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Working on new halloween crafts :)
September 5, 2014, 3:10 pm
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Hand-crafted glow-in-the-dark alien pot
April 9, 2014, 3:24 am
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Here’s one of my finished alien pots.  Click the picture for more information and anglesImage



Google-eyed Cthulhu is annoyed by how cute he looks
March 2, 2014, 2:21 pm
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He’s got one more coat of paint to go, and then I’m listing him in my Etsy store!

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Starting out as a seller on Etsy, how it happened and what I’ve learned
February 23, 2014, 7:16 pm
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Ever since I’d first heard of Etsy, I had considered selling on the website.  For a long time I held back because I felt my arts and crafts weren’t good enough to sell (part of a self-esteem issue I don’t care to delve into for today’s post), I’m not quite sure what changed on the day I signed up and starting posting items in my newly created shop.
My shop, The Artistic Apothecary, officially opened on October 15.  Although it’s not a “day job” I’ve made a handful of sales, and managed to turn enough profit to buy more craft supplies to play with.  The shop has also had the effect of improving my productivity in regards to arts, crafts, and even gardening.

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Here’s a screen-shot of my store front on Etsy.

One of my crafty friends suggested that I open up on Store Envy, a free alternative.  At the moment I find that site’s level of customizable option daunting , and so am content to pay $0.20 per listing fee and 3% of the sales to have my hand held through the process of getting started.

So far, here’s what I’ve learned:

  • If you’ve ever noticed somewhat awkward, rambling titles on products listed on Etsy, they are most definitely there for a reason.  For search engine optimization, the item’s title and its tags must match.  This is why items on Etsy will be listed with titles such as Over the Rainbow’s item: “Misty morning, winter lake, sunbeams, sunrays, landscape photograph, 12×8, Giclee print – titled: Winter Lake” 
  •  Active participation in the forums boosts sales.  The Etsy forums are loaded with nice, helpful people. My very first sale came shortly after I’d posted about not yet having any sales.  Aside from many of the artisans also being occasional buyers, Etsy users can create promotional treasury lists featuring the work of other users and favorite items to share with followers.
  • If used well, StumbleUpon helps exposure.  I can’t directly link any sales to StumbleUpon, but I know that people have liked my product listings there, which in turn allows it to be exposed to more people over time. I believe much of the “direct traffic” I get is actually people using the StumbleUpon toolbar.  However, balance must be maintained, you must actually use the service outside of Etsy.  You will get less traffic if you only submit pages from one website, because you will essentially be treated like a spammer.
  • It is definitely worthwhile to offer shipping outside of the country you live in.  Yes, even if the shipping cost exceeds the price of the actual item.  People who shop and sell on Etsy come from all over the world. Thus far, I would have missed out on two sales if I’d restricted shipping to the U.S. only.
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Here’s a visual of the traffic I’ve received thus far by location

Although I maintain a Facebook page, I don’t see very much traffic from it.  I’m of the mind that every little bit helps,so I continue to maintain it.  I also only see minimal traffic from Twitter.

I’d love to hear about anyone else’s experience setting up shop!