FolioLink Helps Photographers and Artists Promote Events

FolioLink develops visually rich Flash and HTML websites for photographers, artists, and galleries who want to showcase, sell, and deliver images online. The sites combine distinctive aesthetics with features that make it easy for creative professionals to manage and update the sites themselves.

Regardless of where your current website is hosted, you can use FolioLink’s new Promote Me Pages service to create online self-promotion materials that deliver high-impact visual content without interfering with your main portfolio website.

You can use Promote Me Pages to advertise events, new lines of work, publications, gallery openings, behind-the-scenes videos, workshops, and other activities.

The service enables you to create elegant, standalone micro-sites that support text, imagery, and videos. Each micro-site can be aesthetically tailored so that your self-promotion efforts are visually consistent with the look and feel of your website. The pages can viewed on PCs, Macs, laptops, iPhones, and iPads and can be used to drive traffic either to your main website, or other destinations such as Facebook pages or your Twitter account. Promote Me Pages can also be used in conjunction with your blog.

The introductory subscription price of $99 per year enables you to publish 99 PromoteMe pages . FolioLink clients can benefit from the Promote Me Pages services at a discounted price.

FolioLink is part of ISProductions, a Virginia-based technology company founded in 1987. FolioLink develops Internet tools geared to help photographers and artists capitalize on the business opportunities of the web.

Earlier this year, they announced the ability to automatically optimize clients’ online portfolios for the iPhone interface.

FolioLink also offers an Image Archive standalone e-commerce website with the workflow, proofing, and presentation features needed by commercial, stock, editorial, event, and fine-art photographers as well as artists and galleries.



Examples of Promote Me Pages

Online Gallery Lets Artists Sell without Commissions or Fees

Foundmyself is a free, online art community that offers selling tools to artists of all skill levels. Unlike other art sites, it runs entirely on the honor system.

The honor system means you can sell your original art without paying the commissions or subscription fees that are common on other sites. Buyers know that 100 percent of their purchase goes directly toward supporting your creative endeavors.

Here’s the catch: Foundmyself expects you to contribute if you find the site useful or make a sale. The financial details of your transactions on the site aren’t tracked, so it really is a relationship of trust. You keep your earnings, then donate what you think is appropriate.

If you do choose to make a monetary contribution to the site, you will be compensated with “honor points,” which can be exchanged for benefits such as having your work show up on the front page of the site. You can also earn “honor points” by participating in the forum.

Designer Trevor Hunt started the site in 2003 as a small side project. It has since grown into a large, but familiar community.

The Foundmyself site recently underwent a major redesign. New tools offered include standalone artist websites, a drag-and-drop interface, and a “canvas” system in place of a traditional, static gallery page. The “canvas” serves as each artist’s online face to the world, and can be customized with different layouts and widgets. You can add slideshows, newsletter sign-up forms, and other features.

If you choose to set up a standalone website, you can opt for a free version or more full-featured, ad-free websites for a monthly or annual fee.



Artist websites through Foundmyself