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Jordan L Duncan
Posts: 207
Jacksonville, Florida, US


I have been looking into building a website for my portfolio, etc and before I dig in and do it (actually dig in my wallet and have someone do it for me) I want to hear your opinions. I'd love to hear from models with their own websites and their experiences and also from photographers who view, or don't view model's sites.

I really want to do it so that I can post a video or two of myself modeling, which is something I've seen other models doing and I think it would really be helpful for me. I also need more room to post my nude work that is age appropriate. A lot of underage people get on MM and if my site had a feature to screen underage users I would feel happier about having my nekkies on the Internet. (I'm sure lots of people would still fake their ages but I would at least feel as if I'd done my due diligence. You know?) A blogging feature might be fun too but I'm not sure who would really give two poops but... you never know.

I know I have a ton of questions but websites aren't free! I don't want to make such a big purchase without thinking about it in every possible way.

Any extra advice would be wonderful!


1. When you look at MM ports do you ever actually visit the website link many models provide, or do you stick to the MM profile? I ask because half the time no one even reads my bio so I would think it would be even more rare for someone to visit a teeny tiny website link. I don't want to make the investment if no one is going to look at it.

2. Should I be extremely selective with what pictures I post, like I am on my MM port (since I have limited space and I only want to show my best work) or should I post a broader range to show more of what I am capable of? Would it matter? Or would that be a huge waste of time?

3. Say you looked at my MM port and read my bio and all that good stuff. You are very interested in booking me already and you click on my website link just to be sure. Is there anything on my website that would completely turn you off and make you decide not to work with me?

4. What do you like to see on a model's website, besides pictures and contact info and the blatantly obvious?

5. What should a model NEVER post on her website?

6. Should the website be more personal, or less personal than an MM page? For instance on my MM page, I try not to go into details about non-essential things that a photographer would not absolutely have to know before booking. On a website I feel like it would be a place to get a little more personal since I know many photographers like to know the personality of the model they work with, whereas others prefer to have just a human body that shows up on time and personality is whatever. BUT I have seen a looot of model websites that are like, "Hi my name is Suzy and I model and you can contact me here. Look at my pics. Goodbye." And then on their MM page they write about their favorite colors and songs and what they did last summer. Not that its my place to give a flying flip off a rolling doughnut but I see it and its confusing to me as to what a photographer might be looking for and what is professional and appropriate.


If there is anything else you feel I should know I'd love to hear it!
Jan 08 13 06:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Patrick Walberg
Posts: 42,413
Salinas, California, US


No one replying to this?  hmm   Ok, well I'll post something I wrote. 
One warning, it's long!  Here you go;

What makes a model website great?

Models, photographer and webmasters have been trying to create successful paysites of years now! I've been observing this Internet model phenomena since early 2001. Just going through my old favorites list is a reality check of how fickle this 'net modeling business really is! Link after link is a dead one, often after 4 months or less. In my opinion, it is more useful to focus on what causes those few websites to be successful rather than what causes most to fail.

There are five keys to having a successful modeling website in my opinion.  Those are; Talent, Consistency, Involvement, Business Ethics, and Networking. Those five keys can also be true of models websites that are NOT paysites too!

TALENT; Attractiveness is subjective. One can look physically attractive, yet it's not enough if critical areas which make the whole package are lacking.  Talent is much more than looking good!  Talent means playing up your strongest features and having a knack for getting your personality across in your images, writing, videos, and sometimes in personal appearances. Just looking good does not complete the whole picture. It takes talent to visualize your website and make it something that attracts people to you!  That takes talent!

Certain "looks" might be more popular, but the people who buy subscriptions to model websites and online publications are very diverse. So there is room for models of many shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities.  It really depends on imagination and targeting the correct market for ones look.  Being able to act, dance or have artistic ability can greatly help a model.  It is the combination of ones look, ability, knowledge and creative energy that bring together the talent needed to succeed. 

