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Looking to increase your Etsy traffic and sales or just start selling on Etsy? These 10 in-depth real tips will set you on the right path to Etsy success.

10 Real Tips For Successfully Selling On Etsy



I have been selling my metal furniture, jewelry and trees on Etsy since 2007.  I have been there and done that and I am still selling! Through the years I have learned first-hand how to market my shop.  I have also been writing about selling on Etsy since 2008 and coaching Etsy sellers in every niche imaginable.  I am the owner and chief editor of Handmadeology and the author of How to Make Money Using Etsy.  The following 10 tips for selling on Etsy will help you understand what it takes to become successful on Etsy.


One of the best things you can do to help become successful selling on Etsy is to study the most successful sellers and see what they are doing.  Here are the top 10 Etsy sellers with the most sales as of  September 2015 (data from Craftcount).  These sellers might sell something completely different from you, but you can still learn from them.  Check out their shops to observe how they use their banners, shop sections, pictures, titles, tags, etc . . . you might even find something you can’t live without!

Rank Name Sales
1 plannerkate1 792,169
2 nicoledebruin 567,844
3 yakutum 565,639
4 clbeads 550,413
5 ModParty 519,928
6 beadboat1 518,072
7 yadanabeads 497,845
8 yummytreasures 462,163
9 Prettygrafikdesign 450,046
10 PeggySueAlso 448,366


My number one tip that I tell new Etsy sellers, is to remember that Etsy is not magic.  Just throwing up a bunch of 20 cent listings with no business plan will not bring you the success you are looking for.   If you treat your Etsy business like a hobby you will reap hobby money, but if you treat it like a real business you will bring in the money you are striving for .  Remember, you reap what you sow. Here are few articles to make you think and inspire you during your creative business  journey:1. There is No “Magic Etsy” Button

Starting an Etsy shop? Here are 8 articles you must read first

The Most Important Part of Your Creative Business

What do you WANT?! That is the Question!

Tips for Self-Management That Will Help You Reach Your Goals and Dreams

Writing A Business Plan Helps You Budget Your Time and Prevents Burnout

Handmade Business Plan – Why You Need One

What’s the Reason Behind Everything You Do?

Keeping it Fresh: When Your Passion Becomes Your Job

Create an “I’m So Good at This!” List

The Look of Success

Do You Have an Etsy Contingency Plan?

Crafting A True Marketing Plan For Your Etsy Business

Take a Breath and a Break From your Etsy Shop

The Number one thing you need to do to have a successful shop Etsy shop suspended… What you need to know

The Advantages Etsy sellers gain from having their own website

Tips for managing your creative time

7 tips for working smarter

 2.  Product Photography

Product Photography should be number one or at least high up on your list when it comes to running your Etsy business. Without shoppers being able to touch and handle your items, your pictures need to be the best they can be.  Detailed, clean, clear, not too dark, and from different angles.  After a shopper looks at all 5 pictures they should feel like they have picked up the item and looked it over and are ready to take it to the cash register and buy! Here is a huge list of product photography tips for Etsy sellers. How to Use Daylight and Flash to Make Your Products Stand Out

Time Saving Product Photography Tips

Creating a White Background Inside a Cardboard Box

Quick Product Photography Tips – Make Do With What You’ve Got!

Jewelry Photography Tips For Etsy Sellers

Product Photography, Sometimes It’s All Done with Smoke and Mirrors

Studio Quality Product Photography With a $12 Set Up Big List Of Product Photography Tips

5 Tips for Improving Your Product Photography 6 Tips for Effective and Efficient Photo Shoots

Cut, Wrap and Make Your Silver Jewelry Shine – Product Photography Tips

What is the color, the size, the texture? Product Photography Tips for your Online Shop

Photography Lessons I’ve Learned

How-To Make and Use a Light Box to Improve Your Product Photography

Getting to Know Your Camera – Macro Focus Range

Taking Pictures of Your Ceramic Pottery

Photo Collage Tutorial – Making the Most of Your 5 Etsy Pictures

7 Tips on Better Picture-Taking: for your Blog and Etsy Shop

Get to Work on Your Product Photography

A $6 Dollar Solution to Photographing Jewelry Product Photography Tips – Making Your Product Pop Bringing Traffic to Your Etsy Shop With a Strong Thumbnail

