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  • Selling opportunities on Etsy??

    Hi, I have revamped my Etsy site with new pics etc. But still very little interest. I have added my 'favourites' and 'circles', is there anything else I can do to spread the word?
    I have even been creative with my key words. Where or what else do you recommend I join or do to get things moving? (million dollar question I guess)
    Last edited by Janiebird; 20-10-2011, 07:11 PM. Reason: typo in title.
    Jan x

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    http://http://www.facebook.com/Couturebyjan
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/couturebyjan

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    I'd be interested to see what people have to say as well. I've done what you have too and still nothing. I know that sales are poor generally though. I wouldn't mind that if I was getting the views but I'm not. Very frustrating.

    Ally
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    Blog: http://lovinglyhandcrafted.blogspot.co.uk/
    website: http://lovinglyhandcrafted.weebly.com/
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    • #3
      How do you find folksy? Any better than Etsy? Have started to set the account up there but haven't updated the pics yet.
      Jan x

      [email protected]
      http://http://www.facebook.com/Couturebyjan
      http://www.etsy.com/shop/couturebyjan

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      • #4
        I think Etsy gets more traffic than Folksy in fact lots more but it is more difficult to get noticed, why don't you join some teams there are a few for UK sellers and for particular areas of craft. Also do some Treasuries and hopefully you will get included in a few yourself.

        Good luck
        www.beadtopia.co.uk
        http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadtopiaStudio

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        • #5
          Hi im also on etsy have sold a few things but it is slow, carry on as you are join some circles favourite other peoples items & they will often favourite some of yours or visit your shop, join some of the teams on there too, its alot of work keeping up with everything, but fingers cross it will pay off in the end, im hoping anyway
          Also i've been told the more items you have in your shop the more chance there is of you being noticed.
          Good luck! if anyone has any other tips I would love to hear them
          Karen

          http://www.etsy.com/shop/karensBeadCreations
          https://www.facebook.com/KarensbeadCreations

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          • #6
            Finding both etsy and folksy very slow at the moment. Mind you I am not very good at all the marketing stuff - e.g joining circles etc.
            K

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            • #7
              Afraid I have nothing to add, was reading for help myself, though I only joined Etsy last month - had a bit of a confidence crisis the other day and one of my team members said it can take up to 6 months to be noticed on Etsy, even doing all the usual things mentioned above. My team have a daily listing club, were we list and promote each others items daily, also have team treasuries and BNR's.

              feel free to have a look at us we are team 'crafty folk' quite new but happy bunch, and believe in helping each other.

              Lynda
              Bags Of swank
              Bags Of Swank Blog
              My Etsy store
              Crafts For Charity

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              • #8
                I'm a bit the same - dont really understand the circles etc and haven't promoted much on there since they got rid of the forums. Stick with it though, I've been on about 2 years now and do get regular(ish) sales
                Off to check out that team, thanks mushroom!
                Find me on Facebook
                My Blog: http://www.birdcagecreative.blogspot.com/
                Folksy: http://www.folksy.com/shops/BirdcageCreative
                Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BirdcageCreative

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                • #9
                  Hi everyone
                  Have a look at handmadeology.com
                  It is a treasure trove of tips and tricks to use on etsy, such as how to promote each item you list. Although it is aimed at etsy US it is still really useful.

                  HTH x
                  Hmade.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    Thanks, will lokk at the link and into the team stuff too, any other selling sites I should look at?
                    Jan x

                    [email protected]
                    http://http://www.facebook.com/Couturebyjan
                    http://www.etsy.com/shop/couturebyjan

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Kels, will have to give that a read - sounds good. Glad you found us Abi
                      Bags Of swank
                      Bags Of Swank Blog
                      My Etsy store
                      Crafts For Charity

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                      • #12
                        Janiebird have you looked at the new search method on Etsy? Everything's done in favour of 'Relevency' and in my experience it makes a huge difference to tweak your listings to take this into account.

                        I can't post links at the moment but I would google for 'improving Etsy relevancy' or similar
                        My Folksy Shop
                        Etsy Shops (Closing down in favour of Folksy):
                        http://www.etsy.com/shop/BristolTreasuresUK
                        http://www.etsy.com/shop/BristolTreasuresUK2

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                        • #13
                          I think SEO is really important on Etsy at the moment but for me personally I find regularly listing new items helps. I do one in the morning and one in the evening each day - really creates a spike in views. Also posting on their forums regularly, having at least 3 pages of items in your shop & commenting on lots of blogs relevant to what you're selling help. Do you have your Etsy linked to your facebook and twitter so that whenever you post an item it shows up on both of them as well?
                          www.goodnightboutique.com

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                          • #14
                            I don't sell on Etsy or Folksy, so feel free to shoot me down in flames.

                            I do have my own website, though, so I'm pretty sure the methods I use to drive traffic there would work for Etsy/Folksy too. Using the forums and circles is all good, but maybe not enough?

                            The most important thing for me is blogging: each blog post will be picked up by Google for a long time, meaning it's like a snowball, increasing all the time - people will come into your blog from search engines and some will make it to your shop. These people are often the ones who are actively looking to buy. Make sure you have a link to your shop within the text of the post as they are more likely to click on it. Use keywords in the titles, main body, tags and images (they will be picked up by Google images - I've made sales from people finding my things on Google images and get loads of blog visitors from images).

                            You can also use Twitter and Facebook to drum up interest. Don't just post links, though, get talking to people.

                            Run a promotion every so often - a giveaway, or a BOGOF, makes people take notice.

                            Try an email newsletter (I'm just getting started on this one).

                            Sounds like a lot of work? Yes, it is. The promotion is as much work (if not more, sometimes) than the making.

                            BTW, your things look lovely. Keep listing, because the more things that are in your shop the more likely you are to sell something.

                            Good luck!
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                            • #15
                              As well as Wendy's excellent advice given above try the list given on this thread from an Etsy forum http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6675261

                              Most of the advice here is probably known and listed on this forum already, but I have this page book-marked and just run through the list regularly.

                              I'm still not getting as many sales as I would like but am hoping I can devote more time to promotion once my son goes to nursery in January.
                              Custom tribal belly dance costumes & accessories

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