10 Directories to Submit Your Graphic Design Company

We all face the same problem in the beginning of our online entrepreneur journey. We lack experience and knowledge needed to quickly boost our startup and start generate income. One of the bigger unknowns for young and yet not experienced entrepreneur is the subject of business promotion. In order to have income you need to have visitors on your website. Conversion is a dynamicly changing ratio between visitors and visitors who decided to purchase a certain thing from you. The higher the conversion rate the better for you as an businessman but what to do when your conversion is nearly non-existant and the amount of visitors coming to your website is very low ?

 

Website's visibility is dependant to a big amount of always changing factors. As Google's algorithms change pretty often, it's hard to catch up. However, there is always a pile of methods that can still boost up your startup. One of these methods is to submit your website to a free or paid directory. You need to be very cautious as not every directory can bring benefit for you. Some of them can even discourage Google from listing you higher in search engine results. Always opt for high quality backlinks. Don't focus just on dofollow links. Google likes things done organically. That means that simply a natural circumstances would be if one has 3:1 ratio of nofollow links to dofollow links. Some directories offer you possibility to submit your firm and obtain a dofollow link. Don't be so fast ! It is a good practice to check this directory's Page Rank. The higher Page Rank score the better. Usually you shouldn't go for anything below PR3 or PR4. Also remember to pay attention to directory's revelance to your own website. Google wouldn't take you too seriously if that structure would be unsettled.

 

Here's a quick list of 10 interesting directories to submit  your graphic design company:

1. Design Directory

2. designer.am

3. Designfirms.org

4. http://www.web-development.com

5. graphicdesign.com

6. dexigner.com

7. http://www.topdesignfirms.com/

8. http://www.directoryworld.net/

9. http://dir.yahoo.com/arts/design_arts/graphic_design/

10. http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Graphic_Design/

 

Remember to build your position in organic and natural way. This means that it will take time but also it will last longer. White hat methods usually can bring more benefit in a long term site's existance than quick black hat or grey hat methods. Also they allow you to avoid Google's sudden penalties which is very important while doing everything to keep up the momentum of your business.

How to earn money as a graphic designer ?

Introduction

The reality of a freelance graphic designer can be sometimes very grey, especially when you're new to the business. This often means that you didn't work out your portfolio yet. You have the skill and talent but where to show it off ? Where to sell your graphic designs ? In this short post, we'll try to introduce you to some of the top crowdsourcing websites as well as show you the path you should go in order to start earn money before you're even worldwide known ! So lay back on your chair, take a cup of coffee and here we go.

Crowdso-what ?

You got it nearly right. Crowdsourcing is a term created back in 2006 and it means, in huge shortcut, outsourcing to greater amount of people and choosing the best made project. 'Nuff said :). You can have many variations of crowdsourcing for example reverse crowdsourcing in which design, software or anything you like is being prepared first to then be chosen by consument or business. Let's list and explain the principles of some crowdsource-based websites.

99 Designs

99designs.com mentioned by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur and many more allows you to find open contests in which you can submit your design. With a bit of luck and talent you can be the winner ! This simply means money and one more satisfied customer. It's nice to mention that often winners take big prizes reaching even few thousand dollars for their design. From logo design to postcards and flyers, you can find your favorite category and feel at home.

Brandcrowd

brandcrowd.com is a legit source of unique ready-made designs. The concept of the service is based simply on reversed crowdsourcing. Platform lets designers to expose their creations and earn money after they are bought. The final recipient can browse for ready brands (including custom logo design, and domain(s) ). Prices vary from 300$ for a logo to few thousand dollars for a brand. It's a great place for all those unused concepts that you have hidden in the depths of your computer :)

Design Crowd

designcrowd.com works the same way as 99 designs focusing 1,305,300 custom designs submited to the platform.

Zazzle

Zazzle.com is a little black sheep in our post. It's concept is slightly different than other services. However, it's still based on crowdsourcing somehow. It allows you to open your online store within their platform and sell your designs. You can choose your merchendise on which designs will be printed and sold to the ending recipients. Fun to try out :)

Other websites worth checking

In this short list you'll find sites simillar to earlier mentioned.

www.stocklogos.com/

www.logomyway.com/

www.logodesignguru.com

www.48hourslogo.com/

Final Quack

Feeling enlighted ? That's what we wanted !

Graphic designer = hard work ?