Natural Sunlight Product Photography Tips

Perfecting Small Object Product Photography

Fotofuze – Product Photography Enhancement for Etsy Sellers

Simple Product Photography Setup

Product Photography Tip- Changing the Background

The Five C’s Of Product Photography Know Your Product (pricing)

I remember when I listed my very first item on Etsy…I was clueless about pricing.  There are many factors that come into play when pricing your items, so knowing your product is crucial.  You need to know how much it costs to make your item, how much time you spend making it, and how much it costs to ship.  These are just a few things to keep in mind when filling out the price section of your listing. In pricing articles below, you will find in-depth tips that will help you  get the most for your handmade items.

How Much Time Are You Really Spending on Your Product?

For Time Intensive Handmade Items

Much Are Those Earrings? Pricing Tips For Etsy Sellers

The Price is Right? Tips for Pricing Your Handmade Goods

How much is your experience worth?

Pricing Your Handmade Jewelry Not Just Another Pricing Lecture – Mellisa Borrell

Pricing Your Products: The 411

Holiday Price Point Strategies

Does Your Shop Compare to Successful Etsy Shops? – Price Points (Pro)

4.   Build Your Brand

Standing out in the crowd of Etsy sellers can be a difficult task.  You should have a clear vision of what you want your brand to be and stick with it.  Doing your research on how to build a strong and long-lasting brand should be high up on your to-do list! Here are a number of articles that talk about brand for creative business owners.

Let’s talk about brand, baby Business Branding 101 – How to Set Yourself Apart

5 Steps To Get You On The Right Path To Branding Your Business

Before , During, and After a Sale

 Great Customer Service Powerful Product Development: 4 ways to build your ideas

Looks matter: how to build a look savvy brand

3 Tips to Build Your Own Brand “Identity”

The Breakdown of Branding Your Creative Business

There is a Reason Why you Don’t Sell

Creating a Remarkable Product

Learn How to Save Money on Postage and Brand Your Packaging at the Same Time

10 things buyers are looking for on your product page

Creative Business branding 101 – How to set yourself apart

5.  Understand Your Market

Knowing who your target market is is key when it comes to selling online.

Here are some questions to get you started:

Are your target customers male or female?

• How old are they?

• Where do they live?

• Is geography a limiting factor for any reason?

• What do they do for a living?

• How much money do they make?

This is most significant if you’re selling relatively expensive or luxury items.

Example of a Target Market This is my target market: Women, over 30, median income of $60,000, single or married, college-educated, urban, professional, but quirky…

What is your niche market? How do you reach it?

Identifying your market.

6.  Understanding  SEO is a Must!

SEO is sometimes difficult to understand, but it is vital to the growth of your creative business. Getting your Etsy Shop and Etsy items found on Google can be a difficult task, but with the proper research and placement of specific keywords, you can begin to dominate small niches and move up in the Google search. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when you are looking for keywords to use. When looking for keywords and phrases, shopper intent, search volume, and keyword competition are the 3 most important factors that determine a good key word.

Shopper Intent First — The most important factor to look at when figuring out the value of a keyword or phrase is intent. When picking a good keyword to analyze, pick words or phrases that people interested in your items would search for. You know your product best. Once you determine what these words and phrases are, use the Google Keyword tool to find more suggested words and analyze them to see if they are worthy of using. I will explain more about this later in this article.

Volume Second — When determining the value of a keyword or phrase, you need to look at the search volume. Are there enough people searching per month for a term on Google to even consider optimizing for it? (The Google Keyword tool provides this info for you). If you answered yes, then you have to ask yourself if it is possible to rank for that keyword? It will be extremely difficult to rank on Google for a high volume term such as ‘garland,’ but easier to rank on Google for lower competition, small niche, 2-3 word phrases such as “paper garland”.

Keyword Competition Third – A key word can have a high search volume on Google, but that does not mean it is a good key word or phrase. You have to know how many competing pages there are according to Google and the competition on Etsy. These two factors can help you determine if you want to use a key phrase or not. I will also cover more about this later in the article.

