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sarah11mousa
« on: July 05, 2010 07:02:38 PM »

Yay I opened my Etsy! I'm really impatient so when I posted my items, I refreshed my page five million times and only one view on one item?!

Lol. I wasn't expecting someone to buy it that second, but what is the average I should wait for my first sale?
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010 03:52:54 AM »

It all depends. I've had to post some items several times but some things go quicker than others. I've never had something sell as soon as I listed it but the fastest was within a few days. Just don't give up and keep listing things as you make them. The more you list the greater your chances for people to see your shop and stop by!
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KanzashiHime
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2010 03:49:54 AM »

As the last poster has said, it really does depends. Personally for me, my first sale was in approx. 3 days but I was already posting my work on DA months before that (so I had quite a few watchers by the time I opened my store). You will also need to try and post a new item regulary so that it will appear on closer to the first few pages search pulls up when people do a search....otherwise you'll be lost amongst all the other sellers.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010 03:12:07 PM »

With my first shop I had open for several months and never made a sale. With my new shop I made my frist shop within two weeks of opening. I posted in a bunch of forums (where it was allowed of course), and twittered blogged and Facebooked about my new shop. I think that really help.

Normally, if you don't promote outside of etsy, you won't make too many sales. Try networking! and best of wishes! And make sure to list new items often!. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010 05:44:46 PM »

I agree I've had great success posting a folder of photo's each month of the things I make(adding to the folder as I make them) and it works well.
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sieren
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2010 03:01:46 PM »

Yeah, I was kind of wondering about this myself...I've had my shop open for a couple of months, and have a facebook page for it (but the only people who know about that are my friends and family and they know about my art already!! :S ).  I've gotten up to about 150 views on a couple items, but no sales yet Sad  I am doing my best to network, but that is definitly not my strong suit!  I'm more of the quiet artsy type, if you know what I mean Tongue  I do realize my items kind of cater to a very niche market (they are sort of eclectic!) so maybe that has something to do with it.  Any suggestions for other places to network besides here, facebook, and the etsy forums would be welcome!  I think if I knew of any body-mod type websites to post on that might help, since that is the type of jewelry I mainly have listed now. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010 02:38:53 PM »

I must be doing something wrong.  I haven't had a single sale in months...

Is my stuff any good?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KLeedesignsNC
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2010 02:42:30 PM »

I must be doing something wrong.  I haven't had a single sale in months...

Is my stuff any good?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KLeedesignsNC
How often are you re-listing things? I think the jewelry catagory is just very saturated and short of re-listing things often it's hard to make a sale.
It's not impossible just more difficult. Hang in there!
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2010 07:23:07 PM »

I must be doing something wrong.  I haven't had a single sale in months...

Is my stuff any good?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KLeedesignsNC

Since there's so much competition in this category, you may need to keep working on your product shots until you find some that stand out against the competition and gets you more page views.  If you have any friends who are pro or serious amateur photographers, maybe you can trade some jewelry for product photography. 
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ContessaCrafts
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2011 06:00:51 AM »

Sometimes it takes minutes, sometimes months. But you're best bet is to tag the crap out of your item and feature it in a treasury or two. Join some teams or a shop critique thread in the community forums. Bring your product to people! Maybe you have something that was based off of a TV show, find an "I <3 'tv show'" thread and post away!
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SalemVon
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2011 12:43:38 AM »

I've honestly found twitter seriously useful and I never thought I'd say that. Didn't get much traffic through my FB page so hopped on over to tweet and if you balance the right amount of re-tweet craft bots and people you can get your stuff constantly being pushed out there. Not saying it's worked miracles, I've only had 1 sale via Etsy since I opened 5 days ago but I'm starting to make friends and get a possible response and that I think is the first way foward!

Plus like someone said, tag tag tag! Haha.
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2011 06:03:45 PM »

I must be doing something wrong.  I haven't had a single sale in months...

Is my stuff any good?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KLeedesignsNC

They are lovely. I've not started Etsying yet but I would say maybe try using labels like 'vintage' or 'kitsch' for button earrings - which I totally adore, or 'emo' for some of things like the black and pink.

There is also an app in the community bit somewhere for testing which pictures are more effective. Perhaps set them in a nice montage with eye-catching items in a similar style. I would also make sure they're all the same way up.

Just ideas. x
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ModernButtercup
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2011 04:36:38 PM »

I received my first sale 2 months after opening my shop! I have put a lot of time and effort into my shop and await more sales... Smiley

Here are 3 good tips for selling on Etsy:

1) Participate in the Etsy Community. It's great for promoting your shop and getting advice.
2) Focus on your target market.
3) SEO. (Search Engine Optimization) Tag your items accurately and include lots of adjectives and good info in your descriptions. It'll help you get found more easily in searches.
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