Originally uploaded by Arteccentrix.
The other day I was sorting through some old stuff, trying to clear out as much excess baggage as I can in view of our impending move back to Cayman, and I came across an unmarked CD-ROM.
Out of curiosity I threw it in the CD drive on the PC and was amazed to find photos of some of my past paintings that I thought I had lost forever. Many of the pieces were destroyed by hurricane Ivan, so the photos are all that now remain of them. Others are paintings that I have not seen for a very long time, either because they were sold, or in some cases, given to collections…….I was really pleased to see them again and to know that at least I have photographs still.
I have posted all of them on Flickr for everyone to enjoy, so please go and be nosey. Comments are welcomed as always.
I have been looking at my statistics from Seesle.com and I am pretty pleased with the number of views that the paintings are receiving. Since the 4th of July, Walks On Water has been viewed over 40 times – no buyer has yet come forward but the free exposure seems worthwhile.
Another of my free gallery providers at AllTradeArt has not been quite as productive but they are still producing visitors and that has to be a good thing.
As an experiment, I was checking my online exposure yesterday – a simple case of entering my name, and that of Arteccentrix, in a wide range of search engines. Not scientific maybe, and certainly not much of a help as far as keyword searches go, but it is nice to know where you are listed.
I would suggest that anyone who is selling online and does all the donkey work themselves, should try the same experiment, just to see how you fare.
As an example my results from one of the lesser known but funky search engines at Kartoo – The Visual Meta Search Engine show me in a wide variety of places online, just as it should be 🙂 and this blog figures quite significantly. Search for Nickola McCoy, and then do a quick search on your own details to see how you come out. Try this on as many search engines and directories as you can find. My results may help you to find a lot of new places to promote yourself and your work.
If you are disappointed with the results, perhaps it is time to spread yourself and your artwork to a wider audience. It doesn’t take money but you will need to burn the midnight oil at your PC if you want to raise your profile for free, but, the bigger your audience, the more likely you are to sell your art.