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« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2022, 02:58 »
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I need a place that automatically handles all the International VAT issues and tax requirements for Germany.
The EU to EU VAT taxes for digital goods are quite a nightmare. The good news is that Shopify handles automatically them to consumers already in the basic plan.
For B2B VAT reverse charge the EU company has to login for the validation. I''ll write a post about the handling of VAT taxes on my blog.

If prices on most agencies keep dropping then having our own stores, or at least one store about a specialized subject we love, is a good add on.
This is my idea, I make a bet on  ;)

« Last Edit: July 07, 2022, 14:29 by gameover »


« Reply #26 on: July 07, 2022, 09:29 »
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I am still trying to understand what is the advantage over using Photoshelter or Photodeck?

Or Smugmug?

I think personally I would prefer a place that is officially an agency, lets me set my own prices and upload whatever I want, but does all the billing under their own system with the customer, so I just get my monthly summed royalty.

I was thinking of maybe using my pond5 exclusive account for a specialized theme for photos and videos. But I just learned that only video is treated exclusively.

Most important I need a defined subject with at least 1000 files.

And if they are good enough, they should probably go to higher end agencies, like stocksy.

But I will follow your project with interest.

The advantage of a shop would be if it can be integrated into my own website, so that longterm people bookmark my site without being dependent on an agency.

« Reply #27 on: July 07, 2022, 14:27 »
+1
I am still trying to understand what is the advantage over using Photoshelter or Photodeck?

Or Smugmug?

I think personally I would prefer a place that is officially an agency, lets me set my own prices and upload whatever I want, but does all the billing under their own system with the customer, so I just get my monthly summed royalty.

I was thinking of maybe using my pond5 exclusive account for a specialized theme for photos and videos. But I just learned that only video is treated exclusively.

Most important I need a defined subject with at least 1000 files.

And if they are good enough, they should probably go to higher end agencies, like stocksy.

But I will follow your project with interest.

The advantage of a shop would be if it can be integrated into my own website, so that longterm people bookmark my site without being dependent on an agency.
I can only say that years ago I discarded these websites, because there were not enough automatism to upload quickly many images at once and populate the pages accordingly. You have a lot of hard boring work  to do without the time to concentrate on what you want to do. The difference using Pixify is striking.

« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2022, 18:35 »
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New post on my blog:
https://luisafumi-digitalart.com/blog/2022/07/05/i-am-public-on-shopify-with-a-big-thank-you-to-pixify/
 ;D
wonderful to see your debut!

is it simple to switch from the xxx-shopify.com to your own domain?  does the shopify domain then automatically forward?

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« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2022, 20:32 »
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I am still trying to understand what is the advantage over using Photoshelter or Photodeck?

Or Smugmug?

I think personally I would prefer a place that is officially an agency, lets me set my own prices and upload whatever I want, but does all the billing under their own system with the customer, so I just get my monthly summed royalty.

I was thinking of maybe using my pond5 exclusive account for a specialized theme for photos and videos. But I just learned that only video is treated exclusively.

Most important I need a defined subject with at least 1000 files.

And if they are good enough, they should probably go to higher end agencies, like stocksy.

But I will follow your project with interest.

The advantage of a shop would be if it can be integrated into my own website, so that longterm people bookmark my site without being dependent on an agency.

Shopify seems to have an SEO advantage with Google so I'm giving it a try to see what happens. Like with any personal website, success lies in getting your own traffic and having something unique buyers want.

Photoshelter - I just dropped them after having a website for over ten years. I no longer have any confidence in their longevity. Long time ago they tried to launch an agency and abandoned it. Then they did a much advertised platform update (named Beam?) which seemed half baked. Then they shifted their business away from photographers/artists to chasing corporate clients with digital asset management. Then they went back to chasing photographers/artists so I'm not sure if DAM is still a core part of their business. Then a few years ago they made a highly promoted announcement of massive platform updates. During this time my sales went from okay to nothing. Their platform isn't overly customizable and the user interface is a cobbled together bandaged mishmash of UI designs from different time periods. Now they seem to only spend time on writing posts on their blog which I really dont care at all about. They just seem to be struggling to find their way as a business but that's only my perception.

Photodeck - My main website is with them and overall I'm happy. It's a small UK based company so there's always a concern with them deciding to exit the business. However, they post somewhat regular updates about new functionality they've added. Platform is highly customizable, SEO capabilities are reasonably good and I get decent traffic and regular sales. Performance is very fast and the user interface is well organized and intuitive but probably leaning a little more toward techie than the bubbly friendly UI of Shopify. The licensing options include prints, RF and RM. I totally customized the RM configuration to meet my needs. I get a mix of higher dollar RM licensing sales and print sales. They also have a handful of print integration partners for automated fulfillment. Overall a very nice website platform for artists who are a bit more into customizing.

