Daddy's Christmas Angel

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just Google My Name - A Catchy Song Title?

Having an up-to-date Web site is essential in the ever-changing age of internet promotion. Last weekend, I discovered how important it is to keep my Web site fresh with correct information. After all, if someone Googles my name my Web site is the very first item on the first page that comes up.

On Saturday, I received a phone call from the owners of two of my experimental mixed water media paintings. The collectors explained that for some time they had been trying to locate me because they wanted to purchase a third painting to display with the ones they already owned. Since I am no longer affiliated with the gallery where they made their original purchases, they were unable to track me down there. These collectors were calling from Petersburg Regional Art Center, a location where I now show my work, which they found on my Web site.

After a few calls and several photos sent by e-mail, they selected a painting and we met the next day at a shopping mall between the towns where we live, 60 miles apart. They now have a new painting, and I had the  opportunity to get to know some of my collectors.

Without my Web site, complete with links, I doubt that any of this would have happened. Google your name and see where your Web site falls on the list.

Just Google my name. Would that make a catchy title for a song?

©Mary Montague Sikes


Peggy Frezon said...

Glad that the people were able to locate you, and that you made a sale. Definitely shows the power of the web!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Another thing you'll want to do is set up a Google Alert for your name and for any significant title that might get reviewed (book title or blog title, for instance). Enter your name in quotation marks" in the Google Alert box to limit the number of irrelevant hits.

The Yard Bard said...

What a neat story! Hmm, the Beatles did "I Call Your Name"; maybe this could be the follow-up?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

How fortunate! That must've felt good knowing they'd go to all that trouble to track you down.

N. R. Williams said...

We could all use such loyal fans.