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Topic: HELP!! on advertising, promotion search engines, etc  (Read 875 times)
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PixieDust721
« on: February 12, 2007 07:34:45 AM »

So I have a craft website...

I submitted my site to I buy DIY and DIY revelution about a month ago.  But I buy DIY is apparently now offically on hiatus and my web administartors account thingy on DIY revelution still has the status of "pending review" for my site.  I e-mailed the web admin today.

I tried to submit my site to various search engines.  Some I couldn't figure out how, one search engine said that they no longer are excepting submissions, and some I was able to submit the site.  However my page does not pop up when i look search for it in any of them. 

I am not sure how to check stats or hits..i use go daddy for hosting...

What else can i do or what can i do better to get my site noticed on the internet?  (I am planning on putting my stuff on etsy, some consignment sites, and maybe find a craft fair where I can hand out business cards).  I don't want to be selling to people I know for ever!
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2007 02:07:01 PM »

First thing's first - most search engines use a "robot" to pick up website urls. Fastest and freest way to, for example, get on google without ever doing a thing is get your url out there on forums, websites (guestbooks), through link-exchanges and using really, really good meta tags in your html/php document (so google will show your page when those words or that phrase are searched.

Advertising and getting the word around is one of the most essential and hardest things to do, so don't give up, don't quit your day job by any means, and be very, very patient. Patience pays off - literally.

If you have online friends with blogs - let them do a feature about you and have them offer people a discount if the customer puts them down as a referer.

Advertise in your local paper, sponsor a charity organization in exchange for free advertising (like 10% of all sales, etc.).

Be creative with your advertising hows and whats!

Hope I could help. I saw that this had fallen to the bottom of the page on the forums and thought it might be helpful to someone else and to give it a bump Wink

Have a great weekend!
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007 04:17:22 PM »

Thanks!  that does help...i've been a bit confused about meta tags and such...this is my first site, so i've got a lot to learn ;o)
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007 03:04:58 PM »

I use Google Analytics for my stats. Its free, and you can track as many websites as you wish!
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2007 06:24:39 AM »

Look at your writing (content) as well. For example, only "accessories" shows up on the home page. You need be more specific to include purse, handbag, necklace, bracelet, earring, as well as more general terms like jewelry. Also words like gifts, handmade, original, one of a kind, etc. can enhance the whole content experience. State this is what you are and this is what you sell very specifically.

Be more specific in your product descriptions. Use "handbag, bag, or purse" in your descriptions as well as calling it "hobo" or whatever.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2007 08:28:33 PM »

Other craft directories you could try submitting your website to are
http://www.indiefriendly.com/
http://craftpop.com/ (although I think their new link submissions are temporarily closed.)
http://www.freewebs.com/imshi/

Also you said something about selling on Etsy, if you get an account link your website to your esty store and vice versa, that should help get you known.
I hope I could help, and good luck on your business
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PixieDust721
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2007 02:31:03 PM »

Thanks a lot!  That does help and I will definatly be taking all of your advice.
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