3 Free Tools to Create Awesome Images and Graphics

Studies have found that images bring in the most engagement on social media platforms. Images and graphics are also a great way to drive traffic to your website or blog. But, have you ever felt as though you’ve run out of creative images and graphics or blogging ideas? Well, I have found 3 online tools that will help you get your blogging mojo back.  The following tools will inspire you to create viral content for sites like Pinterest, Facebook, … [Read more...]

The Apps You Need to Take Your Blogging on the Go

The Apps You Need to Take Your Blogging on the Go

 Inspiration for blogging can often strike at any time.  While lying in bed, sitting on a bus or walking through a grocery store, an idea may suddenly come that has to be acted upon immediately. Since content is king with blogging, it takes more than just fancy premium WordPress templates to keep people coming back, it requires compelling topics. A person can try to write down the idea or the topic, but by the time they get to the computer, … [Read more...]

Best And Worst Times To Post On Social Media

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In order to be successful, we artists and other creatives need to be efficient with our time - online and off. Learning the best and worst times to post on social media helps us optimize our time. The infographic below illustrates a guideline for the best and worst times to post on social media. Following these times will help our content reach more people and grow our online presence. Think about this: 48% of the US population runs of Eastern … [Read more...]

3 Big Mistakes Artists Make With Their WordPress Websites

3 Big Mistakes Artists Make with their WordPress websites

There are 3 big mistakes artists make with their WordPress websites over and over again. BIG Mistake NUMBER ONE: Choosing a WordPress theme that competes with your art. An artist’s site should be all about the art. There are literally 1000’s of WordPress themes to choose from but it is difficult to find one that's suitable for fine art. A theme with tons of tripped-out functionality, busy graphics or way too many options just creates a … [Read more...]

Hacked Again! Valuable Lessons Learned To Protect My Blog

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Just when my blogging life seemed to be running smoothly after re-branding both my sites, FineArtTips.com got hacked - again! This is a long post, but those of you who are interested in blogging and using WordPress might learn how to prevent a malicious hack like I have endured... I was hacked in August 2011, and both my WordPress blogs were down for nearly 3 weeks. I lost blog posts, tons of traffic, and my Google ranking fell. It took at … [Read more...]

RSS Feeds for Successful Artists

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Earlier this month I posted, Top 2013 Art Business Tips From The Pros and promised to share more tips about RSS feeds for successful artists... RSS Feeds for Successful Artists Today, more than ever an artist needs to increase their exposure on the Internet in order to reach their target audience.  An art website setup with an RSS feed can help an artist to achieve this goal. An RSS feed on an art website can increase the following and the … [Read more...]

Tips to Get Started with StumbleUpon

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StumbleUpon is a thriving website with many strategic uses for artists and bloggers. Finding inspiration is easy among the infinite content found here. You’ll need to decide how you want to use StumbleUpon, and I’m going to give you some help getting started. First things first, set up a complete profile using your real name so that people can find you and your content. Make sure that you share your new StumbleUpon profile on your blog and … [Read more...]

Google Plus – The Driving Force Behind Your Business?

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Recently, my social media friend, and fellow artist,  Rodney Pike hit an amazing social media milestone - 1 million Google Plus followers in just one year! I am so impressed with his achievements, as both an artist, and a social media user, I asked Rodney to share his Google Plus secrets with us here. I hope you enjoy his inspiring story... Social Media - The Driving Force Behind Your Business? I was asked by Lori McNee to write a guest … [Read more...]

Helpful Books for Artists And Photographers

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Along with my painting, I love to write. So it is a pleasure to be writing books again this year for the Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market and the Photographer's Market 2013 editions published by North Light Books! These books are filled with valuable information. For 38 years, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market and the Photographer’s Market have been a top resource for artist’s, illustrators, designers, cartoonists and … [Read more...]

Things Successful Artists Do Differently

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Two words, success and successful, have sparked heated conversations between artists on this blog. I've learned that the definition of a 'successful artist' is subjective, and tends to vary from person to person. Nevertheless, there truly are things that most successful artists do differently. Things Successful Artists Do Differently Follow Their Effort: Successful artists know their strengths, and that's where they focus their efforts. … [Read more...]


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