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Subject: [Leica] OT: Print Sale Sites
From: rgacpa at (Bob Adler)
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:29:39 -0700
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Great input Chris. Thank you.  
I'll look at your site more closely to get ideas. 
Much appreciated,

Bob Adler

On Aug 25, 2011, at 9:54 PM, Chris Crawford <chris at> wrote:

> Generally, I sell to people who are looking for a specific image. People 
> use
> things like Google's image search to find an image and one of my photos 
> will
> come up in the search if its what they're looking for. No one searches for
> me by name, and that's true of all but the most famous photographers. They
> search for a photo of ____. Last year, I sold a large print of a photo of a
> carnival ride called the Zipper.
> She wanted a photo of the Zipper because she and her husband had their 
> first
> kiss on a Zipper when they started dating. She wanted to give him a framed
> print for their 5th anniversary. She googled pics of the Zipper ride and
> liked mine best so she bought it.
> So, your site doesn't have to be something a million people a day see, it
> just has to be set up right so search engines see the pics and lure people
> in who are searching for something. Almost everything I've sold has been
> that way...someone wanting a print of a certain thing, or commercial users
> needing a certain type of photo to license for something. Having a large
> number of photos on your site helps too, it makes your pics more relevant 
> to
> search engines if the site has a lot to offer. I have over 1200 photos for
> sale on mine.
> -- 
> Chris Crawford
> Fine Art Photography
> Fort Wayne, Indiana
> 260-486-2581
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> On 8/25/11 11:35 PM, "Richard Man" <richard at> wrote:
>> Chris Crawford can set you with Cartweaver on your own site if you want.
>> Generally speaking, my understanding is that we photographers fuss and 
>> fuss
>> and get all sort of sites set up (Photoeye Visual Server, Smugmug, own
>> servers running Cartweaver etc.) but generally speaking
>> random-joe-buying-stuff-from-your-site is rare, unless you are already 
>> well
>> known... nature of the beast :-( There are exceptions of course, such as
>> Tina, but even she said most of her sales were from work she has done with
>> her M6 so it will take time to establish...
>> On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 8:29 PM, Bob Adler <rgacpa at> wrote:
>>> Though I have my own website, it really doesn't provide visitors with any
>>> way,
>>> other than contacting me via email, to order a print. I'm wondering if 
>>> any
>>> of
>>> you use a commercial website to take orders? I'm not sure I want to leave
>>> the
>>> printing up to the site as I'm really finicky about my prints.
>>> Feel free to respond off list. Any help/advice would be appreciated,
>>> Bob
>>> Bob Adler
>>> Palo Alto, CA
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