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post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2009, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Libs Photography

I need support. I am really trying to get this business running. I mostly want comments/suggestions/interest. Here is the website:

www.libsphotography.webs.com

So thanks everyone. My web store is up and running now. If you want to buy any prints, please tell me. If you buy something over the web store, please tell me. I am not sure how often I can check the paypal account.

Any selling tips? I've been putting my site on classifieds and stuff. I want to not spend money. Any good ideas? Thanks!!!!!!


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Hello,

I have checked your website and I think it needs bit of tweaking . I am not sure if my suggestions would be good enough to make a change on your site.

1: Try not to use words with exclamnation marks, for example "Update!!!!" perhaps a seperate section of "Update" or "News" or "Blog" will do the trick?

2: Try avoiding repetitive words such as "very very very near future" instead you can try "keep checking for further updates".

3: Under Contact Us page, try avoiding putting your email address instead put a small form for example

Your Name:
Your Email:
Your Message:

If you add your email address directly, it is highly likely that spammers will spam you with all kinds of rubbish.

4: Are those your photos which you have put onto your website? For example the header and hawaii photo album? If not, try adding your own personal photography which can bring realism to the website .

If they are your photos then try water mark them so that people can see the actual photo (the SAMPLE in red ruins the photo and does not show the actual depth of the photo itself).

5: There is a big green bar on the right hand corner of the website, I am not sure what that is for? Similarly, the header section on the right is almost empty. I am not sure either I am missing something or were they made empty?


These are just few suggestions and does not reflect any kind of harsh or bad intention. The comments are only made what I personally felt.

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-Jehanzeb-

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I love the color and the image you have on the header. One thing you can do to help your site move up the search engine ranking is find people with websites who would be willing to link to your site. Go to Google and read their webmaster tools; that will give you ideas for search engine optimization.

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mysandi is right however you can try something like creating a file called "robots.txt" which will allow search engines to crawl to your website everyday. This will promote your site on the engines. Additionally create a sitemap of your website which will help engine optimisation as well as to users who'd like to navigate to a certain page quickly.

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I have to have some sort of copyright on it... and sample is all I know how to do. How do you get the ones like Bob Langrish?


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As a photographer myself, your best bet is to get word out. Even if you have to pay for a bit of advertising. Believe me, it will go a long way and then word of mouth happens.

For the "Bob Langrish-style" watermarks, you will need photoshop.


2009 Wedding - North Carolina

If it's something that I want to make sure nobody steals due to what's in the image, I do it like this:


2009 Presidential Address - Camp Lejeune. I was part of the press pool for the newspaper.

You can also do them smaller:

2009 Boudoir Style Photo Shoot

Or smaller in the corner - straight across:

2009 - Children's Photo Shoot

For landscape photography I try to make it large, but not distract from anything else:


2009 - Atlantic Ocean - North Carolina Coast



That won't ensure that your photos aren't stolen, as I can Photoshop any of the texts out of an image. But it dose help deter people.

Are you trying to sell your prints only or are you doing portrait as well?


Also, don't use the term "pre-took" photography. Instead say "prints" and "previously drawn art".


You may also want to look into custom copyright. Creative Commons has terms pre-written for you. Most of my photography and art is done under these rules:
  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
    Attribute this work:

    What does "Attribute this work" mean?
    The page you came from contained embedded licensing metadata, including how the creator wishes to be attributed for re-use. You can use the HTML here to cite the work. Doing so will also include metadata on your page so that others can find the original work as well.

  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.



Also, I think that the pages need to sound a bit more professional. Such as "If you request one, I will think it over and we can go from there"

What would sound a bit better is: "If you request a photo with the intent to sell, terms will be discussed, a sum will be decided and if certain limits are met, the photo will be yours to do with what you please."

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I will be adding updates often. :) Thanks everyone! Keep 'em coming!


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Hello,

I have checked your website and I think it needs bit of tweaking . I am not sure if my suggestions would be good enough to make a change on your site.

1: Try not to use words with exclamnation marks, for example "Update!!!!" perhaps a seperate section of "Update" or "News" or "Blog" will do the trick?

2: Try avoiding repetitive words such as "very very very near future" instead you can try "keep checking for further updates".

3: Under Contact Us page, try avoiding putting your email address instead put a small form for example

Your Name:
Your Email:
Your Message:

If you add your email address directly, it is highly likely that spammers will spam you with all kinds of rubbish.

4: Are those your photos which you have put onto your website? For example the header and hawaii photo album? If not, try adding your own personal photography which can bring realism to the website .

If they are your photos then try water mark them so that people can see the actual photo (the SAMPLE in red ruins the photo and does not show the actual depth of the photo itself).

5: There is a big green bar on the right hand corner of the website, I am not sure what that is for? Similarly, the header section on the right is almost empty. I am not sure either I am missing something or were they made empty?


These are just few suggestions and does not reflect any kind of harsh or bad intention. The comments are only made what I personally felt.

Regards

That is excellent advice Zeb! That's what I want to focus on. I'm trying to put a site up and focus on my photography a lot more. I'll make sure to come and find you when I have enough up for comments and advice.

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