CONSISTENCY; Do things in a timely manner. Updates should be done as scheduled on the website. Customer service should also be consistent and timely. Customers do expect things to be there when scheduled or else they may grow impatient and move on.

The sets of photos, videos, and any other product offered should be at a certain quality level that customers can expect to be consistent with the website.  If quality fluctuates, then the customers will have doubts as to the worth of the site. Certainly the quality should be kept at the highest level of production in which the website production team can stay at. So set a quality level and schedule then stick to it!

INVOLVEMENT; Most people who are going to join model websites don't care about the photographer, or the process of creating the content.  They are there for the models!  Any model website must have involvement from the model to be successful. The more involved the model is in the website, the closer the customers feel to that model.  In other words, personality counts!

There is no need to give personal information on the website, but having a message board or forum in which the model drops in to post on a regular basis helps. Giving the members some information as to hobbies, likes, and dislikes can also help.  Some members would like to send birthday greetings or buy presents. However models do need to take precautions against stalkers or http://assets.modelmayhem.com/images/smilies/scary.pngobsessive people. Set limits of involvement and stick to it.   

BUSINESS ETHICS; Run the website like a business!  So many websites are started by models, photographers and webmasters with stars in their eyes.  They think it's a "get rich quick and easy" sort of scheme, but it's not.  They give up after a few months because they didn't realize how much hard work it takes to build and keep a successful website going. 

Don't outright lie to the customers.  They will not be happy about being lied to and will not come back!  Don't start in this model website business unless the commitment is strong.  It takes commitment and business sense to keep the website going longer than 6 months. If the honesty and commitment are not there, then the business ethics wont be there either.

NETWORKING; It is absolutely critical to network and market!  It is how the members or fan base is built.  Doing banner exchanges with other sites, getting in affiliate programs, and feeding the search engines with meta tags are important to the success of a website.  Advertising and person to person promotions are also a part of networking too!

It's important to have a business plan on paper or at least in mind with web hosting and billing worked out.  The web server and billing are also a component of the networking.  Without good hosting, the website might crash or not be online all the time like it should. Without reliable billing, then the money might not be there. It's better to have a business plan that includes the leasing or purchase of servers, but at least get a strong hosting plan.  Get a merchant account if possible.  Third party billers can be very expensive!

Bring this all together with careful planning and that is what makes a successful model paysite!   One that can last for years running as a legitimate business! 

-Patrick Walberg, 7/25/06
Jan 08 13 09:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Leon Bailey
Posts: 523
Orlando, Florida, US


1.    I always check to see if there is a website. It shows me whether they are serious about their career on a business level.

2.    Website, FB, MM, whatever is public. Only post your strongest images from whatever styles you do. No one want to see crappy pics or an over saturation of pics. It brings your prestige level down.

3.    I wouldn’t say your website would turn me off unless it was extremely unprofessional.

4.    See if their career is progressing and not just someone who is taking pics. Blogs, videos, gigs they’ve had

5.    Bad photos!

6.    The website should be treated like businesses but since you are a person, make it personal as well. Someone who will want to book you or even just look at your pics and be a fan will want to feel some sort of connection to you.


My advice as I give everyone. Make it as professional as possible and blog! Content, content, content. Blog about your shoots, blog about what you want to do, blog about anything related to you as a model.
Jan 08 13 09:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
terrysphotocountry
Posts: 4,046
Rochester, New York, US


Variety of clothing changes and a variety of pose's in different locations.
Jan 08 13 09:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
NewBoldPhoto
Posts: 4,894
PORT MURRAY, New Jersey, US


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
I have been looking into building a website for my portfolio, etc and before I dig in and do it (actually dig in my wallet and have someone do it for me) I want to hear your opinions. I'd love to hear from models with their own websites and their experiences and also from photographers who view, or don't view model's sites.

