Amazon To Dominate Online–We are growing our Amazon art store!

 

According to the number one online news source Yahoo! in their Yahoo! Finance feature article, Forget Apple, Forget Facebook: Here’s The One Company That Actually Terrifies Google Execs, that company topping all the giants is Amazon!

Our own Transmedia Artist AMAZON Pro store http://www.amazon.com/shops/TransmediaArtist sells only artist-made! The store is just one year old and has had consistent monthly sales.

We plan to grow too! Follow this blog for more announcements and calls for art in future.

LIKE our Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store Facebook fan page:  http://facebook.com/TransArtStore

 

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Artists: Inside Info On How You Can Influence Online Arts Content

English: Screen Capture of article of front pa...

English: Screen Capture of article of front page of Yahoo! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m going to tell you how I get paid for the articles I write and publish. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you how I get paid. Even though I do that. The purpose of this post is to let you know that you have more control over online content than you think!

How can you exert control over online content?

If you’re like me, you’ve signed up to receive notices in your email inbox or RSS feed when your favorite online authors publish new articles on such sites as Mashable, Huffington Post Arts, Yahoo! Movies, and many others.

You may wonder how authors are paid for their ideas and time researching and writing these articles. The answer may surprise you!

As contributing writer for both Yahoo! and Technorati News I am paid a dollar amount each time someone clicks on a link within my published articles. Those clicks represent my click-through rate.

Who pays me?

Yahoo! pays based on click-through-rate on links within my Yahoo! articles. I also receive a much lesser amount based on the total number of reader views that my article receives. Yahoo! deposits payments into my PayPal account. Yahoo! also provides extensive analytics so I can track my readership and earnings, and via those stats I can easily see what articles and article topics are the most popular and what links receive the most clicks. (Of course I want to get paid for my work, so I consider these stats when planning future articles).

Technorati news has a similar set-up. Since they are closely linked to Google–with all Technorati news articles feeding into Google news–Google pays me. Google pays varying amounts for each click on links within my published Technorati news articles. I track those clicks, readership numbers, and payment amounts per article via my Google AdSense account. (Again, the more success an article brings the more l will want to write on that topic in future articles and promote those articles enthusiastically).

So you are probably thinking that for each article authors must receive hundreds or even thousands of dollars in total clicks–but that is just not the case!

While hundreds or even thousands of readers may read any given article online, the number of clicks on links within an article is generally quite low. This is frustrating to all authors of online articles–even top authors! “We all have that problem,” one top author told me when I asked about improving click-through rates.

Why do hundreds of people read online articles without clicking on those internal links? This phenomenon is something that many experts have analyzed and written about in numerous articles on click-through-rates. This payment structure I have described is why you often see sensationalized,  rather silly or limited value content online—the authors are hoping to find a gimmick that will make their content a hit so that it will go viral and they will receive a large number of click-throughs and high total payment.

So what does this mean to you?

Think about it. Now you better understand the secret to exerting control over what gets published online!  

If you have favorite online authors you’d like to keep around and support, then thoroughly review their articles and click on those article links of interest to see where they go! Share the articles you like best with others via email. Use the share features to post articles to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and other social media site and include comments on why you like the article. You are exerting control over online content with each click and share. With each click you are paying those authors who provide the information you like and value. Your clicks bring attention to those articles, and attention both to the authors and the content subjects.  Remember, Google is watching and analyzing those stats you generate when you click. Google pays authors for each click, so you can be sure that they pay attention to where their money goes. It’s easy to let Google know what you like and value with each click.

You the reader have more control over online content than you think! If you want Google to place more value on art related content then support those authors who write on the arts by clicking on those internal article links and sharing those articles widely.

Want more online articles on your own artworks published?

Authors of articles value a well written press release that provides the full details and includes jpeg images. ( I am glad to receive these from artists.) Now that you know that most authors of online articles do not receive an hourly rate of pay, you understand how important it is for you to provide full details in your press releases and keep your website Newsroom up to date.

One artist, who didn’t even have a blog or website, once told me–“you can go around and search the web for information about me”, when I asked him for a press release.  WRONG! If you don’t have time to write a press release, I don’t have free time to do that for you, and neither do other authors of online content. If you want to become the subject of more online articles, get more exposure and visibility for your art, then it is up to you to organize,  present and provide your information.

