How to Launch a Photography Business

Lesson 63 of 87

Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments


How to Launch a Photography Business

Lesson 63 of 87

Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments


Lesson Info

Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments

The next link building plan is features. These are gonna be your publications. Now this is ideally, this is gonna depend on the quality of your work, right? Because the quality of work's gonna dictate, first of all, how you can get featured. But now you're sharing work versus thoughts and experiences. You don't have to write anything. They're gonna do that part for you. You just need to take pretty pictures. But they have to be pretty pictures that match the publication's needs. That's the big thing. For some reason, girls, you all get this. You all understand this, okay? For some reason guys don't. We think, I got this really cool, dramatic shot of a bride, I'm gonna send it to Orange County Brides, which is like all light and airy, fluffy grass photographs. And you got this shot in a ballroom where she looks all dramatic and it's like purple backgrounds and everything, and you're like, that's a cool shot, right? And they're like, eh, it doesn't fit and they never want you back. This ...

is the big thing here, is you target the feature, you target the publication before you create the images. Does that make sense? But you better know how to do that through the whole persona and through the whole dictating of your style and all that kinda stuff. Because what I want you to do is put down the features, put down the publications that match the work that you want to be creating. So that way you're not creating work that is outside of what you want to do. And then you go for those features and publications. Now it's really easy to do one of those every other month. Once you're creating a good quality image get one of those every other month. Okay? This is your next workbook to complete. Our next link building plan is gonna be the paid and free directories. We have a listing to you. Which are worth your time and money, or does it relate to your focus? If so, continue. Does it have recurring fees? If so, be wary. Does the listing have value beyond SEO? If so, consider. That, we have talked about that, right? So we gave you an entire list, just sign up for all the frees. Then consider if they offer value beyond that. Nofollow, it can still be useful for direct referrals, so don't worry about it. If it's nofollow it's fine. You also need to list in these directories for local SEO. Local SEO is what Google searches, it's what it serves up, locally. You know how you have that local thing? That's not organic search. It's serving up local results. So, that stuff still matters for local persons, uh, stuff. Requires time but once you create it you just let it run. So, see 07 for the best free directories. We list quite a few in different categories. So there's different genres of photography in there. Okay. Workbook 13. Link Building: Comments, we covered this. It's fine it's just not effective in creating back links so don't worry about it. They usually flood with spam, they're gonna reduce link quality, it's a matter of time before, even if they are nofollow now, at one point in the future they will be. If they give you follows now, at one point in the future they'll switch it over. It's just not a good strategy.

Class Description

The content and opinions expressed in this course are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem

Build a business and get people to spend money on your photography. Award-winning photographer and co-founder of Lin and Jirsa Photography Pye Jirsa will walk you through the first 12 weeks of building your business. With his relatable and actionable teaching style, he’ll explain how to define your product as a photographer and determine where it fits into a consumer mindset. You’ll learn the steps to creating a brand, pricing yourself confidently, sales techniques, and basic marketing practices. This class covers everything you’ll need if you’re considering photography as a job, including:

  • Where to position yourself in the market
  • Branding your business to attract your ideal client
  • Pricing and basic financing
  • Creating a business plan
  • Setting up a portfolio
  • How to get your first customer in the door
  • Getting leads on new clients
  • Understanding sales
  • The psychology of a buyer

