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This is the place where you can download all of my free content resources. It's time to improve your photography website!
Here are a few important notes to get you started:
- This page is a gift to my newsletter subscribers only, because you're serious about your photography website. You'll be getting my best tips, tutorials & exclusive articles by email.
- The navigation (above) allows you to quickly jump to all the various sections in this page. If this is your first time here, you should take a few minutes to scroll down & explore all the content.
- Some of these documents are PDF versions of my best articles (so you can print them or view them offline at your convenience), while others are exclusive bits of content written specifically for subscribers like you.
- On this page you can also get a sneak peak of some photography website teardowns that I did a while back (where I deconstructed and critiqued their design & functionality). You can now hire me to do a teardown for your own site.
- Don't forget that besides this subscriber area, you can also explore the Articles section. It's full of in-depth posts all about photography websites.
- And finally, don't hesitate to get in touch if you need help with your photography website or just want a quick opinion on something, I'm always here to help.
Stay humble and keep working hard to make your photography business dreams a reality.
I hope that my content takes you a step further.
60+ Photography website mistakes (PDF)
Let's shine some light on the mistakes that photographers often make on their websites. With straight-forward ideas and many examples & resources, this guide will get your site on the right track. Fix as many mistakes as possible to achieve photo website mastery!
All ideas are short and to-the-point (I didn't want to bore you with nonsense) and come with their own resources and solutions to help you eliminate any site problems.
The guide covers topics like image quality, SEO, design, navigation, keywords, testing, eCommerce, blogging, and much more. And it's all laid out in a simple fashion, with many examples and resources for inspiration and for a better understanding of the issues.
If you have a photography website, don't let it damage your business!
SEO for photographers
Complete SEO training for photographers (PDF)All my SEO-related content in one single PDF: everything you need to know about making Google happy
On-site SEO checklist for every page or blog post (PDF)The essential SEO tasks that you need to cover when creating a new piece of content on your photography website
Best SEO tools and resources (PDF)Before and after you work on your site's SEO, it's a great idea to run the site through a series of tools to know where you stand.
Web-design tips and best practices for photographers
Understand what makes a good photo website and learn what you can do to starting improving it today!
This 130+ page PDF includes all of my web-design tips, specifically tailored for photography websites.
With plenty of examples and links, this guide will give you all the inspiration you need to turn your website into a professional business-growing engine.
About page checklist for photographers
Simple at first sight, there are a lot of details that go into building the perfect "bio" page. The process is quite challenging unless you have some guidelines in place.
You might have a hard time writing your bio because you're unfamiliar with your target audience, or because you're just starting out in the industry or in a particular niche and feel you have nothing interesting to write about.
Try this simple process to get ideas and eventually build your About page.
Your images matter most (manifesto)
If you find yourself always seeking to make small tweaks to your photography website, please sit down, this is an intervention. Always a good time for a quick reality check.
Through working with so many photographers trying to build or improve their online presence, I started to see a pattern emerging. Most people are avid for quick & easy tricks for online success.
It's understandable. The internet is full of tips & tutorials, and FGW aims to become a trusted resource for you to build an amazing photo website. So writing this manifesto might seem counter-intuitive.
But I'm here to tell you that learning some SEO tactics or changing your site's background color are not the keys to building a better photography business. Posting your images on Facebook will also not magically get you to photography stardom.
Focus on the quality of your images. Learn to create epic content.
You need a business plan, not just a website
A common pattern I see in emails from beginner photographers: you want to build a new photography website, as cheaply as possible, so you can get more people to hire you or buy your images. And fast.
So many ways in which that’s naive.
You’re basically expecting to launch a website that works on its own, and that will magically bring you more money. The old “build it and they will come” mentality.
I’m here to tell you that, unless you stop thinking like a hobbyist, you won’t be able to build a healthy photography business and get the results you want.
Guidelines for working with a web-designer
Working with a great web-designer can totally super-charge your photography business. Learn how to build a good work relationship and provide effective feedback along the way.
I want to help you run your project smoothly, regardless of what designer you’ll be working with. Too many photographers have told me about awful experiences they’ve had in the past, the web-design service industry is clearly flawed.
