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As many of you probably know, EmptyEasel is a semi-collaborative art blog—which means you can add your own articles to it. If you'd like to review an artist, write a tutorial, or talk about your favorite art movement, feel free to submit an article here.

Sure, a lot of EmptyEasel has been written by me, but ever since August of '07 I've been including at least one article per week from a guest artist or art blogger. I made the change because I believed that EE had the potential to be much more helpful to artists than it had been so far.

How? Read on.

You see, the more artists that contribute to EmptyEasel, the more diverse and all-encompassing it will be. I'd like people to be able to find information here on watercolors and acrylics. Sculpture even. Ceramics. Any type of art.

And you know, that would be fantastic just by itself, but it's not the only way EE can help—it can also help you get more visitors to your art website or blog.

If you have an art website, you know how difficult it can be to get noticed. If your site isn't showing up in the first few pages of Google, getting decent traffic is almost impossible. And to be honest, most websites don't ever make it that high.

Have you ever wondered why some art sites DO rank first or second on Google while others are stuck on the 17th or 54th page? Well, links have a lot to do with it.

In a nutshell, the more inbound links you have from other art sites, the more "important" your website seems to Google. And no matter how great your art is, if you don't have those links, people may never even find you.

But that's where EE can help.

My goal is for people to be able to learn about all types of art on EmptyEasel. If you help me do that, I'll link to your website. The more articles you write, the more links I'll send your way. (Two per article, to be exact.)

This could be especially helpful for you art bloggers. If you have an excellent article or blog post that deserves to reach a wider audience, feel free to submit it to EmptyEasel instead of posting it on your own blog. You'll most likely gain many more additional readers through EE than if you had published it yourself.

In fact, since EmptyEasel has over 300,000 page views each month I can pretty much guarantee you'll see more traffic to your art website or blog. Plus, I always edit the articles so they're as good as they can be—which means you won't have to worry too much about spelling or grammatical errors. : )

But don't just take my word for it. . . here's an email I received from another art blogger after her article was published on EmptyEasel.

Hi Dan! I wanted to thank you again for publishing my article last month. So far, about 64% of the traffic driven to my website has come from Empty Easel referrals, and about 12% of my blog visits have come from your website referral, too! You rock!
- Corinne Galla of CorinneGallaStudios.com

So why not give it a shot? Jump in, try it out, and submit an article today!

Questions? Just let me know, I'd love to hear from you.

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