

Have at least 10 samples of whatever you are going to take commissions of.  This gives people a good idea of what to expect from you.  Doing these also gives a reference for how much time it will take you to complete a painting and how much supplies will be used.

Require good reference photos, especially when you’re first starting out.  You may be able to work from a bad reference photo later, but in the beginning, you’ll need good ones.  You won’t be able to see the detail you need from bad reference photos, and sometimes while a photo might look cute, it just doesn’t work as a painting.  Don’t be afraid to tell the person that and possibly lose the commission.  It’s much worse to have someone who’s unhappy with something you did for them.

Using a photo editor of some sort will help reduce the number of changes.  You can show them different backgrounds, different lighting, change it to black and white…  It doesn’t have to be an amazing edit.  It just has to give them a general idea of the painting.

Have a written contract explaining the cost, time frame, and the amount of changes allowed.  Whether that’s two or none, or maybe have all editing done during the photo editing and then nothing else.  Whatever works best for you and your style of painting.

Also take a deposit.  This weeds out people who aren’t serious, and then if they don’t take the painting, you’re not out the money.

Often times people get burnt out from the headache of commissions, but if you follow these things, it’ll reduce the amount of problem that come with commissions.  So good luck!

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1 Simple Thing To Boost the Views On Your Website

There’s one very simple thing you can do to boost the views on your website.  Post links at the bottom of your blog posts to other relating blog posts.  It’s almost too simple isn’t it?  Having a search function isn’t enough.  They won’t use it.  Even if you have another post that might interest them, it’s just too much effort to type anything into a search bar.  So tell them about all your other wonderful posts, which have links to other wonderful posts and other wonderful pages.  Then, they get funneled into the world that is you!

Also, don’t make your link look like a link.  Don’t have it be http://www……  Change it so that it says “my art print is available here,” or have just the title of the post as the link.  No one wants to click on something that looks like a link to another page.  You can see all mine below.

So put links at the bottom of your posts and you can watch the little analytics bar go up.  It’s fun.  You’ll love it!  If you try it out, let me know how it goes for you.

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What’s Good About GooglePlus

Sorry this post went out a little late today.  I was having computer issues.  :/  Anyway, Google+. I know it’s another social network that you just don’t want to do, but here’s what it can do for you.  Google is the number one search engine, and they’ve created a social network.  Guess what?  They want you to use it.  If you use it, Google makes your stuff more searchable.  Isn’t that nice?

Also the people on Google+, USE it!  It’s their favorite.  They’re almost obsessive, which is kinda creepy, but nice for your website.  Once I post my blogs on Google+, the traffic to my website jumps.  So make a page, and a community because they’re just waiting for new one’s to join.  Go ahead.  Do it.  It’ll be awesome!  You can even hang out with me here.

Have a Google+ page?  Tell me about it.  What do you like?  What do you not?

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