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Is a Domain Name Necessary For Me To Sell My Art?

Get Your Domain Name Here

Get Your Domain Name Here

Is a Domain Name Necessary For Me To Sell My Art? Is it that important? The answer is absolutely yes! Your domain name is your address on the internet and your personal branding. If you are serious about your art as a career, you must expose your business as an artist. Having a presence on the web is a fundamental for your success. Think of it in the same way as your own street address. With everyone surfing the web these days, without a domain name, it would be impossible for someone to find you on the internet.

If you have a specific product or service to promote, like like your artwork as an example, the difficulty for clarity with your customers would be too difficult.

The Power of the Forwarded Domain name to your website:Art - Lloyd Dobson Artist Website

Think about it this way… once you get a domain name to run your artwork link through, you now own your very own website which you can advertise ANYWHERE online or offline and you will make 75% of every sales that comes through your domain. Having your own domain allows you to advertise in LOTS of new ways to obtain clients for your art.

Think about it… let’s say you had a good friend that could sell you a cheap billboard space on a local highway. Or maybe it’s not a billboard space, but a sign on a window of a gallery that you own, or any sign that will get eyeballs anywhere… or even a newspaper ad…

Pretty obvious huh! Since the world has gone mobile, it is necessary to have a domain name and website place they can find you. And all you have to do is using domain forwarding in your domain registrar to redirect that domain through to your website link. If you click on the banner below or CLICK HERE, you can get your domain name and hosting.

Think about it… if you’re working a $60K/year salaried job and want to build your artwork income to the level where you’re comfortable quitting, all you need to do is generate $165 per day on average in profit ($165/day X 365 days/yr = approx $60K) to equal the same income as your j-o-b. The cool thing is that once you get out of that J-O-B that’s draining your time, you free up all kinds of new time to devote to your artwork marketing, and your income doubles, triples, even quadruples in no-time flat.

Marketing your artwork requires some basic fundamental skills and there is a system you can go to for additional information. You may CLICK HERE NOW The system will will provide you with the information, tools and strategies necessary to have a successful art business online.

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How To Have Success At Art Shows

Art - Successful Art ShowHow to have success at art shows. Like any business you need traffic and you need conversions, better known as buyers. One thing you must remember . . . It does not matter what business you are in! Whether you are in the art business, the restaurant business, the widget business or the fu-fu business. You are in the “People Business”

So you have always wondered what it would be like to be an artist and show and sell your work around the country at weekend art shows? Here are some tips that can increase your chances of succeeding.

1) Go Visit Some Art Events First –

You may not always have the luxury of visiting each and every art show before you apply for acceptance. After all, if you visit before applying, you’ll have to wait another year to participate (if you are accepted) and most of us are not that patient. However, when you can visit the show first and talk to participating artists, you will get a feel for whether or not this is a show in which you wish to participate. Be up front with the artists that you talk with and ask a few questions. Most will be happy to answer your questions if they sense your honesty and sincerity and you don’t distract them from those who visit their booth.Art - Visit Art Shows

Some events that bill themselves as art shows or even arts and craft shows end up with a lot of questionable “art” booths that are not really art at all. If the “art” show has more than it’s share of artists who make foam rubber alligators on a coat hanger or rubber band gun crafters, it’s probably not that high quality of art show. That is not to say that there is not a place for these products. There are many large festivals that attract huge crowds that have all kinds of vendors from artists and crafters to cosmetic salespeople to sausage-on-a-stick vendors.

Art - Juried Art Show - ArtCalendar dot comOn the other hand, a juried event will elevate the level of quality work that is shown, which should attract an audience that has a greater appreciation for art.  One such website for listings is It may reduce the number of attendees, but those who do attend may be a more “qualified” audience. By qualified, I mean that they not only have a greater appreciation for art, but hopefully the means to purchase it if they like it.

2) Be Consistent With Your Art Work –

Even though you may be good at every artwork you ever produce, your audience of potential purchasers/collectors will likely identify you with a particular subject, a color, a style, a medium, a method of presentation, etc. Show a lot of whatever you enjoy doing the most and a lot of what seems to be connecting with folks the most. A bunch of random paintings of various subject matter with no distinctive style or color pallet in cheap mis-matched frames will not likely hold a potential buyer’s attention for long, even if the paintings are good. A hodge-podge of sculptures that look like they were made by ten different sculptors will not likely enhance your reputation. Consistency

This randomness does not help to identify what you are all about. I’m not advocating that you never try anything new or experimental, but you must make your art memorable to gain any kind of following. Consistency is the key. Look at the work of some of the more successful artists that you admire. What ties their work together and identifies it as their own? Subject matter or theme, style (the way they paint or sculpt), choice of colors used, size, framing? Any and all of these characteristics may apply. Don’t copy their work, but learn from it. If you are doing work that connects with an audience, folks will seek you out to buy your art, even after the show is over. It’s happened to me many times.

