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You can even list your Art from places like Fine Art America /Zazzle/RB  etc and your other art and  print items there for sale and just order the item for your customer at the close of auction. This is a great way to sell your art and other items~!
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ArtRave Jewelry arriving in time for holidays~ Check out some of my NEW Friendship Bracelets !

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Progress with updates improving site navigation on ArtRave

We are making a lot  of progress on ArtRave and at the ArtRaveSuperCenter~!

In anticipation of our platform upgrade, many things have been necessary to do in the background here at ArtRave~

Many of our links and important notes & pages were ‘stand alone’ pages, from the back office that I learned to use after initially converting the site to become a promotional network.

As i learned new ways to promote our art and shops I added them in and altered the home page accordingly with new links and links to links and so on,

Well that worked except there was no way of indexing those pages easily nor would they themselves integrate which meant – groups – . I have long been using the groups function of the platform to create groups designed for free art advertising by subjects & price range. I also used groups function to begin enhanced Boutiques for specific artists.

The concept was there all along.In the eary days of ArtRave I created the Boutiques on the standalone pages as they were easy work with and copy into ads on other websites.

The free groups I had pretty much set up and left alone, so that artists could choose to post their art directly bypassing the gallery and going to the subjects of their art and posting there, There was then an upgrade about a year ago adding pages to the groups. This opened a new way to expand on the site and to start congregating pages into the subjects they pertained to, Still I was unclear as to what to do about the back pages which at that point numbered more than 500 back pages – far more than many larger websites use!!

Whenever a link happened to break or need to be changed, it was alot of work just to find the page as less than 10 would show per index page and there was no order to them so I would have to go through up to  50 pages with 10 links to pages in each and open and close pages til I found what I was looking for.

i knew there had to be a better way but was uncertain as to what it was.  I attemped to make title page indexes but some pages contained several subjects and working that way for a while was too time consuming.

Also our members list was mixed up compared to what we needed to know and place although the search box proved helpful, much of it relied on my memory.I was uncertain how I would be able to remember everything and how would I train anyone else to work with me when the site was becoming more and more complicated to navigate as it grew.

New members were having a hard time with the changes and there was an absence from a good portion of old members who had come, set up pages and posted art and then never returned. Separating them from active members was also a difficult task.

I didnt want to simply delete old members as some were coming, but just not posting anything new,

I began separating the members into categories of ones I knew had posted within 90 days and those who hadnt. Also I didnt want active’s members works being lost in the shuffle.
Once I got a fix on it, I was able to write the membership and ask members to update their profiles. Many did,but then many didnt. Of those who didnt I then placed them on an inactive list and  once the platform host [ning] enabled member deletion without banning  that made it easier to be able to delete and inactive member without casting them out.

My artists are important to me and I want to make sure they can return should they choose to, Some indeed wanted to leave and yet left their pages and galleries abandoned while others didnt abandon their pages or galleries but  were simply inactive fore a variety of reasons.

The Artists A-Z is now included with Gallery memberships and is among those orphan pages being converted into groups. Each A-Z page has a featured slideshow from some member which is rotated between the members of their “letter”.Also provided are unique Artist ID#s meant to be added to your keywords or tags that will help get your work indexed by the Google bots.

New members have been arriving and I have been trying to walk them through but as I did I began noticing that things that worked 5  years ago, didnt necessarily apply anymore so alot of updating became necessary. That meant the back pages ahd to be purged, merged and in some cases deleted.

Older members needed to become the examples for the new ones to follow.I still needed to learn more about how to tie it all together to make navigation easier for both members and viewers.

Working within the parameters of the features of the platform, its pointed back to the utilization of the groups function.In the beginning I thought to use them primarily for the categories pertaining to most members artwork. The gallery. was large enough to bring in viewers yet small enough to get lots of views per member in comparison to Fine Art America which has about 100,000 artists and more mini sites within its domain, leaving it where art gets lost as there is only so much a viewer will look through and they needed keywords, types and subjects to find the art they were searching for.

Some groups were made to be used as ‘directories’ with artists links to their websites on other PODs such as Fine Art America, Zazzle, Imagekind, Redbubble etc so that viewers could see an artist name here and click it to then be transferred to their websites, thus increasing traffic to their stores online.There was however no way to monitor the usage, other than testing it and seeing that sites were gaining viewers.

Utilizing the html text boxes on site proved to be handy as well since t hey hold java scripts and also button links so those who wanted to, could make paypal buttons from the paypal site, copy the html codes and place them on their MyPage text box and accept payments from customers directly.. With the new page function on groups, that enables those buttons to be used there as well. Discussions featuring artists with slideshows from their galleries or thumbnails from their other sites then became another good way to promote and advertise their art.

So now this year I have been working on the back pages, migrating them, into the groups and making new groups as needed and organizing them for the purposes that can best serve us as artists and viewers as potential buyers.

Other sites charge for Classified Ads. We do not.

Our free classifieds get posted here but the links to the menu are on other sites and blogs, planted in many places over the net over the passed 5 years.That means if an artist posts a picture and its details in the comments in Abstracts [for example] that every other site where the menu is posted gives access to that post~!! Also the cross promotions and increased traffic gets indexed by google searchbots and builds rankings in search engines.

With more than a billion estimated artists online, art is very competitive and gaining ranking, cross promotions and features, all become vital in getting the artist known online and enabling viewers to see and choose between artists, their works and the sites they sell at. many people shop online so its vital to make it easier for them to find your art above others.

We also have our an online Mall with a lobby that lists artists websites and has preview pages with button links a viewer can click on and be brought to the member’s website or shop.

Its ArtRave’s mission to promote ‘family friendly’ art worldwide, helping emerging and established artists to gain the traffic they need to obtain sales. It is also part of ArtRave to provide advertisement venues that are free or low cost as most artists cant afford the types of advertising that will increase the traffic to their websites.Finally with the numerous PODs many artists use, ArtRave has sought out alternatives in printing to enable artists to make a higher profit from their POD sales and to provide a way artists can get paid first instead of last.

Over the passed year we have conquered many obstacles that will help all artists to get better known, to be able to get discounts in traditional advertising and printing so that they can gain more customers and make better profits.

ArtRave is an artist network, created by an artist, for artists~!!

We now provide dozens of groups and like pages on facebook for artists to post links to their stores.We have our gallery and ads plugged  into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google for all members to use. We have numerous blogs here at ArtRave and copy sites to several at WordPress, netlog, blogger, netblog, tumblr, stumbleupon and more. We have syndicated the ArtRave blog so when its posted, it also gets posted to other sites, facebook groups and pages and twitter.

We have also established our own TopList banner ad sites which can redirect the artists banner to any site they want them to promote.By doing this for ArtRave members collectively we can offer banner ad toplists for only $25 per year and we do not charge the per-clicks as other banner adlists do!

We have standalone pages at another website that provides full page ads on google and other search engines.These ads last for years! Members are welcome to use all of our resources to promote their art and can place comment ads on any of our blogs and outsourced pages.

For those who do not know how to do these things, we have our forum with how-to-do screenshot tutorials.For those who haven’t the time to do their own advertising and promotions we have promo packages available to place permanent ads up for you~!!

ArtRave is all inclusive and overall provides more services than any other art network online.

So now, I like to welcome all the new members and say hello to all our older members and reach out to our Facebook friends and extend the invitation to all to come and join us, either as a free member and use the ads and blogs or as a Gallery member and use all our facilities.

We also now offer low cost printing services and shops at our print site for all gallery members.

While the site has gone through numerous changes the passed few weeks, they are in preparation for the 3.0 upgrade we are soon going to be having.  preparing the site ahead of time is so the migration can go smoothly and so we can save as much of the history of the site as possible as we transition.

To date ArtRave has had nearly 64K unique visitors and over 130K page views Divide that among the art on site and our members are looking pretty exclusive in comparison to the bigger sites~!We are ArtRave and we are growing in the right direction~!

