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Why I Recommend a FolioTwist Website for An Artist Website
Digital Image Magazine (which is sadly going offline soon as Bob's is moving on to concentrating on other areas of his artistic life) as part of an interview he did on me.
I wrote this a year ago on Bob Nolin's site
'"FolioTwist is a fantastic art site to build your artist website on. They are designed for artists and are full of features that artists really need to create a successful website. I chose a FolioTwist website about a year and half ago because they were one of the few I had researched that integrated the online art gallery with a solid working blogging platform. Before that I had a more static website/online gallery on ArtSites.ca and a WordPress blog at the same time. The trouble was, I could generate lots of visitors to my blog, but not nearly as many to my website which was where I wanted them to go in the first place … to buy my art!A FolioTwist site is very easy to use because it is well designed and built to help artists with the process of marketing their work. I am currently receiving the Traffic Booster course they offer as a new part of their site services. The first four lessons have been very to the point and useful. Dan and Zac know how to explain their information in a comfortable, makes sense kind of manner. I would highly recommend them to any artist looking for a professional looking, artist friendly, affordable website. They frequently add new features based partly on user requests and are very accommodating about being available for great technological and blogging support."
Nov 2010 Joan A Hamilton
Another year has passed, and I would still highly recommend FolioTwist as an artists website/blogging platform and their course Traffic Boosters. Although I haven't done all the things recommended in the Traffic Boosters Course it was invaluable. I consistently found it useful, concise and totally up to date on effective current practices for artists blogging. I liked the way it was delivered to my email weekly. (I even manged to save them all in a special folder for future reference) The weekly assignment was doable! When all is said and done, it will save you hours of research on blogging, SEO, marketing etc. All the stuff you need to know laid out in a very organized fashion. You would find starting at the beginning easiest because each part of the course led into the next so that you build your skills and have a chance to get some of them into practice for awhile.
Dan and Zac had nice things to say about my blog in the personalized Final Review of my blog. I forgot to mention that this course is personalized by Zac and Dan's reviewing your FolioTwist website at various points and offering suggestions and tips. That was really helpful!
Here's part of what Dan said: "As for your design, I think you've done a great job. My only suggestion at this point would be to take a look at your website in Firefox and see if you can edit your gallery titles so that they don't expand over the "View by Gallery" box on your home page."
Here's part of what Zac said: "When it comes to SEO, you know it's an ongoing process, and out of all our artists, I think you understand the blogging side of things the best. . . the way that you're blogging, and the way you're creating specific, descriptive titles is absolutely perfect.
In fact, as I look through your site, I really couldn't tell you anything that you don't already know at this point. You've taken all of our instruction, and it's obvious that you're doing very well with it. So kudos on that!"
Nice of them not to mention the gaps in my consistent blogging pattern! lol!
I'm posting highly personal information here... My Google Analytics LOL! Because it shows that my hits increased (more than double) over a year. Some of the other metrics are almost the same..mmm...have to work on that! When I first started blogging I used to try to find out information like this on artists blogs to see how this all worked and hardly anyone was ever that forthcoming. This also shows you that building an audience for your blog is a process that takes time and consistent effort.
Remember this blog is about 'the good, the bad and the ugly' side of my artistic journey. (tongue in cheek*) I may have to come and delete these stats in the future.
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