Jul
27
2013

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Tips for the best times to share your artwork online

What's your first instinct when you've finished a fabulous painting or an interesting arts and crafts project? You want to share it with the world, right? Well, in one way, you are very lucky because the internet provides so many different platforms, allowing you to reach a larger audience in and outside of your social circle. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and even Reddit are all great outlets for keeping in touch with family and friends, but did you know they can also be utilized for promoting your art? To gain the most exposure though, the trick is to know the most ideal times for posting on each of these different networking sites.

A lot of people spend their weekend time perusing their newsfeed or their favorite Pinterest boards. However, if you own a business or are in the market of selling your art or related services to the art world, the weekend is actually the worst time for you to be posting and sharing. Studies have been conducted on the best times. Let us share the info with you here:

Facebook and Twitter: A lot of people use these sites while they are at work. Users are most active during the early afternoon typically from 1PM to 4PM. Lunchtime is typically considered the worst time to post. Facebook can be great for posting artwork since you can post pictures directly to the newsfeed. Twitter is a growing resource for artists since you can now post twitpics and vines of your artwork. Just remember to keep any messages you have for your followers short and snazzy and get the most out of your 140 characters. 

Google Plus: Due to the fact that most people check their email and news sources first thing in the morning, between 9 an 11 am is the best for sharing and getting views of your artwork on Google Plus. Its is also good to provide links to your artist site or page on this particular outlet, as it can help increase your website's ranking and create better search engine optimization for you and your business.

Pinterest: Probably one of the best sites to post your arts and crafts online, the best times to post will be during the afternoon and late at night. Studies have shown that the site is busiest between 2 and 4PM or between 8PM and 1AM making it very popular with night owls. 

Reddit and LinkedIn: For both of these sites, best times of the day for people to see your posts and artwork are early morning or after the end of regular business hours. Between 8 and 9am and from 4 to 6pm are the best times for this site. It has also been said that posting on tuesdays or thursdays have proven to be particularly effective as these days are typically less busy than Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

Although this matter has been systematically explored, another upside to the social media world is that most of these websites offer you free insights as to how effective your strategies are. Facebook lets you track your likes and shares while Twitter shows you your retweets. In other words, pay attention and track your statistics to find what days and times work best your posts are most popular. Social media can be a great resource to show off your artwork, gain some exposure and show off your artwork!

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