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    It's been a while since I visited this site and longer since I posted anything. I've been taking a break since all the creating running up to Christmas. I made some money during the Christmas period but only to work colleagues. I am having no success anywhere else
    My website has been up and running since June/July last year and I have yet to make my first sale. I get an average of 20 visitors per week, sometimes more but no one is buying. (I think the visitors are those being paid to click on websites or something because they ony stay for a few seconds, not long enough to look at my items).

    Is anyone else having this problem with their website? And does anyone have any advice and tips for me?

    I've tried the craft fair thing and it was ok but not a major success. I have also done a jewellery party at my house which was good but not getting any bookings at all to hold parties in other houses.

    Just wondering where I'm going wrong and would like to hear other people's experiences. Many thanks in advance x
    Debbie
    https://www.facebook.com/gleiniauswynol

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    Hi Debbie, I don't think you are going wrong, my website is dead at the moment with no sales. No craft fairs booked (probably my fault here as I will not pay more than £15) have paid more and lost so no longer prepared to loose money.

    You only have to look at the high street with shops going and being boarded up etc, people are not spending maybe when spring comes around and the weather is better, customers will start to come out of hibernation.

    Just hang in there and accept that Jan - Mar are going to be slow.

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    • #3
      What do you do to advertise your site? Just being on the web doesn't mean you'll get loads of visitors - people still need to know you're there.

      It doesn't have to cost a lot either. Some of the free things you can do:

      Join forums and actively participate - put links in your sig where allowed
      List your site on various directories - there's lots of free ones about
      Work on SEO - swap links with people
      Post discount vouchers, run competitions on sites that let you do it (lots of parenting forums support people working from home if you're an active member)
      Write a press release and send it off to places
      http://www.craftynclothy.com

      http://www.folksy.com/shops/craftynclothy

      http://craftynclothy.blogspot.com/

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      • #4
        Hi
        People will not usually buy from a website unless they know the product/used the product or have been recommended.
        We need to be out there exposing our wares to anyone who has a pulse, all the time, we can't sit back and wait for sales.
        Most people I speak with, face to face are saying that January has been a good month.
        There are loads of selling opportunities out there in Jan and Feb, if you work hard you will find them.

        Jane
        www.just-soaps.com
        Twitter JUSTSOAPS
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        Natural Handmade Olive Oil Soaps and Skincare free from SLS, Parabens, and other Nasties

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        • #5
          Also you need your address on your contact page (distance selling regs). It would put me off buying if there's no full address on there.

          There is a Paypal logo you can get (free) from the Paypal site. It would be worth having that on your site so people know at a glance that you accept it.
          http://www.craftynclothy.com

          http://www.folksy.com/shops/craftynclothy

          http://craftynclothy.blogspot.com/

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          • #6
            Thanks for all your advice so far. Have already done some of what was suggested but not all, therefore will try some of those. I accept that after Christmas would be slow, but in general it was slow all of last year. But I wont give up... advertise, advertise advertise.

            I'm still thinking about the address. I know it needs to be there and I will have to put it on there, but I had a discussion about this on another thread a few months back... In the other thread that someone created I mentioned that I have had a 'stalker incident' in the past. I'm scared of putting my home address on there (even though I know I have to) I wanted to put a PO Box address but distance regs do not allow that. Does anyone know of another way? It wasn't a pleasant experience I can tell you. Things were being sent to my house, gifts and letters and postcards from all over the world etc. They even described my villige (he was from abroad!)

            Thanks for all your tips about the website. Much apreciated! x
            Debbie
            https://www.facebook.com/gleiniauswynol

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            • #7
              Have you thought about having a blog with a link to your website?

              Blogs seem to get more traffic, and you can choose to have stuff you're selling displayed at the side, as well as "showcase" new pieces etc by posting about them.

              You do need to work at it though - read and comment on other people's blogs and they will do the same for you, they may even link back to you which can generate more visitors.