I really want to do it so that I can post a video or two of myself modeling, which is something I've seen other models doing and I think it would really be helpful for me. I also need more room to post my nude work that is age appropriate. A lot of underage people get on MM and if my site had a feature to screen underage users I would feel happier about having my nekkies on the Internet. (I'm sure lots of people would still fake their ages but I would at least feel as if I'd done my due diligence. You know?) A blogging feature might be fun too but I'm not sure who would really give two poops but... you never know.

I know I have a ton of questions but websites aren't free! I don't want to make such a big purchase without thinking about it in every possible way.

Any extra advice would be wonderful!


1. When you look at MM ports do you ever actually visit the website link many models provide, or do you stick to the MM profile? I ask because half the time no one even reads my bio so I would think it would be even more rare for someone to visit a teeny tiny website link. I don't want to make the investment if no one is going to look at it.

2. Should I be extremely selective with what pictures I post, like I am on my MM port (since I have limited space and I only want to show my best work) or should I post a broader range to show more of what I am capable of? Would it matter? Or would that be a huge waste of time?

3. Say you looked at my MM port and read my bio and all that good stuff. You are very interested in booking me already and you click on my website link just to be sure. Is there anything on my website that would completely turn you off and make you decide not to work with me?

4. What do you like to see on a model's website, besides pictures and contact info and the blatantly obvious?

5. What should a model NEVER post on her website?

6. Should the website be more personal, or less personal than an MM page? For instance on my MM page, I try not to go into details about non-essential things that a photographer would not absolutely have to know before booking. On a website I feel like it would be a place to get a little more personal since I know many photographers like to know the personality of the model they work with, whereas others prefer to have just a human body that shows up on time and personality is whatever. BUT I have seen a looot of model websites that are like, "Hi my name is Suzy and I model and you can contact me here. Look at my pics. Goodbye." And then on their MM page they write about their favorite colors and songs and what they did last summer. Not that its my place to give a flying flip off a rolling doughnut but I see it and its confusing to me as to what a photographer might be looking for and what is professional and appropriate.


If there is anything else you feel I should know I'd love to hear it!

Just so we are clear... Models have websites beyond MM or omp ???? Nahhhh GTFO!
If you can't show me that you are capable of meeting my needs in 15 or so images available free to a newbie on here... why would I look at your website?
Let me simplify even further I'm a photographer... I'm visual... show me don't tell me- show me three images I wish I had in my port and show me 0 images that I would be embarrassed to have in my port and you are hired. period, end of story.

Jan 08 13 09:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Patrick Walberg
Posts: 42,413
Salinas, California, US


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
I have been looking into building a website for my portfolio, etc and before I dig in and do it (actually dig in my wallet and have someone do it for me) I want to hear your opinions. I'd love to hear from models with their own websites and their experiences and also from photographers who view, or don't view model's sites.

Not only am I an avid browser of models websites, I have my own website that is something between a Zivity and Modelmayhem in nature that I am working on.  Also I provide hosting and other services for models who have websites through a team of people I work with. 

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
I really want to do it so that I can post a video or two of myself modeling, which is something I've seen other models doing and I think it would really be helpful for me.

Videos are getting very common, and it's a good idea.  A bad video is about as big a turn off as bad images though.  So be sure to keep the quality up.

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
I also need more room to post my nude work that is age appropriate. A lot of underage people get on MM and if my site had a feature to screen underage users I would feel happier about having my nekkies on the Internet. (I'm sure lots of people would still fake their ages but I would at least feel as if I'd done my due diligence. You know?)

It's very possible to create a secure area with access that requires using a log in and password.  Then you can decide if you want to charge for the access, or simply have people verify that they are of age.  There is no way to completely prevent under aged viewers even with credit card verification.  Also it's impossible to prevent your images from getting copied and ending up on someone's harddrive, but there are many things that you can to to reduce the chances of such things happening.


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
A blogging feature might be fun too but I'm not sure who would really give two poops but... you never know.