Small Niches Always- Why would you want to focus on a small niche? Smaller niches are searched less on Google every month, but they also have less competition. The smaller amount of competing pages, the better the chance your shop will rank on Google for a particular keyword. Check Handmadeology’s manual on Etsy SEO right here on the blog. It is packed full of links covering every area of SEO for your Etsy shop.

Tons of articles geared specifically toward Etsy SEO

SEO Made Easy – A Tutorial on Getting Your Shop Found

SEO Made Easy – Part Two

SEO Made Easy Part 3 – Getting Your Shop Found SEO Made Easy: The Importance of Back Links

Your Etsy Shop Found: Shop Sections are Important Meta Data

All 14 Etsy Tags – Blank Tags Won’t Make a Sale

Clean Up Your Etsy Item Tags For More Views

7.  Optimizing Your Shop for Etsy Relevancy

By now most Etsy sellers have heard about the Etsy relevancy search change.  When I cruise the Etsy forums, team discussions, Facebook fan pages, comments on Handmadeology, and my inbox,  a common theme seems to pop up over and over.   Sellers are trying to understand what the changes to the Etsy default search mean, and how they can make the correct changes to get the most traffic that leads to sales. Etsy Relevancy optimization and SEO go hand in hand.   Google is also set up as a relevancy search,  setting up proper SEO from the start will optimize your shop for Etsy relevancy. The Handmadeology team has put together a FREE package that will help every Etsy seller understand what the new Etsy search is all about.  The Etsy Relevancy Breakdown walks you through every thing that has changed when the search default was changed to relevancy.

In this report you will also find helpful tips which will set you on the right path to increasing your views and getting more sales.   Also in this package you will get a 12 point checklist that will help keep you on track when you are listing new items and optimizing your shop for the Etsy search and Google.

etsy relevancy checklist

8. Social Media Marketing

As you know, I am a huge advocate of social media marketing. Marketing my Etsy shop on Facebook and Twitter have greatly increased my visibility and grown my customer base. Getting new potential buyers to view your work is only part of the equation…building relationships with your customers is the other part! Social media makes connection with customers easier. Being an Etsy seller, I know how hard it is to get any views from just listing your items on Etsy. Marketing your Etsy items outside Etsy is a must these days. I am excited to share this free e-course with Etsy sellers, because I have been using these 10 steps for years and I have seen great results. I have increased my traffic to my blog and Etsy shop, moved up in the Google ranking, and have even seen my customer base grow. Connecting your Etsy shop with Facebook and Twitter is only one piece to the social media puzzle.  Check out this huge list of social media marketing tips for Etsy sellers: Make the Connection If you are ready to take your social media marketing to the next level and get found in the sea of Etsy sellers, check out Creative Social Media Academy.   Creative Social Media Academy is an online social media training course that is designed to teach you how to market your creative business on social media.

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If you have not already noticed, all four steps in this marketing plan are free. Yes they are going to take time to build and get right, but in the end, you are going to build a business doing what you love. There is no “easy button”, but if you let your passion shine through, you will succeed!

Social Media Articles: Etsy Seller Quadruples Her Facebook Fans In One Week

5 Ways Etsy sellers get social media wrong

5 Tips On How to Get the Most Out of Twitter’s Social Network

Building a Social Media Empire : Remember Rome Was Not Built in a Day

The Importance of a Facebook Landing Page

A Simple Way to Gain More Facebook Likes and Twitter Followers at Craft Fairs

Crafting Your Twitter Page – Twitter Tips from Craft Buds

Facebook Questions – A New Way to Interact With Your Fans

Simple How-To – Adding a Facebook “Like” Button to a Blogger Blog

Understanding the Power Behind Your Facebook Fanpage Insights

Tips For Growing a Targeted Twitter Following

Facebook Fanpage Branding Tips for Etsy Sellers

Handmade Marketing Log Book Social Media Bundle

Getting Started With Pinterest

How to use Facebook to build your reputation

Quick Blogging Tips:

1. Be consistent. Blogging takes time, and without consistency you will not gain momentum.

2. Build community. Get the community involved in your blog. There is power in numbers and you have to harness that. Feature other sellers and artists, and let them help you spread the word about your blog.

