The Big Question: What are the benefits to joining?
Without a lot of marketing talk shoveled your way, here are the simple benefits:
- ArtisansOfColorado gives you an inexpensive way to put your portfolio up on the Internet. In addition, the site allows you to manage your portfolio conveniently, without special Internet skills, and without additional costs to add new items or to delete old ones. This keeps your portfolio current.
- In other words, you can tell anyone you meet, at an art show, a party, the grocery store, wherever: "you can see all my work at ArtisansOfColorado.com."
- ArtisansOfColorado is optimized for search engines. So when a potential buyer is searching for “painters in Colorado”, or “sculptors in Colorado”, ArtisansOfColorado usually shows up in the top 10 in the search engines.
- ArtisansOfColorado is also optimized for the search engines with the individual members of ArtisansOfColorado. So if someone was looking for you in Google, chances are your page on AoC will get a high placement on Google, if not number one.
- ArtisansOfColorado allows people to see your work who otherwise would never have seen it. For example, someone comes to the site because another artist has told them their work is on the site. That visitor is likely to browse other work as well, quite possible yours. It's a little thing called serendipity.
- If you have your own website, and if you spring for a premium membership (currently just $99 per year) you also get a link from AoC to your website. This is one of the best ways to promote traffic to your site and to get your site noticed by the search engines.