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« on: February 19, 2007 05:00:24 AM »

I've really just started adding things to my etsy site and I hate writing the descriptions. I don't know what to include and what's important, if people want something cute and witty or just straight information. Any thoughts???

Also, just thoughts in general on my site. I'm very much new to this and I don't know how to take good professional photos that really showcase the product because I know people don't want something that's already been worn but how are they supposed to get a good idea of what it looks like on a person... It's all very confusing to me.

I've done many craft shows in the past but then people can see an item, try it on and ask any questions. This is a lot more difficult.

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2007 07:25:10 AM »

A good description will help you in search engines. That's what I go for first. If there's any room left over for "me" to show through, fine, but that's not my first object.

If you're looking for a good description, have a talk with yourself and your creation about why you love the piece so much, and write that down. Usually, writing the way to speak is the way to go (but use good grammar).

There's a couple good topics in the business forums about taking good pictures. If you do a search for "pictures" you should be able to find it.

« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2007 08:15:52 AM »

I've tried both. But, when I am buying, I know I like to see a good description detailing size, materials, shipping info. Those are the three biggies. Smiley
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2007 02:33:44 PM »

spelling spelling spelling!!! i just came across this description:
"These are cutie lil studs with mini cameo styley holly hobby... didnt rele realise who twas bu they stil rele pritys. Simple... but speeeecial!"

I'm not trying to call this person out, but i can't stand crazy spelling. cute descriptions are good, but you still need to put in the essentials. a good description of the item, and don't forget dimensions!


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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2007 06:13:04 PM »

CraftyChef, in the forums on Etsy everyone seems to say only the titles show up in search engines. Do the descriptions too? One seller searched Google for stuff in her description and got nothing, but a search for the title pulled it right up. Any ideas anyone? I'm about to open and it would be good to know.

Also, I found one seller who makes little stuffed animals, and she names them and gives them a personality (i.e. tells what their favorite activities are, favorite foods and stuff). I understand that would only work with a limited number of items, but they were some of the best descriptions I've seen. Always include size, shipping, etc. as everyone has already stated. I love the ones that go above and beyond though.
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007 04:26:04 AM »

Ok I'm working on updating my descriptions using the suggestions here. Could you guys please check it out and let me know if I'm missing anything else?? I set up my etsy forever ago but never really added things and now that I am I want it to look good so I'll actually make a sale.

Any comments and criticisms much appreciated!


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