Flickr vs. website
I currently have a Flickr account, but I don't get a lot of views so I was thinking about creating a website. Not only does that seem more professional when you want to share your photos, but it also gives the choice of creating a specific layout.
Is it better or is the website just gonna "drown" among the thousands of photography sites?
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As previously mentioned, it depends what you want to do with your photos.27 November 2012
If you just want to share them, I can recommend Picasa.
There is a huge interactive community who are all keen photographers......if you are seeking comments/feedback, it's a good place to go have a look.
I have something like 27 albums on there, one particular shot attracting over 100,000 views and many, many comments.
You can build a base of numerous other contributors whose work you like, but as mentioned, it is interactive, and other members enjoy comments on their work just as much as you do.
I use both a website and Flickr. I like to have a place that my potential clients can go to see my general portfolio of images and then use my Flickr as a means of having clients view their specific session images.26 November 2012
I would suggest doing some research on blogs. i currently have a website and blog which i am in the middle of completing. so heres what i have learnt so far.15 September 2012
most photography sites are in flash (viewbook which i use, wix all those kind of places are all flash based)- which is fine if you just want something to show people after giving them a link or business card etc but they are not very google friendly and dont get ranked very well due to how google works. so this alone will not get you more views. you can get html and css built websites but from what i can gather unless you can do that yourself its gunna cost you a bit of money.
so alot of people use blogs (tumblr, wordpress, blogger, or youre own made one) because each post is a page of its own. if you look into SEO and use your keywords plus metadata on pics etc. use great descriptions, make neat posts etc then each post is able to be more easily available for google to find. the best thing is each post can be found as a single page by google so if you do it right you can be found far more readily.
In the end however it really depends on how much effort you are willing to put in or if you just want somewhere to show off your pretty pics. if you do just want somewhere to show your pics then flickr with twitter and or facebook page is going to be far faster and less fuss.
another note. one of the best ways to get views on anything wether it be fb, twitter, flickr, tumblr etc is to follow and comment. people want interaction and if youre willing to put in even 10 minutes a day finding pics and things to comment on that can lead back to your content i believe you will start to get more views.
there is an absolute shiteload of resources on the web let me know if you want to be pointed in the right direction or cant find what you are looking for
Flickr is a great place to start off showing your photos and sharing them with others, giving a community a chance to give you their view. But for a proffessional or semi-pro, or even an ametuer with a polished technique, a webite of their own is crucial.The website though is not meant to be a Flickr-like area; it's meant to show to people who are potentially your clients. If you're a hobbiest photographer, you may be suited withy just a facebook page or flickr- but someone thinking to create a business will need something with more credibility.1 September 2012
So yes, you will most likely be drowned within other photogs websites, based upon the coding put into your website, but it is still a proffessional way to show yourself as a photographer. I'd go with both; blog on Flickr and put your best on a website. Wix is a place to start your search for free website launches; they have templates you can eaisly tailor to your own needs. By easily I mean you press the buttons and the coding is done for you.