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My website: Hoping someone might buy something one day!


Paul_Iddon 8 47 England
22 Jan 2009 8:58PM
Feel free to have a look at my website.

I am just an enthusuast and don't expect to really make money from photography (my gear don't produce good enough quality and sizes for most stock libraries requirements) but I hope to maybe sell a few a year if only to cover the Photium's costs!!!

I use "Photium" as my host (well recommended) but I would appreciate any feedback you care to give. I would likely use feedback in the site guestbook if you buy something! Smile

Feel free to go see.

www.pauliddon.co.uk


Thanks in advance.


Paul.

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Hugeknot 9 1.2k 2 Iceland
22 Jan 2009 9:40PM
Thanks Paul, it is a very nice website with some good quality work. There is no reason why you shouldn't sell some work.

When I started photography, I came across a site that estimates that only about 1% of a photographer's sales will come from 'online sales'. Maybe someone has first hand experience of this??

Personally I make just enough to pay for my hosting with my website.

If I were you I would take my stuff out and sell it face to face. You can sell more in one day than a year on the web.
wrinkles e2
5 351 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2009 11:21AM
Very nice work Paul,if you can get local outlets such as fairs etc you will find you get lots of interest.
I have given a local gallery the use of some mono work ,and it does sell.
rebal 10 446 England
23 Jan 2009 11:55AM
Some really nice photographs I love taking pictures in the Dales and North Yorkshire.
maggie9 6 45 2 Scotland
23 Jan 2009 12:41PM
hi Pual,
a very enjoyable website to look through Smile the only thing i found was that the red text was a little harsh on my eyes (but thats maybe just me)
some really good photos, great variety of subject interest (i have a long way to go!)

kind regards
maggie
23 Jan 2009 1:06PM
Looks great your website.

Carsten
Richsr e2
7 90 210 England
23 Jan 2009 2:00PM
Looks good to me - you have some good shots uploaded.
Out of interest how long did it take you to setup?
Richard.
cats_123 e2
10 4.0k 25 Northern Ireland
23 Jan 2009 2:09PM
looking good Paul Smile.....I would only comment that either your banner is too large or your revolving image box is? I can't see both without scrolling down
whipspeed e2
10 4.0k 22 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2009 2:16PM
Again, I find the red text too much on the eye. Possibly on the front page, put more about yourself than about selling, you can put that in a different area.
Paul_Iddon 8 47 England
24 Jan 2009 8:41AM
Thanks for the feedback so far. I will consider all that has been said.

Hope to get more still.. Smile

Paul.
agoreira 11 6.0k Wales
24 Jan 2009 9:06AM
Fairs maybe the way to go for some, but of course, it does involve being there all day, or al least someone has to be, and paying for your pitch. Plus you do have to get a fair represetative sample mounted, possibly framed etc, and that ain't cheap. So it involves time and money, but instead of you hoping that people will come to your site, you take your product to them. They are very different approaches, and certainly if you have the time, fairs could be something else to look at. From looking at our local market where 2 people sit all day hoping to sell their shots, it seems a lot of time hanging around for very little income. But it depends on the quality of the work and the pitch, I suppose.
Paul_Iddon 8 47 England
24 Jan 2009 9:02PM
Keep the info coming.

I have changed a couple of things on the look of the site, colours, nothing drastic.

Thanks all.

Paul.
francisr 10 165
3 Feb 2009 8:40PM
I Paul,

Some feedback on your website if you want to sell anything through it. In common with many of us Brits, your opening gambit is what you are not ie.

"I am not here to make a living from my work."

The vast majority of people who don't know you visiting your website for the first time will not get past this sentence. Why should they?

You have some very attractive images. So tell us what will turn us on - suggested opening gambit - " If unusual images of flowers interest you or abstracts that demand a second glance, then you are in the right place." You get the drift.

I would also strip out everything that you do not consider to be absolutely A1. Second rate images will dilute the overall impression of the quality of your work.

As HugeKnot say pedelling your stuff face to face, in the flesh so to speak will also help to drive people to your site.

Not sure why you are price discriminating for overseas buyers - makes potential UK customer have to pay a premium.

It's not all bad - you have some splendid images you should be proud of. Hope this helps.

Regards Francis
Stockczech 8 445 Czech Republic
4 Feb 2009 8:55AM
Hi Paul,
I would echo what Francis has said.

What is the purpose of your website?

Is it to showcase your excellent photography? If so, you have succeeded. There are some great shots that you can be proud of, and those who look at the images might well be interested in who you are, where you live and what equipment you use.

Or is the website aimed at selling your work? If so, you should be more positive on your home page, not "I am not here to make a living from my work" but rather "photography is a passion that I'd like to share with you" - or similar. Likewise, your equipment list is pointless - anyone buying an image from you couldn't care less what camera you used, they are only interested in the finished result.

HTH,
Sheila
I find outlets are more than happy to take work on a 'Sale or Return' basis.
Have your business cards tucked into the corner of the frame where people can easily see the details.

Before Christmas the local National Parks outlet put an embargo on buying in stock as they'd exceeded their budget.
They rang me and asked me to fill the gaps which I was more than happy to do, it proved well worth my initial outlay.

Try local tea rooms, estate agents, building societies - some pubs where they serve food can be good but if they do a lot of chips be aware that your goods may smell.

Our local daily paper shows a picture each day of the local area - you don't get paid but you do get an increase in website 'hits' so I look on it as a free advert.

I'm sure you'll do well.
Merl

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