Blogging is fun! Your fans will enjoy it!  It probably wont matter too much to those who are photographers or modeling clients though.  I should have a blog up soon, but I post way too often here on the Modelmayhem forum.  lol


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
1. When you look at MM ports do you ever actually visit the website link many models provide, or do you stick to the MM profile? I ask because half the time no one even reads my bio so I would think it would be even more rare for someone to visit a teeny tiny website link. I don't want to make the investment if no one is going to look at it.

Yes, I do check almost every link I come across!  But then I read bio's too.  Am I strange, or an exception?  I don't know, and I don't care!  lol


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
2. Should I be extremely selective with what pictures I post, like I am on my MM port (since I have limited space and I only want to show my best work) or should I post a broader range to show more of what I am capable of? Would it matter? Or would that be a huge waste of time?

It depends on what you want your website to do.  If you want to show you are a diverse model so you can be considered for more possible modeling jobs, then go ahead and show all you can do.  If you want to focus on certain areas of modeling, then show those only.  I happen to like diversity, but then I pay more for the glamor, beach wear, lingerie, and nudes than for general live style, product models, but it's all pretty close in pay.  Fact of life though;  The "sexier stuff" just sells better because it gets more attention ... even on Modelmayhem.


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
3. Say you looked at my MM port and read my bio and all that good stuff. You are very interested in booking me already and you click on my website link just to be sure. Is there anything on my website that would completely turn you off and make you decide not to work with me?

A "cheap" looking website turns me off ... but then I know what a decent looking website should be like.  If you have a menu bar that has dead links or doesn't work, that's a huge turn off!  At least "Under Construction" is better than nothing.  Be sure to go with a hosting company that doesn't go down often.  Madcow .. um Fatcow is one of the worst!  Stay away from those hosting companies that try to get you to sign a year or more contract.  If things don't work out, it's expensive to break those contracts.

Other turn offs would be lots of Flash, music that automatically plays (unless you are a musician, don't do that!) and images that are too small.   


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
4. What do you like to see on a model's website, besides pictures and contact info and the blatantly obvious?

I do like videos when they are well done and fit nicely on the website.  Also I like anything that expresses the models personality... be it in blogging, or other methods. 


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
5. What should a model NEVER post on her website?

Rants about photographers!  I never rant on forums, websites or otherwise about models.  Complaints should be delivered in person, and kept off public areas to avoid coming across as a drama queen.  That is my opinion of course.


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
6. Should the website be more personal, or less personal than an MM page? For instance on my MM page, I try not to go into details about non-essential things that a photographer would not absolutely have to know before booking. On a website I feel like it would be a place to get a little more personal since I know many photographers like to know the personality of the model they work with, whereas others prefer to have just a human body that shows up on time and personality is whatever. BUT I have seen a looot of model websites that are like, "Hi my name is Suzy and I model and you can contact me here. Look at my pics. Goodbye." And then on their MM page they write about their favorite colors and songs and what they did last summer. Not that its my place to give a flying flip off a rolling doughnut but I see it and its confusing to me as to what a photographer might be looking for and what is professional and appropriate.

There is only so much that you should expose about yourself before it becomes too personal for your website and endangers your privacy.  The basics are fine.  If interested, I make further contact by messaging (email) and then make arrangements to talk on the phone, or even meet in advance of booking a shoot.  Much of my communication is done in such a manner that I have reduced the chances of misunderstandings or models flaking on me.  A website and a MM profile is not going to verify that we'd be able to work together.  It will never replace old fashion written messages and talking on the phone.  In the old days, I used to run casting calls where advertising was done, and models would meet at appointed times to show me their books!  I go back that far ... when we shot something called "film!"   wink

Best wishes to you!

Jan 08 13 10:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jordan L Duncan
Posts: 207
Jacksonville, Florida, US


Patrick Walberg wrote:

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
I really want to do it so that I can post a video or two of myself modeling, which is something I've seen other models doing and I think it would really be helpful for me.

