There are almost too many resources that will help you sell your art online. Here are 15 great ways to get that canvas, video, book or other piece of art out the door. This list will be updated over the next several weeks with links to experts who will explain how to sell your art through these venues.
Ways to Sell Art Online
- Etsy – a community of artists who make hand crafted pieces. See our post on How to Sell Your Art on Etsy.
- Adwords – Google’s advertising program. If you have a website where you sell your work, Adwords is a highly effective way of targeting those looking for art to buy. If you’d like some tips on how to use Adwords, please contact me directly.
- Ebay – the world’s largest auction site. Follow @ebayart on Twitter to get an idea of what kind of art does well on ebay.
- Amazon – the single largest directory of online stores, Amazon turned itself into one of the world’s largest retailers by creating a platform for anyone to sell anything. There are literally thousands of stores that use Amazon as their main source of sales. If you make handmade jewelry, Amazon has a section just for you on their front page.
- Imagekind.com – high quality printing & framing, community, and marketing tips. See Imagekind Power Selling Tips.
- Cafepress.com – for designing shirts, other screen printed things
- Craigslist – in certain cities, people use Craigslist for everything. In Portland, I have seen everything from couches, to cars, to beautiful pieces of art for sale. Think of it as the world’s largest classified ad.
- Artfire.com – a little bit like Etsy, but with a different focus. ArtFire’s Community Directed Development asks their artists to tell them what kind of features and products to build.
- DailyOriginal.com – feature one piece of art each day on the site.
- EmptyEasel.com – the most comprehensive guide to selling paintings on the internet.
- Yessy.com – buy, sell art gallery
- Buysellart.com – another gallery
- Fuelforart.com – a marketing book for artists
- Foliotwist.com – ready made art websites w/Paypal shopping cart built in
- A personal consultation with Cory Huff, the creator of this site, if you are very serious about your work and have the money to hire a professional.
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Bonus: More Ways to Sell Art Offline
- Swap meets
- Craft Fairs
- Farmer’s Markets
- Network – go to networking functions at local museums & art galleries
- Enter competitions
- Ask local shops & businesses to display your work
- Submit to stock photo & image sites