I don’t know where to start.
This is what I hear from artists when we start talking about selling art online.
II get it. There are SO MANY ways to do this, and the geek speak everyone throws around is really confusing.
I use Etsy!
You have no idea which is going to work for you.
So, where do you start?
I'd like to recommend that you start with understanding some of this “geek speak” techie terms.
I’ve created a handy guide about some common "Techie Terms" to help you understand what options are out there for selling art online.
Techie Terms for the artist who wants to sell online
You got this one, Facebook (FB), Instagram (IG), Twitter (Tweets), Pinterest (Pins).
There are a lot more, but really, these are the big players for us adults. Note: a blog is not social media.
A website is a place where your domain name is hosted. When people type in www.yourname.com or yourname.com, they are taken to your website.
Domain (domain name).
This is the YOURNAME.COM part of the link you type in a browser window. For example. https://www.jillrumley.com the “jillrumley.com” is my domain name. This is also referred to as “top level domain” or TLD.
What is .com?
The letters after the “.” are called domain extension. “.com” was one of the first TLD’s when domain names were first starting to be used in 1985. Today, there are over 1,000 TLD’s according to The Register. But .com is still the most popular and registered.
Is a way to transact sales on the internet. There are a number of companies that will use e-commerce within a website to help you sell your art online.
An e-commerce marketplace is a company that takes your artwork and creates products with it. For example, giclee’ prints, canvas bags, phone covers, pillows etc. They create the product and then drop-ship it directly to the customer and deposit the proceeds to you.
A blog is essentially webpage. Blogs are used for journaling online, posting written articles, sharing articles written by someone else, etc. Blogs display each “post” usually in chronological order with the most recent “post” at the top of the page. Artists can use blogs many different ways: to journal about the art creation process, share video recording of the art creation process, share articles about painting techniques, announce upcoming events and more.
If you'd like to keep a copy of this guide, feel free to download it HERE.
P.S. If you’re curious about how to choose a great domain name, check out Leanne Regalla’s post https://smartblogger.com/how-to-choose-a-domain-name