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Sell At Art Shows

Sell At Art Shows

3) Have Several Price Points –

Have Several Price Points

Have Several Price Points

Whether you choose to show only originals, or limited editions, or a combination is often dictated by the show guidelines. Sometimes, it is entirely up to you. If you have a body of work that connects with viewers, it obviously would be desirable to sell some of it. If you limit your offerings to large, expensive (whatever that means to you) original works, your potential market will be smaller and you will eliminate a number of folks who, otherwise, might like to purchase.

That may be OK if your work is selling for the prices you want on a regular basis. However, my experience is that having artworks at several price levels makes it possible for purchasers/collectors to enjoy ownership of some of my art in the “now” until they are ready to move up to more collectible, thus more expensive and profitable, pieces. This might be achieved through offering a number of sizes of original works, offering print or sculpture editions in two or more sizes, having some limited editions and some less expensive open editions, or even offering gift type products such as note cards or calendars with your art reproduced on it (if the show allows it).

4) Have a Clean and Professional Looking Display Booth –

There are a few generally accepted artist booth set-ups that are used at most quality shows. The standard size booth is often a 10×10, so many canopies, or tents, are made to this size. EZ Up, Flourish, ShowOff, and a few others seem to be the most popular. As your inventory and sales increase, you can always add on for a double booth space, when available. Though some brands of tents come in a myriad of colors, a white top is recommended. Some shows won’t accept anything else. Choose the one that suits your budget and make sure it has adequate sidewalls and leg weights in the event of in climate weather. If you show long enough, you will experience in climate weather.Art - Art Event Tent White

Have a tool box to contain such items as pliers, hammer, nylon connectors, wire, duct tape, clamps, small broom and other miscellaneous items that you may need over the course of the show. Once you have shown a few times, you will get an idea of what items are useful. Keep this and anything else that might distract from your art out of sight as much as possible.

5) Have Adequate Space For Your Potential Customers –

I have noticed that more people will actually come inside my booth exhibit and look longer if I stay outside my booth until I sense an interest in my work. I try to be very attentive, but I will only approach a visitor when I sense some kind of interest, however slight. Do not block your entrance by positioning yourself and your staff or friends and family where no one can walk in and look around.

Have Adequate Space For Customers

Have Adequate Space For Customers

Even if there are two of you and each is sitting at the side near the front of your booth, there seems to be an invisible barrier through which visitors will not pass. I have seen other ideas of where the artist(s) position themselves to encourage better “booth visitation,” and in a larger booth than 10×10 I could see where sitting over to the side at the back of the booth might work well.
However, in my own personal booth I don’t want my face to compete with my art. At this point, I am only incidental to the art. I did the art and I answer any questions and take the money. Otherwise, I don’t want to get in the way. Yes, I want the customer to remember me, but I first want them to see my art. When you make a sale of any significance, follow up with a handwritten thank you note.

Art Show Lot of Traffic & Work

Art Show Lot of Traffic & Work

Showing and selling your work at outdoor art festivals is hard work often accompanied by some expensive lessons. However, when you finally make that connection with folks who like your work and are willing to part with their money to own some of it, the rewards can be great, both financially and artistically.


Best Way To Sell Art On Internet

Art - How To Sell Art OnlineBest Way To Sell Art On Internet. A great way to share your art with the world is to create an art blog. You can even sell artworks to people who visit your blog or offer to create custom art such as portraits for people who are interested in hiring you as an artist. In many ways, creating an art blog is just like creating any other blog except the content of the blog will consist of more images and the blog will follow a more creative theme that depicts your style of work.

1) Sign up for a blogging service. The most popular services are Blogger and WordPress, but there are many other services available. Some of these services are completely free to use (such as Blogger) while others may require you to purchase a domain (your blog address) or pay a fee for hosting (online storage space).Website_Traffic_#3

2) Start creating your art blog just as you would create any other type of blog. When you use any blogging service to create the blog you will be asked to choose the following blog attributes.

* Blog URL: The URL (also known as the domain address) is the complete address of the blog, usually beginning with “[http://” http://”] and ending with “.com”. If you are getting a free domain address, you may be required to include a name for the blogging service that is providing the address as part of the URL.

(For example, if you create your art blog with Blogger for free the URL may look like “” because Blogger requires that you include the word “blogspot” to indicate that you have a blog that is hosted through Blogger). Try to use the main keyword that describes your blog within the domain address.

