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...]

When My Serious Painting Became A Joke On Facebook

Gazing by Lori McNee

For nearly six months, I have been working on creating a cohesive body of work for my upcoming gallery exhibitions. So, I was rather surprised when one of my new paintings became a joke on Facebook! Here's what happened... My FineArtTips Facebook fans enjoy commenting on my latest painting endeavors. Recently, I posted a new still life painting of an owl on a red vase and asked my fans to help name the piece. On my easel the painting … [Read more...]

Tips For Marketing To Strangers While Painting en Plein Air

plein air painting

Artists who work en plein air must deal with natural and self-imposed burdens every time we go out to paint - including the possibility of marketing to strangers. We load our packs (paints, thinner, brushes, palette, canvas panel, towels, garbage bags, clamps, bungee cords, sunscreen, hat, collapsible umbrella, water and power bars) carry our easels, set up and stand for hours at a time. We are at the mercy of the weather, the land and the … [Read more...]

Hacked Again! Valuable Lessons Learned To Protect My Blog

hacked

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...]

Self-Promotion and Print on Demand

daffodils watercolor, print

Frequently, I am approached by people who have taken the exciting step of uploading their artwork to a Print on Demand website (POD) and have been sitting patiently awaiting their first sale. Some write with tales of disappointment while others simply wonder how to proceed when the print sales never occur. The expectation is that simply uploading work to a POD site such as Fine Art America, Imagekind, or RedBubble will automatically result in … [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...]

The Easy Way to Make a Google Plus Cover Photo

Google Plus cover photo

Sometimes, it seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with social media. That's why I was happy to find this helpful video below that easily explains how to make a custom Google Plus cover photo using the free site, CoverPhotoEditor.com. This might be old news to some of you, but it seemed useful enough to pass along to my readers... Your Google Plus "cover photo" is much like the Facebook timeline cover, but with a … [Read more...]

Top 2013 Art Business Tips From The Pros

top 2013 art business tips

With the holidays behind us, it's time to get back to business. To help get the new year off to a good start, I asked some of your favorite Art Business industry leaders to share their top art business tips for 2013. It's an honor to have my colleagues share their expertise with us. There is a wealth of knowledge in this short post, and I hope to encourage you to visit their amazing art business blogs too. Here are your mentors in alphabetical … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Artistic New Year’s Resolutions

new year's resolutions and goals

For most people, the beginning of a new year feels like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. We set resolutions for ourselves to purge bad habits, and begin new routines. The new year is also a great time to put some attainable artistic resolutions in place. Nevertheless, New Year's Resolutions are easier to make but much harder to keep. That's why for some, it might be simpler to turn those hard-to-keep artistic resolutions … [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...]


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