              Also, give out business cards/leaflets to everyone you possibly can, so people know how to contact you / buy something from you. Maybe your local library would have some leaflets or cards?

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              • #8
                I just went and had a browse, and there are a couple of things I think I'd mention.

                Firstly, everything is loading very slowly - especially pictures. Are they optimally sized for the web?

                Then, I don't seem to be able to see a large picture of anything. I know it matters to me to be able to look at a product in as much detail as possible.

                I think your front page would feel more welcoming with some pictures on it (perhaps clickable to the relevant page?)

                The biggest thing for me, though, is that I think the parts of the shop need to be far more separate. At the moment, mixing cards with jewellery simply doesn't feel right - I'm not saying they can't be sold from the same site, but not from the same bit of the menu!

                But who am I to talk, my site needs a major overhaul and I can't be bothered to get off my fat bottom and do it

                I'd agree with others though - you need to get the word out there. Have you dropped business cards off wherever you can think of? How about displays in any local boutiques/galleries/gift shops etc.

                Good luck. I think we all need a bit of that as well.
                george
                www.mizgeorge.co.uk
                www.etsy.com/shop/mizgeorge
                www.flickr.com/mizgeorge

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                • #9
                  I find your website really easy to navigate around but I do find some of your pictures a bit dark eg the 'Love you' Valentine's Day 3D Card' you can barely see the topper on it. Might be an idea to lighten them up a little, to show off your wonderful work.

                  Only other thing is, I really do like to see jewellery in detail so closer pictures might be an idea.

                  I do hope it picks up for you soon.

                  Love the layout - I've got the same one

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                  • #10
                    Can't offer you any advice re selling via the internet but have you thought about doing a party in a pub? You would get people in that you don't know and hopefully, if you get a booking for a party at someone's house, you are exposing yourself to a whole new audience.
                    Auntynet

                    Step-daughter's website selling hand dyed sock yarns www.knotanotherknitter.com




                    ~ * ~ * ~ Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most! ~ * ~ * ~

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                    • #11
                      It is so difficult for a new business to become up and running. i know i am struggling a little. i only really started in Sept but i have noticed a big difference in sales this month. i am hoping that attending craft fairs and the advertising on my car (i have large car magnets on the doors) will help.

                      if you are looking for cheap and brilliant quality postcards, brochures and business cards (and other advertising materials) you should try vistaprint this is the company that i use and they often do free postcards and business cards. you should sign up for the newletters (they will send you almost daily deals via email). you have to pay for postage and then VAT even if it does say FREE so be careful.

                      Also, if you have the resources i would suggest making lines for your jewellery and hosting specific events. with Valebtines coming up maybe you could make a small range of one off neckalces.

                      i hope this helps. i would love to know how you are getting on in a few months.

                      Amanda
                      Vintage Style & Shabby Chic Jewellery... www.hungrydesigns.com

                      Our Online Shop... http://hungrydesigns.etsy.com/

                      Blog... http://hungrydesigns.blogspot.com/

                      Twitter... http://twitter.com/hungrydesigns

                      My Illustrations & Art... www.amandawhitelaw.com

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                      • #12
                        [quote=mizgeorge;174826]I just went and had a browse, and there are a couple of things I think I'd mention.

                        Firstly, everything is loading very slowly - especially pictures. Are they optimally sized for the web?

                        Then, I don't seem to be able to see a large picture of anything. I know it matters to me to be able to look at a product in as much detail as possible.

                        I think your front page would feel more welcoming with some pictures on it (perhaps clickable to the relevant page?)

                        The biggest thing for me, though, is that I think the parts of the shop need to be far more separate. At the moment, mixing cards with jewellery simply doesn't feel right - I'm not saying they can't be sold from the same site, but not from the same bit of the menu!quote]

                        Many thanks for your observations. The problem lies with the website provider. All the items I add in my shop show on the same page. There is options to click on different categories but for some reason they all appear on 'the home page of the shop'

                        I think I need to look into another provider x
                        Debbie
                        https://www.facebook.com/gleiniauswynol

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