Shopify - Just setting up my site now. I want a platform I dont need to worry about spending a ton of time on and then them going out of business. And I want more traffic and sales. My Photodeck site gets decent traffic but I seemed to have hit an SEO wall where I'm not able to increase traffic any further. As a test I did a bunch of Google searches to see which art websites showed up toward the front. After getting past the big sites, usually next up were independent artists with Shopify websites. The Shopify user interface is very slick and intuitive with a ton of apps you can add for SEO, customer live chat, stock licensing, and even fully automated POD fulfillment such as through Printful. With Printful, Printify and other POD apps, customers can place orders and you dont need to do anything. The Shopify order automatically goes to Printful and they print and ship.

Smgmug - Tried it for a while and didn't like the platform and had zero sales.

« Last Edit: July 08, 2022, 20:39 by PaulieWalnuts »

« Reply #30 on: July 09, 2022, 01:45 »
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Thank you so much, that is a great explanation!!

Yes, this sounds like shopify is a good solution for single artists.

I will keep following here, if I ever feel comfortable with the German VAT and data compliance issues, then I might try shopify.

I would love to have a place that is all mine and where I can set my own prices.

For now though, I a, focussing on regular uploads again and growing my ports. I havent done much in the past years.


« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2022, 02:36 »
0
I am still trying to understand what is the advantage over using Photoshelter or Photodeck?

Or Smugmug?

I think personally I would prefer a place that is officially an agency, lets me set my own prices and upload whatever I want, but does all the billing under their own system with the customer, so I just get my monthly summed royalty.

I was thinking of maybe using my pond5 exclusive account for a specialized theme for photos and videos. But I just learned that only video is treated exclusively.

Most important I need a defined subject with at least 1000 files.

And if they are good enough, they should probably go to higher end agencies, like stocksy.

But I will follow your project with interest.

The advantage of a shop would be if it can be integrated into my own website, so that longterm people bookmark my site without being dependent on an agency.

Shopify seems to have an SEO advantage with Google so I'm giving it a try to see what happens. Like with any personal website, success lies in getting your own traffic and having something unique buyers want.

Photoshelter - I just dropped them after having a website for over ten years. I no longer have any confidence in their longevity. Long time ago they tried to launch an agency and abandoned it. Then they did a much advertised platform update (named Beam?) which seemed half baked. Then they shifted their business away from photographers/artists to chasing corporate clients with digital asset management. Then they went back to chasing photographers/artists so I'm not sure if DAM is still a core part of their business. Then a few years ago they made a highly promoted announcement of massive platform updates. During this time my sales went from okay to nothing. Their platform isn't overly customizable and the user interface is a cobbled together bandaged mishmash of UI designs from different time periods. Now they seem to only spend time on writing posts on their blog which I really dont care at all about. They just seem to be struggling to find their way as a business but that's only my perception.

Photodeck - My main website is with them and overall I'm happy. It's a small UK based company so there's always a concern with them deciding to exit the business. However, they post somewhat regular updates about new functionality they've added. Platform is highly customizable, SEO capabilities are reasonably good and I get decent traffic and regular sales. Performance is very fast and the user interface is well organized and intuitive but probably leaning a little more toward techie than the bubbly friendly UI of Shopify. The licensing options include prints, RF and RM. I totally customized the RM configuration to meet my needs. I get a mix of higher dollar RM licensing sales and print sales. They also have a handful of print integration partners for automated fulfillment. Overall a very nice website platform for artists who are a bit more into customizing.

Shopify - Just setting up my site now. I want a platform I dont need to worry about spending a ton of time on and then them going out of business. And I want more traffic and sales. My Photodeck site gets decent traffic but I seemed to have hit an SEO wall where I'm not able to increase traffic any further. As a test I did a bunch of Google searches to see which art websites showed up toward the front. After getting past the big sites, usually next up were independent artists with Shopify websites. The Shopify user interface is very slick and intuitive with a ton of apps you can add for SEO, customer live chat, stock licensing, and even fully automated POD fulfillment such as through Printful. With Printful, Printify and other POD apps, customers can place orders and you dont need to do anything. The Shopify order automatically goes to Printful and they print and ship.

Smgmug - Tried it for a while and didn't like the platform and had zero sales.
Thank you very much for sharing your quite valuable experience!
I was impressed by the Shopify fast loading pages and a fast website is now absolutely important for traffic and sales.


 

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