Videos are getting very common, and it's a good idea.  A bad video is about as big a turn off as bad images though.  So be sure to keep the quality up.

What do you mean by a bad quality video? Too grainy, low res, jiggly camera, etc? Or bad modeling? lol!

Patrick Walberg wrote:

It's very possible to create a secure area with access that requires using a log in and password.  Then you can decide if you want to charge for the access, or simply have people verify that they are of age.  There is no way to completely prevent under aged viewers even with credit card verification.  Also it's impossible to prevent your images from getting copied and ending up on someone's harddrive, but there are many things that you can to to reduce the chances of such things happening.

Probably I would do one of those pop ups where you input your age and that's it. If people feel the need to lie then whatevs. Its not on me after that. And at that point everyone has had fair warning that boobies are beyond that point!


Patrick Walberg wrote:
In the old days, I used to run casting calls where advertising was done, and models would meet at appointed times to show me their books!  I go back that far ... when we shot something called "film!"   wink

I love film! I wish I could find photographers in my area who still wanted to shoot film!

Jan 08 13 10:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Patrick Walberg
Posts: 42,413
Salinas, California, US


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
What do you mean by a bad quality video? Too grainy, low res, jiggly camera, etc? Or bad modeling? lol!

Yes to all the above ... and one more thing.  Don't let the photographer talk!  Often times the photographer doesn't have anything interesting to say!   lol  Well kidding only some what.  The best videos are either dubbed with music that fits, or have the model speaking quite often ... if she is articulate.

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
Probably I would do one of those pop ups where you input your age and that's it. If people feel the need to lie then whatevs. Its not on me after that. And at that point everyone has had fair warning that boobies are beyond that point!

From a legal stand point, having such a "pop up" would be good.  Also you should have a terms and conditions of use that covers your limited liability in regards to such things as minors taking a peek.


Jordan L Duncan wrote:
I love film! I wish I could find photographers in my area who still wanted to shoot film!

Yes, those of us who are open to shooting film are getting rarer each day.  I'm afraid we'll become an endangered species if we are not already!

Jan 09 13 01:27 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Scarlett Renee
Posts: 217
Salt Lake City, Utah, US


NewBoldPhoto wrote:
Just so we are clear... Models have websites beyond MM or omp ???? Nahhhh GTFO!
If you can't show me that you are capable of meeting my needs in 15 or so images available free to a newbie on here... why would I look at your website?
Let me simplify even further I'm a photographer... I'm visual... show me don't tell me- show me three images I wish I had in my port and show me 0 images that I would be embarrassed to have in my port and you are hired. period, end of story.

This has got to be a joke. A lot of models have website because they pull clients from places that exist outside of MM, believe it or not. For instance, a freelancing model is booked for a workshop, or is working a booth at something like... say Glamourcon - and she carries with her comp cards or business cards with her website on them to hand to all of the clients she meets at these types of events because 1. Some people view websites as being more professional than MM profiles and will give out their website instead of their MM number when networking outside of MM and 2. Lots of people don't have MM and might prefer a website instead. Oh, and 3 - its one more way to score a google hit. Freelancers need to put themselves out there as much as possible. Lets not forget that some models like to use websites to host products that they sell or to write a blog, which MM is obviously not something you are going to use for that. No one is asking you to click on her website link if you don't want to. But yeah, there are plenty of reasons for models to have professional websites outside of MM.

In response to the OP - one major irritant of mine are websites that don't work on all the major browsers - internet explorer, firefox, chrome - or are only formatted for large screens and don't look right on smaller laptop screens, i.e. the dimensions wont resize/change so things hang out on the edge of my screen and I have no idea what they say or can only see half a photo. To me it says either you or the person you paid to make the site didn't take the time to double check everything.

Jan 09 13 08:06 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Melodye Joy
Posts: 542
Rancho Cucamonga, California, US


For me, after a few years of modeling...I gave in and purchased a domain last summer.

