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Ignitetheairwaves
« on: August 22, 2011 09:22:29 AM »

I've had an etsy shop open for a while and I feel like I'm not getting the traffic and views I want.
I know of a lot of crafty folks who sell their stuff and have blogs. I think the blog idea brings interest and views to shops, but I'm wondering who has first hand experience with this?

I am thinking about starting a blog, but I am hesitant to add another thing to keep track of Tongue
I would love to spend that time making more jewelry for my shop, but I guess whats the point unless people are looking?
What do you all think? Have you had a lot of success with a blog?
Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2011 05:48:33 PM »

Forget the blog. Get a Facebook page for your biz and tell all your friends to like it. Unless you're really confident and have a passion to blog, you'll tire of it quickly. I'm never going to blog again unless I come up with a cool idea like Cakewrecks, Fail, or, ahem, Regretsy. I might tack on a "what's new" blog on my new website, but nothing more than that.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2011 09:31:43 AM »

My blog has generated a lot of traffic to my online store. I will say this though- blogging is a huge time commitment. I post 5 times a week (all of it is original content). I agree with the above poster. If you're not really into it, don't bother.
I would try Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2011 07:30:35 AM »

I write a blog which links my readers to my etsy shops, I think if you have the time and passion then it's certainly worth it! I make sure to mix mine up with interesting articles (though they could be better), like artists features, tutorials, reviews etc, and it seems to work!

Good luck if you try it, but if not then facebook and twitter are great networking tools (I use both of them too!)
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2011 03:11:02 PM »

Thanks for the advice guys.
I'm doing the twitter and facebook thing, but it hasn't seemed to help much.
I just started the blog, and I'm finding it to be kind of fun. I was hesitant at first but it could be a fun project. We shall see how it goes!
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011 06:03:07 PM »

The best thing to do is ** TIME MANAGEMENT** . List the activities you got to do, break them down from longest to shortest or vice versa. Set a schedule for each activity and stick to it. Maintaining a blog doesn't necessarily have to be every day. It can be a once-a-week affair if you so wish. Keep the theme to your Etsy so they compliment each other. Make your blog informative, funny and persuasive to send them to your Etsy. Managing your time with a schedule will help prevent burn out or loss of interest. Put some ads on your site for extra $ and get google analytics to track where, who, what, why about your audience. It can be fun, just got to organize  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2011 02:29:55 PM »

Here's a link with some information on blogging with a business ... http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=42183

Otherwise, follow blogs and comment lots. And link to other blogs and websites. I heard that linking to other places help and the following and commenting just gets your presence out there more. It's like more strings leading back to your blog.

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2011 04:14:01 AM »

You may open a shop and a blog on the same domain Smiley

Ex - yourdomain.com for blog and yourdomain.com/store for shop Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2011 08:48:40 AM »

I am revamping my shop and I'm now starting a blog for it.  Once I get things listed I am also going to create a FB page for it.  I like the idea of the blog because FB only lets you put so much info on a status update.
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