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Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

I finally got some listings up in my shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5914618

Not very much at the moment, but hopefully I'll be adding some more during winter break.

I just wish my stuff was as cool as some of the other Etsy goons'! drat, you guys are talented.

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Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Hey everyone, fall is here and Halloween is on the way! And they're my favorite season and holiday respectively...so show me what you've got, Etsy goons!

Here's some seasonal stuff from my shop.

Necklaces:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31384520
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19991180
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22731273

Paper Goods:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31218782
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31989223
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31219852
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31952724

Magnets:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31951198
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31949676

Your turn.

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Rolled Cabbage posted:

I have some items I'd like to sell on Etsy made out of ~*Brand Designer*~'s fabric, which I have purchased on the cheap. Does anyone know the legality of selling these items stating that they are made from ~*Brand Designer*~'s fabric? The designer in question in is incredibly litigious and I don't want to give them any grounds to start anything.

Do you mean you've taken an item of clothing, say a shirt you bought from DKNY, and have turned it into a different piece of clothing or item? It seems on Etsy that something like that is simply considered "recycling" or "upcycling," and a lot of sellers do it. As long as you bought the item and didn't reproduce it and try to sell it under the designer's name, you should be Ok. A lot of people use pieces of books and stuff in their items, and that's allowed so long as they use a piece of the actual book they bought--using a scanned and printed image, however, would be toeing the line of copyright infringement.

If you mean fabric as in "Amy Butler designed this swatch of fabric that I bought," you are also allowed to use that to make an item and you should be allowed to mention the name of the designer. Supply vendors on Etsy sell designer fabric all the time, and artists are constantly selling clothes, bags, coasters, towels, etc. made from the fabric and mentioning the designer's name in their item's info. I can't imagine the designer getting upset with this, as it's pretty much free advertising for them.

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

maso posted:

...I'd be happy to "pack my poo poo better" but I don't want to try another method that I think is good enough only to find out the hard way that it's not. I was more looking for what people here who ship fragile things do.

How did you pack your items and what were you sending?

Regardless, bubble wrap is probably your best option, especially for very fragile and/or heavy things. Paper, peanuts, etc. just won't absorb shock well enough. Bubble wrap gets kind of expensive, but it's better than having your stuff break constantly. Just make sure that you wrap things with the bubbles on the inside (smooth side out). The more fragile/heavier your item is, the more you'll need. It also works better if your item is a snug fit in its box. If there's room for it to roll or bounce around, it won't absorb shock as well and it'll be more likely to break.

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

GRINK HELCH posted:

Just reopened my shop after months of being closed. Video Game decor / magnets, etc.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/tails32x

Lol, I favorited your shop ages ago. Had no idea it was a goon shop.

Also, loving the icon, Mizufusion.

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Clockwork Cupcake posted:

That kitty blanket is the cutest thing I've seen all day.

I have mastered the strange language of coupon codes! GOONSTAIRS10 will now get you 10% off any purchases from my shop.

Those pumpkin earrings are the cutest thing I've seen today.

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

I'd be happy to pitch in with the banner this year, too. I was actually kinda pissed I've missed out the past couple years, especially since I lack the time/skill/software to make my own banners. Seems like it would probably be a better investment than the stupid Search Ads were. Or maybe I'm just having the worst year ever...

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Is anyone else having a terrible time with relevancy? I swear, I've read a thousand "advice" posts on the forums at Etsy (which is a headache considering all the contradictory information posted there). I've tried adding lots of different keywords, I've played with titles and word order, etc. and I'm still not having any luck with most of my items getting views.

I realize that since half of my stuff is jewelry I'm fighting with a completely bloated market; however, I don't understand how I can have the same keywords in my titles and tags as a person who ends up on the first page of search while my item won't even show up in the first ten pages (and while I've read that it's partly dependent on recency, that doesn't seem to be the case--I'll end up on page 15 when I list something, while someone who listed three months ago will be on page 1).

Case in point, I made this listing about a week ago: https://www.etsy.com/listing/128341900/green-earrings-dangle-earrings-sterling?ref=shop_home_active
It has one view. If I type in "green earrings" it doesn't show up even though I have the same keywords in my tags as the items that do show up (and some tags that seem even more relevant).

Am I just not getting it, or is the system they use just completely borked?

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Solenna posted:

Oh for gently caress's sake I finally set up a shop and after that's all said and done I think to look in this thread because I knew I used to have one and couldn't remember a damned thing about it, and I found my old username. And logged in, and it has the shop name I wanted to use. Does anyone know if I can cancel my old account (it had one sale, in 2008) and switch shop names?

The new shop is here http://www.etsy.com/shop/SolsJewellery (gonna need a different backdrop I think) but I really want to use the old shop name again because I've used the name on and off for my artsy stuff for years.

Sorry if I'm misunderstanding your post, but can't you just transfer your listings over to your "old" shop now that you've been able to login again? I know it's a pain to re-enter/copy and paste all the information and photos and stuff over, but it doesn't look like you have too many listings yet. Otherwise, I think you'd need to contact the support team for assistance; according to the Help page closing an account won't free up the names associated with it: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/53

And Dr. Chaco, those handbags with the tie straps are fantastic!

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons


Your stuff is so adorable!

