I am seeing a lot of new Minnows trying to promote their work in ways that might be considered counterproductive. While I get the feeling most mean well when going over their blogs, some are getting flagged as spam with no explanation as to why.
To keep new Steemian artists from being alienated, I thought I would give them a few ideas on how to promote their work in a way that will help bring them closer to the artistic community and the curators that support them. If anyone has other ideas; please suggest them in the comments. I can use all the help I can get myself!
First: make a GOOD introduction post using the # introduceyourself tag along with related tags that apply to your post. I failed in this; I just posted some of my art and one paragraph: don't be like me.
Make GOOD posts. Sometimes an artist can get a lot of upvotes for an image posted with no text; but if you have something to say about it people will be more likely to engage with you. I am lazy, I do not always do this: don't be like me.
Tag tag tag your posts. Curators actively search the tags, as do people who have a particular interest. Use proper, descriptive tags; do not just use the popular tags. I go through the #painting and #drawing and #illustration tags more than the #art tags now because it is now full of things that have nothing to do with art. I have heard tales of posts being flagged for being improperly tagged; so don't just pick the most popular ones.
Comment and enjoy others posts!!! When you build relationships with people they are much more likely to check you out and follow you, especially if you have something interesting to say. When people post links to their work under my post however, it sometimes hurts my feelings a bit, especially when I find out they have been doing this to other posters. Do not do this; even if you honestly like someone's work and just want their opinion; it is considered spam and someone will flag you.
Join contests!!! You might not win anything, or see immediate results, but you will be introduced to an extremely supportive artistic community. The artstyleart contests by @aksinya , @art-trail by @paolobeneforti and the colorchallenge organized by @kalemandra are just three examples. Trust me if you follow the rules and join one you will not regret it:)
There is are also chat sites you can join on discord and steemitchat (click the three lines beside your profile picture and scroll down to steemit chat) You can go on there to get to know people and build relationships, and you can also promote your work on various post promotion chats. Make sure you read the rules to the chat sites you visit and you post links in the proper places. I just recently gained access to a computer so I can utilize it. I am Twirble on there.
Finally, sometimes people have threads where they welcome people to link their artwork: like this one: Please feel free to post links to your artwork here and I will check it out:)