Updated: Oct 11
A blog about moving from Photo For My Wall to Andy MacDougall - Unique Moments Captured
Moving your internet brand is a huge decision! I've been known as Photo For My Wall for around a decade, but the trouble is it's a brand name that sounds like I sell knock off postcards, when really what I'm about is making photographs that are
personal to me; and
images that I think others will enjoy.
So I've decided to change and make it more personal in general. It's no small task this though there is a lot to think about when you change your internet presence:
The cost of a new URL - actually, pretty cheap
Creating a new website - A pain to do but a great opportunity to update things and be more representative of my current images
Loss of SEO for the sight - I had 750k visitors on Photo For My Wall! Actually though, by paying for both sites in the short term I can use 301 redirects (Techy speak) and redirect traffic and inherit my old SEO.
I've got about 100 unused old brand Business Cards that will need binned
Links on other websites to ask to have updated
Increased hosting costs (doubled!)
If you are considering doing a similar exercise, I thoroughly recommend planning what you actually want, before jumping in feet first.
So why do it?
Photo For My Wall was ideal when I was starting out as the site was easy to create and cheap to host - I had initial naive thoughts about making my fortune selling my images via the site. But reality has bitten. I'm not a salesman, I'm an artist and to sell landscape photographs you REALLY have to push your inner-salesman forward - that's just not me. I'm happy to sell an image if approached, to help fund this REDICULOUSLY expensive passion but the reason I take photographs is to be outside, absorbing the land into my consciousness, feeling alive and flushing away the stresses of life - and most importantly for me, creating.
So this site feels more true to myself. Creating images, showcasing the ones I'm proud of and providing a means for people who are interested in my images to get in touch. On this page I will organise images into portfolios, keep a record of successes, advertise exhibitions and of course, I'll have a go at blogging.
I hope you enjoy it.