My goal for my article Step-by-Step SEO for Artists in the August/September 2017 issue of Professional Artist magazine was to present a handful of tips that artist could easily implement themselves that would help be found in a Google search. Just a few days after the article came out, I got an email from artist Mark Landkamer letting me know how impressed he was with my article.
The vast majority of my writing is published exclusively online, so when Professional Artist magazine asked me to write an article about the business of art, I jumped at the chance. At the time, I was right in the middle of designing a new Squarespace website for my aunt, figurative and landscape artist Danute Mahady. As we went through the process together, I realized there are a few things specific to how an artist would optimize their website. So I pitched Professional Artist an article on search engine optimization best practices especially for artists'.
How a Sunday photography club spawned a friendship with photographer Šarūnė Kajietė that led to a book editing opportunity that blossomed to an article in Lithuanian Heritage about a farm-to-table restaurant in Užupis.
To many writers, search engine optimization is something their editors will take care of. To some, SEO is the enemy of good writing—a practice that demands keywords be stuffed into your carefully crafted sentences and paragraphs. Both are wrong.
Search engine optimization is the practice of presenting your online work in a way that shows search engines like Google and Yahoo that it is valuable to readers, thereby positioning it high in search results. It is a practice that applies to every website on the Internet, from huge media outlets to your personal website.
My friends Agnė Alenovič and Jura Radzevič opened Valgomasis, a tiny lunch spot around the corner from the flower market in Vilnius, in December 2015. I had the pleasure of visiting for the first time last September while on a heritage trip with my entire family.