@tomdempsey, I completely understand your frustration with your slow sales.
I want to clarify that each time a member artist posts a new work to DPW (DailyPaintworks.com) that work can be on our front “What’s New” page, where it will be one of about 200, and in our Daily Email that goes out to over 5,000 subscribers. So, the best way to have exposure on DPW and to build up a following, is to consistently post often, up to once a day. If an artists posts infrequently, then yes, there will be crickets.
It is true that a lot of artists come to DPW for inspiration, however many of those artists do, in fact, buy the affordable art they find here.
While a small percentage of active auctions receive bids, many of the active auctions (over 300 for one artist alone) are simply auto and manually relisted endlessly. They haven’t sold yet, and may likely never sell, but they do skew the statistics. The majority of the auctions with active bidding are not those, but instead are auctions that are newly listed.
Importantly, auctions are only one way, and not the most popular way, to sell art on DPW. If you go to our “What’s Selling” page and click on the “Statistics” button at the top, you can see that sales through DPW are actually increasing, with last month being the highest so far. This is because, even though auction sales remain low, other sales, such as those through DPW generated PayPal links, are on the rise.
We did, for many years, pay many thousands of dollars a month for online and real media (art magazine) advertising. Unfortunately, we found, in spite of the expense, the advertising did not increase our monthly visits or sales. We finally realized the most effective thing we could do was to continue to work hard to make DPW the best we can and rely on positive online “word of mouth” and proliferating links back to DPW to bring new traffic. The challenge for all of us, of course, is there is ever more competition for people’s attention online.
Tom, if you ever want to rejoin, we would love to have you back with us! Just sign in with your existing credentials and click the “Sell with Us!” link up at the top of the site to rejoin. If you do, you will find all your work and your bio just as you left it! Carol and I wish you the absolute best.