Currently I am part of four different websites;DiscoveredArtists.com, Zatista.com, Soleyne.com, and Artfulhome.com. A couple of sales have been made as a result of showing on these sites, but I am still not sure it makes up for the time and money spent to participate.
So why have I chosen to show my work in places besides my own website? There may be a couple of reasons. One is the lure of increasing my exposure. This may be a myth however. I think I read somewhere that showing on different websites increases your ranking with the search engines. Not sure if this is true but it sounds good.
Playing the odds is also part of the appeal of listing on these alternative venues. There is always that thought that someone out there may stumble across one of your images because you were on one of these sites. The flip side to this is that you are usually only one of hundreds or even thousands of artists listed, all competing for that buyer that just happened by.
The costs to be a part of other online ventures varies. Most take a percentage of the purchase price. One of the sites –DiscoveredArtists.com has a multi-leveled annual membership fee that is based on how much they will promote your work. In addition they also charge a commission on sales.
Of all of them,ArtfulHome.com seems to be the most expensive. They began charging a $25 monthly fee to be part of their site last year. This adds up quickly. Why I agreed to this has to do with the tremendous traffic they receive, as well as the opportunity to be chosen to appear in their catalogs. So far nothing has happened has a result of having one of my images selected for their holiday catalog – but it’s not even December yet. They also take a 50% commission.
Besides the ones I have listed, there are many more online galleries out there, with more being added every day. I do know of artists having success onEtsy.com, but I have always wondered if 2D work sells very well there.
I think one of the reasons I wanted to write this post was to see how many other artists are showing their work on similar sites. So if anyone out there has a story to tell, please share it. I am curious to see if other artists feel that sales are possible on these sites or are online galleries just the virtual equivalent of "vanity" galleries?
For more information about listing on these sites, please click the links below.ArtfulHome.comDiscoveredArtists.comZatista.comSoleyne.comEtsy.com