I'm in this thread a lot but I mostly just skim. I wanted to put together a list of the top things to look for when trying to improve your etsy. So what are the things that you find yourself saying to people over and over again? What are the common things that people can change to make their etsy's better? I'm going to compile them and put them in the first post and I'll try to use them in any other FAQ type situation that comes up. Thanks so much in advance!
I say the same things so many times that I sort of quit doing critiques
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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.
Aggressive non-use of capital letters and punctuation irritates more buyers than you might think.
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.
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.
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. Don't forget to include measurements.
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...
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.
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!