Keep in mind also that the more people that you follow, the more will follow you. And the more that follow you, the more exposure you get internally here at FAA.
There are some that would convince you that your peers are somehow your enemies and trying to steal your prospects. But your peers can also be your biggest fans and lead you to some pretty good pastures. They can be your greatest Social Media friends!
There's a balance to the whole thing. Being an island might work for some. But it doesn't mean that it works for all.
And guess what... artists do buy other artists art too. Don't let anyone fool you into believing that they don't.
Move your mouse on "Community" on the top of the page. Don't click! A new menue is visible. There are three columns, on the right side it shows "Activity".
There you can choose some options of the activity of all members.
I think I may understand the words you use, but I don't know what you mean.
" ... the more links you are giving people to exit your gallery and go elsewhere." ???
it means that if someone is just browsing your site, and they see who your following, they may be interested in clicking on a name. they are then transported to their store, and they aren't in yours any more. and they may not remember they were ever in your store. i only follow my mother, but i don't think she gets traffic from that.