3. Give away free stuff. Give your readers more reasons to visit your blog. Develop a few products that you can give away. Whether it’s a free tutorial on making a necklace , a recipe , a digital download, or an ebook that you wrote. Check out this article on creating an killer ebook! Here are all the free products that we offer through Handmadeology.

4. Build your brand. Your blog should be a reflection and extension of your brand. Banners and color schemes should match across the board. When a customer comes to your blog, they need to know it belongs to you.

5. Have fun. The second that your blog becomes a chore and no fun, you need to stop and reevaluate what you are doing.

Blogging Tips:

Never run out of blogging ideas

Talk Blogging – Tips From Timothy Adam On Running a Successful Blog

Can Blogging Work for Your Etsy Business?

How to Grow Your Handmade Business by Driving More Traffic to Your Blog

How to Develop a Good Blog and Bring in Traffic : Guest Post By : Indie Business Blog

How to Write an Evergreen Blog Post

The Process of Blogging 5 Steps to Organize Your Blog

Awesome & Amazing Madness of Giveaways

Tips for Hosting a Successful Giveaway by Craft Buds

Choosing the Right Blogging Platform

Minute Traffic Boosting Blog Post Ideas for Etsy Bloggers

Keep Your Readers on Your Blog Longer

800 Comments In 30 Days – Tips For Leaving And Getting More Comments

Proper Placement of Your Etsy Link on Your Blog or Site

Create a Custom Blog Header for Blogger

How to Create a Grab Button For Your Blog

How to Create a Custom Favicon for Your Blog

Killer Blog Improvement Articles

Submitting Your Work To Blogs

Publicity and More Exposure With HARO

How to get your work featured on blogs

9.  Guest Posting

The handmade movement is accelerating at a fast pace. Hundreds of thousands of people are signing up for Etsy every month, and it is getting more difficult to get recognized. One way to increase your network, get more recognition, expand more exposure, contribute to the handmade community, and build back links is to write guest articles for blogs. Lets break down the five main reasons you should be writing guest articles.

Increase your network: When you are writing for other blogs in the handmade community, you have the opportunity to meet other like-minded people. Let’s face it…we all need to make connections and hang around people with whom we have things in common. Do you belong to an Etsy team? Do you join groups and Fan pages on Facebook? Putting your heads together helps everyone get things done faster and in the long run, can improve your business. Get

More Recognition: A little recognition goes a long way, and writing for other blogs in the handmade scene can increase it greatly. Just by writing articles for other blogs, readers understand that the blog publishing your article sees you as an expert in the topic you are writing about. The more you write the more your recognition will build.

Expand Your Exposure: By writing on more blogs and websites you will reach different audiences and expand who sees your brand. By writing guest articles, you are building a permanent brand that can bring you more traffic and sales.

Contribute To The Handmade Community: We all have learned one or many things from blogs in the handmade community. Guest writing helps you give back and contribute to the handmade community. From featuring handmade goods to teaching, blog posts help the community in a huge way.

Build Back Links: When you are guest writing on a blog, you should be given the ability to link back to your blog, Etsy shop, and other sites. You should also be allowed a short bio that you can leave at the end of each article. Back links will help your SEO, especially when they come from well known, relevant blogs.


10. Have fun!

My golden rule for my business is…. “The second your creative business becomes a chore and you lose the fun, it’s time to change it up!”    Don’t get me wrong, running your own business can have it’s down times, but the beauty of owning your own business is you have the ability to change it up when things get mundane and boring. Here are a few more articles from creative business owners that are selling on Etsy and living their dream!

