JacobPhoto wrote in post #17701139
Sounds like you're looking for both content and traffic to monetize, not actual qualified leads towards someone purchasing your photography service. Very different approach all together (coming from someone who's shot editorial content for 15+ years for automotive publications).
I am not looking to monetize at all, hence the reason I said that it is not a business. I even specifically said that my business is very different than his. I was simply letting him know what did and did not work for me, and allowing him to use his own discretion on how much it pertained to him.
But I don't have a whole lot more to offer regarding my own "business" experience. I can however, advise based on the fact that I just booked a wedding photographer for my own wedding next year. I never even searched Google, or went to a trade show/event. I simply asked for referrals on Facebook and remembered who recently got married and looked their photos posted to Facebook. A few photographers who I saw one or two images posted online, but did not have access to look at the rest of the images, I simply passed over. My guess is those photogroahers want to make print sales, hence the reason not putting them online. Coming from a young person, I am not going to buy prints, period. So because I couldn't see their work from that wedding, they weren't even considered.
That is getting into more of your business philosophy, but figured it was worth mentioning. I did my searching 100% on Facebook (tough I did post here in the classifieds section just in case). I also know that many people who I have spoken with from my graduating class also only used Facebook/Pinterest. For us young people, Social Media is everything.