How to Launch a Photography Business

Lesson 63/87 - Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments


How to Launch a Photography Business


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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

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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.


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


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