* Blog name: Ideally, the name of your blog should match the main keyword used in your blog’s domain address. For example, if your blog is about abstract art then you should include the keyword “abstract art” in the blog’s name and URL. Alternately, you may want to include your name in the blog name and URL (such as “Art by Bill Joe”) if the main objective of the blog is to promote yourself as an artist. It all depends on what type of art blog you want to create.

Art - WordPress Artist Blog Template3) Pick a template. The template basically determines the design of your blog and how content should be displayed within it. The template should match the theme of your blog or the style of art that will be displayed on it. Most blogging services allow you to preview different templates to help you pick the best one for your blog. Here are some attributes included in the template.

* Font: The font refers to how the letters, numbers and punctuations will be displayed on your blog. The template specifies the font name as well as the font size and color.

* Color scheme: Each template has a color scheme that specifies the color of the background and also the color of other design elements such as the header and menu bars.

* Background image: At times you may be allowed to select a background image for your blog. If so, you can choose a background image that compliments your blog’s theme but make sure it does not interfere with the readability of blog posts.

Art - Start Writing Blog Post4) Start writing blog posts so people have something to read when they visit your blog. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

* Create content that is unique. Being an artist is all about being different and expressing who you are.

* Share personal stories so people can relate to your work.

* Proofread each blog post before publishing to minimize grammatical errors that may make your blog less appealing.

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5) Brand your images if you want to prevent others from copying the images from your blog and using them without your permission. Here are 2 methods of branding that you may want to consider.

* Add your signature to the images that you want to brand. Although using this method does prevent others from claiming your work as theirs, people may still try to republish your signed artwork without your permission or try to remove your signature using image-editing programs.

* Create watermarks. Watermarks are a more effective method of branding because they cover the whole canvas area occupied by the image. The watermark can be a faded texture or symbol (for example, the artist’s logo) and can be made using an image-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop by creating a new top layer containing the texture or symbol and then increasing its transparency.

6) Add images to create an art blog that is visually stimulating. Of course, people want you to share your art on your blog or at least see your style of work. Adding images is even more crucial if you want to sell artworks or encourage people to hire you as an artist to create custom art because your customers will want to know more about the products or services that they are paying for. There are a few methods that you can use to add images.

* Upload images directly as part of your blog posts. Many blogging services display an “Add Image” link at the top when you create a new blog post. Click your mouse on the area where you want to add an image and then use the link to select and add the image.

* Create an art gallery. Websites such as Starving Artists are created in particular for artists to create galleries of their work. After signing up with such a website, you can upload images onto your gallery and add a link to your gallery page on your blog.Art_-_Header_Lloyd_Dobson_Artist_#2_Shortened

* Make slideshows. Websites such as Kizoa Microsoft Power Point and PhotoSnack let you upload images and then choose from different themes and styles to create your slideshow. The website will also give you an HTML code that you can post within the HTML of your blog where you want the slideshow to be displayed.

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Start Selling Your Paintings on eBay

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Below are some information tips to start selling your paintings on eBay. The internet has opened up many more new options for artists in the last few years. There are many ways to capitalize on your talent, and earn money from a variety of income streams. Some may appeal to you more than others, but that will depend on your ambition and personal preferences.

In this post you will get some tips on utilizing eBay as one of the ways to earn money from your paintings. eBay is a huge “virtual gallery” or marketplace for your art. Your art can be seen in all four corners of the globe. For a small fee you can offer your art for sale.

1) The first thing you need to do is have an eBay account. Once you sign up by filling out a short form requiring your information, eBay will send to you via email a confirmation.

2) The next step is to click on the tab “Sell” and complete the information required.

3) Now you will upload an image of your art work.Art - Shack in the Desert #12714

4) Now is the time to get creative by adding a headline, and description of your art work like size, medium you used and maybe a short bio of you as an artist. Make sure you check the information for spelling and accuracy, although prior to any bidding changes can be made. After bidding you are limited to adding notes only.

5) Next insert a starting price and you can also add a “Buy It Now” price and then whether you are going to offer free shipping or charge. My advice is to offer free shipping.

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6) When the item is sold, you will receive payment by Paypal, – if you set up an account, (Highly recommended to encourage easy care-free payment method) – or by check/postal order.

7) Now you post your paintings for sale. You will have the option to have an automatic re post, if your paintings don’t sell within the 3, 5 or 7 day interval you chose.

It might be wise to ship your paintings by registered mail and insured. This insures you of avoiding any possibility of lost, stolen or damage.

Here are some eBay Guidelines:

eBay LogoIn your Listing Description, make sure to include both basic information and details about your item. A good description is concise, well organized, and easy to read. Create bold section headlines, bullet lists, and be sure to restate the information featured in your title plus more details such as dimensions, framed or unframed, condition, estimated value, artist history, and any other interesting features.

