Article: So you want to start a blog?

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Whether your a crafter, a parent, or an expert in another field, you may want to consider starting your own blog to get your views out there.  If you have ever considered doing so, you should check out this article from thirtyhandmadedays.com called “So You Want to Start a Blog?”  It has some really good tips for beginner-bloggers including planning tips, the importance of design, and different programs and tools to help you on your blogging journey.  Click the image below to read the article.  Happy blogging!

 

So you want to start a blog? Tips from someone who has been blogging for almost 10 years! www.thirtyhandmadedays.com


Etsy Conversations Podcast

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I am so excited to be featured this week on the Etsy Conversations Podcast! Thank you Ijeoma for having me on your show and allowing me to talk about my services and what I offer to crafters.

This podcast is full of tips for new and seasoned Etsy sellers. If you have a half hour and would like to know more about SEO, Etsy Relevancy, marketing your shop and the common Etsy mistakes to avoid then definitely check out the podcast – listen to it for free by clicking the image below!


Etsy How To: Share your Social Media with Potential Customers

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Many people ask me how they can share their social media accounts with their potential customers on Etsy.

Etsy has developed a way for people browsing in your shop to easily start following you on social media. This is great news as it helps people who have an interest in your items keep up with your new creations.

In case you don’t already have your social media accounts linked to your Etsy shop, here are the steps to link your Twitter account and your Facebook Fan page to your Etsy shop:

  • Go into your shop and look at the left hand side. Underneath the “shop settings” section you will see a clickable link that says “Info & Appearance”. Click that link.
  • About halfway down the page you will see where you can add your Twitter and Facebook links to your Etsy page. It looks like this:
  • Click “connect with Facebook” to add your Facebook information. After you have done this a “like” button will appear on your shop homepage for customers to click on to start engaging with you outside of Etsy.
  • Click “connect with Twitter” to add your Twitter account to your page. After you have done this a “follow” button will appear on your shop homepage for customers to click on to start following your Tweets.

If you have other social media links you would like to share with your potential customers like one to your Pinterest or Google+ page, you can add them to your shop announcement or your Etsy “about” page.

That’s all there is to it!


Three Common Mistakes Etsy Sellers Make and How to Prevent Them in Your Shop

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Thank you to Craft Launch for publishing our article today on how to prevent the most common Etsy mistakes in your shop. Below is a preview of the article, make sure you check out the full version on Craft Launch to find out the answers to these flounders:

You know the scenario: you come up with a fabulous new item, you show the item to your friends and family and they love it, in fact some may even place an order for you to make one for them. You take pictures of the item, invest the time to write a thoughtful description and list it on Etsy. Maybe your item is one of a kind and something people have never seen before, maybe it’s something other Etsy sellers have listed in their shops and are selling for them, but either way your item just sits there… it doesn’t sell.

Many Etsy shop owners come to me and they say “my friends and family love my items, I always get compliments on them, so why aren’t they selling?” or they simply ask “why aren’t my items selling?” There are a handful of mistakes I see crafters make time and again that prevent them from making that sale. Here are a few of the most common ones I see (check out Craft Launch to see how to prevent these mistakes):

Mistake #1: Your listings are not set up for the Etsy Relevancy Search.

Mistake #2: Not paying attention to your shop title.

Mistake #3: Many Etsy sellers have Twitter and Facebook accounts for their business but don’t fully understand how to use it to promote their items.

I love working with crafters to help them grow their shops. While it can be difficult to get your items seen in a sea of handmade goods on Etsy, the tips we provided on Craft Launch will help you drive more relevant traffic to your shop and hopefully start getting you some more sales! If you would like further assistance or help getting started feel free to contact me and I can help you get on the right path to making sales consistently on Etsy.