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The Easy Way to Make a 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 [...]

Tips to Get Started with StumbleUpon

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 [...]

Google Plus – The Driving Force Behind Your Business?

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 [...]

7 Ways To Grow Your Artistic Career With Social Media

Last week I wrote a guest post entitled, Seven Ways to Grow Your Artistic Career With Social Media for the creative blog, Seven Sentences. 7 Sentences is a blog that is written to inspire creativity on a daily basis. Owner, Geoff Talbot asked me to kick off the site's new 7 sentence series of guest blogs. They are asking influential people to write helpful seven blogs for artists on how they can use the Internet and social media to benefit their careers. Here is [...]

Helpful Books for Artists And Photographers

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 photographers looking to establish their artistic careers. Learn how to get [...]

Things Successful Artists Do Differently

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. In this world, the value of hard work cannot be substituted. Effort is the life-force and core reason [...]

Tips for Using Amazon Mechanical Turk to Build Your Business

Did you know Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) can simplify your small business tasks through the use of crowdsourcing? This process was introduced in Part 1, How To Harness The Power of Crowdsourcing to Grow Your Art Business. However, in today's post you will learn how to put Amazon Mechanical Turk to good use. Marketing expert/photographer Todd McPhetridge shares his tips for using MTurk, and the power of crowdsourcing. Wikipedia: Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. This [...]

How To Harness The Power of Crowdsourcing to Grow Your Art Business

Crowdsourcing is a buzzword we hear a lot about these days. But, what is crowdsourcing and how can artists use it? On his popular blog, Jeff Bullas explains, “Crowdsourcing is the name used to describe how companies access resources from large groups of people around the planet."  In the post below, fellow artist and marketing guru, Todd McPhetridge generously shares his expertise with Fine Art Tips once again. This is Part 1 of a two part series that explains how artists can effectively use crowdsourcing to [...]

How to Use Your Twitter Friends as Character References

Since I began using Twitter in 2009, I have made life changing friendships via social media. Many of these 'friends' have become professional colleagues, and personal friends. Recently, I have discovered a great way to use tweets as 'character references' for my resume. Twitter is the perfect place to gather character references from friends who tweet strong positive statements about you, and your expertise. Over the past few months, I have started collecting 'screenshots' of flattering tweets that are relevant to [...]

Meeting Social Media Friends In Real Life

Over the past few months, I have been traveling a lot. My art and social media businesses have taken me to fun places where I have been able to meet some of my social media friends in real life (IRL). Over the past few years, my social media efforts have opened many doors for me, and introduced me to many fascinating people. So, I thought I'd share a few of my recent experiences with you... First, as [...]