SitePoint Sponsor

User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    SitePoint Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Using art content to increase your traffic

    Hi guys,

    I'm Greg and I'm a content writer but also a professional illustrator.
    I've had several popular comic books created and I try to balance
    my article and content writing with the artwork side of things.

    I have been studying more and more about internet marketing and
    where artwork comes into play and have found so far there is a wee
    tiny bit of professional illustrators working in this area. It's a shame too
    because if you're getting sales with bland text and clip art graphics
    just think what you can do with some original art.

    So I created some art on a few hotsheets and now with a new ebook
    coming out. So far all went very well.

    The latest thing I did was do some portraits of friends on Facebook.

    I got so many 'likes' I figure I could do this full time. It would be a major
    hassle though as it is intense work and any hack done jobs would
    really show through.

    I know hiring artists is tough because we're so expensive but look around
    and you may have an artist in the family or a close friend. Team up with
    them. It might turn out to be fun.

  2. #2
    SitePoint Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Where does your theory arise from?
    The most awesome website is invisible without optimization... No?

  3. #3
    Word Painter silver trophy Shyflower's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Winona, MN USA
    Posts
    10,054
    Mentioned
    142 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Optimization is the practice of doing what it takes to make a website attractive and engaging to its visitors. Although you left the SE out of optimization, I suspect that's where you'd like to lead the discussion. However, this forum is about creating good content for the people that visit websites: content that makes them return to them, refer them to other people, all of whom will potentially become satisfied customers (and that goes to it whether you are selling something or not).

    In that respect, Greg's "theory" is 100% correct. How many times have you purchased a product from a website without seeing a picture of what you are buying? Tutorials, portfolios, and service sites have thumbnails that explode into larger views, screenshots, diagrams, and infographics all to make their sites more engaging to their visitors.

    What Greg says is that a site would certainly be more appealing to its visitors if it offered original art rather than the over-used free clipart and stock images you see on many websites. I believe he's correct in his assumption. Proof of that is shown not only by the recent popularity of infographics but also by such sites as "The Oatmeal" and "Zen Garden" where art work is what draws visitors and brings them back for a second look. Any type of originality shouldn't be overlooked in creating website content, just as most designers work to add originality to the website they create.
    Linda Jenkinson
    "Say what you mean. Mean what you say. But don't say it mean." ~Unknown

  4. #4
    SitePoint Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    14
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by PallaviSingh View Post
    Where does your theory arise from?
    The most awesome website is invisible without optimization... No?
    It depends on who you're building your site for, Google or people. Naturally being able to rank well on Google or other search engines is a plus but there are plenty of people who just focus on social media these days, and are doing fine. And given Googles constant drastic changes to their algorithms that makes sites disappear overnight, I don't blame them. Also if people like your site there's a chance they'll backlink to it anyway, helping it rank better.

  5. #5
    Wired Life GeraldNitram's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    274
    Mentioned
    16 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Speaking of art, I remember a friend of mine who posted some of his drawings on his blog and added some tags that he thinks will draw visitors. Lo and behold, he had good traffic. Well, according to him, that is. He didn't have a visitor counter back then, so I really couldn't tell.
    Are you willing to become an SEO reseller?
    Work with a 100% white label SEO company today!

  6. #6
    Word Painter silver trophy Shyflower's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Winona, MN USA
    Posts
    10,054
    Mentioned
    142 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by GeraldNitram View Post
    Speaking of art, I remember a friend of mine who posted some of his drawings on his blog and added some tags that he thinks will draw visitors. Lo and behold, he had good traffic. Well, according to him, that is. He didn't have a visitor counter back then, so I really couldn't tell.
    Another overlooked small piece of content is the alt attribute text. For those who use screen readers or text-only browsers, it tells them what is pictured on the page.
    Linda Jenkinson
    "Say what you mean. Mean what you say. But don't say it mean." ~Unknown

  7. #7
    Non-Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    13
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Posting art on your blog or website is a great way to promote your work. As long as you post consistently, you can keep your audience longing for more. If you are promoting your art for business, you will surely meet potential employers or clients this way. Go, go, go!


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •