Monday , 20 November 2017
I’ve been around Etsy since 2008 when I opened She's Batty Designs and I’ve learned a lot since then which resulted in the successful launch of my second shop, Batty's Bath.

Q and A With Batty – What’s Your Best Advice for New Etsy Sellers?

Chamomile Vegan Shea Butter Soap by Batty's Bath

Chamomile Vegan Shea Butter Soap by Batty's Bath

Article by : Batty’s Bath

Q: What’s Your Best Advice for New Etsy Sellers?

A: I’ve been around Etsy since 2008 when I opened She’s Batty Designs and I’ve learned a lot since then which resulted in the successful launch of my second shop, Batty’s Bath.

As a newbie around Etsy there can be a lot to learn! I’m still learning and I don’t consider myself a newbie! Here are some of my most helpful tips to help you start off on the right foot around Etsy.

• Keep up to date about what’s going on in the Etsy community. This can be easily be done by changing Etsy’s blog and by spending some time in the forums. Which brings me to my next point…

• Start digging around the Etsy forums! There is a wealth of information available and if there’s a question to be asked by a newbie, it’s likely already been asked multiple times! Use the forum search to find common topics.

• Head over to Etsy’s blog and read The Etsy Seller Handbook! This resource is not to be missed! Also, once you’re done that read as many articles as you can in the “Selling” section of Etsy’s blog

• Space out your new listings. The reason for this is because each new listing shows up in multiple areas of Etsy so think of it as promoting on Etsy for only 20 cents. You also don’t want to have all your listings in one spot in the category search. You want people to see you on multiple pages for more exposure. Some of the places new listings show up are the time machine, pounce, and categories.

• Post a new listing every day if you can. If you don’t have something new to list, use the “renew” function to get your item back onto the top of the category searches. Renewing costs the same prices as listing but it’s well worth it in my opinion.

• Make sure your pictures are STELLAR! I know you’ve probably read this a thousand times but people say this over and over again for good reasons! Great pictures are more likely to attract buyers to your shop, get your items featured in treasuries, and be featured on blogs. The more exposure you can get the better! If you’re not sure if your pictures make the grade, check out some of the top sellers in your category and see what their pictures look like. Chances are they are pretty good!

• Also check out items that are featured in Etsy’s blog posts. It’s better to spend a lot of time at the beginning perfecting your pictures so you wont waste time promoting items that have pictures that are unappealing – essentially wasting more time and money!

Figure out who your target audience is and concentrate your marketing efforts there. Find out where you can your products or shop link in front of this audience. This will help narrow down where and how you should be spending your time.

• Keep the creativity going! Once you start to build up a customer base, repeat customers are going to be looking for new and exciting items from you often! This is especially true around holidays and gift giving times. Keep them happy by keeping your creative juices following!

Promote, Promote, and then promote some more! I spend at least 5 hours a day on the computer doing something business related! I know not everyone has this kind of time but if you’re going to have a successful shop it’s likely that you’re going to have to put a lot of time into it!

There are a few exceptions to this rule of people who become top Etsy sellers with next to no time promoting but this certainly isn’t the norm! Figure out ways to promote such as social networking sites and decide which will work best for your business and your schedule. 

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11 comments

  1. Thanks, Everyone needs to be reminded of all these good hints.
    Barb

  2. Thanks for all the super tips – we all need to continually work at these. I would add, don’t get discouraged or give up. It takes time and continual effort – there are a lot of sellers on Etsy. Do what you can to keep your shop fresh and visible. When you make a sale, go out of your way to make contact with the buyer and provide excellent customer service to build repeat business. Be sure to send promotional ‘Thank You’ materials (business cards or postcards or tiny free gifts) with every order; make them too attractive to throw away! Ask your buyers how they found you (searching Etsy, blogs, online ads, Treasury, etc.) Get to know where your traffic is coming from and keep promoting there.

    Sally

  3. I spend most of my day online because of a slow internet connection. But the first of May I’m having satellite installed so I’ll be able to make the most out of my time in “the chair”.

  4. Great advice. It’s hard to sort through all the information out there for new sellers and prioritize!

  5. Thanks for helpful article.

    Sibel

  6. I agree with Jennifer. I know the vast amount of information/tips/how-to’s out there was very overwhelming for me at first. I need to continually remind myself to pick one or two things at a time to work on until I get them right. And then we’ll go from there!

  7. Great advice! Thank you!

  8. Very good info! Thank you again :-)

  9. Social networking seems to be the best way to be isolated = yet connected. Thanks for the great information and thanks for sharing it. I would be somewhat lost here without the network.

  10. Love the article…really concise but helpful.

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