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This is the third and final section of the Building the Best Website for Photography series. If you’re new to the series, you can catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2. The first part discussed various hosting options, and in the end, PhotoShelter was chosen as the service of choice for a variety of reasons, including another that will be discussed here. The second part dealt with SEO and how to get the most out of both PhotoShelter and a self-hosted WordPress blog. For this, the third and final part, I’m going to focus on how to get traffic back to your site to actually read what you’re posting, and then also how to get some of those visitors to buy your work.
So, you’ve just written a great write-up on an image that you’ve captured that you’re really proud of. It’s one of those images that sets … Continue reading
In the previous post, I discussed various photo-hosting services and discussed why I thought PhotoShelter was the best option. I’ll expand on that a little further here in regards to a term that intimidates a lot of people: Search Engine Optimization, or SEO for short. Truthfully, SEO is not terribly complex, especially if you use the tools PhotoShelter has already provided for you in addition to some WordPress plugins that have taken any and all complexities out of the practice.
Optimizing Your WordPress Blog
As mentioned in the previous post, a blog is a must these days. It’s not just a good way to show off your favorite photos and let people know about exciting adventures you just returned from, but behind the scenes it’s a search engine magnet. Each post you can fill with rich, new content makes that magnet grow a little bigger. Modern search engines such as … Continue reading
I’m opening up a new three-part series based on building a successful photography website. Parts 2 and 3 will come later this week, but for now, here is Part 1. In this section I’m going to start from ground zero and focus on selecting a good platform for displaying your photos and why.
Back in 2007, I was getting more and more into photography and I began looking around at creative ways to display my photos in a site that was both easy to operate from the back-end, as well as having a hassle-free experience for the end-user. I began testing out various photoblogging platforms, eventually migrating over to a self-hosted WordPress blog, something I still use today (obviously). The only problem was I had people asking how to buy certain photos and I didn’t really have an easy way to handle it, so I began looking at some other … Continue reading
We all hit dry spells. Sometimes photographers will complain that there’s nothing out there to shoot. Writers will come across a writer’s block. Many other artists will say they simply haven’t had enough to drink yet. Obviously with the lack of blog posts I’ve had lately, there’s a reason I’m typing this up. If you’re finding yourself in a similar state, here are some helpful tips to get through your photography block.… Continue reading
Spend an entire day in one area.
That’s right. Get up early, pack a lunch and spend sunrise to sunset (or longer) in one location. Here in Jackson Hole, I could choose locations such as Teton Village, Antelope Flats or any other location that offers enough variance so that I can move around and see new sights and angles, but small enough so that I’m forced to eventually begin getting creative. A couple of other examples from places
Hikers pause before ascending Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, Utah
First off, if you don’t see the hikers in the photo, they’re at the very bottom-right. I was glad I got them in there since they provide such a great sense of scale. The trail itself to Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, Utah starts off not too different from any other moderate-to-strenuous hike. You’re climbing up the western wall of Zion Canyon before reaching a narrow canyon that will take you up to Scout’s Lookout where you get a good view of the last half-mile: an ascent straight up Angel’s Landing. The rock formation known as Angel’s Landing, which is what the hike is named for, shoots out of the canyon walls and goes seemingly straight up into Zion Canyon. The trail narrows in some places to no wider than about ten feet (with a chain to hold … Continue reading
Small Waterfall and Cottonwood Trees in Coyote Gulch, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
During the course of my trip, I had plenty of time to myself which, looking back in hindsight, isn’t something I’m particularly used to. In most of my earlier life I yearned for the company of others. Before moving to Jackson Hole I was living with my girlfriend at the time. Currently, even if it’s just a few, I interact with people on a daily basis. Even if I’m working at the computer, I still occasionally connect with other people via email, Twitter and Facebook. While it’s great to have camaraderie among friends and family, whether in person or digitally, we’re still inundated with other peoples’ thoughts, even if we share our own opinion of them in agreement of disagreement.
On my recent road trip, spending roughly two weeks by myself in the southern Utah desert, … Continue reading