You are a Graphic Designer / Web Designer and you need to get your work out there in order to get noticed. I wrote an article with 120+ Self Promotion Ideas for Designers, but I didn’t have time to delve deeper into Social Networking. Social Networking is a way to get 1000s of viewers interested in whatever it is that you’re doing. And if you don’t know how to network online, then you are going to get left behind. In the new world of Web 2.0, social bookmarking is the common language that everyone is speaking. One of the best Social Networking sites for Graphic Designers is Flickr. In this article, I am going to suggest that you use Flickr and other Photoblogging sites (Flickr alternatives listed below) to promote your freelance graphic design business.
Did you know that the most popular social bookmarking sites right now are the ones that are based on photos? Photoblogging is very hot right now and all Graphic Designers should be taking advantage of this free worldwide exposure. When a potential client or employer is searching for a Designer, he is most likely going to be looking at imagery and ignore text unless he likes what he sees. Social bookmarking sites like Flickr help organize this content and are the ones that people are really paying attention to right now, even those people that are looking for Designers. As a Graphic Designer, this is very good news for you. Your career is based on imagery and visuals. If you get your act together on Flickr and other photoblogging sites, you will have no problem finding new clients (as long as you have impressive designs).
As a Graphic Designer, I am sure that you already have a lot of images on your website. When people are searching for a Graphic Designer to hire, they want to see pictures, not text. People also frequently search for images these days using functions like the “Google Image Search” tool and other Image Search Engines. For photos to come up in searches like this, they need to be tagged. And to be tagged well, it helps for your images to be tagged on a social bookmarking site like Flickr.
Tagging is Very Important.
The way that Flickr works is that you upload your photos and then have the chance to add tags and descriptions to them. You want to make sure that you are using the tags that are going to get noticed on Flickr. And you also want to make sure that the tags that you use are relevant to both the picture and to the text content that you have associated with the picture on your site. For example, let’s say that your niche is graphic design for the fashion industry. You write a blog post for your site about a brochure you designed for a vintage dress company. You then post your vintage dress brochure on Flickr. Your tags should be related to both the type of design, the style of design, as well as the word ‘graphic design’ or ‘web design’ (i.e. brochure design, vintage, graphic design, vintage brochures, cool brochures). Tag photos with multiple keywords so that people can find you in many different ways. By keeping everything streamlined in this way, you’ll increase traffic immediately but you’ll also get people who are interested in your content and will want to be return visitors to your site.
In addition to being relevant to what you’ve written, your Flickr tags should be those that are hot on the site. How do you know that? Well, you go to the Flickr page that will tell you what the hot tags are. Flickr has a great system for keeping track on popular tags because it’s divided into three different sets: “hot tags in the last 24 hours”, “hot tags over the last week” and “all time most popular tags”. It’s the latter category that you’ll want to make use of most often, but if you have some time-sensitive posts that link to your images, you can use the other categories to get people there quickly before your content is old.
I also suggest that you use the ‘Groups’ feature on Flickr for even more recognition. Check out all of these
Groups for Graphic Designers - http://flickr.com/search/groups/?q=graphic+design
Groups for Web Designers - http://flickr.com/search/groups/?w=all&q=web+design&m=names
Groups for Brochure Design - http://flickr.com/search/groups/?w=all&q=brochures&m=names
There are many more groups that you would probably love to join. You should join groups that you are interested in so that you can share photos. If you are a member of a group, you can add your photo to the group pool. Another way to share your photos in a Flickr Group is by posting it in a discussion. There are so many great opportunities to network on Flickr.
Flickr Allows You to Add Links to Your Own Site on Each Photo (Don’t Abuse This)
Many people don’t know that Flickr allows you to add a link to a photo’s description. Utilize this for higher SEO rankings and to get traffic to your online portfolio or web site.
Try to Figure Out Ways to Get to The Front Page of Flickr for a Huge Mass of Traffic to Come Your Way
In order to get to the front page, you will need to be at the top of Flickr’s front page algorithm. This means that your photo will need to become hot / popular. How do you do this? Well, Flickr doesn’t share their algorithm, but I do know that their algorithm has something to do with a photo receiving a certain number of comments, favorites clicked, views, etc in order to get on the front page of Flickr. If you have an amazing photo of something or a brilliant design, this will probably happen without any work on your part. Otherwise, you will need to network your tushee off. You could try the following things:
- Link to your photos from your own blog and web site
- For a Super Viral Effect, Post your Flickr Photos to Digg.com (my account is designfarts) , StumbleUpon (my account is graphicdesign), del.icio.us (my account is deezin), reddit (my account is deezin), designfloat (my account is deezin), mixx (my account is allfreelance ), Netscape Propeller (my account is deezin2), Design Sites Up (my account is agdesign), and other Social Bookmarking Sites
- Place links to your current photos on your email’s signature
- Making nice comments on other people’s photos so that they visit your photos. This increases the chance that people will favorite your photos and make comments on them as well.
- Ask people for critiques on your photos.
A few other Tips for success on Flickr
- Comment on Other Users Photos and leverage the community on Flickr. Get Noticed by noticing others. Be friendly and make friends with other users
- Make sure to add a link to your site on your profile.