Artists and Arts Organizations may send their press releases to me, Marie Kazalia, via email, at: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

SAMPLE ARTICLE: Here is the link to one of my recently published Technorati articles containing artist news.

Naive Emerging Artists Operating on Assumption + Attitude

Sunday News after the Passing

Image by topgold via Flickr

Some emerging artists maintain a fantasy that someone will search the web for details and put together news about them. They may even expect this and assume that is how things will happen for them. When asked for a press release or if they have a news room, in comes the attitude! They don’t have time, don’t want to “sell out”(!?) or “become corporate”(!?).

Guess what?! Your good friend, spouse, partner or a paid assistant might search the web about you and put together a news room for you but why would a news writers do all that work for free? If you want press coverage–whether an article published in a traditional print newspaper or magazine, or an online article by a contributing writer for Yahoo! or Technorati news or for a blog, then you will need to provide lots of new and up-to-date information to the writer!

Become a Press Friendly Artist (article details news rooms and why you should have one and how to get a news room).

Another assumption some emerging artists make is that news writers rehashing old content found online and turn that into an article. Wrong! Guess what news writers need? News! That news may be your exhibit, open studio, new CD or DVD, your new book, the competition you won, your fascinating art-making technique, a new project, a new website community,a new shop, a new product, etc.

Any news article writer appreciates receiving a press release! All your details should be in a press release. (It is far too time consuming for the writer of any article to track down details about an artist! It is unrealistic to ask them to do so). Send your press release so the writer can formulate and ask questions from the information in the press release.  If you have news you should write a press release and send it out to all appropriate contacts. If you send out a press release it is likely that you will get an article published about your art that will bring you valuable exposure, attention, and increased sales.

3 submission ops for artists

Here are 3 recent calls:

 ITCH E.09 ∞ INFINITE SUBMISSIONS OF ART AND WRITING WELCOMED FOR ITCH MAGAZINE

http://itch.co.za/submissions

 You are free to interpret this theme in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it. Think INFINITY symbol. What does ∞ mean to you?

Submissions will be open until 31 July 2011. Visit http://itch.co.za/submissions for details.

&

EMERGENCY5 Exhibition

  • Deadline: 01 August, 2011

aspex seeks emerging artists working in all media for its open submission exhibition EMERGENCY5.  12 artists will be selected for a group show–from the 12, one artist will be chosen to receive the prize of a solo exhibition at aspex in 2013, including a £1000 fee and £1000 production budget.
Link for further information and application form:  http://www.aspex.org.uk/art/gallery_1/emergency_5

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Art Move Festival —  art outdoors on billboards

Take Flight! June 2nd, NYC Art Exhibit

BENJAMIN L.M.

TAKE FLIGHT

Art Show

1 Night Only!

 

H215 GALLERY

NEW YORK, USA

55 Bethune Street

New York, New York, 10014

Thursday 2 June 2011, 6pm

Take Flight is the first solo show on American soil for Benjamin L.M.  He will be there with 8 new paintings.  Modern art in full colour that speaks clearly.  Love, flight and serious peace moves stomp across these paintings.  Important ways to hold onto.  Clarity in a murky world.  A siren in the fog.

 

The opening for the Take Flight exhibition will be filmed and form part of the documentary Benjamin L.M. – Livid Dreams Off The Leash.

 

Australian Artist Benjamin L.M.–In The Shiny Temple, Translating the Silent Voice of His Heart is an article on Benjamin L.M. by Marie Kazalia published by Yahoo! –

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7978241/australian_artist_benjamin_lmin_the.html?cat=2

 

The short art film Benjamin L.M. Out Of Nowhere has just been re-cut and loaded into YouTube.  Art by Benjamin L.M.  Music by Moby.  Produced by Beau Lambert –

http://www.youtube.com/user/BenjaminLM77?feature=mhsn

 

The first music / spoken word recording by Benjamin L.M. and Roland Black is called Silver Slide The Wheel Begins To Turn.  It’s out now through the Juno Records website –

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/1720012-02.htm?highlight=SILVER%20SLIDE

 

For information or a preview of the Take Flight show:

Barnaby Ruhe – Phone  917 721 2541  / Email  barnabyruhe@gmail.com

Directions to gallery:

H215 Apartment, 2nd floor.  L , A, C, E Trains, Subway Exit 14th Street and 8th Avenue.