Introduction

In the hard times of economical crisis and general saturation of the market it's quite hard to pierce through competition and offer customers your services. Recently market have gained literally thousands of self-employed business holders with absolutely no design knowledge. Everyone can outsource the work to poor quality design companies and disregard his customer's true needs. Finding success as being self-employed graphic designer can be pretty difficult task. It's a constant lesson that never ends. But...fear not ! With the constantly good quality work and proper SEO strategy you are able to achieve success in this field. Here are a couple of interesting tips that you can bring to life in no time.

Build a loyal audience

Even though you have your web site set up and sitting it's still a good practice to integrate it with a blogging platform. "But why I would do it, I have already enough on my head" you may say. However, please follow my train of thought. Interesting articles, freebies (especially), tutorials and other materials will open doors to a better recognition of your company. They'll bring traffic and possibly conversion. Not only Google loves content but normal users too ! Before you begin, think how much time you can devote to this task and start writing ! I assume that you know quite much about the work you do so it will be easy for you to share it with users.

How much is enough?

There is no answer to that question as there are no limits. Theoretically if you would be able to write 5 great quality articles each day then it would mean that your website would become quickly popular and loved by Google. This means increased exposure to potential users and that in turn - possibility that they'll link to your post from their social media account or even website. Wouldn't it be great?

Focus on quality not quantity

Now hold your horses and think again very well how many articles can you publish on your blog each day. Don't go for quantity but for QUALITY only. You may ask how big should be a post. Theoretically again there are no limits. However you should think about your readers and Google at the same time. Try to share condensed knowledge and respect your reader's time. A good article will defend itself from being dropped only if it's interesting and provide at least 60% of what user expects to see after entering on your website. A good practice is to write 600 - 1200 word articles. Of course tutorials can be shorter as they generally contain more images than text. The same concerns freebies giveaway. They do not need to be excessively long.

What goes around...usually comes around

Write in an interesting way and always focus on giving your reader what he may be interested in. Seek problems and write about their solution. Seek popular freebies and create your own ones. Think what people would like to know, then share your knowledge and experience in the form of tutorial. Just think of it this way - by doing so, you are not wasting your time. You are actually building your authority and present your business as a professional one.

Be social

Share your knowledge and help other people on social media sites or forum boards. Remember to mention about your posts or services in good moments. Don't be too intrusive. In one word - Participate. Whenever you can. However, I'm aware how busy graphic designer's life can be so I suggest that you allocate around 30 minutes of your time each morning, right after your delicious coffee to participate in discussions. Don't spend too much time on it as forum boards or social media sites can be pretty much time consuming. Remember that personal discipline is something that have lead normal guys (or girls :) ) like you to achieve success in various fields.

General promotion and advertising

Include your website name and link to it in your forum board signatures, social media and generally everywhere you can. You'll gain some tasty backlinks and bigger exposure to the people. Remember that no one will come to you if you are stil waiting for your users to make the move. It's always 'your turn'. If you have some money prepared to rev up your online business then invest in good and smart advertising. I do not recommend google adsense (OH BUT WHY?!) in the beginning as it can be pretty much money eating on even less popular keywords. It happens like that because there's a huge competition around in the design market. What would I recommend instead is investing in what I call 'smart advertising'. Find out a medium popular blog in the niche that you think is linked with what you offer and seek for little square boxes with the 'Advertise here' sign on them. They usually appear on left or right sidebars as well as somewhere between paragraphs in blog posts. Usually the rates for 1000 clicks are pretty little money. Even if you'll make a mistake in chosing a place to advertise, it's still a good practice to have at least a temporarily increased traffic to your site because there's a big chance that Google will look on it with a more friendly eye in terms of exposure on wider range of keywords (Search Engine).

Have a SEO strategy that works !

Don't go for 'quick and easy' in terms of SEO. Forget about black hat or even gray hat technicques as today they can work and tomorrow not. Not to mention about upcoming penalties from Google for using such ones. White hat takes more time, is less effective and you need to sweat to see results but your rankings will pretty much stay at their place. Define a list of methods that are Google friendly in current year and read more detailed articles about them. Know 'what' and 'why' as well as 'is it safe with google'. You don't want that penguin slap after a year, right? Again, personal discipline is your only friend. Make it your habit and do it regularly. After 2 months you should begin to see effects of your hard work.

Final Quack

Great that you did stay so long with me. Believe or not, with a proper strategy everything is possible. No matter how difficult it looks in the beginning, make a deeper breathe, drink your favorite coffee and get back to working. It's important to always designate your objectives for the current day and stick to them no matter what. Once again I say - Personal Discipline have brought many to million dollar fortune. Don't give up and keep doing your thing !