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Selling Your Art Prints Online

Postby Mannzie » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:25 pm

Are you having success selling your art prints online? If you are, please do share how you've achieved this.

So you've created a series of artworks and wish to sell prints of them online. So you look up where to sell your artwork. You then go and upload your art to Fine Art America, ArtPal, Society 6, Deviant Art, Etsy, Artplode, Artsy, CafePress, to name a few of the hundreds of sell your art online sites. After 5 of these you're getting a little tired. You have to go through their setup process, read their terms and conditions, give personal details, set up your account, upload your pictures. You've just spent all day doing this. You pop back the next day to see what, if anything has happened over night. After logging into the 5 websites, you find nothing has happened, except you may have had a few views or likes. You've just spent 10 minutes doing this. A week goes by and you're still checking, maybe twice a day. After a month goes by, you've lost count on how much time you have invested and can add up your views and likes on one hand. Why?

The why is because these online art sites do not promote your art. It will get seen, but only by a few people at first. Most of these sites work like search engines, with the most popular being shown the most. Society 6 for example, they have a heart shape people can click to like your picture, like a like button. The more it's liked, the more it maybe seen and get pushed up to the most popular. Artpal will show your work to more people if you pay.

So you go back to searching, how to sell your art online. Get your own website they tell you. Get a following on social media they tell you. Join forums and contribute they tell you. So you do all this and soon you find, there is no time left to do your art because you are spending it all trying to get that following, how to make your website and hanging out in forums. After a while you learn, nobody is visiting your website, because it does not magically start gaining hundreds of visits. You learn it has to be optimised for SEO or you have to pay for traffic.

To sum it up, selling your art prints online is no easy task. You need a following! The next best thing after the following is a ton of money to spend on advertising or more than 24 hours in a day to spend on social media and social interaction.

But do not despair. If you're art is fantastic and people are loving it. It will get noticed, and it will start being shared around the internet and if you're lucky, it will go viral, so you will not have to work so hard getting that following.

If you have any advice to give, that may help others, please share it with us.

Best of luck to you

P.S In my personal experience, the fastest way to get a following is on Pinterest. It works and it does drive traffic to your website.
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Re: Selling Your Art Prints Online

Postby ehoeveler » Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:03 pm

If you believe in your art that much, spend a lil' extra and check out 'Stack Ranking'.
I don't know if 'they' still do this or not, but if they do, you can pay to have your web page link
right at the top of page one, of your browser.
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Re: Selling Your Art Prints Online

Postby Artplode » Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:34 am

I would just like to let everyone know that on Artplode the online gallery where galleries artists dealers and collectors can buy and sell art direct without any commission we promote the listings for sale to tens of thousands of followers on social media.
Feedback from some of our sellers is that they are able to point buyers to the likes/shares their artwork has received on the Artplode on twitter instagram facebook and linkedin accounts to give the buyer confidence to purchase their artwork.
Artworks must be priced at $1000+ to be listed for sale on Artplode and there is a one time fee of $60 to list an artwork for sale on Artplode. The listing stays on the Artplode website until the seller removes it. We currently have almost $10m artworks for sale from sellers in more than 40 countries.
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