I wish you all a good week~!!

Ave

Merry Christmas to all who have and have not, especially to all the Typhoon victims & Tornado Victims, Samaritan’s Purse & POW Bowe Berghdahl~!

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Ave Maria Cosgriff Hurley.Merry Christmas to all who have breath, but particularly to those in places of devastation, where even the smallest kindness or donation is so greatly appreciated and so desperately needed in order to continue providing for the needs of those facing such drastic changes in their lives.

God bless those who are in such situations or environments that so desperately need to receive every gift large or small, that is helping to rebuild their lives shattered by the storms such as the recent typhoon in the Philippines, also to those still struggling in Haiti , Japan, the Midwest USA , in Chile and other places around the world where people have been left homeless, without shelter or possessions or jobs, many who have also lost loved ones or have been left permanently disabled by accidents, acts of nature, illnesses and so much more…

Let us never become apathetic or unsympathetic~!It could happen tomorrow, it can happen to you! Do for others what you wish one day someone would do for you should you ever need it. Pay it forward~!

For many the holidays are bittersweet and for others every day of their lives is bittersweet as they continue to struggle and find it so hard to set aside even this one day of global celebration in honor of the birth of our savior for some and a day of family and gift giving for others even those devoid of religious convictions.

Its a hard time for so many but every day is a new beginning, a seed of new hope sprouting, for those so less fortunate than ourselves in particular, having lost everything including loved ones, having felt unimaginable pain and or loss or to be forgotten, who remain so desperate and overwhelmed, may the peace of Christmas associated with the birth of Christ, fill you each with hope and strength to rebuild your lives and send the help you so greatly need.

For those of us who are more fortunate where our needs are mixed with our wants, who have not suffered such loss and our worst situation may only be an inconvenience not related to survival but to comfort, not take our lives for granted and remember to be grateful and thankful to our Lord and to those who have crossed our paths to bless our lives and make it better.

May our Lord continue to put upon the hearts of those of us who have not been affected by these storms and other dire situations, be of a generous mind to reach out and continue to help those struggling, who are living in poverty or squalor day by day, even to the forgotten homeless, whose masses have increased over recent years, so much that many have hardened their hearts and just turn a blind eye towards them and pass them by.

Don’t pass them by! Reach out with a kind word or deed or a little money. Remember if you can to pay it forward as you never know that one day you can be in such a situation!

May all of us who have not suffered such a loss this season, give thanks to almighty God for His blessings, mercy and grace for sparing us such grief. Let us be truly grateful for our families, homes, provisions, communities, jobs and our abundance.

Let us use our ability to share with those who have suffered loss at any level, who are depressed and or homeless , who have lost loved ones due to illness, trauma or disasters, whether as enormous as the typhoon or tornadoes in the Midwest, the earthquakes and tsunamis, the ongoing wars, the financial burdens on nations struggling to survive including our own great nation, to those in our own communities, who have lost a battle with an illness or who have lost their jobs and or homes. There is always someone out there that needs our help and we need to help them.

May God direct us and bless us to let us cross the paths with the homeless, to those who are lonely and depressed, to those who we can individually help.

May God impress upon us, to be able to donate to those organizations who are out there among those in need, volunteering their time, their strength, their resources and are able to be out there in those devastated areas of the world, working with those in such continual desperate need . Lord show us and enable us to reach out and pay it forward to help at least some one or family this holiday season !

May God impress upon our hearts to always reach out when we are enabled, as there are always those who have it worse than we do and we should be ever more so grateful for what we do have and should share what we can with those whose lives will be blessed by our smallest kindness!

What we might do with $10 for ourselves may be a lunch out somewhere but to those in regions so hard hit, that $10 can feed a family, provide needed medicines, food or sheltering necessities to keep just the rain off their heads! Any donation to organizations such as the Samaritan’s Purse [ and other faith based volunteer groups] can and do supply the manpower and resources, the helping hand these people need and we can each help to provide.

