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Register Your Blog’s URL

Welcome to Blogfest!

Cut and paste the URL to your blog so we can follow it. Within 24 hours you will receive a confirmation email with all the info you need to start blogging. [spacer] [contact-form-7 id="5130" title="Blogfest_submit_url"] [spacer]...
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Reserve Your Huddle Session

HUDDLEs are pop-up advisory boards composed of a group of mixed professionals and business owners. You present your challenge to them and they will help you resolve it! In return, you provide feedback for them.

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Website Tools for Artists – Color Palette Generator

Visual artists often see interior designers as ideal marketing connections, but connecting with them is no easy task. Designers are wined and dined by manufacturers, artisans and contractors of all types all the time. Providing a website tool to help designers better visualize your work in situ is an extra effort most designers should appreciate. Read more

DIY Artist Website Builder

If you are on a tight budget and don't mind a learning curve then you can build your own basic website. Some website platforms have a steep learning curve, but are usually the best option for the long term. If you don't have a website and can't afford to have a WordPress site created for you we recommend using Weebly.

Weebly is easy to use, inexpensive, and has a long list of features (including ecommerce). Many of our clients use Weebly so we can help you find your way around. It's free to have an account and Weebly offers free starter websites with limited features so you can get a feel for it. Their full pro business package with ecommerce is only about $20 per month!

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Email Lists and Contact Management

Our recommended email marketing and contact management tool is Mailchimp. Free online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. Integrates with all popular programs, social networks and website builders. We recommend Mailchimp for all of our clients who don't yet have an email marketing and content management tool.

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What Is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

All websites need to be seen. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or individual web page in a search engine's "natural" or unpaid ("organic") search results. Simply put: if you have your own website, you need to be doing it.

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Five Ways to Add More Local Facebook Likes

Facebook for Artists - Local Page Likes

Facebook users are spread throughout the world, so how can you increase the number of local fans (likes) to your business page? Having a strategy is key, as is consistently posting interesting and relevant content to your page. Adding these five methods to your Facebook strategy will help to grow...
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Upload Art

Members may use this form to upload images and accompanying information.

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WordPress – Page Builder

Many Art Beacon members who work with WordPress use Page Builder by SiteOrigin. Page builder allows us to easily add blocks of content to our websites and arrange those pages in just about any way we can think of. Recently, there was a major update to Page Builder. It looks a little different, but it is even more powerful and easy to use than before.

Building pages in Page Builder is as easy as it was before the upgrade, but now there are more options to style each block of content and a ton of other features. And all from a free plugin.

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Weebly Shopping Cart – Does It Work?

Based on feedback from our customers, they have a love-hate relationship with Weebly’s shopping cart. Let me explain (we also have some Weebly eCommerce examples later, and we’ll go over some external shopping cart tools).

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Web Hosting

We recommend Bluehost for all of our clients who want control over their own websites for the best possible price.

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Helpful WordPress Videos from YouTube

How To Create a WordPress Website - 2014, by Tyler Moore

This is a very good how-to video which steps through the process of creating a website in WordPress.  He uses the theme Vantage which is a solid, free general purpose WordPress theme. It is an excellent choice for a first site or for learning WordPress. There are themes better suited to an artist's website needs.

Online Support – Our Back Room

As a member of The Art Beacon you are invited to join us at our online community on Facebook, The Art Beacon's Back Room. The Back Room is a closed, members only group

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HUDDLE Sessions

Experience clarity, direction, reduce overwhelm and receive tools to grow your business from your pop-up advisory board. It's free to all members. You will close out your HUDDLE Session with ideas and resources you couldn’t get on your own and a renewed energy to tackle your business challenges.

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