Yesterday I posted three paintings to my facebook art page from DPW and all seemed to immediately show 8 views in the stats. Is this what happens to everyone?
I have noticed that too. I am also puzzled, especially since I don’t sleep and it might be 3 am.
I am not going to consider them legitimate views but I wish it could be fixed.
I don’t see why these are not legit. I post stuff to eBay and make links to my FB pages. Then I sit back and watch the number of views double and quadruple in minutes! The internet is so vast things happen with lightening speed! I too make links from my DPW to FB and see new views in seconds. I think it is wonderful!
If they are real people that is wonderful - but instantly and then nothing else happens? - and it’s always the same number - 8 - plus facebook shows me if someone clicks on one of the posts - later, when two of my followers did click I was notified by facebook… I posted one to pinterest from the site and that had instantly even more - but not sure about that one. I only have two followers on pinterest anyway. here’s hoping you are correct!
I always get about 10-20 views right away after posting on FB, but I know that’s mostly my friends, and nothing really happen afterwards of course, friends mostly don’t buy. But never got views from Pinterest, that’s interesting. Let’s hope you got real people.
Alexis, I have got no idea to be honest. All I can tell you is that I closed my Facebook art page because the fluctuating and unpredictable numbers of views, clicks, followers, whatever were driving me mad.
Personally, I think a lot of it is bots or spam. But i don’t know this for a fact.
And a more cynical or paranoid person might feel they were FB generated clicks to hook you in. Surely not?
I think it is terribly difficult to build a following on FB. So far as I can work out, the most successful do so by building a following via other means such as a blog (James Gurney is an example of a really brilliant use of social media by a fab artist) and FB builds on the back of it as people follow them there.
They also persevere for a very long time and use lots of hooks to attract followers and keep them such as free demo videos, competitions, giveaways etc.
In the end, I gave up because i didn’t have the patience or the stamina and really I just wanted to paint and I wanted to do that most even if no-one ever saw my work.
I’m sure you are correct. What I see though is these IMMEDIATE bunch of views followed by nothing else - I have a few followers on facebook that come on and “like” things and one tends to re-post so it’s exposure for what it is worth. I don’t think most that see it on my art page there actually click and see it on DPW - once the initial thing is over there generally are no more. So I leave it and ignore those initial so-called hits - it really seems it’s something that happens when it’s posted from another site. As to blogs I tried one once - can’t think of much to say that doesn’t sound stupid- I’m not much of a self-promoter. I tried DPW a few months a couple of years ago and got nowhere - not sure why I’m trying again except paintings are piling up. Years ago I had success at selling and then it all suddenly stopped around 2008. On this site it seems that there are a few that sell everything they post and I see others that do beautiful work I like more than my own who are ignored. I’m not sure any of it is worth the trouble other than the fact I like to paint and the stuff piles up. Oh well, I’m glad my life doesn’t depend on it!
The immediacy would suggest electronic views, the 8 servers the digital instruction passes through from DPW to FB perhaps, or 8 bots or similar. Doesn’t sound like actual people. I agree, we’re lucky our lives don’t depend on selling because It is very hard but then it always has been. Keeping going is what counts.
It’s not selling that makes you a painter. You are a painter if you paint.
Worrying about my nearly-non-existent social media profile was bad for morale. I found myself thinking a drop in views/likes was an indicator of a drop in the quality of my work. There is no causal relationship of course. So I got off the merry-go-round.
This forum is good though. Nice not to feel you are the only one. Keep Calm and Paint On
I guess you all right about immediate views. Actually now, that think about it, I can’t picture my friends really clicking on image, they might like a post, not more.
Some years ago, I paid $7 to FB for promotion and got around 500 “followers” for my page. But then they change things so much so I think followers don’t even see any posts anymore. At least I don’t from my art page, and I almost don’t follow anybody from personal page. Well, FB is rapidly becoming waste of time.