For even more Flickr networking tips, DoshDosh has posted a helpful blog article - A Comprehensive Guide to Using Flickr for Traffic Building and Brand Marketing
I also suggest taking a look at another article that I wrote - Social Networking Community Sites for Graphic Designers and Web Designers
HERE ARE THE FLICKR ALTERNATIVES (PHOTOBLOGGING SITES) THAT I PROMISED YOU
With your free 23 account you can upload 30 photos every month, and if that’s not enough you can upgrade.
Amazon S3 -
Amazon S3 is based on the idea that quality Internet-based storage should be taken for granted. It helps free developers from worrying about where they are going to store data, whether it will be safe and secure, the costs associated with server maintenance, or whether they have enough storage available. The functionality is simple and robust: Store any amount of data inexpensively and securely, while ensuring that the data will always be available when you need it. Amazon S3 enables developers to focus on innovating with data, rather than figuring out how to store it
Amnius Photoblog Hosting -
Aminus3 is a photoblog community that welcomes anyone with a passion for photography. We offer a high-quality, photoblog hosting service for thousands of photographers around the world.
Record your life in pictures, improve your photography skills, or just keep in touch with your family and friends. Join the community now and start seeing the world in a completely different way.
Not specifically for photoblogging, but can be used for it.
Buzznet’s integrated media and community platform allows its users to network like never before with leading bands, trendsetters and their peers through self-created content, videos, photos and journal.
Join the largest art community in the world! As a member, you can collect favourites, submit art, and track your friends and favourite artists.
Looks like a family oriented flickr type site.
Share your photos, links, videos, mucic, and other documents with 5 GB free space.
Photoblogging for photographers by photographers. Expressions is a hosted, multi-lingual photoblogging system. But it is also a community of photographers and artists who take pride in their work. The best way to see if Expressions is right for you is to give it a whirl with a 30-day free trial.
Top notch hosted photoblogging. The most popular hosted photoblogging on the net.
A fantastic photography family and community to blog in.
Fotki - A great photoblogging community like Flickr but with less storage space.
Fotolog is the world’s leading photo-blogging site, one of the world’s largest social networking sites and a global cultural phenomenon. More than 10 million members in more than 200 countries use Fotolog as a simple and fun way to express themselves through online photo diaries or photo blogs.
Fotothing allows you to share your latest and greatest photos with your friends, family and the world. Other users can post comments on your photos, and the most recently updated Fotothings appear on the home page. You can use Fotothing to keep a daily record of your life in photographic format, document the growth of your kids, or simply to get public feedback on your latest work of art. The possibilities are endless.
Fotopages was founded to allow people to easily create, manage, and host photologs.
A photographic community.
Go Blog Go -
Take a camera phone picture, email it to us, and share your pictures online! As long as your phone can send an email this service will work for you! Works with your verizon lg camera phone, nextel camera phone, the latest motorola camera phones, nokia camera phones, prepaid camera phones, verizon camera phones, and more!
Share your photos, videos, audios, and all your contents with your family, friends or whoever you want to share them with. If you are an artist, you can promote your designs and photographs with this site. A quality photosharing site.
Koffee Photo -
Easily organize, share and backup all your photos on your computer and on the web! Every album you create gets its web page allowing you to browse and share your photos from anywhere. Album hosting and photo sharing is unlimited and free. KoffeePhoto provides direct print ordering through partner services while simplifying the process of uploading the pictures.
Moblogging is taking pictures and videos with your camera phone and putting them on the internet.
PBase - Doesn’t look very popular but it works and their are members.
An easy way to share photos from your digital camera or phone.
Photoblog helps you preserve your memories and share your life through photographs. Best of all, it’s completely free and unlimited.
Photobloggers.net provides you with an easy-to-use personal website (called a photoblog), where you can quickly post photos and thoughts to share with your friends, family and other people.
One of the leaders in photoblogging and photgraphy communities.
Members get paid to share their pictures.
Exhibit your photos worldwide and gain recognition and reputation. Join a thriving community, get comments and tips from pros, and build a fan club for your photos.
Smug Mug -
A well designed and well maintained photo sharing community. I am not sure whether this site is free or not.
Free Image Hosting “¦ a basic free photo hosting site.
Still in Beta, but it looks like it might be a good one.
Media sharing and hosting for photos, videos, and more.
TypePad ($4.95+ / month) -
TypePad is the premier blogging service for professionals, hosting many of the world’s most popular blogs and small business websites. TypePad’s ease of use enables you to create a blog in minutes. Not specifically meant for photoblogging.
Blogging is fun again. With powerful privacy controls and hundreds of beautiful designs, Vox is a great place to build your online neighborhood. Add seamless integration with popular web services like Flickr and YouTube, and we think you’ll agree that”¦Vox makes sharing your life with friends and family, easy, safe, and fun.
With 7.2 Million* monthly visitors and more than 520 million photos to explore, Webshots is one of the largest photo- and video-sharing sites. And I love the design of the site.
Their open source software is the leader in the blogging industry, so I am sure that their hosted blogging system is amazing. Not specifically meant for photoblogging.
ZenFolio is a hosting service for photographers to organize, print, share, and sell their photographs / prints online.
A well maintained photo sharing community.
Photosharing, photostorage, and photblogging.
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