Uploading images on Fine Art America is half of the work. The other half is marketing. Fine Art America is a platform for artists and photographers to run their own businesses. The artists that are successful on Fine Art America do outside marketing to promote their work and we offer a handful of different marketing tools to help you e.g. Shopping Cart Widget, Email Campaign, etc. So I would definitely take a look at these features (found 'Settings') to help get some sort of marketing plan in action.
Being an active member on Fine Art America is also a plus - we have a very large community of artists and photographers. 'Favouriting' images, leaving comments, participating in discussion forums, etc., are big ways to get your work noticed! I would also look into uploading more images.
We have over 7 million images listed on Fine Art America with any you have loaded, , so if there is no marketing and promotion done on your end, your images will get lost in the mix. If you follow all of these suggestions you will appear higher and more often in the search engine.
We cannot tell why some sell and why some do not so we cannot give that kind of advice. However, here are some great posts on the forum and elsewhere about marketing your work. Please log in to view some of them
I predict that no one will see this post. Even if it was bright yellow, and blinking and with dancing monkey's around it.
For anyone new that is seeing this thread, look at your work:
do you only have 2 things? Upload more things. Is it covered in watermarks? Don't do that. Would you buy or hang your own work in a nice frame? No? It may not sell. Or at least be hard to advertise. Is the work yours? Great! Or was it lifted from the net at random? Erase it, it will only get you into trouble down the line. And without a consistent set of styles you won't be recognized down the line.
Selling art isn't a side gig or hustle, it takes a lot of work and effort to do this.
My checklist is listed twice. Thank you!! But the most recent version is called "Checklist For Success In Print Sales (version 3)". As the site changes and in order to fit with best practices based on what is said by members and moderators, I last updated it 3 years ago. Not a lot has changed since then. I will eventually do an update and include a link to how to set up the AW using Cloudflare and also mention about the default image order, once that is settled.
Thank YOU Abbie & FAA Fellows...
I want to believe that I know how to market since that's my B.S. Undergrad degree... BS is right, IDK anything in this 21st C economy... So I am going super slow, but this is exactly what I need to study... I don't have a solid base. In grad sch, Digi Publishing I recall Doctorow saying something like you need 1,000 people as a base that will buy anything & everything you do! WOW great formula! I like that. So I need to do something about shaking off my resistance and finding a base audience... Hoping for new inspiration, GJ glorijean
Great list Abbie. Thanks for putting it together. Some of the stuff I've already been asking myself (I know I'm no Ansel Adams, but keep asking myself what I could do better, are there photos I'd cull from my gallery. etc). As time goes by I'll try to read through the links.
Bonjour ,merci beaucoup pour les conseils ,c'est vrai qu'il y a tellement de photographies et de peinture sur le site . Alors si de notre coté nous ne faisons rien , alors rien n'avance ;Cordialement .
Hi all, I've been on Fine Art America for a few years now and I have made about 17 sales in about 5 years. I just bought a premium membership and In going to try to really push and make more sales with this platform so this is a perfect thread for me.
@Jeremy Lee I have found that twitter and using specific hashtags has gotten a bunch of notice and attention. I started in May and have over 200 followers. I am sure most of them are other artists, and some are bots, but I am getting an average of between two hundred and three hundred clicks a day. It tends to be on the higher side if and when I promote specific items.
Thank you for this information. It is very helpful. I am new to this community. There are so so many extraordinary artist here. I am just in awe. I really appreciate this helpful advice and information.
THANK YOU for compiling this...of course, I still have questions! Especially for you that have seen some success in increasing sales. Just a bit about me; I've been an FAA member for years. I've got give or take 1,000 photos posted here. To now, I've had minimal success selling, but like another artist mentioned, I mostly started as a way to archive and share my stuff with the wider public. I'd like to change that. I really LIKE FAA, and since I've been here so long, I'd like to make it work. But I find the site a bit daunting. I enter and occasionally win contests.
So, my questions are these: 1. Bloggers, where do you blog? On FAA? Your own site? Somewhere else? I love writing, so this part of marketing is not daunting; I just want to post where it will have the greatest impact. 2. I need BABY STEPS...where do I start incrementally, with marketing? 3. I don't say a lot in the discussions (this is an exception) because I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say besides "nice work." Do they really help increase sales?
4 The ONLY criticism I can levy against FAA is that since increased sales floats all boats including theirs, I'm not certain why FAA does not have a more comprehensive marketing manual or system for us "connection Luddites. Do they have one I'm missing? (besides this helpful list that is).