It's one of the best investments so far!

Having had a former webmaster & a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and Java...I designed & currently maintain my website by my lonesome.

I will say I went the cheater route and got a base template because for now, having been doing numerous shoots, switching "normal" jobs and writing monthly for a publication...I didn't have the man hours to set there and fight codes and photoshop.

My website houses;
-Biography
-Galleries (fashion, beauty, published, runway)
-List of projects done, where they were published (if so)
-Calendar
-Travel & Local rates
-Links to artists I have worked with or admire
-Contact information (email, phone, ect)
-Network Pages (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr)

For me, it's still not perfect and I need to take a few hours a day and tinker with some things, but like any of my social networking pages...its a constant work in progress.

I need to add in a current photo of myself, as I had dyed my hair black in November. I also need to add in my Pheed account and another model networking site that I had recently joined.

Personally, as long as your not TyPing Lyke Dis and speaking slang...there is never too much information (unless your giving your parents information, pets names, favorite color...)

Happy designing! Hope this helps smile
Jan 09 13 08:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Farenell Photography
Posts: 17,846
Albany, New York, US


For me...

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
1. When you look at MM ports do you ever actually visit the website link many models provide, or do you stick to the MM profile? I ask because half the time no one even reads my bio so I would think it would be even more rare for someone to visit a teeny tiny website link. I don't want to make the investment if no one is going to look at it.

It can't hurt to have your own portfolio website. MM may be popular today but that doesn't mean you'll always have a need for it.

Beyond that, I like seeing an up to date bio & stats. At least a good actor-style headshot (so I can see what you look like), 3/4's & a full body (so I can see how you're proportioned & carry that weight.

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
2. Should I be extremely selective with what pictures I post, like I am on my MM port (since I have limited space and I only want to show my best work) or should I post a broader range to show more of what I am capable of? Would it matter? Or would that be a huge waste of time?

Yes, yes, yes!

Your port is only as good as your weakest picture. It should be big enough to show how diversified your skills can be but also small enough where the viewer isn't going to lose interest.

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
3. Say you looked at my MM port and read my bio and all that good stuff. You are very interested in booking me already and you click on my website link just to be sure. Is there anything on my website that would completely turn you off and make you decide not to work with me?

I wouldn't expect people to read bios here on MM.

I know a number of models who have retired but still shoot the shit here on MM & they still get plenty of job inquiries.

As for turnoffs...unless you have video clips (maybe to showcase an acting resume), please avoid any sort of music whatsoever. Nothing aggravates me more than when I'll be listening to a spoken-word NPR broadcast (& have amped up the volume so I can hear it) only to visit a website where the person has chosen some god awful music selection.

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
4. What do you like to see on a model's website, besides pictures and contact info and the blatantly obvious?

Diversity.

A reason why I'd want to hire you in a way that I couldn't get it (whatever "it" is) elsewhere.

Positive attitude.

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
5. What should a model NEVER post on her website?

See my aforementioned music rant.

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
6. Should the website be more personal, or less personal than an MM page?

That's totally your call. Your website is a reflection of what you want it to be.

Jan 09 13 09:12 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Jordan L Duncan
Posts: 207
Jacksonville, Florida, US


Melodye Joy wrote:
For me, after a few years of modeling...I gave in and purchased a domain last summer.

It's one of the best investments so far!

Having had a former webmaster & a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and Java...I designed & currently maintain my website by my lonesome.

I will say I went the cheater route and got a base template because for now, having been doing numerous shoots, switching "normal" jobs and writing monthly for a publication...I didn't have the man hours to set there and fight codes and photoshop.

My website houses;
-Biography
-Galleries (fashion, beauty, published, runway)
-List of projects done, where they were published (if so)
-Calendar
-Travel & Local rates
-Links to artists I have worked with or admire
-Contact information (email, phone, ect)
-Network Pages (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr)

For me, it's still not perfect and I need to take a few hours a day and tinker with some things, but like any of my social networking pages...its a constant work in progress.

