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Get Noticed On Faa! (3 Of 10)


Posted by: Talya Johnson on 03/24/2013 - 6:50 PM

We all want to get noticed and find good homes and collectors for our paintings. This series is all about getting your paintings noticed on Fine Art America. I will elaborate on all the following fundamentals, so check back often and share ideas and links that have worked for you as well.

1. High quality work that is unique, has clear intent/voice
2. High quality photos or scans of your work
3. Descriptive titles
4. Go slow, post one to three images per day
5. Keywords/tags are vital to being seen online
6. Descriptions using keywords/tags, titles, support visibility
7. Add successful or admired artists to your watch list
8. Join groups, submit your work, and participate in discussions
9. Reciprocate comments voting and promoting from others, be genuine!
10. Be consistent, spend a little time every day on FAA.

This thread is all naming our paintings with more descriptive titles. Warning!! Renaming your paintings in FAA will break all links to that painting!!

IF you have promoted an image extensively, you will likely NOT wish to rename it. I made that mistake with my painting Common Threads when I named it more descriptively, Common Threads - Divine Feminine In Silk Red Dress. At the time the Painting was featured on the front page (I know, right?? How did I get so lucky??) In renaming it, I broke the links of all my hard work promoting, including the one to the front page. So please, think twice about re-naming! Instead, just start naming more descriptively from now on.

Naming a painting is often a very personal part of the artistic process. I, for one, take naming VERY seriously, and the names of my painting are often coded with symbols and meaning not readily apparent in the painting. Common Threads is a good example.
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I named it to indicate the commonality of humanity. But no collector is going to go search out for for "common" or "threads". They will likely search for red, or woman, or figure. Those more spiritually inclined (which I hoped to attract), would search for God, or inspirational, divine, feminine, etc. So while I included the *real* name in the title, I also included what it was a painting of. A better choice might have been: woman figure in red silk dress holding flower...or something like that.

The first thing any search engine does, is look at the title of the image. So it is the first chance we have to describe our painting to a robot that cannot see. Yet, it is that very robot we rely on when a collector is looking for artwork. Be specific!!



Posted by: Phyllis Beiser on 04/12/2013 - 10:36 PM

Good advise Tali, I have been trying to spend at least an hour on FAA per day. Really wish I had named some of my painting more descriptively though.



Posted by: Talya Johnson on 04/13/2013 - 2:46 PM

Woot!! Somebody read this!! I'm in the same boat, Teeny, I am still kicking myself for breaking my front page status...yet not all my paintings are names descriptively enough. Oh well...try to fall forward, I say! :)



Posted by: Catherine Howard on 04/13/2013 - 6:55 PM

lol.... I did read it yesterday... and have been kicking myself ever since!! There is so much good advice here, period and I need to find some time away from packing and get with it!



Posted by: Glenna McRae on 04/25/2013 - 9:36 PM

Thanks for the wonderful advice, Tayla!!! I have renamed a number of my images thinking that a different title might get more hits. I would never have done this if I had this information!!!



Posted by: Felix Freudzon on 07/11/2013 - 9:41 AM

This is very useful in info.
Wish I would read it earlier.
Thank you, Talya.



Posted by: AnnaJo Vahle on 07/16/2013 - 12:02 PM

Great advice, Tayla. I usually find naming paintings so difficult. It seems that so many of us use the same titles. I am usually aim for funny or something with a double meaning. I will certainly be more careful about the descriptions, too.

BTW...I love the painting. I can see why it was on the front page.



Posted by: Susan Bradbury on 07/17/2013 - 8:55 AM

Great advice...will try to work on that. Will adding things to the description change the link? I have added more description to some of my paintings because I realized they weren't descriptive enough. Will this throw things off?



Posted by: Betty Pinkston on 07/17/2013 - 9:23 PM

Thanks, great info. Great painting too!



Posted by: Pratyasha Nithin on 07/18/2013 - 1:02 PM

Great info Talya and a beautiful painting. :)



Posted by: Dagmar Helbig on 08/08/2013 - 2:34 PM

Talya, your painting is great ! I am thankful about this discussion because I was thinking the whole day to find a title for a nearly finished work, to make people curious enough to look at and to make it easy to be found. After reading all this I will think over it again (for sure the half night).
We are always working hard to create an attractive work and the title has to complete it. Thank you again for your work!! All your advices and discussions are
helpful and give a much better sight on all important things around.



Posted by: R W Goetting on 08/09/2013 - 12:23 PM

Great information and insight Talya, thank you!!! The painting is a masterwork................



Posted by: Jimmie Bartlett on 08/10/2013 - 7:47 AM

Thanks for the info Talya.



Posted by: Mukta Gupta on 08/11/2013 - 6:03 AM

makes sense, thanks Talya!



Posted by: Talya Johnson on 08/25/2013 - 7:11 PM

Thank you!! I am getting ready to post parts 4,5 of the series!


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