From Subway:  Exit at 8th Avenue and 14th Street, go South on 8th Avenue against traffic.  One block past 12th street, take a right at Bethune Street.

 

www.benjaminlm.com

 

PR Offer for Visual Artists–Article About You and Your Art

Marie Kazalia, Arts Journalist, is writing a series of articles on visual artists and their artwork, arts business, arts products. (Links to sample published articles below.)

PR Advantages:

  • Press coverage/articles written about you prove you are newsworthy
  • Improves your credibility
  • Art Gallerists and other art professionals want to see your press coverage
  • Art collectors prefer to purchase from newsworthy artists
  • You the artist, and your art business, will gain valuable online expose in an article published by the top online news provider— Yahoo!
  • An article on Yahoo! may be picked up by other news services
  • An article will drive traffic to your site
  • Increases your online presence
  • Create interest in your art business and art products
  • Bring more potential buyers to your site
  • Articles do more for you than paid ads. Anyone can purchase an ad. Articles carry more weight, than paid ads,in the minds of readers.

Services include:

  • review of your art portfolio site, arts product site, art publication
  • targeted questions developed based on your site information
  • your responses to questions reviewed and more questions developed(as needed)
  • 8-10 hours writing, proofreading and editing to a finished article that is 500-1500 words in length
  • I submit and publish the article on Yahoo! (additionally, I publish the article on the VASA Transmedia blog: sound, digital, photo, film artists only)
  • you receive copy of full article + link(s) once published–for your own promotional campaign (for use on your site etc)
  • I promote the article on my blog and/or site, on Twitter, LinkedIN and other social media sites
  • I can provide monthly feedback on numbers of views article receives (upon request)
  • article completed 1-3 weeks after I receive your responses to my questions
  • expedited articles available for promotion of events /to  meet deadlines
  • if you have a Media or Press Room on your site w/ downloadable images, I will add images to the article

Contact Marie Kazalia by email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

SAMPLE  ARTICLES written by Marie Kazalia and published by Yahoo! and on other sites:

1. Cleveland: Chris Kulcsar- an Artist Who Uses Sound   (short link: http://bit.ly/fcdSMG)

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7899522/cleveland_chris_kulcsar_an_artist_who.html

2.Pittsburgh: R. Weis – Compositions of Manipulated Sound       http://vasa-project.com/blog/2011/02/pittsburgh-r-weiss-compositions-of-manipulated-sound/

Yahoo!: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7899482/pittsburgh_r_weis_compositions_of_manipulated.html?cat=33

3. New York: GeneFree Video Performance Art

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7900767/new_york_genefree_video_performance.html

4. Germany: Light Art Photography

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7900825/germany_light_art_photography.html

5.Jeanne Bessette–Painting the Human Element   http://bit.ly/k3eNYn

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7910629/jeanne_bessettepainting_the_human_element.html

6.National Poetry Month: An Appreciation of the Poetry of Mina Loy–All the Rage Now

http://bit.ly/MinaLoy

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7952461/national_poetry_month_an_appreciation.html

7. Australian Artist Benjamin L.M.–In The Shiny Temple, Translating the Silent Voice of His Heart     http://bit.ly/iXj7qo

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7978241/australian_artist_benjamin_lmin_the.html

8.Canadian Artist in Scotland – Trevor Jones: Art is Not Just Pretty Colors

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8017743/canadian_artist_in_scotland_trevor.html

http://bit.ly/kPGe46 (short link)

(9) my short story about travel in China

The Waiting Room

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8087075/the_waiting_room.html

10)How to Be a Press Friendly Artist– the Latest Ebook by Art Licensing Mentor Tara Reed

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8075513/how_to_be_a_press_friendly_artist_

11) New York: Photographic Artist Ventiko–Entering Her Version of Reality

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8084127/new_york_photographic_artist_ventikoentering.html

12) Living on the Earth–Alicia Bay Laurel’s Iconic Illustrated Book

 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8103605/living_on_the_earthalicia_bay_laurels.html

 

 

 

My Review Article of the Ebook: How to Be a Press Friendly Artist

How to Be a Press Friendly Artist– the Latest Ebook by Art Licensing Mentor Tara Reed

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8075513/how_to_be_a_press_friendly_artist_the.html

published  by Yahoo!

