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POLL:  Do you sell direct through your own personal website?

Yes, I have my own website but sales are very slow
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Yes, I have my own website and I make as much as I do on some microstock agents
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Yes, but I'm thinking of quiting because it's too much work
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No, I'm happy selling through an agent
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No, but I'd like to sell direct in the future
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Yes, but I do not sell through my own site, I use a site like photoshelter.
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Yes, I sell through sites like photoshelter but am thinking of selling on my own site in the future
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TheSmilingAssassin

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« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2011, 11:05 »
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« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2011, 11:09 »
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« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2011, 12:58 »
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I'm thinking about it. Maybe through Photoshelters, which seems simpler and less time-consuming than an actual personal website.

One question to those already selling direct: do buyers just search, pay and download (as they should), or do you receive requests for free personal use, discounts, ...? I'd hate to have to deal with such issues.

lisafx

« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2011, 15:45 »
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Although, I probably owe Lisa a freebie, since she already has links to my site. Anyway, a blog is a great promotional tool and easy to set up. I can probably help with a walk-through for setup or at least provide some links.

You were so helpful when I set up my site, I felt the least I could do was link to you.  Besides, I don't do illustrations, so we aren't really in competition with one another :)

lisafx

« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2011, 15:48 »
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I can't argue with you there, it is a bit daunting.  If it's any concellation, I have no experience with php, just a bit of html and css.  I covered SQL in uni but I can't remember any of it lol  I'm finding that it's not as bad as I thought, just very time consuming working things out.  The licencing and the privacy policy etc was the biggest pain in the bum but it was a useful exercise.  It wasn't so much painful as it was boring. 


I found the whole thing completely overwhelming.  I hired someone to help with the customization.  Two someones actually.  Made a big difference.  At the rate I am selling it might take me a decade or so to recover their modest fees ;)

TheSmilingAssassin

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« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2011, 21:11 »
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« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2011, 10:05 »
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Although I can do some PHP and CSS in my Wordpress blogs, I would rather have an easier solution. Ktools has many users and seems to be a solid application, but its look and navigation are a bit dull for today's webiste concept. If I had to pick one of these softwares today, I still don't know what I'd pick.

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« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2011, 11:39 »
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« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2011, 14:31 »
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Anyway, a blog is a great promotional tool and easy to set up. I can probably help with a walk-through for setup or at least provide some links.


Yes, I know I'm quoting myself, but I didn't know if anyone was interested in this. Here's a link to the Wordpress install for anyone that wanted to set up a blog on top of their store:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

There's a lot of text, but it really isn't too bad to do. Even my technically challenged brain was able to figure it out.

TheSmilingAssassin

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« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2011, 00:50 »
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