You can also insert photos or links to videos that highlight the unique attributes of your item. Think about your listing from the buyer’s perspective. The more information you provide, the more likely the buyer will be to place a bid on your item.

Click any eBay logo link to sign up today.

Watch the video below for a live demo for posting your paintings.

Want To Save On Your Art Supplies

Wholesale Art Supplies Online

Art - Art Supplies Virbage OnlyWholesale Art Supplies Online Can you really save money? Well all I can do is give you my uncensored review on the subject. This is Lloyd Dobson artist sharing this information with you. Why am I writing this review. Well it is very simple. When researching the subject of saving money on all those supplies I purchase from a brick and mortar business, there were very few reviews written.

Whether you are feeling the crunch of the current economic climate or not, saving money is just good common since. Many people dismiss the online sites as dealers in inferior quality or practitioners of dubious ways. This is not true and it is proved that many online deals result in good quality and worthwhile bargains.

It is very easy to log onto a site selling art supplies and browse through the various catalogs available online. It is also easy to compare the rates of the various articles online and settle for bargain that fits the pre-determined budget. When buying supplies this way, you can create your art cheaper, and then sell it for a decent price. On top of this, your profit margin can still be good, and make your art support you. I know from experience.

Some of the online sites come up with great discount offers that are difficult to resist and are worth the effort. There are also sites that offer wholesale rates to buyers, where they get the pick of the art supplies at very low prices.

Online is one of the best places to buy art supplies near cost. When you look around on the internet you will find many places that offer inexpensive supplies. The trick is just finding the right store. You need a store that knows what they are doing, and carries a wide array of items.

One perk to shopping for things like bulk art supplies online is that you can have them shipped right to your home. Instead of going to a store in person to pick them up, then taking them home, you can enjoy the convenience of just waiting for them to arrive. Many people like this option because they spend less time shopping, and more time creating their art.

Buying art supplies wholesale is really a great idea. Whether you are a professional artist or an amateur trying to perfect your craft, you need supplies to keep yourself going. Getting them as inexpensively as possible is key. Once you find a store you like that sells near cost or in large quantities at a discounted price, you can feel secure knowing exactly where to go to get what you need.

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Learn How To Get Your Art Sold Online Secrets Revealed

Selling Art Online

Selling Art Online

The business of selling art online has become very competitive. Over the last few years literally hundreds of websites have been developed as paid (or free) on line art galleries. Like any business it does not matter what it is, online or brick and mortar you need only two things: TRAFFIC & CONVERSIONS. Period! Many people now want some affordable art for their home so the accessibility of art has become evident through online art galleries.

So as an artist, how are you going to get any visibility amongst the turbulent situation of art available? It is an ever increasing challenge to get your art to appear in front of a user. below are some tips to help you with getting your art sold:

Step 1 – Choose an art gallery that ranks in Google for your type of art, so for example if you sell “seascape oil paintings”, do a search in Google for both “seascape oil paintings” and also “”seascape oil

Google Page #1 Matters

Google Page #1 Matters

paintings galleries” – you then really only want to focus your effort and possible money if they charge on the sites that appear in the first ten organic results. It is worth also looking at the paid listings although these sites will almost certainly charge a fee. It is not necessary to pay a fee, there should be at least one free gallery on page one in Google that will provide you with decent sales rates – completely free!

Keyword Research

Keyword Research

Step 2 – Once you have decided on which online galleries to appear in, make sure you write a title for each piece of work that will get found. If you have done a piece on a rough sea, think about what a potential buyer will search for – the likely hood is there search term will include the style of art the want eg: “sea scenes” Art – Keywords but they will probably be specific and search for “oil paintings, rough seas scene” – so make this your title! do not be tempted to use a name that bears no meaning to the art

Step 3 – Make the description work! it has to be keyword rich about the work, write about the medium, the paint base, the painting itself. the colors used and the framing (or lack of it) – all of this will mean your description is keyword rich and will get more chance of being found. Also – add in some notes about shipping and how you prefer to ship and take payment, the simpler you make it for someone to buy the better. Offer NO obstacles. PayPal is an easy way to take payment

Step 4 – Make the price reasonable. See what other works are going for that feature on the same terms as your work and aim to be in the middle

Step 5 – Ensure you tag the work, if the site allows tags (related search terms) apply the same logic as with the title

Step 6 – Provide an easy way to communicate with a buyer.

That’s it! These tips will help you sell more art. I wish you best of luck.

Here is a list of websites to promote your work on:







Set up a payment option with Paypal to offer your works of art from your website or blog.

Most of the websites are free for any artists to promote most types of art work, be it a painting or a sculpture,

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