What is a link farm? Should I submit?

“Bj…would you take a look at this link request and tell me if it is a good thing?”

Good morning!

If you click on the link and go to the page, you will see that what they are
offering you is an EIGHT page-deep link farm.  *Remember what I told you
about SE spiders only going 4 deep?  There are rare exceptions, but always pertaining to articles (content).  That means the page they are touting ‘a grandiose future’ – will never be ranked at all.

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Art Fakes

It is unfortunate and absolutely NOT a compliment that Bj. de Castro’s Fine Art Paintings and Prints are being forged.  In order to protect unsuspecting buyers and decastroart’s International Copyright Law Rights, we are going to start listing the offenders below.

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Working with Online Galleries

Showing your art online with an Internet Art Gallery

“Bj., do you find it positive to show online with the Internet Art Galleries, what are my options, how do I choose and what about sales?”

The very first time I did a seach-right after I finished my first website, I found only a handful of sites that had anything to do with art. As one of the pioneering artists on the Internet, I knew the day would come, when there would be thousands of pages of website links on search engines. Well, that day has come. All the avenues I take to display my work, i.e., my personal website, my eBay stores/auctions, the brick-and-mortar galleries, distributors, the over 40 online galleries that represent my work and many others, creates a network of expose that consistently spider-webs outward-introducing my art to the entire world. The most important thing to remember, when you are deciding rather or not to sign with an online gallery is the promotional value, which is tremendous! As a consumer, you know… that you can look for something, but if you can’t find it…you can’t buy it. You may give up, or you may buy something similar that you do find while shopping-depending on how readily available the item is. Art is everywhere. So, for the art buyer, the later is more likely to happen, unless it is a specific piece they are looking for.. For there are two types of art sales…customers that buy your work-just because they like it. And the second…are customers that buy your work-just because it’s your work. It is similar to car purchases and many other industries. I.e., some consumers will simply buy the car that they are attracted to-no matter who the maker is. While other consumers will only buy a Chevy, or American-made models. They will scout through the options of that maker, until they find one that they are attracted to. This is the ‘loyal consumer’…the one you want to earn. But first, you need to introduce yourself.

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How to tell if it is an Original, Reproduction or Print?

There are a lot of ways to tell if a piece is a reproduction or an original, especially to a trained artist. If you are not an artist, but rather a collector, let me tell you about a few things that anyone could look for. As far as authenticity, if you determine that it is in fact a painting and not a print…that should be done by a professional. Anyone willing to sell a piece of artwork should give you the option of authenticating it.

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Help with promotion & selling

Good day.
This is Sergey from RUSSIA. My Dad, Vasilij Belikov, was the artist. He has created a lot of beautiful oil paintings. In 1994 he died. Unfortunately the artist is almost unknown among the connoisseurs, collectors and lovers of art. So I am trying now to acquaint the world with his art through Internet. . Towards this end I have developed my own web site http://belikov.boom.ru It contains info about the artist, his statement and a lot of colour images of his fine artworks. Some of them are offered for sale. Regarding the prices – they are quite saleable.

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How did you find yourself?

Hi, I wanted to tell you that you are an inspiration to me as i too am a self taught artist. I do not have your success and have just recently begun to think about trying to expand my horizons into the art field. I only work in oils and have labored many hours to learn to paint in a realistic style. I have a long way to go. I need much more discipline and need to hone my skills (drawing). I have sold a few paintings and have three in a gallery but have not really taken myself seriously (although I want too) I can not think of anything I would rather do than paint….and when i do not do it i feel guilty and hate myself and everyone else too. Anyway, your work is beautiful and makes me feel that I too could one day do as you have as a self taught artist even though I do not have a degree.

Have you taken many classes or did you go it alone, i know how confusing it can be, well it least it has been for me but I am beginning to get a better feel for it, i refused to take local classes (small town) because everyone painted one dimensional flat paintings and they all looked the same. Have you ever encountered this?

I do have a School of Art series of vhs tapes from the 1990’s that helped a great deal and lots of reference material.

How did you find yourself?