I'm still fighting with SEO/relevancy crap, though I'm beginning to think it's a lost cause since I'm in one of the biggest and most glutted markets on Etsy (jewelry). Or maybe I'm just that bad at tags.

I've been trying to add some items that are a bit more unique, like Tarot card necklaces:


Also, just remembered my SA coupon code is still active. GOONYGOON will get you 15% off anything in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/twoelements?ref=si_shop

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Urf, I always forget to check this thread in the fall! Is there still time to get in?

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Solenna posted:

Totally! I've been adding people to the first post as they chip in.

Yay! Payment sent.



Goon/Lady Goon: Ars Arcanum
Shop: Two Elements
Creates: Polymer clay and glass jewelry, beaded jewelry, paper jewelry, magnets
Coupon Code: GOONYGOON for 15% off

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Because most of us hate winter by now, here's a spring anticipation sale going on in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/twoelements

Use code SPRINGSPECIAL for 30% all jewelry items.

Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

insouciantly posted:

Well, I've decided to do the crazy thing and quit my day job to try to be a full time artist. To feed and support that dream, I'm making a big push at esty and local craft fairs.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KellyWoveIt

I weave scarves! I feel like they're pretty awesome. I weave some of them with reflective strips, like the stuff in night-time safety clothes, so any direct light like headlights or a camera flash make them seem to "light up."

You know what they say.... Winter is coming! (Sorry, couldn't help it).



This is goddamn gorgeous and I want it (and also I am deeply envious of your ability to create practical things that are also lovely).

Tommy2toes posted:

Hi guys this is my etsy shop, i have some small charms on there at the moment with more to come and some larger statue type items and maybe some cosplay gear.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/littletreasurestown



These are adorable (and I wish I was as good with polymer clay as you clearly are).

It's been almost three years since I abandoned my shop (who would've guessed what should have been a dream job for me would actually destroy my creativity and mental health?). I'm finally starting to get it up and running again, but I'm pretty intimidated by all that's changed since I was last around, not to mention how Etsy has become even more saturated by cheap mass-produced stuff people are pawning. I wish this thread was a bit more active, since I could really use some advice on handling all the SEO nonsense and whatnot.

I mostly make jewelry and magnets using interesting and fancy papers.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/twoelements

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Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

insouciantly posted:

Thanks for all the compliments! I'm jumping off the steady-employment boat to try to weave full time, so knowing that other people actually like what I make is really helpful right now.


I've been there. I just recently quit my dream-job-turned-energy-vampire to try to focus on creativity full time. Its terrifying, but at least I wake up and *want* to get out of bed right now?

Before the job turned really terrible, I did manage to absorb some things about SEO. I worked for an online fabric company you've likely heard of as part of their web development team, and the board always wanted to look at etsy as an example of how they thought our search should work. If you have any specific questions I can try to answer them? Try is definitely the operative word. The one real thing I learned about SEO is that it is dark magic everyone talks about but no one is willing to define. Google, etsy, whoever, it doesn't matter. They'll tell you they do it, they'll tell you its important, they'll give you tidbits to try to guide you and use you the way they want to, but they will never EVER give out their magic formula because they don't want people to game the system.

That said, etsy did just add a pretty new feature where they actually show you what phrases people searched for that led them to your listings, and how high on the page your listing was, and if they clicked or not, and if they bought anything or not. I'm hoping it becomes helpful in guiding what tags and phrases to add to my own listings.

Thank you! I would sincerely appreciate any advice or information at this point; despite being a wholehearted internet goon, I've never been able to wrap my head around listing algorithms and whatnot.

I guess I just don't understand SEO...everything I read about it, or every video I watch, etc. is just the same bland advice to title/tag/describe things the same as I would anyway. Like, "flower necklace" is in no way going to make one of my pieces stand out amid the bazillion identical metal rose necklaces all the top results show. I'm not really sure how to tag or describe my stuff in a way that shoppers would search for, since what makes it unique is pretty specific. Honestly, aside from a couple random hits from social media, all my shop views since I started listing again have been from SA.

I mean, I get jewelry is one of the worst categories to try to break into, but as someone who has also shopped on Etsy since its inception, it's really depressing to put in a search term and see tons of the same crummy stuff that is obviously not handmade or unique in any way. I guess I just don't know what to do, other than maybe follow through with my plan to start hitting up local events and stuff instead of investing a ton of time and effort into establishing a solid Etsy shop.

Of course I welcome any and all advice you and everyone else here has. If I'm missing something or people have suggestions for tags and search terms, please tell me! I'd just like it if shoppers looking for something NOT mass produced (aside from stamping some "personal" initials into metal) would be able to find my stuff.

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Ars Arcanum
Jan 20, 2005

Best friends make the best weapons

Tunicate, thank you so much. A lot of the tag stuff...ugh, I remember back in the day thinking that the sponsored Etsy guides (as well as a ton of the ones on social media) seemed like oversimplified useless junk for the most part when it came to their advice about tags and such, but having been out of the game for years + all the algorithm updates and whatnot makes it feel like a nightmare, so I was just going with what they said until I find time to work things out.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my listing and provide some solid info and advice! I'll work on trying to fix up my tags and listing info soon. You're awesome.

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