$20,000 + In Etsy Sales In Only 5 Months – Long List of Do’s and Don’ts

Interview with a Craftress – 6000 Etsy Sales in Two Years

450 Sales In The First 3 Months Of Business On Etsy. HERE’S HOW

6000 -Etsy Sales – Tips That Will Make You Think

Insights After 4 Years And 4,400 Etsy Sales

Hey Stay At Home Moms – Here Are 5 Tips To Boost Your Etsy Sales

My Etsy Story – Cubits

600 Etsy Sales – Tips To Help You Stand Out In The Crowd

Etsy FAQ : Tips From A 4 Year Etsy Veteran

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

8  Tips For Getting LOADS of Etsy Sales

How To Get Featured In Thousands Of Etsy Treasuries

An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks–My 5 Best for Success on Etsy

2000 Etsy Sales in 157 Days

Tips From Knot Workshop On Being Yourself

Call Me Old Fashion…But Customer Service Matters

I Just Hit 200 Etsy Sales…. Here Are My Tips

What We’ve Learned After 5,000 Etsy Sales

3 Steps to Freshen up Your shop and be found again

Marketing your Etsy shop… the total package 4 steps to home office harmony

When I launched my Etsy shop I had no knowledge of the internet except email and YouTube.  I have learned so many valuable lessons over the past few years.  What stands out the most and what I will never forget is to never stop believing in yourself.  If you have a passion for what you are creating and selling you will succeed.  Love what you do so you can do what you love!!   Is there a Handmadeology  article that has  impacted you and how you run your Etsy business?  If so, let us know which one in the comments below, so we can bring you even more helpful articles in the future.

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  1. Wow! Awesome collection of very informative articles all organized in one place. I have bookmarked this page for future reference. Thank you!!!


  2. I agree totally with Mark. I will be saving this in my favorites for sure.
    One question though, any tips for the
    vintage shops? SEO and the keywords are tough for me. Thank you,

    • For vintage items you want to make sure you are telling your potential customers and Google exactally what your item is. At the same time you want to make sure people are searching on a monthly basis for the keywords you are selecting. This can be found out with the Google keyword tool.

  3. Thank you for the tips – so much to learn but I try to soak a little bit up every day – then it starts to become second nature! I will definitely continue to refer back to all these resources!

    • You are welcome Angela! It will become second nature when you find a pattern and schedule you are comfortable with. Repetition is the key when it comes to branding, building your seo, and marketing.

  4. You always have great articles, and with all the updated changes, you’ve managed to write another great one! Putting everything together that is up to date and very relevant is so helpful and reassuring.
    Thanks again, Tim!

    • Thanks Rachel….. sometimes it is tough to keep up to date with all the changes that are happening on Etsy and other sites.. I am glad you are finding this post helpful!

      • Hey Adam!
        I’m totally with you! Etsy brings in lot of changes and it becomes really dofficult to adapt yourself and also the business to all of those.
        You may want to check-out and as good alternatives.
        If you want something different try out, I registered on and seen some sharp increase in the traffic directed to my website.
        Unlike Etsy and Artfire they are not restricted to handmade stuff. I get to promote to a bigger audience (all design buffs)
        Their “Talk-About” feature has got me more connected to my customers where I help them with custom options, shipping queries in realtime. I surprise my customers with exclusive discounts during these sessions and that returned heavy sales and followers.

  5. Aaand…bookmarked! Thanks for a fantastic article!

  6. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. Looking forward to reading all the links at length and applying the good information to our own shop!

    Mike and Linda

  7. There is a wealth (pun intended!!) of information in this one post, awesome. Thank you so much Tim. The time will come for me when I will be able to devote 40+ hours a week to creating for my business instead of laboring for someone else. I’m patiently learning and accumulating, you are terrific to share your knowledge with hundreds!

  8. Dancing Leaf Studios

    Wow! I wish I’d had this a year ago! :) Thank you so much for all of the amazing info. You’ve managed to accumulate everything it’s taken me a year to learn and more in one place. I just shared it with a friend who has just opened a shop on Etsy and is new to the community.

  9. Awesome… good luck to your friend and you as well!

  10. When I even think of SEO optimization, my brain hurts. Thank you so much for helping to unravel the mystery of Etsy relevancy. :o)

  11. I sure do like your article but it is overwhelming and much to read and do. I do want lots of sales and I will follow the directions as much as possible. I’m afraid I am an artist not a tech so most of it bewilders me.

    For instance I don’t know were to put the code. I’m selling 2 per mont if that and I can’t afford to keep adding monies. Help

  12. Awesome article Tim, I will bookmark and read the ones I missed.
    I know myself I have followed what you have been writing about and my shoppe has taken off tenfold! Thanks bunches!

