You can find more information on How to Promote Your Creative Works Online in the library. Also be sure to check out Artopium's List of Social Networking Sites for additional places to create links to your Creative Works.
It is important to note that there is a difference between a search engine and a directory, Knowing that difference can go a long way to getting your URL listed. One fundamental difference between search engines and directories is the way websites get entered into their indexes.
- A search engine sends out a spider that follows links to capture details about web pages. This is mostly an automated process. When you submit your URL you are waiting for the search engine's spider to "crawl" your page and index it.
Directories depend on people who enter the details about a web page and human editors who make the final approval. When you submit your URL to a directory you are waiting for a human editor to look over your page and approve it.
- At the bottom of this page are some tips for submitting to each type.
Important Information for Submitting Your URL to the Seach Engines
Search engines will blacklist your URL from their index very quickly if you continually submit it over and over again. Submit it once and forget about it for about 6 months. Seriously, it can take that long, so just wait; it will get indexed eventually. Periodically check back to that search engine and type in keywords you know are on your page to see if it comes up. If you have not developed good link popularity for that page then there is a good chance it will not even be in the top 100 (or even 1000) results. Type in more specific keywords (like your name or the name of an artistic work/album/etc.) to see if it comes up higher in the results. Your Artopium profile page should come up on the first page in most searchs with the keywords "artopium YOUR DISPLAYNAME" with name you entered at sign-up for your Dislpay Name.
Important Information for Submitting Your URL to the Directories
All of the advice above for search engines holds just as true for directories, plus a whole lot more. Directories will only accept URLs that are submitted EXACTLY as their rules and guidelines instruct you to. For this reason, it is imperative that you READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY and follow all instructions. Each directory you visit should take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to create the listing for your link. NOT ALL THESE DIRECTORIES WILL ALLOW YOUR URL. Some have rules about linking to pages within a site, such as your Artopium profile page, and will only allow the main domain name (www.artopium.com) to be listed. Please do not try to submit your Artopium Profile URL to these directories as it actually harms you in the long run. Directories also want concise, descriptive, and most importantly OBJECTIVE descriptions, so stay away from words like "best", "cool", "top" or any other word that might imply a judgement or bias. Also, if you are submitting your Artopium Profile URL, avoid using the word "Artopium" in your description as it will already be in the URL.