I hope everyone had a fun weekend. I am going to state the obvious! I am not a computer guru, nor am I a website designer and definitely not a SEO expert. I am an artist! I am an artist armed with a computer, a domain and the desire to get noticed by others. When I started this adventure of creating a website to house my artwork I naively thought that if I build it, they will come. Now a year later I know this is simply not true.
With this important and painful realization out of the way. It meant that in December 2015 I had to choose among two separate paths. The first path was easy going and painless. It simply involved walking away from the experience. Shutting down the domain and going back to marketing myself through my main art gallery at Fine Art America. The second path was far scarier and would require a huge time commitment. I would keep the domain open and fight to get noticed by search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Being Irish and stubborn I chose the later and decided to work on building a great website that would effectively market my beautiful artwork. With the decision made... now what... HELP!! I was confronted with the challenge of correcting my past errors, however, how do you correct something when you can't see your errors.
Garvin Hunter Photography Goes To School
Thus begun the era of self discovery and trial and error. Starting in December 2015 I made some dramatic changes to my website. Old pages were deleted and new ones erected in their place, many of my pages were given new names, and most of the text had to be reworked to include better keywords. In addition to tweaking the website I was reading articles online to help guide me through the maze of website design.. Overall my experience was and continues to be a mixed bag of emotions. Some days I find it fascinating to new learn new things and then implement what I have learnt on my own website. Then there are the dark days where I get frustrated by how long it takes to see the fruits of my labour. I often have to wait days or weeks before I get to see the results of my work on Google Analytics and/or Webmaster Tools. However, on those dark days I keep chanting to myself "inch by inch life is cinch" over and over again.
In early January 2016 I came to a new and frightening conclusion. According to my reading I needed to start a blog and the sooner the better. Everything I read pointed to the fact that blogging had the potential to dramatically increase my website traffic. So with a lump in my throat and a rapid pulse rate I started the "Garvin Hunter Photo Blog" in the middle of January.
It has been over a month since I posted my first blog entry and guess what? I am really enjoying the blog. In addition to helping my website it has given me a wonderful opportunity to improve my writing skills through practice. The truth is, I have not written much since my days at the University of British Columbia where I did my post graduate training. I also find it very empowering to think that I am sharing my passion for photography and the visual arts with the whole world through this portal. How powerful is that? Ok maybe not the entire world, but you know what I mean.
It is now almost the end of February 2016 and it appears that my hard work is starting to pay off. For the first time ever, I am now seeing the Garvin Hunter Photography website appear at the top of some basic internet keyword searches using Bing, Yahoo and Google. This is awesome news. When I dig deeper I am also finding that my traffic onto my website is generally increasing with each blog posting. While these triumphs are small in magnitude they are important first steps for a new website such as mine and for a webmaster who is learning on the job. There is plenty of work to do over the course of the next couple of months and years to improve our page ranking on a number of keywords but I look forward to the challenge! Google you never knew us before, and you barely know us now, but you will know us tomorrow because we are on our way. Albeit slowly!!
Thank you for reading!!