I need to add in a current photo of myself, as I had dyed my hair black in November. I also need to add in my Pheed account and another model networking site that I had recently joined.

Personally, as long as your not TyPing Lyke Dis and speaking slang...there is never too much information (unless your giving your parents information, pets names, favorite color...)

Happy designing! Hope this helps smile

Thank you so much! This was very helpful! I wish I could just buy a domain and do the same but I tried learning code and all that before and... oh God it gives me panic attacks just thinking about it!

Jan 10 13 01:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
KA Style
Posts: 1,549
Syracuse, New York, US


I didnt read all this but dont cheap out and use a feebie. Your website needs to be clean, easy to navigate, and able to be viewed on mobile devices. Colors easy on the eyes and not a bazillion font styles. Make it easy like gramps is going to browse your site. Also no music and weird glitchy photo galleries. The cool ones.. it looks cool but sucks to use if you catch my drift. smile

Make it professional and get personal on your blog. Blogging is big.
Jan 10 13 03:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Sarah-Anne2
Posts: 15
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom


im so slow with blogging i have a few questions i hope someone can answer:
What is blogging all about ?
Where do you get people to'follow you' ?
How do you know if anyone is even reading your blog ?
how do you know if people are looking at your website?
sorry im so slow with this stuff hope someone can bring me up to 2013
Sara
Jan 10 13 05:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
KA Style
Posts: 1,549
Syracuse, New York, US


Sarah-Anne2 wrote:
im so slow with blogging i have a few questions i hope someone can answer:
What is blogging all about ?
Where do you get people to'follow you' ?
How do you know if anyone is even reading your blog ?
how do you know if people are looking at your website?
sorry im so slow with this stuff hope someone can bring me up to 2013
Sara

Google Analytics can track viewers and where they come from, also how they found you. A blog makes you real, keeps your site updated, and is GREAT for the search engine. You should at least blog once week.

Jan 10 13 06:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jordan L Duncan
Posts: 207
Jacksonville, Florida, US


Sarah-Anne2 wrote:
im so slow with blogging i have a few questions i hope someone can answer:
What is blogging all about ?
Where do you get people to'follow you' ?
How do you know if anyone is even reading your blog ?
how do you know if people are looking at your website?
sorry im so slow with this stuff hope someone can bring me up to 2013
Sara

I haven't blogged in forever but I used to use Blogger which I think Google owns. If you have a gmail account you can use it. Some people prefer WordPress but its personal preference.

Blogging for most people is basically recording a diary of your life that anyone can read. Some people use it for posting reviews of products, recipes, etc. Fashion blogs are huge and I love them. A lot of my outfit inspirations for shoots have come from fashion blogs and I've learned some good health and beauty tips too.

You get people to follow you by basically blogging a lot about topics that people will find interesting. Some people read blogs for pure voyeurism of it and want to hear about people's lives but most successful blogs have some kind of specific angle that keeps people coming back for more.

Many blog sites have a 'hit counter' so you can see how many people have clicked on your blog. Some have a feature which allows you to see the most popular posts, what people typed in Google to come across your blog, where your visitors are located, etc and some even show you the average length of time a person spends looking at your blog.

Jan 10 13 06:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sarah-Anne2
Posts: 15
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom


How do i make one of these then ?
sounds good :0)
Jan 11 13 02:17 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Sonoma Coast Photograph
Posts: 651
Sebastopol, California, US


Personally, I prefer a clean, easy to navigate site where the menu is consistent, the galleries of images are clean and clear, and it's one or two clicks to anywhere on the site.
When I look at a models' site, I'm seeking three things:
1.  Visual communication that their look/style will fit my needs.
2.  Their rates and availability.
3.  How to best open the lines of communication to hire them.

