I joined Denver Egotist this weekend thinking it would be a good place to list my business. (Portfolio samples coming later). I'm not new to the area or the business - I have 15+ years of experience. I'm currently listed with www.WonderfulMachine.com and www.ASMP.org and can be found on the first page of Google under most relevant searches. I shoot people - Not product, not architecture. I'm clear on what I'm selling.
Here's my take on this talent "resource".
The Denver Egotist wants to provide a resource to find a good LOCAL photographer (I'm in that business so I'm running with it but I think it applies to other talent areas also) but needs to take the following into account:
Google does whatever it can to get relevant returns on keyword searches or its customers go away and start using the next latest and greatest search engine. It uses spiders to crawl around sites to make sure the content is what it's supposed to be - to be relevant to those aforementioned searches on keywords.
ASMP.org (for example) has a "find a photographer" feature that used to be relevant - It did the job to find a good photographer - especially for editorial - in any city in the USA. But, because of the large number of photographers in their system and the large number of now unqualified photographers (with all due respect, senior portrait and wedding photographers are not editorial, corporate and advertising photographers), the fact that some VERY relevant specialties have been dropped, and the fact that the new search engine gives too many returns, the FAP feature is now pretty much useless. Who has time to look through 50 portfolios. Wouldn't it be annoying to be looking for a portrait photographer and have to wade through 20 architectural shooters? There are plenty of other talent search engines making the same mistakes - Way too many people on the sites to be useful.
So, with the above points in mind, I just looked through the Photographer Talent Listing on Denver Egotist again and I find photographers listed who don't live in Colorado, students in other cities who haven't graduated yet, people listed under photography who are designers, writers, art directors and illustrators.
With all due respect, Denver Egotist, how is this a good resource to find a local photographer in Denver?