Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Michele, I just got this email from Ariane Goodwin, smARTist.com with these tips:
Search engines 101:
People enter words and phrases into the little
white Google box. Google matches them with words
and phrases that appear on websites. The better
the match, the earlier the website appears in the
Making search engines work for you 101:
Think of phrases that people might use to search
for artists' websites: 'puppy paintings, 'boring
English landscapes', 'ravishing portraits in oil'
or the like.
Then go to http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/srch/?mkt=us
and scroll to the bottom of the page to see if
people are actually using these phrases.
When you've found some phrases that work, include
the exact working in your website in ways that
read like natural language.
I have had my vistaprint website for over a year. I have a 5 page site- I have my login/password and Site Editor. All I have ever had to do is login, click edit site button, do whatever(add pics with captions) create my pages, or change them, etc. I did create the tags I wanted the pages to use when I originally set it up. I also can check on the site traffic, where, when, what sites are referring etc. You should have received an e-mail from them with all this info.
Check your spam folder.
The Google bots read text.
Another great way to get up in google searches is to cross link your site to here, there and everywhere. The more places your web address shows up, the more interesting it becomes to google. I don't bother with SEO for jewelry because we're in an oversaturated market. I don't expect to be tripped over so I don't comit time to swimming against that particular current.
A quick critique: your site will be easier to read of you use the same sans serif font everywhere. The font you chose for your title is very nice and clean. It goes well with your style. I would also stick with the green and grey colors. Again, a great fit with your work. The red text on your bio page doesn't fit and the grey would probably be easier on the eyes than the white against the dark background.
iWeb (on the Mac) isn't well supported by Apple. The online editors are passable -- for something free, try Weebly.com.
GoDaddy is a good hosting company, has lots of freebies. I would use a dedicated hosting company like GoDaddy rather than say VistaPrint.
You can set up a website using WordPress, too. It's free to host on WordPress.com. If you want your own domain name, you'll need to register it and link it to the blog.
There's a lot to it -- check the Web Wizards group here on AFI for a lengthier answer to this question -->>
I built mine with the original version of Sandvox from Karelia Software. Jury is still out on verson 2. The released version was awful, but I'll not get into it here. The front end of the website is here: http://mmemagpie.com
As for the ecommerce portion, I wrote about it at length as a response to this: http://www.home-jewelry-business-success-tips.com/questions-about-g...
I use Mac OSX Leopard and my host is Hostgator.
I actually got my domain via register.com now I just have to make it happen. Is register a good hosting company? Or should I stick to Go Daddy? I'm going to keep researching, thank you so much for your time :)
register.com is fine as a registrar. I like GD for hosting. If you already have a GD account, you can point the new domain to GoDaddy and work from there. If you want to do a blog-style web site, you can install WordPress directly on a GoDaddy site, or in a subfolder.
As far as web editing software goes, I like Dreamweaver. But the learning curve is high and it's expensive. Look at RapidWeaver on the Mac, or Coda if you want to build a site from scratch.
Weebly hopes that you will pay the upgrade fee to host your own domain name. It's about $40 / year that way. Otherwise they put an attribution footer at the bottom of your page that links back to Weebly.
$8/month is reasonable for hosting. I would leave your site where it is, and learn how to access it and edit it. One option would be to install WordPress in a subdirectory or use it as the basis for your site. The editing features of Weebly are easier on the surface, but WordPress' editor is more powerful, and allows you to add features via plug-ins with not much more learning curve.
Michelle, I just finished my site last night with weebly. Check it out, I will eventually upgrade it to not have their logo there but it is really reasonable and very easy to use www.carlabank.com
Thanks Jim for this!