  13. Really wonderful tips!! thank you for sharing Tim!
    Best luck to everyone with the relevancy :)

  14. GREAT post!! Thanks for sharing all the info and links. I am bookmarking and I can’t wait to read more (from the links), especially about blogging and the success stories!

  15. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips! A link I’m saving in my Important file!

  16. Thank you, Tim, for this wealth of information. Working 2 jobs in addition to getting my Etsy shop off the ground is a struggle (not enough time), but I look forward to implementing your suggestions.

  17. Wow! Definitely bookmarking and sharing this! Thank you so much, Tim!

  18. Thank You .. just the right “stuff” to get us motivated for the new year!!! You summed it up in the beginning…
    If you treat your Etsy business like a hobby you will reap hobby money
    That is the truth of the matter!
    I have shared with others and bookmarked for myself… great reference!
    You are our Zig Ziggler!!!!!!

  19. Thank you, thank, you, thank you. wow, there is a LOT to sink in here. You seem to address everything I have been wondering about as I return to Etsy selling. This is a lot more than 10 tips! Really helpful!

  20. WOW! Thank you Tim! Now off to lock myself in a room with a pot of coffee to read all the articles you suggest … better make it a few pots of coffee :)

    The handmade community is very appreciative of all you do and your giving attititude is contagious. Giving will come full circle to getting and you are showing us that. Thank you for offering so much advice and support. :)

  21. thank you so much for providing this information in one place!
    I had a lot of these articles bookmarked and my computer fried- this has saved the day!

  22. Thanks for the ideas and information. SEO is tricky and I am still learning. There is a lot to go through and I will definitely be back to use this as a reference!

  23. Cool!!! Excellent Publish. Very informative. Essential collection of posts for every one who needs to deal with Etsy

  24. This is a great article! Learning how SEO works really helped me improve my sales. I still improve on it every day and the effects are positive! Thanks for writing this incredibly informative article.

  25. Thank you for this ETSY article, very interesting and we will be walking through each step for our Cufflinks

    Much appreciated.

  26. It was a great post for us. We have a handmade product website. We are now planning to sell out online.

    Thanks again!

  27. Thank you so much for all of the information. There is so much to learn to get my shop noticed!

  28. After years of donating everything I made to my church, I’m ready to reap what I sow (actually SEW) for myself. Yours was the first link I clicked on after Googling “how to be an Etsy seller” and it sure looks like I’ve come to the right place. I don’t even know what an SEO is yet, but I’m determined to find out. Thank you!

  29. Just found this wealth of information – look forward to read all the articles included and start implementing all of it immediately.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiences with all of us!

  30. This is a great post — so many excellent resources and tips. Can’t wait to get started! Thank you for your generosity in sharing your experiences and knowledge, Timothy!

  31. Nice article! I just opened my shop in January. I sell custom logo design with free banners, business cards, and icons for people’s etsy shops and for if you need a logo in general. If anyone needs any design, let me know! :)

  32. Great article! Thank you so much! I was looking to start a shop on Etsy without knowing a thing about it, so I swam a bit into Google and found this page. Now I have bookmarked it to read it carefully before investing my time (and money!) in selling those little things I make for fun. Thanks again!

  33. Thanks for the great tips. I’m already four months on Etsy and I think that my stuff does not have great competition. But sales are low and I am looking for good tips for promotion.

  34. I have read so many posts regarding the blogger lovers but this piece of writing is really a fastidious post, keep it up.

  35. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after going through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.

    Regardless, I’m definitely pleased I stumbled upon it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  36. Great tips! I just opened my shop and I’m definitely marking this page as a reference!

  37. Tim, you are a wealth of information,every time I get overwhelmed with all the angles and tricks to get my products noticed,I come here for the answers, and you always explain them so concisely.
    Thanks so much for helping all of the handmade artists out there. Best, Jamie

  38. I’m very impressed. Thank you for sharing all these etsy resources! I love this website. I’m going to bookmark this.

  39. Wow, thank you so much for this wealth of information! It can be a challenge to transition from craft hobbyist to full blown entrepreneur, and it’s so great that there are people like you who are willing to share their knowledge.