It makes it easy to determine if they'd be a good fit or not.
Jan 11 13 03:09 am  Link  Quote 
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Mark Salo
Posts: 8,009
Olney, Maryland, US


I don't like music on websites but then I usually have my speakers turned off anyhow.

It's very difficult for me to read white text on black.
Jan 11 13 03:18 am  Link  Quote 
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Jordan L Duncan
Posts: 207
Jacksonville, Florida, US


Sarah-Anne2 wrote:
How do i make one of these then ?
sounds good :0)

Blogger or Wordpress. They already have most of those features included. For some of the extra features you can google 'hit counter' and and find some cool ones that do the stuff I listed.

Look up successful blogs and find out what it is about them that makes them so popular and try to emulate that. People like lots of pictures and frequent updates. Like every day to every other day.

Jan 11 13 10:02 am  Link  Quote 
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Lucas_Smith
Posts: 215
Los Angeles, California, US


Don't bother with a website.  Formal websites are going extinct.

Get a Tumblr.  Post/update often (meaning, shoot a lot).  Only post pics of yourself.  Once and awhile, write a couple-lines of random musing swirling in your brain, but don't write too much.  Answer 'fan questions', but don't reply with long paragraphs.

Inevitably, your pics will get reposted through Tumblr, thus increasing your exposure.  You'll get 'discovered' much more easily than a formal website.
Jan 19 13 01:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cree Synster
Posts: 239
Milledgeville, Georgia, US


Hello there! I might be able to help smile

1. When you look at MM ports do you ever actually visit the website link many models provide, or do you stick to the MM profile?
1 Answer)
Sometimes. Sometimes the port and snippet of info on the MM profile is enough to sell me with someone.


2. Should I be extremely selective with what pictures I post, like I am on my MM port (since I have limited space and I only want to show my best work) or should I post a broader range to show more of what I am capable of? Would it matter? Or would that be a huge waste of time?
2 answer)
I don't have a paid for account on MM, so I use my space on MM diligently. I take my few best photos from each shoot I've been in and put it on my MM profile. I use my website (FB like-able page) to post ALL photos I deem worthy, so you can see the full collection though. A model's main selling point, I personally believe besides being easy to work with is, being able to show flexibility with the genres they are in. I love horror, but I want to show I can also be good with glamour and high-end fashion type things smile


3.  Is there anything on my website that would completely turn you off and make you decide not to work with me?
3 answer) Lack of decent grammar/spelling/other english issues. An unpleasing color layout/cluttered looking design would be an issue too. I wouldn't take it as far as totally not working with you, but it's still painful on the eyes with a poor layout design.

4. What do you like to see on a model's website, besides pictures and contact info and the blatantly obvious?
4 answer) Testimonies (if possible) from others they have worked with, little bit of personal likes/dislikes/that type of thing. An easy to navigate site, good text size (there's no point in having small font, the net doesn't run out of space!), and nice color scheme. Maybe their favorite shoot they've been in? Anything they're aspiring for with their career?

5. What should a model NEVER post on her website?
5 answer) Anything that would dive into the "TMI" type field. Films they have partaken in that could be considered 'pornographic' or have illegal activity in it.

6.Should the website be more personal, or less personal than an MM page?
6 answer)
I think a model's website should be professional, but also show the model's voice. DO NOT sound like an artificial robot. This is extremely unappealing.

I would go to the trouble and make my own website with the help of an online provider, but alas, FB is convenient, easy to use, and quick to update.

Get a Tumblr.  Post/update often (meaning, shoot a lot).  Only post pics of yourself.  Once and awhile, write a couple-lines of random musing swirling in your brain, but don't write too much.  Answer 'fan questions', but don't reply with long paragraphs.

It's very easy for pictures to get stolen, however, on tumblr/instagram/etc.... where people will edit out watermarks and claim it as their own. Not saying it can't happen on facebook, but it's more likely to happen on tumblr.

A note to the music-
I don't mind if there's a music player on a site AS LONG as it isn't on auto-play.

Jan 19 13 11:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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