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Subject: Question for etsy sellers
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 1:55 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2010
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Will you share your thoughts on promoting an etsy store? I'm just beginning. It looks like the more involved in the site you are, the more visible your your items are.  Are there tips that can help me figure what to do first? I have been a ebay seller for about 10 years, but it is not a good venue for hand crafts. I like the look of etsy, but it is very different from ebay. Would you direct me to your etsy store? You may have something I didn't know I needed. I am starting with handcrafted jewelry. In time I'll add handbags, for now it's just jewelry. Any thoughts you can share will be appreciated. Thanks for listening, smileyNancy 

Date Posted: 6/12/2012 3:54 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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Hi Nancy,

Apart from becoming familiar with the seller's handbook, I'd recommend joining a team or two.  There are critique teams that will help you get your shop in order, such as critiquing your photos, banner, etc.  There are lots of teams for categories too, where you can talk to others who sell what you sell.  As far as promoting, that is really up to each shop owner.   A lot of sellers swear by social media for promoting- you'll see lots of recomendations for using Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, etc.  However, what I have found is that no one can tell you how to get followers- that's something you kind of have to figure out on your own.  Jewelry is a very saturated market- it is probably the most common category on Etsy, so there is a lot of competition.  Your best bet for success is to develop a unique product and market to your target market.  Make sure you have good photos of your items, familiarize yourself with SEO and do a good job with titles and tags.  It can be really overwhelming at first...it is a lot to learn about to get your shop off the ground, so just take it one step at a time and try to be patient and not get discouraged.  Good luck!

P.S. My shop is in my signature.