  40. You have so much information to share with us and is so appreciated. I have a question- I noticed that on you shop under different pages you’re able to link certain sections to another page or section by clicking the blue highlighted link. I am not able to do this on my shop. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, PattyV

  41. I think my dolls are really cute and once people take a look, would want to buy them. But … so far I have only sold one doll on etsy. I mostly sell to grand-mommies who have seen them in person. I know you probably don’t do this, but if you could take a look and tell me what I am doing wrong??? I don’t even get many views. I’m DhanaDolls. Thanks for any suggestions.

  42. There is a new tip for etsy shop promotion –
    TreasuryPromo is an Etsy treasury exchange network! It is like a big treasury team, but they do not have a limit for the number of treasuries to be made per month. You can create treasuries whenever you want and earn karma points that way! Also you don’t need to notify shops for including them in your treasuries, because if you make treasuries, you will be in treasuries!

  43. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism
    or copyright violation? My site has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the
    internet without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to
    help reduce content from being stolen? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  44. I think I’m in love! I’ve been looking for so many of these puzzle pieces and you’ve put them all in one place! Thank you so very much – I’m a total rookie, but of necessity, have put all my eggs in this basket (business) – so it HAS to fly. I believe your post and resources will help that happen – thanks Tim.

  45. Would love to have all this wonderful info in a book! I’d keep it right next to my chair for nightly reading!

  46. Very well written article, covered maximum of all the etsy resources. There is a new tip for etsy shop promotion –
    GrowEtsy is a useful tool for etsy sellers to spread their products on Pinterest virally, drive more traffic to your store and increase sales. Please give it a try, it is an easy yet effective tool and open to all. Hope you will find it useful.

  47. Wow! I know what I’m doing today! This is a wealth of information! Thank you for posting, sharing and supporting!


  48. You have so much valuable information for selling on easy. I make quite a lot of my own jewelry and I haven’t sold on Etsy. I going to have to spend several days on your blog.

  49. Awesome article Timothy. Full of some much great information. I’m in the beginning stages of taking my hobby of soap making to wanting to start a small business. Any advice on how to get started on getting a website or at least a good business Facebook page? I’m also in the process of selecting a name for my business which has not been easy. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

  50. Thanks for all of the great tips, as a new seller, I am hoping that my store can catch some steam as well. I worked on my staging on my last two offerings, I will see if that works… Still looking for that first sale! :)

    Your new furniture looks pretty awesome!

  51. Thank you for all this information. I had started an etsy shop a long time ago and only sold one item over a period of six months. Of course, that was frustrating so I abandoned my store for a very long time.

    I was glad to find your article because (for the first time I have seen) it is an article by someone that is actually having success at selling online. I am excited about redoing my listings and putting some of the tips you have outlined into practice.

  52. If that is not a comprehensive list, then I don’t know what is! Great stuff.

  53. I feel so lucky having read your article. Thank you, thank you, thank you ;)

  54. Holy wow! I cannot believe I stumbled across this page. This has got to be one of the most helpful things I have EVER seen about selling on Etsy. I am seriously impressed and wholeheartedly grateful to you for putting all this amazing information in one place. I’m bookmarking this page and will most definitely be referring folks HERE when they ask for tips about selling on Etsy. Thank you so very much for putting this together. You should get a medal or trophy or something.

  55. Thanks for this awesome post. I started selling on Etsy in early 2006, and considered myself to be pretty successful as a hobbyist seller. I closed shop sporadically in the last few years, spending time having and raising kids. Now that they’re off at school, I’m trying to rebuild my shop and brand but wow, have things changed. I was just commenting to my husband that back when I started, hardly anyone was on Facebook, there was no twitter or tumblr or Instagram. Although I use some things for personal stuff, it’s overwhelming to consider all of this social media from a business perspective.

    I’m glad I found this!

