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New Website


Over the past 6 years I have more websites than i care to count and here i am again with yet another one.

Back in 1997 it was easy, there were no mobile device to think about, no iPads, no 4K monitors, Everyone just had a simple CRT monitor with a resolution of 640x480 unless you had cash and you may have had a 17 inch CRT running 800x600.

Speed was an issue though, I was quite lucky as I had a 56k modem but the norm was 14k.

Websites today have to be so flexible and responsive and the deign of them is a nightmare.

My latest one should cover all bases if I have done it right, fully responsive, mobile compatible and fully Ecommerce compatible.

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Re: New Website


well done Ian

Do you ever turn a profit after all the outgoings?

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quote:

Digital Finger wrote:

well done Ian

Do you ever turn a profit after all the outgoings?



Thats the sad part Simon, I get very few visitors the website.



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Re: New Website


yeah most of us seem to put more in than we get out - I guess it's the lot of the artist - never mind I bet we'll be famous poshumously emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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So to make any money as an artist you have to die first..😢
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that seem to be the general consensus
LOL
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I think getting people to the website and getting people to buy photographs are different topics.

Getting visitors

To get visitors to the site comes in 2 flavours, organic traffic and paid advertising.

Organic visitors can be extremely difficult as this depends on your understanding of SEO (search engine optimisation). I remember 10 years ago when we used to stuff keywords in the page with white text so only the search engine bots could see them, it worked well but things have moved on from those days. Keywords still play a big role and so do Titles, H1 tags but it seems that keyword density is also a major player these days.

Unless people are actually searching for your specific keywords then its unlikely you are going to appear on page 1 of Google which let's face it is where everyone is fighting for.

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Looks very nice Ian. It is an awful lot of work. I used to shoot a lot of weddings and portraits, but have shifted to more commercial and corporate photography. Pays much better and I don't have to compete with Uncle Bob. Everyone is a photographer, just ask them. It is hard to separate yourself from the chafe. While it seems counter-intuitive, One way to separate yourself is price. Charge more. If you don't charge enough, the people you need to attract aren't going to spend much time looking. Of course you need to back it up with quality and service, but people that have plenty of it love to spend money on that stuff.

I feel I have invested to much time and money into gear and education to give it away. No other business gives me a break. They charge me what the market can bare.

I have seen, and experienced many many times the effects of all these new photographers that charge $50 for a portrait session with all images on a disk. People expect you to match that price because they are becoming conditioned that that is the going rate. The problem is after they use a service like that, they realize they get what they pay for. I got tired of playing that game, and just said call me when you need professional shots.

The commercial and corporate scene is not like that. They know and appreciate the value of quality images, but you have to deliver. I am much happier now then when I was having to defend my prices against a CraigsList add.

As far a selling prints, thats a tough nut. But the good ones will charge much more, make it a limited series, and some use a tiered pricing system. As the editions sells down, the prints become more expensive. So a 35 print edition may start at $500, and the 35th may be $3,500. I've seen that exact pricing structure with a photographer I know in San Francisco that shoots film. He sells out editions.

I guess this has rambled on too long. emoticon

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