A new card is up in my Etsy Shop! Day 214

My Orchid note cards are now up in my Etsy Shop. I plan on adding more listings in the next little while so stay tuned!

I have been spending quite a bit of time on Etsy trying to increase the number of views my shop gets. I’ve been following other members activities, visiting shops and adding other artists and craftspeople to my circle. I’ve checked out some of the forums as well and it seems to be a recurring theme that it takes a while to get sales.

I’ve decided to list items one every few days or even one a week. Apparently adding new items keeps your shop higher in searches and you can also be seen under ‘items recently added’ on the homepage. So many items are added each minute of each day that I’m not sure how effective that section is.

Last week I decided to try out the Search Ads feature. You decide which items you want to promote, select your keywords, set your maximum weekly budget, and follow your stats. When someone searches any of the keywords, your items will show up in the search results.

I set my budget for the week at $7 but ended up only spending $5.08 Although I didn’t have any sales I think it was worthwhile to try it. I’m not going to renew the ads right away just to see the difference in traffic to my shop and then decide if I’ll try it again in the future.

Etsy Search Ads Stats

The stats from my Etsy Search Ads.

6 thoughts on “A new card is up in my Etsy Shop! Day 214

  1. cherylpeddie

    Good job, Brenda! It takes a lot of time to work ‘on’ our art businesses doesn’t it!? I’m always surprised at the amount of hours I can spend on that. I was wanting to tell you also about dailypaintworks.com. Another artist in Calgary suggested I try some of my work there. I haven’t had any sales yet but I think it’s the same as what you’re finding… it takes a lot of time and a lot of people seeing your work time and time again before sales start happening. They do charge a fee per month but I’m considering it an experiment I guess. Oh and one more note about them – pretty much all of the work is quite small. Maybe 8″x10″ and down. Prices are quite low too, but for my small little studies I don’t mind. Again just looking at it as a way to get my name out there and build some awareness. Seems to be the most important thing for me right now. Anyways keep up the great work! I’m enjoying following your progress as I work on getting my art out there too!

    1. bstonehouse

      Thank you Cheryl. Yes, this ‘hobby’ of mine certainly does take a lot of time, good thing I love it! Thanks for the tip on dailypaintworks.com I’ll check it out. I’d be interested to know how you make out there.

      I figure everything is just an experiment and what works for one artist may not work for another. I’ve been resisting doing weekend art shows but I may consider that for next year. With working full time the thought of sitting at my booth all weekend isn’t all that desirable!

      It’s great to know I’m not alone with these challenges and I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and suggestions with me.

  2. Katherine

    This was interesting to see how you go about selling on Etsy and such places. That’s all such a mystery to me. I want to see the cards, I’m going to check it out!

    1. bstonehouse

      It’s still pretty much a mystery to me too Katherine! I guess we all just learn as we go and hope for the best. I hope you enjoyed my shop!

  3. Bruce Stonehouse

    You are progressing well. Very useful data that you can track on a regular basis. Good work, keep it up.

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