Thursday, December 13, 2007
Blondheim Art Original Paintings
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
watercolor on mat board
See my paintings HERE
Art Notes Blog HERE
An artist emailed me asking for my opinion on what makes a good web site for art sales.
Here are some important things to me. These are things I would look for as a buyer of art, which I am.
A shopping cart system or www.paypal.com with buttons under each painting. I want to be able to purchase immediately if I wish to, and it must be easy.
Good sized Images of paintings, get rid of thumbnails. I find them to be very annoying. I don't want to have to click on them to see a full image and I don't. I would much rather see 10 good images than dozens of thumbnails.
Images rotated frequently. I want to see new things each time I visit.
I want to read about the artist and see their personality, not just a dry bio and statement. I want to know what their passion is for in their art.
I want to see their events and studio news, updated in a timely way.
I want to read interesting material on their about me page and see pictures of them working.
I love to see WIP's and read about their process.
I want to know where they show their work so I can see it if I am traveling.
I want to sign up for their Rss Feed or opt in mailing list.
I want to read a newsletter at least once a month.
I want it to be easy to find them by typing in relevant key phrases in the search engines.
Having a blog is a good supplement or substitute for a web site and you should have links to your blogs on your site.
I want to be entertained and fascinated by a web site. I don't want the usual boring site with paintings, bio,etc. I like content and lots of it.
I am getting ready to pay a new webmaster to tweak my site, add RSS feeds, and text to improve the SEO. You need to do that at least once in a while to keep it as high as possible in searches. It takes lots of viewers to sell paintings.