I`m a photographer, author, educator, consultant and inventor. For over 15 years, I have consulted on the topics of digital output and color management for internationally acclaimed photographers and corporations such as Tiffany & Co.
I also served for two years as Editorial Director of a magazine and I am developing some consumer product inventions which I plan to license to various companies.
I recently completed a book called "301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers" (published by Course Technology PTR). The companion site is www.inkjettips.com.
Hi Lanparty. There is no harm getting the www.lanparty-computers domain, but I agree with others regarding the fact that if your site gets popular, the owner of lanpartycomputers.com could create some headaches for you because most people just don`t naturally type the hyphen key if they read about something online. Many use Google when typing a name, which is good for you since your site will almostt surely pop up to the top.
For any site that takes credit cards or PayPal, I would recommend a dot com. Unless it is a charity (.org), people just expect a dot com in my opinion.
I would think a bit out of the box and use something much shorter. That will be better anyway. Something like LANpartyGear.com. Tell people what you are offering if possible.
Hope that helps,
First, I think that your design work is fantastic. I really like your photos and your blog as well.
I agree with Jeff about writing articles. Check out ezinearticles.com and consider writing an article like: "5 things to always do before choosing a graphic designer." The links back to your site through your resource page are very valuable.
I would also offer a special report on your site and blog when people sign up for your newsletter, and I would suggest you add a newsletter. That can be very useful for keeping your past and prospective clients aware of new projects, media appearances, special offers, etc. VerticalResponse.com is a good choice in my opinion because it is pay as you go and they make the whole process easy. I use aweber.com, but that`s more for high volume e-mailing and auto-responding in my opinion. I have no connection with either company, but I think their customer service is excellent-real people who know what they are talking about.
I`d also look for PR opportunities that highlight your great talent for integrating design through multiple areas: stationery, web, magazine ads, trade shows, etc. That is what struck me when I viewed your portfolio. You can write case studies about how those projects came together and how they were implemented. They can be submitted to magazines like Communication Arts, HOW, or online magazines. Also think about the publications your prospective clients read, such as WIRED. You might be able to do a layout for them, or you can submit something cutting-edge that fits their niche.
All the best!
Thanks Dale for this excellent list!
I`ve been taking a marketing course and they have underscored the importance of article directories. Most recommend ezinearticles.com over all others.
I found the list below by doing a search for "article directories." It has some of the same ones as your list, but for those who want even more options, enjoy!
All the best,
AndrewImagingBuffet6/17/2008 9:41 AM
You already have two nice websites, so you might want the blog to just be an extension of borkgren.com or your wedding site. They should be able to install it so that it looks like this: borkgren.com/blog. I would make sure that you can upload videos and audio.
If you use Wordpress, that`s easy to do, and this plug-in makes dropping in video easy: http://www.viper007bond.com/wordpress-plugins/vipers-video-quicktags/
You can do short posts on your blog and then link to other stories on your site.
Best of luck!
Andrew DarlowImagingBuffet5/20/2008 9:32 PM
I think that there have been many good suggestions offered thus far. It would probably help to know your area of expertise so that people can make additional suggestions.
Also, don`t rule out printed magazines and newspapers. Many have
instructions for how to submit, or just contact a few of the editors at
pubs you like. Also, be sure that you have the rights to any media you
use, such as photos.
I`ve written about 100 article for printed and online pubs, and I agree that submitting original content to the leading sites and pubs in your industry is a very good idea.
All the best,
AndrewImagingBuffet2/25/2008 4:29 PM