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BobDavid
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« on: April 26, 2012, 10:36:32 PM »
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I have a couple of galleries on Photo Shelter linked to my website. For example, here's one. http://goo.gl/HM41O  Please share your stories, as I do not believe that I've figured out how to use it to its fullest potential.
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 06:33:02 PM »
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I have been with PhotoShelter almost since they started in business. My website is liveBooks, I was like their 3rd customer or so.

I have always used PhotoShelter primarily as my online archive for selects and for image delivery and sales. Mostly I do ad and editorial sales; a client selects the image or images they want, use the drop down menus to generate a license and then they complete the sale with payment and download the photos. The licensing and pricing is generated by a built-in FotoQuote system.

I also use the system to deliver commissioned shoots. I create private galleries for the client where they can view and download their photos. I do have some "retail" print and personal use download sales too. Again I use the built in systems to create pricing and provide automated printing and shipping from a lab directly to the customer.

There are huge numbers of more ways to use PhotoShelter that I have not even explored. In my opinion it is the most versatile and worthwhile service out there. They have been totally reliable, they are hugely secure and system redundant. And they are hugely successful and have no doubts that they will always be there.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012, 08:48:58 PM »
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Thanks for your review. I feel like I've only started to scratch the surface with it.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 05:12:44 PM »
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I have been with PhotoShelter almost since they started in business. My website is liveBooks, I was like their 3rd customer or so.

I have a liveBooks site as well and have been thinking of adding Photoshelter.  How is Photoshelter SEO-wise?  Do many people find you from your Photoshelter presence or do they find you mainly based on your liveBooks site?

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Jim
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 06:36:12 PM »
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I am guessing that the SEO capabilities of both are comparable. And Photoshelter has a pretty good manual on SEO that is free at http://www.photoshelter.com/mkt/research/seo-for-photographers

With that said, people do not find me because of SEO for the most part, although some have for sure, across both liveBooks and PhotoShelter. And do I think you would have to be very specialized and specific in what you do for that to be really effective.

I have always depended on driving people to my website. As of the last year I have been using social media, primarily Facebook, to do just that.

I have a liveBooks site as well and have been thinking of adding Photoshelter.  How is Photoshelter SEO-wise?  Do many people find you from your Photoshelter presence or do they find you mainly based on your liveBooks site?

Thanks,

Jim
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2012, 04:23:59 PM »
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In follow up, I just saw that searching "Bodybuilding Photographer" or "Bodybuilding Photography" brings up my liveBooks site as the very first result on Google. Of course "bodybuilding" has been my specialty so that is good.

I am guessing that the SEO capabilities of both are comparable. And Photoshelter has a pretty good manual on SEO that is free at http://www.photoshelter.com/mkt/research/seo-for-photographers

With that said, people do not find me because of SEO for the most part, although some have for sure, across both liveBooks and PhotoShelter. And do I think you would have to be very specialized and specific in what you do for that to be really effective.

I have always depended on driving people to my website. As of the last year I have been using social media, primarily Facebook, to do just that.

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