Short Story, The Waiting Room– based on my travels in China

I typed my short story, The Waiting Room, from my contributors’ copy of the now defunct print magazine Clamor (with a C), that published it in 2005, along with an illustration. I submitted the story  to Yahoo!

The short story is set in a foreigners waiting room the Beijing train station. Here is the Yahoo! link:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8087075/the_waiting_room.html

If you like my story, share it on on Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks you use.  Bookmark it on sites like Reddit, Digg and StumbleUpon–using the buttons below.

Thanks!

How Do You Get An Article On Your Art Published?

Five of my articles on artists were published by Yahoo! in one week. I know from talking with other Yahoo! contributors, that original subject matter for an article is a must.

My first article is on a Cleveland sound artist, and titled:  Cleveland: Chris Kulcsar- an Artist Who Uses Sound (If problems with the long link, try this short link: http://bit.ly/fcdSMG)

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7899522/cleveland_chris_kulcsar_an_artist_who.html

My second article, on a Pittsburgh sound artist, I titled– Pittsburgh: R. Weis – Compositions of Manipulated Sound (short link: http://bit.ly/gkZHfg)

My third Article published by Yahoo! is titled: New York: GeneFree Video Performance Art
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7900767/new_york_genefree_video_performance.html

My fourth article published: Germany: Light Art Photography
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7900825/germany_light_art_photography.html

My fifth article published by Yahoo!
Jeanne Bessette–Painting the Human Element

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7910629/jeanne_bessettepainting_the_human_element.html

I originally wrote the first four articles for the VASA project blog (http://vasa-project.com).

When I began writing for the VASA project blog as a regular contributor, I established a goal to write on artists in *under-served* regions such as Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Since I am a member of a large group of primarily Pittsburgh artists, I put the word out that I would be writing on Pittsburgh artists working in video, photography, sound art, and digital art. The name R. Weis came up rather quickly. His fast response to my email and his enthusiasm for the article made it a pleasure to work with him, which inspired me to complete the article that same day.

Contacting Cleveland sound artist Chris Kulcsar proved to be a bit more challenging. At the time he did not have a website, and little online presence. I actually had searched for another sound artist I had heard about in a news cast, when Kulcar’s name came up on his friend’s blog. The blogger put me in touch with Kulcar, who wanted to answer my questions for the article, but was building a new website and would have his bio/CV and artist statement on his site within a few weeks. I know that writing statements, updating CVs and bio information can be time-consuming, as is building a new website, so I agreed to wait.
Several weeks later, Chris supplied me with the link to his new site, and answered all my questions. (In the mean time, the major holidays had come and gone and my mother had died, so, in this case, the delay in hearing back from the artist was not a problem). However, I don’t recommend making someone wait six to eight weeks if they express an interest in writing an article on your art. Have your materials ready and send them right away.

For the GeneFree article, both artists graciously provided me with information and videos to view. Unfortunately, my mother died while I was working on the article, and so I had to attend to family matters. I ended up cutting my article on GeneFree short, and would have preferred to have written a lengthier article.

Working with all of the artists proved to be inspiring, and the articles flowed as I wrote them. I posted my articles to the VASA project blog with images and embedded videos. Yahoo! does not allow images unless the author of an article holds the copyright to the images, or has a license to use the images.

I am pleased that Yahoo! has accepted and published my articles.

So, how do you get an article on your own art published? Perhaps the best way to get started is to connect with a regular contributor of an appropriate art site. Leave a comment on one of their article, then follow-up with an email. If you can’t find an email address for a contributor you would like to work with, leave your email address and site link in your comment. Some art news sites have a form for you to complete to request a feature on your art.

I am especially interested in writing on photographic artists, video artists, sound artists, and digital artists in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and greater areas. But, I have also written on New York artists, German artists, and North Carolina artists. Any artist working on an interesting project should be able to get an article on their work published no matter their geographic region.

Marie Kazalia MarieKazalia@gmail.com

2 of My Articles Accepted by Yahoo

Yahoo has accepted two articles I wrote on sound artists. Please tweet and share the links with others. Thanks!
Cleveland: Chris Kulcsar- an Artist Who Uses Sound

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7899522/cleveland_chris_kulcsar_an_artist_who.html

and

Pittsburgh: R. Weis – Compositions of Manipulated Sound

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7899482/pittsburgh_r_weis_compositions_of_manipulated.html?cat=33