Hello all! I have just joined and will be uploading some my photos soon. I was wondering if certain subjects are more popular than others (I guess it depends on what the buyer is looking for!) My photos will be mainly flowers, gardens, butterflies and landscapes. I sell a lot of my gardening photos to publishers for upcoming books, so I guess that is my specialty. Second, I have signed up to sell greeting cards and phone cases thus far. Am I making a mistake not offering prints? I sure would appreciate any advice!! Many thanks, Lynn
there really isn't a popular subject, and its best not to chase. i can say that everyone has flowers and its almost impossible to compete with unless its very special and different. prints are the main staples around here. while cars sell, people expect to see prints here as well.
at the very least you'll need a description and very good keywords. i don't get the title, and why there is yet another name in the keywords. its very important to ID these things. but again, there are millions of flowers here, it has to stand out to be seen, and you have to advertise. i find i sell very few flowers.
butterflies as pretty as they are, i find they don't sell well either. landscapes depends on the location, the time of day, what it is etc. but again it has to be labeled very well.
but do offer posters your only getting a dollar for the card anyway. i also increased my card price to a much higher amount - people frame those.
Those subjects are very popular but the competition is fierce. Good detailed descriptions and keywords with get your work in the searches. Show you knowledge of your subject in the description and keywords. That's how you get your niche market.
Thank you all! I hadn't done my keywords yet so I will definitely keep the suggestions in mind. Yes Philip, 'James Galway' is a David Austin rose. I am a kind of a rose "expert", judge and consulting rosarian emeritus so I should put my thinking cap on and come up with good keywords. I can see why some were confused by the title. I should have created a better description and added the keywords before posting my query here. I promise to do better!! Mike and Bradford, thank you for the cold hard facts about flowers and butterflies. (And I appreciate the checklist, Bradford.) I shall look more closely at my photos before adding them here. And Jessica, thank you for the welcome!!
if that's the case each description should be why the rose got that name. so google can pick it up as an informative source. don't go on into boring detail keep it to a paragraph or two. add every word that fits in the keywords - rose type, those names, latin, color, birth month? etc.
abbie doesn't like it when i pick on avatars, and there is technically nothing wrong with yours. but the stair case your standing in front of, kind of looks like jail bars to me.
Point taken about the photo, Mike. I will get a better headshot when I can. Oh and besides my rose credentials, I am an international award winning advertising copywriter so fingers crossed that will help with the keywords when I get a chance to work on them. Cheers, and thanks again for the excellent advice.