  56. Thanks for all the fantastic tips. I’m new to Etsy and have just started to sell my artworks and design. Hopefully these tips will help me strive for bigger sales and a bigger fanbase. thanks alot!
    check out my etsy

  57. Great information! I recently opened my own shop, , and this article was very helpful!

  58. Sophiathebookworm

    What do you do if you just want to do it because you want to people to enjoy your work? I do want to make money, but I don’t have time for a full blown business, and I only want to sell cause otherwise the stuff piles up in my room.

  59. Looks like most of these tips apply to those of us who sell vintage rather than handmade items.

    I mostly sell vintage Tupperware, but I think your tips will be helpful in my store:

  60. What an amazing amount of information in one spot!
    As another vintage seller who is rather new to Etsy, I need all the advice I can get!
    Now to get a cover photo…

  61. Nice article, straight and to the point …and home work reading! I am looking forward to reading some of the articles.

  62. Thank you for posting these great tips. I have just starting posting my art on etsy, in addition to my personal website….so the tips you provided are going to be very helpful.

  63. Thank you for posting. I am new to Etsy so I need all the advise I can get.

  64. That’s a lot of tips! I have one to add that has worked incredibly well for my Etsy shop. Tell your story! Etsy shops come with an “About” page. Be sure to fill it out. I chose to add my story of why and how I started the shop. I didn’t hold back. It’s a story of betrayal, struggle, and loss. These things lead me to creating the shop. As soon as I posted that my sales increased. Even more so was the fact that many customers contact me and tell me they purchased my product because of my story. They can relate. They love the product but it now has special meaning because they know what’s behind it. Others have told me that my story inspired them and gave them hope. My products are electric hurricane lanterns and recently a customer said “I hope this lantern lights my way like the way it lit yours.” Pretty powerful. A product with a story sells.

  65. Great article! Just to take it one step further and really give yourself a head start on making the most of your Etsy selling experience; I would say they need to talk to someone 1-1 who has been there done that to really get the low down about what to expect and how to do it right. My friend did just this (she scheduled a call with Jill Velasco: and it helped her so much.

  66. Very helpful article. I will definitely use these tips.

  67. SpecialHandmade482

    Amazing tips, will use them to make my shop better. Great website

  68. Make a book, we will buy it. So much great information. I am going to share your feed on my twitter account. Thank you handmadeology!!!

  69. Love this article! So informative and interesting and just what I need. I’m going to read and re-read until I get it right on Etsy. Thank you.

  70. Hands down the best Etsy help article ever! So much great info I already bookmarked this page. I’m new to Etsy so I really need this down to earth real talk wisdom. I wish you the very best! Thank you!

  71. Thanks for this fantastic article and incredible number of links. We’ve already begun using some of your ideas and by the end of the year we’re hoping to build a very solid business.

  72. Thanks. This is the first thing I looked at for Etsy (besides the site itself) and it is a great jumping off point. Just amazing the work you did to help others on their Etsy journey.

  73. What an amazingly comprehensive post! I’ll be sure to bookmark this and refer back to it time and time again.

  74. Thanks for the article! It is really helpful to set up your store. I have to admit I thought it was easier to be be discovered on etsy and to become a successful seller but it always helps a lot to get some advice!


  75. Wow, such a great article. Definitely covers the need-to-knows for doing business on Etsy. I’ll be buffing up the shop a bit after watching this. Great overall site as well. Thanks for the info!

  76. Thank you so much, I’ll be back tonight to read more! I’m a soaper, I do hot process soaps, borax free laundry detergent, bath salts and more. I’m excited and terrified to begin my journey, there is so much competition and apparently insurance as well.

  77. Hey Handsome!!!!

    Thank you for your site and help!!

    I have a life time hoard of great stuff and you have given me direction.

    Regards and thanks,

  78. you really help thank you so much

  79. Wow, what an excellent collection of tips and inspiration! I agree that photography should be at the very top of your list when it comes to creating your shop and listings. I will be bookmarking this resource to use again and again!

  80. Wow, thank you for giving us this good information, incredible! I’m new to etsy and this will make my shop better.

  81. Great tips! I just opened a shop last week under the name YLYWdigitalcreations. I’m excited to utilize these tips to give my shop a more cohesive look. I’m tweaking things every day. I’m even working on starting a blog shortly.

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