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« on: June 28, 2007 07:01:04 PM »

Hey all Smiley  I currently own an Etsy shop that is going pretty well, and I was toying with the idea of opening my own website where I could also sell my goods.  I was thinking of running it along-side my Etsy shop - with the store having a comprehensive list of everything I sell, and the Etsy store having things that I currently have for sale.  The website would be more of a 'made to order' type of deal, where I would specify on the site to give at least one week for the items to be created and then mailed out.

Has anyone ever tried anything like this before and been successful with running their own website, as well as an Etsy shop?  I currently have the webspace and right now, it just forwards you directly to the Etsy shop.  So, it would really just be a matter of creating the website and trying to promote it.  Do you think that this would be worth doing, or should I just keep promoting my Etsy shop?

any thoughts are welcome!  thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007 06:02:06 AM »

I don't know how well you are doing on Etsy but I would think a while about your own website. The advertising to promote your site would be very important because there are millions of websites out there and the chances of yours being seen would be very slim without extensive promotion. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2007 08:22:17 AM »

Hey,

I started a website 2 weeks ago. I have never made a site. I used google pages which is a free hosting service. Using google, I bought a domain name from godaddy for $10 per year. (This is the only cost.) The templates on google are easy to use -- although it is limited in what you can do. My website  is very simple. It links to my blog and to my etsy shop. (Eventually I'd like to set up a shopping cart on my website - I just need to figure out how.) I like the idea of being able to use my own domain name on promotional materials instead of the etsy shop website domain name (which is so long and some feel less professional.)

Since I also just started my etsy shop, I can't offer any advice about running the two sites in parallel.

Hope this helps!
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2007 01:01:26 PM »

Get your own DOT COM name. this shows you are serious in your craft business. Etsy is fun and all for crafters however why market your product to a location that has millions of the same thing? Etsy does not market your items nor does Etsy market the etsy website.

For example. Lets just say you are trying to sale a handbag, You want your customers to enter your own website to see only your hand bags right? Well when you search that word on Etsy you come up with 425,861 items, thus giving your customer all those other choices, meaning they are going to find the same bag you made or something close for a better price.

Once you get your website going! you can find millions of places to advertise your site for free so marketing should not be a issue ( I have never paid for web adverts for my product and make sales on a daily basis) google search "free classifieds" and post away, this will also get you picked up via the search spiders.

To close, I would feel better buying something from a dotcom name rather then name like myfreeetsy.store/123456.etsy.com\yourstorename
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007 07:36:46 PM »

Thanks for your advice so far everyone!  I already have my own domain name, it is a .org site and right now it just forwards to my Etsy page.  I'd love to at least set something up that has my blog and my etsy page on it.  I definitely agree though that with your own domain, people would take you a bit more seriously.  Once I get it up and running, I'd really have to think about promotion since there are a billion sites out there...although on Etsy, you're competing with tons of people out there as well, so it does all come down to advertising and such.

I think I will end up creating a website once I have the time!  If anyone else has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2007 09:25:42 PM »

you should do it! really my website is just a hub to my etsy and my blog right now, but eventually i would like to also have a freestanding website, as well as a lookbook, etc. i think there are more benefits than costs.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2007 03:18:04 AM »

I've thought about doing this myself but haven't taken the plunge. Right now I enjoy the sense of community on Etsy and many of my sales come from other Etsy shop owners.

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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2007 05:36:44 PM »

Hey,

 I used google pages which is a free hosting service. Using google, I bought a domain name from godaddy for $10 per year. (This is the only cost.) The templates on google are easy to use -- although it is limited in what you can do.

How do you setup to have your domain name on Google Pages?
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2007 05:46:43 PM »

We have a website that directs to etsy and our blog. It's a great central place to refer people that's easier to remember should I happen not to have a card on me. It's also where we tell people what fairs we'll be at, who we are, and all about custom orders. I much prefer the website along with etsy than just etsy.
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2007 09:17:56 PM »

I just wanted to jump in and say thanks for everyone posting their advice and opinions--I, too, am thinking about opening a shop on Etsy, but was debating the merits of having a dot com, as well. This thread was very informative!
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