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How to raise your profile and get noticed on and off PurplePort

By Russ Freeman, written 1370938236.

Post in the groups

The Groups are a central hub of activity. Whilst posting in the groups can be a little hazardous, the adage "if you have nothing nice to say then say nothing" holds true in the groups on PurplePort just as much as it does on other forums.

When posting in the groups make sure you take the following into account:

  • Don't argue - you may be right but nothing good will come of it
  • Opinions vary
  • Ensure you always leave a good impression - no-one wants to work with a grumpy model or photographer!
  • It's always got to be Unicorns and Rainbows :-)
  • Posting interesting and thought provoking questions is a great way to get noticed
  • Posting argumentative and controversial topics should be avoided!

At the very least, why not post and say "hi" in the Everyone Welcome group? Check out Article bundle - Groups for guides and articles about the groups. 

Collect images

Creating an image collection such as "awesome images" and adding images to it is incredibly flattering and is sure to attract positive attention. Make sure such collections are public and then whoever's image you add will get notified. See The Guide to PurplePort Image Collections for more information. 

Create lists and add people to them

Creating public lists such as "awesome models" or "fabulous photographers" and adding people to them will certainly help with networking. If you also make them Want to work with (WTWW) lists then whenever you add someone to the list it sends a clear message to them that you wish to work with them! See The Guide to PurplePort Lists for more information. 

Love and comment on images

This is so simple that it hurts to say it. Whenever you see an image you love just click the little heart on the image. The owner of the image sees this...and may well reciprocate...and maybe even message you to say thank you...and that might lead to shoot!

The same can be said for image comments. We all love positive reinforcement that we are doing well and a nice image comment a lot. Go ahead and say something nice about the images you love.

Tag other people in your images

When you tag other people in your images your images are then easily found when viewing "more work" from other people's portfolios. 

Add keyword tags to your images

Keyword tags are searchable on PurplePort and by adding relevant keyword tags people can more easily find your images. Check out A Brief Guide to Image Tagging for more information.

Create a casting call or an event

Casting calls are a sure way to get noticed and find collaborators or work. They are dead simple to create and once created anyone in the same area as the casting call will be notified about it. There are some useful guides and articles all about casting calls in Article bundle - Casting calls.

Events are similar to castings, but they are specifically for: studio days, groups shoots, tuition days, workshops, exhibitions, or social meet-ups. 

Create an away notice when travelling

When travelling away from home and you are available for work/collaboration create an away notice in the calendar by clicking the first day you are away. Be sure to specify the location and tick the box saying you are available for work. Then, whenever someone in that areas sees your group posts or views your profile they will see you are available in their area.

Pay attention to the Account Health page

The Account Health page is there to help. This is accessible to Unlimited members and can be found next to the grey cog on your Portfolio stats page.

Whilst it is only offering observations about your PurplePort account, many of the things it offers advice on apply equally to other similar web sites and services.

Share your images and profile on Facebook and Twitter

Sharing your images and your profile on Facebook and Twitter can have a dramatic impact on how you are perceived on PurplePort, especially if you have a lot of PurplePort members as contacts/followers on Facebook and Twitter. You can via your Social Media page. 

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