Pye has built multiple successful businesses from the ground up and this course includes your 12 week road map to launching your business.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Common Myths & Unknown Truths
  3. The Road Ahead
  4. Find Your Passion
  5. The Lin & Jirsa Journey
  6. Part-time, Full-time, Employed, Partners?
  7. Stop Wasting Time & Money
  8. Your 12 Week Roadmap
  9. Great Plans Still Fail
  10. Strategy Vs. Planning
  11. Mind Mapping
  12. Select a Focus
  13. Competitor Research
  14. S.W.O.T. Analysis
  15. Strategy & Long Term Goals
  16. Values, Vision & Mission
  17. Effectively Managing Your Time
  18. Artistic Development
  19. Create Your Plan
  20. What's Your Product
  21. Luxury vs Consumer Products & Experiences
  22. Quick Break for Econ 101
  23. Your Target Market & Brand Message
  24. What's in a Name
  25. Your Client 'Why'
  26. Crafting the Why Experience
  27. Document the Client Experience
  28. Business Administration Basics
  29. Book Keeping Management
  30. Create the Logo & Branding
  31. Portfolio Design
  32. Design Your Services & Packages
  33. Pricing Fears & Myths
  34. Three Pricing Methods
  35. Package Pricing Psychology & Design
  36. Psychology of Numbers
  37. Pricing Q&A
  38. Grass Roots Marketing
  39. The Empty Party
  40. Friends & Family Test Shoots
  41. Join Groups
  42. Second Shooting Etiquette
  43. The Listing & Classified Hustle
  44. Make Instagram Simple
  45. Your Automated Pinterest Plan
  46. Facebook Because You Must
  47. Giveaway & Styled Shoots
  48. Content Marketing & SEO
  49. The Monster: SEO
  50. Selecting Your Keywords
  51. Testing Your Keywords
  52. Grouping Main & Niche Goals
  53. Your Content Road Map
  54. Content Marketing Q&A
  55. Inspiration to Keep Working
  56. How to Craft Your Content
  57. Internal Linking Basics
  58. Back Link Building Basics
  59. Link Value Factos
  60. Measuring Link Value
  61. Link Building Strategy & Plan
  62. Link Building Plan: Vendors & Guest Writing
  63. Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments
  64. Link Building: Shortcuts & One Simple Tool
  65. What is Sales? Show Me!
  66. Your First Massive Failure
  67. The Sales Process
  68. Your Second Massive Failure
  69. Understand Buyer Psychology
  70. Step 0: Building Rapport & Trust
  71. Step 1: Identify Need or Want
  72. Cognitive Dissonance
  73. Steps 2 & 3: Value Proposition & The Solution
  74. Step 4 : Close, Make the Ask
  75. Step 5: Follow Up & Resolve Concerns
  76. Family Photography Hot Seat
  77. Business Example Hot Seat
  78. Boudoir Photography Hot Seat
  79. The Best Sales Person
  80. Your Mindset, Vibrations & Frequency
  81. Always Positive, Always Affirming
  82. The Second Money & Dual Process
  83. Chumming the Price Waters
  84. Creating Want or Scarcity
  85. Timeless Advice on Being Likable
  86. Selling Over The Phone
  87. Forbidden Words in Sales


Angela Sanchez

This class has been an eye opener for me; a point of change in my vision as photographer. Pye is and AMAZING, INSPIRING, GENEROUS instructor, with an, authentic desire to help people and to share with them the best of his knowledge. I will not have enough words to say thanks to Pye Jirsa, as a teacher and as a human being, and thanks to Creative Live who allows us to benefit from the experience of such a knowledgeable, educated, well-versed photographer and instructor. 1000% recommended!

Yenith LianTy

Been following this guy forever. Pye Jirsa may be well known in the wedding & portrait photography world and if there is something that this guy knows it is how to create a business, a sustainable one. The workbook he provided is comprehensive, and I honestly wish I had this when I first started out as a photographer! I love that he talks about his failures, keeping it real and honest for anyone starting out. He is definitely one of the best instructors around, super humble, down to earth and with a sense of humor to boot. The course is worth it! THE WORKBOOK is AMAZING! SUPER DETAILED!

Tai Hsin

I saw the live broadcast and it was amazing. Pye is one of the best instructors and inspirational photographers.. there are two type of ppl.. one who has the knowledge and doesn’t know to teach another who has the knowledge and knows how to get it through.... I still didn’t purchase this as I am saving for my daughters entrance fee for collage... :) Anyways he’s one of the best instructors and a good friend.... very humble and always cracks jokes.... Keep inspiring and keep teaching.... my blessings are always with you pye.