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« on: January 09, 2006 04:42:50 PM »

My friends and I all make jewelry and things...and we tried to make a website but we are all very computer incompetent....how do I get started?? And what are your opinions on free sites vs. sites that charge to be used??? Any and all info would be appreciated. Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2006 09:32:32 AM »

Yahoo has a pretty easy website maker.  I used it for my business and have been averaging 100 hits amonth, just from that.  It's not a typical situation though.. my son wanted a certain costume for Halloween from a movie that happened to be unlicensed... when I went looking for photos to design it from, a movie review site was one of the few places with photos, and also had a viewers comment section with a long list of people needing the same costume I was making.  Since the movie was unlicensed, none were being made commercially.   I posted a link to my webstie, offered the pattern online for free, and am still getting around 2 orders a week, first for Halloween, then for Christmas, and now for Birthdays.... It works to my advantage, because I happened to find a product where I was the only one that offered it and there are very few websites available for the movie in the first place, so it's easy to find on the net.  Everyone that does a search for anything related finds me fairly easily.  I don't know how to advertise anything else on my site though, competition is the major dilema.

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2006 06:38:55 AM »

A lot of us are seeing good results on Etsy.com - you can check out my shop in my signature for an example. There are a lot of Craftsters listed on there - see the "How Is Your Etsy Shop Doing?" thread in this forum for more.

Your shop and its own URL are free, each item you list is $0.10 and will be listed for 6 months. When you sell, you only pay 3.5% - so even if you sold $100, you'd only pay Etsy $3.50 on the sale plus your $0.10 listing. Not bad if you ask me. I've been on Etsy for less than a week and I've already had five sales.

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