Any gift is multiplied and put to great use when collectively each of us who ‘have’ choose to pay it forward to reach out and touch someone’s lives we may never meet but can have the satisfaction of becoming a good Samaritan to a stranger in need while enjoying the quality of our lives whether we are poor or rich by our own national standards.

Whether or not we live in rented or owned homes, trailers or apartments, cities or towns or rural homes, rented rooms or even in shelters here in the USA, we have a roof over our heads, clean water to drink, more choices of food to eat, most medicines we would need, sufficient clothes to wear, transportation to places we need to go, so much that even the poorest in the USA have it better than most in other countries.

Regardless to politics, the economy and social climate changes, we are truly blessed to be born and raised and live in America and there is not one of us who doesn’t have something to share, whether it be a kind word of encouragement to the lonely or despondent, a donation to help even one person in need, time to share in lending a hand, or paying it forward to enable those who have the time and ability to be able to go out and help others who are suffering. The saying is true, its more blessed to be able to give than to receive~!! Its humbling to receive and often degrading as its a reminder of your need.

It’s better to be able to give as it reminds you of what you have and your ability to share to make someone else’s life a little less difficult and assure them that at least someone cares whether they live or die~!

While I am far from rich and have been in need myself at different times in my life, I have always been grateful to God and those He placed in my path to help me as then at later times I was able to see others in need and understood what they are going through, which makes helping them even more personal for me and makes me feel more compelled to help them~!

Having more than once lost everything, home job & health and living in shelters, it taught me how to be and what to do so that 25 years later I was enabled to be a shelter manager to help with re-homing victims of Hurricane Katrina and was able to train my staff to treat the victims with compassion and competence, to be their strength as they were depleted and devastated. It was an honor and a privilege to be able to reach out and help these people~!

It enriched my own life in being able to pay it forward.it has caused me to bypass the typlical red flags in life and take in homeless people to my own home at times, helping unwed mothers to prevent them from abortion or suicide, helping other families who have had fires or floods, dividing my own household goods up to give them away to families needing to start over after losing everything.

I have found that you cant out give God~! For as much as I have been able to give away, God has always supplied my needs. I have learned to separate my needs from my wants and have lived in survival mode for decades. I can relate to the stresses these people are now enduring and know how important it is to reach out in some way to help alleviate their suffering.

This Christmas, I sit here, in my own home, with my sons, decorated tree is up as a reminder, plenty food’s in the kitchen, my house is warm, electric is on, the water is running, internet is up. Snow cover outside – a white Christmas~! For us life is good  Our needs are met, our battles/struggles have ceased for the moment, yet we are alone, so there is a twinge there to remind us of where we came from and hopefully where we are going.

We don’t ‘need’ presents under the tree, there are no small children here or coming. We have evolved to meet our own needs and give gifts randomly through out the year where a gift to us is usually a need being met and seldom a want.

We have received some lovely gifts through the mail from relatives and friends, which are a great reminder that we are loved and cared about. We appreciate that and have likewise had some token gifts sent out to some relatives and friends as well. We enjoy a ‘quiet’, peaceful holiday and continue to work at a more relaxed pace, no deadlines today

Still my thoughts, prayers and wishes are for those in the Philippines right now as well as for those in our military serving away from home and looking forward to the day they can be reunited with their loved ones.

I think of Bowe Bergdahl https://www.facebook.com/supportbowe still a POW after 4 years in Afghanistan and how he must feel being separated from his family all these years and what he must be enduring – so I pray for him and his family.

I think of my friend Manuel Cadag in the Phillippines and how he , his family and neighbors are struggling to get their lives back in order. I think of the victims of the tornadoes in the Midwest last month and how hard it is for all those still struggling after being in natural disasters.

Of these I think of, I pray for that God continues to provide relief and comfort and impress on those of us who have, to give some to them.

Merry Christmas to all and may God bless us all and help us in the years to come.

:)Ave

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