Etsy Networking, Uncategorized

What are Etsy teams?

In my previous blog Etsy Success I touched on teams and some of the best Facebook pages to use for promoting your Etsy store, this article is more Etsy based.

So what exactly is an Etsy team? Etsy teams are the equivalent to Facebook groups, they are an ideal platform to market your Etsy store from.

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Where do I find teams? On the computer go to “You”, in the drop down menu you can find your teams. On the mobile app, tap into the 3 lines on your dashboard, teams are in here.  I recommend having a good look around using your computer first, as it’s easier to navigate. First things first you’ll need some teams to join! When I’m looking for teams, I look for groups that are very active, if there are hours and days between posts, then it’s not the team for me, I look at the number of members in the team, chances are if there are 10,000 members it’ll be a fast paced team with lots of activities to take part in. Finding teams isn’t always easy, so I look in the Etsy forums and I also ask people for their recommendations. Here is a list of some of the teams I’ve recently joined.

  • The Crazy Advertisers Team
  • ART
  • Daily Etsy Sales
  • Shameless Advertising
  • ACE
  • Happy Etsy Sellers
  • Promote
  • Promote Promote Promote
  • Do Another Thing (DAT) Team
  • ACTIVE ON ETSY
  • Affiliate Marketing Team
  • Etsy UK.

*** Worth noting, you don’t need the spaces when searching for these teams, for example; Daily Etsy Sales will be DailyEtsySales

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Now you’ve applied to some teams and have a starting base to work from, here are a couple of pointers to make things even easier. If you take a look down the left hand side of your screen you’ll see “Your threads”, click into this to view all of the threads you’ve posted in, if you’re taking part in a thread that requires you to return later in the day, you have the function to mark that thread, this is the equivalent of Facebook’s save post function, it’s like a bookmark, it will place these posts in a separate list, simply click into “Marked Threads” to access these posts quickly.

Etsy threads are backwards, quite literally! The newest posts come at the end of the thread, if you post your link you will be taken to the last page, then you can work back from there, it doesn’t take too long to get used to this.

There are 10 links to a page, so if you’re taking part in an activity that requires you to leave 20 hearts, that’s 2 full pages, don’t panic though, 20 is like leaving 2 comments on Facebook in terms of time taken to complete.

There are many different games and activities available for you to participate in, some require short and long links…

Long link; https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/493458205/peridot-tumble-stone-marriage-compassion

Short link; https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/493458205

The difference between the 2 is straightforward enough, the long link will bring up a pretty photographic attachment  and you can favourite (leave a heart) quickly without leaving the thread page. Short links require you to open another window to view the item, this increases your shops views as well as the amount of favourites, each post will specify what type of link you need to leave, so pay close attention to the wording in the original post.

There’s a post that says ‘favourite 10 shops above you’ but all the comments just say ‘done’. All you need to do here is click to the last page in the thread, have a look at the person above you, you will see their name and business name, this is all next to their photo/icon so for me it will have my logo, Nicky Collins and MysticalForest UK, click into the business name and favourite the shop, go back on your browser and continue up the list till you have visited 10 shops, then leave your “done” comment for the next 10 visitors to leave their love for you.

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Most of all, have fun experimenting and finding what works for you and your business, everyone is different, with different niches and experiences, there is no right or wrong way to network as long as you’re active, keep your products in public view and follow the thread/team rules, the sales will roll in, having a well set up store is essential to your ongoing success and you can read more on that Here.

 

If there is anything you’d like to know that I haven’t covered please leave me a comment.

Etsy Networking, Uncategorized

Etsy Success

Following on from my Etsy start up blog Here, I have been working on a way to increase my shops traffic, the results for me have been staggering. Increasing from 35 sales in the first 6 months to 45 in ONE month, it’s now time for me to show you in simple terms how you can achieve results that boost your business and your sales.

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In my last blog I touched on the importance of filling out your profile, this helps to strengthen your brand, I know if I’m going to spend big money with someone, I’ll check out their profile, I’ll look at the reviews and I’ll look at how everything is presented in the shop, these are crucial to starting and maintaining a successful Etsy business, it also differentiates the serious shop owners from the not so serious ones.

The first place to focus on is your listing titles, the first 3 words in an item’s title have the most pull, so you’ll need to place the most searchable words at the front of your titles, for example… “Beautiful unique rainbow coloured sparkly Moonstone crystal” will produce zero traffic, but “Rainbow moonstone tumble stone” is more effective and relevant to potential searches on both Etsy and Google.

Keywords and Search Engine Optimization (SEO); When someone searches on Etsy, the system scans your titles and tags for matches. Imagine what buyers would search for to find your items and use those words to title and tag your items. If you’re stuck try brainstorming what you would search for, if you go to Etsy’s search bar and key in what you’re selling it will come up with a list, showing you what buyers are searching for, these results can produce strong keys words for your listings… So for my Moonstone, I’ll have Moonstone, Metaphysical, Rainbow Crystal and so on… Be smart with your listing titles and tags, it’s well worth spending time tweaking and researching what others are using.

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Now you’ve followed the advice from my previous Etsy article and have made some changes if needed to your shop, you need to network. Networking is the best way to gain exposure for your page and is crucial in your ongoing success, there are a variety of ways to network effectively, here are some suggestions.

  • Use Etsy teams to build a rapport with other sellers. Etsy teams are very much the same as Facebook groups, they can be good they can be useless, it’s finding the teams that are active, who network on a daily basis in high numbers, who will support and encourage your growth and is relevant to your business, for example applying to a devout Christian team with a Pagan store probably won’t get you very far.
  • Facebook groups specific to Etsy, by joining in on some of the daily ladders you will see a big increase in your shops statistics, here are a couple of links to pages that have been invaluable to me. Etsy Uk Sellers Etsy ArtisansEtsy Buyers & Sellers.

Etsy networking is so much faster than Facebook, if you have a list of 100 links on Facebook you’ll be there for hours, if not days, on Etsy it will take you around 10-20 minutes, depending on how distracted you get by shiny things… The point being don’t worry about high figures, it’s fast but in a friendly way, it’s also easier to navigate.

Remember to make your product photography clear, with uncluttered backgrounds and relevant to your product, Etsy recommend using all 5 photo slots, the more engaging the photo, the more clicks it may receive. This can lead to performing better in Etsy Search and therefore increase your potential for sales.

I hope that this article has been helpful and if you’d like an expert to check your page over, Etsy offers to critique your shop for free and will make suggestions for you to improve your store – You can e-mail them here.

 

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