This is my humble attempt to improve things a little, to help you better manage your work relationship with your designer or developer.
Interviews with Alex Vita
Interview on the PhotoBizX Podcast:
"Everything you need for a successful photography website"
Andrew Hellmich (the host) and I covered a ton of useful topics:
- Why some photographers have the wrong mindset when it comes to SEO
- What user-experience (UX) is and how it related to SEO
- UX technical details (web-design best practices)
- UX intangible things (which are content- and photographer-specific stuff, this is the hard part)
- The abstract skills you need in business (awareness, empathy, courage)
- and a lot more...
Interview on Togs in Business:
"Photography website user experience - how good is yours?"
Julie Christie (the host) and I shared a lot of ideas:
- Why photographers sometimes have the wrong mindset when it comes to SEO
- What user experience (UX) is & why it matters (“UX doesn’t trump SEO, it is SEO”)
- Differentiating yourself from the sea of amateurs out there
- Simplifying your navigation menu (and other types of navigation on your site)
- Small design details and typography best-practices
- and more...
Interview on the PhotoBizX Podcast:
"How To Build A Photography Website That Converts Visitors To Clients"
Andrew and I covered a lot of interesting stuff:
- Why and how you website should be a marketing engine for your business
- Tips on improving your site’s Bio & Contact pages
- Working with WordPress and its SEO settings
- Rebuilding a new site from scratch vs. just improving your existing one
- Working with a web-designer or developer on your photo website
- and much more...
Interview on the Sprouting Photographer Podcast:
"Your photography website as a multiplier of your work"
Bryan and I had a good chat about photography sites, and we covered a ton of important topics:
- What makes a good photography website
- Watermarking, and focusing on the user experience instead of image theft
- The importance of your About & Contact pages and why not to hide your contact info
- How to design your website galleries and improve your SEO by keywording your images
- Responsive design and how it improves a mobile user’s experience
- Organizing your homepage for first-time visitors
- Photography web-design trends
WordPress maintenance course
You can’t afford to allow WordPress technical stuff to affect your “online presence”. You can fix and prevent almost all issues by following the lessons in this course.
I'll teach you the one-time changes needed to set a good foundation for your WP site, as well as the ongoing tasks you need to do regularly to check on your site's health.
For being a subscriber, you get a special 40% discount on the course:
Best WordPress-related articles:
- WordPress vs. photography-specific & other platforms: deciding where you should build your photo website
- Best WordPress hosting for photographers: budget vs premium providers, what features to look for, and how to migrate your photo site
- Best WordPress tutorials to learn how to build and manage your WP site
- 8 things to do after installing WordPress – a list of actionable tasks for any new or existing WP site
- WordPress themes for photographers: how to find and buy the best WP themes for your photography website
- Curated list of the best WordPress plugins for photographers [updated]
- WordPress page builders: the easier way to build custom page designs
- eCommerce solutions for photographers: how to sell images & services on your photography website
- Final steps to successfully launching your WordPress site (PDF download)
- The importance of WordPress maintenance: what types of problems you can have if you don’t care for your WP site
Most popular articles
ForegroundWeb contains a ton of actionable articles to help you improve your site. But with so many choices, it can be hard to know where to start.
So I've compiled my most popular and most engaged-with articles in a single "best-of" category for your convenience.
Photography website teardowns
These are video screen recordings of me browsing through the websites and commenting on what I see. They include tens of tips that you can use on your own website. Or if you don’t have those particular website issues, you can at least understand some key concepts in web design, usability, SEO etc.
Small disclaimer: my spoken English is not perfect, I have not yet mastered the art of public speaking. So please excuse any babbling, stuttering or poor articulation. I’m trying my best & learning as I go :-)
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Ask me anything
Another benefit of your free subscription here is the ability to ask me any questions, and have them answered in my Q&A series (to help other photographers in the same situation).
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I'll just privately reply with an answer via email.
You can ask me anything about photography websites: design, development, themes, plugins, marketing, SEO... you name it.
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