Hi ladies (and gents?)!
We're starting fresh! Before you ask us to get down the the critiquing, please review these helpful hints from your fellow etsy-ers.
The Heavy Seven
1. Use a banner
2. Fill out your profile.
3. Have a clear shop policy
4. Use all 5 photos
5. Use all 14 tags
6. Ship internationally
7. Include measurements
If you aren't doing these things and you ask for a critique, this is what you will be told to do
! So if you want a higher level critique, please make sure you're doing all of the above.Here are some additional words of wisdom:PHOTOS
- use all 5, even if one or two is just a macro of another <as long as it is in focus> Make all 5 photos match with a minimum of blurriness and a similar level of color and brightness. Try to photograph the back to show clasps or other details. Macro photos are very important to include if you sell items made from fiber or things that are tactile. SHOP POLICY
- at the very least, write some quick lines: yes/no on returns, time until ship, best way to contact with Qs (convo or e-mail)PROFILE
- Include a profile that briefly tells about yourself and your crafty talents. You can still stay sort of anonymous, but you have to seem open so that buyers will trust you. Fill out profile (not enough people do this - it can be short & sweet...just don't leave it blank)INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
- Do your best to include international shipping rates. International buyers have a great advantage over the weak US dollar! Shipping internationally is pretty easy especially if you have light items. You might need to go personally to the post office to drop off your things. UndecidedGRAMMAR, ETC.
- Drop the cutesy typing lIkE tHiS, iT iS aNnOyInG!! Aggressive non-use of capital letters and punctuation irritates more buyers than you might think. DESCRIPTIONS
- Put some personality into your descriptions and make sure that it is clear that you actually made the item with your own very skilled hands.
- Personally, I think that overlong shop announcements with all kinds of policies are off-putting, some of that information can go into the product descriptions. I think it's best when people don't have to scroll down to see your shop offerings...PROMOTION/ADVERTISING
- Put your etsy shop in your signature line at forums you enjoy like Craftster and then be a pleasant supporter of that community so people will see your signature in your posts. This is sort of obvious, but many people come here for critiques and then seem to disappear and plenty of others don't add the link.WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
- Don't get discouraged! Successful Etsy seller and Craftster, BeaG
, always advises to keep making and listing things and trying new categories. Plenty of very nicely made things in beautiful shops go unnoticed for awhile at Etsy. Don't take it personally!
Self promotion helps too!
Thanks to allyinthevalley
, and tiltcreations
(PS, I'm happy to add to this, just let me know!)