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Mar. 8th, 2009




I am wondering what considerations should go into a storefront, especially on Etsy. I have seen a lot of people selling custom banners and icons, but I also know I can create my own. It's kind of like if a storefront already has some visual appeal and ease of use, then I don't know what else there is to do with it. However, people talk about their storefronts so much that I feel like I must be missing something.

As far as I can tell, my storefront is basically the banner/sign at the top, any sections I create, and the photographs of my items. Perhaps also my icon would be included since it appears in conjunction with the other things. Do you feel like people expect a lot more? Or are there other considerations that would make a storefront more successful? I know that I personally skip over a lot of the announcement sections unless I have a certain question in mind or I've been specifically directed to read it (for details on a current promotion, for example). I guess it's probably a horrible thing to say, but sometimes there's a long paragraph of text up there that doesn't necessarily help me decide if I'm going to purchase something. I kind of went the other extreme with just a one-line welcome. Right now, I still just have a mish-mash of vintage items up for sale, and I don't necessarily know that I want my whole 'identity' as a shop to be focused on vintage or supplies. That is, I kind of want to leave room to also put up things I've created and not 'brand' myself into just one thing or another.

I would love to get some better ideas for using the storefront space more effectively, or if it's cool with the community, I would definitely appreciate some feedback on what I'm doing right/wrong with my own storefront (purealtojen.etsy.com). In return, I would gladly take a look and review other storefronts to repay the favor. Maybe we could have one big reviewing session if there is interest around here? :)

Feb. 27th, 2009



Etsy Favorites

Hello all. I have been selling on Etsy for a little more than a month now and having a great time. One thing that has been fun is seeing people who 'favorite' my shop. When I first joined Etsy, I 'favorited' (kind of weird to make that a verb, huh?) an item and the seller sent me a conversation thanking me and also mentioned a promotion she had going on that item and some other things in her shop. Now that I have my own shop, I'm kind of wondering if I should do anything for Etsy users who list me as a favorite. Does anyone else do something special in this scenario?

ETA: I had another seller send me a note after I added a store as a favorite. I can definitely see how this is more like SPAM than a 'thank you' now, especially if you 'favorite' multiple sellers in a day. After really thinking about it, I'm totally against sending a message and I think the best thing to do is just visit that person's store and consider adding her/him as a favorite if you like her/his stuff.

Feb. 1st, 2009


Gettting Traffic to your site

So over the past few weeks I've been playing around with various free outlets online to advertise my etsy shop. I'v got so many that I'm having a hard time keeping track. You see I have Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Livejournal, 7 bookmarking sites, then their are the selling communities here and participating in the etsy forums.

My page views are increasing but not at a rate that would produce sales. I've gotten the word out to friends about the site. I even asked them to repost my etsy ad on their pages to tell their friends about the boutique.

I only have 10 items in the shop right now, more will be added on Monday. I wonder if it would have been better to open the shop after I had a significant amount of items to sell.

Do any of you think it matters on the number of items on your shop?

Jan. 30th, 2009


I'm an etsy begginer

I just put my shop up a few weeks ago selling necklaces that I have made. I figure the 20 cents for 3 months was worth the risk. But now I'm stumped at how to really market the site. I've used many of the LJ communities for advertising and showing off your work but there has got to be another way to pull people into your store.

I also have an LJ and a Facebook to promote my boutique too.

Nov. 21st, 2008



A question about blogs

Just wondering if anyone here who blogs happens to use ProjectWonderful?
I was thinking of starting a community to advertise PW space available.

disclaimer: i am in no way associated with Project Wonderful, other than I use it for advertising on my blogs

Nov. 9th, 2008




Hi everyone!
I am a knitter, and I have an upcoming craft show. I make a TON of dishcloths, because theyre useful, easy to knit, and portable (i dont drive, i take the city bus, so it gives me something to do)
They're the basic "grandma's favourite".
My problem? I have no idea how to price them.
I was selling at 3/$5. But i know that's not enough...
How should I price them?

Oct. 22nd, 2008



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etsy... is it worth it?

I sell dream catchers, jewelry, hand spun stuff and whatever else spikes my interests at the moment (lately it's onesies)
I have my own website and i do ok there from word of mouth. i once tried ebay but that endeavor wreaked of fail. is etsy better than ebay? how do you get exposure there?

Also... those of you in craft mafias.. are they worth it? my local one is $10 a month and that seems kinda high for what seems is just advertising.

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