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Ask Daniellexo: Front Page Woes

Apr 12, 2011

by daniellexo

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Welcome to the first in a new series of blog posts publicly answering your Etsy questions. Have a question about running your Etsy business? Ask away in the Etsy Success Team Forum and you might be the next seller to be featured in this series.  Now let’s start with this question from Julianna of mysteryandmanners:

Hi Daniellexo,

This is a total shot in the dark, but I thought I’d reach out to you for your opinion.

I’ve been a seller on Etsy for over a year and have had 57 sales so far, mostly as a result of relisting items (I list/relist about 2 items every day) and doing my best to spread the word on Facebook and in person. I sell in stores and use my Moo business cards to bring people back to my Etsy store. My dream is to be one of those sellers profiled in the Quit Your Day Job series. After a year, I was hoping for more business, despite the fact that there are so many jewelry sellers on Etsy. I haven’t made it to the front page yet (which I sort of see as both the holy grail and a benchmark of Etsy success). I create treasuries and chime in from time to time on the Forums. At this point, I am reevaluating what I need to be doing.

Any ideas or insight would be very much appreciated!

Best regards,
Julianna

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Hi Julianna,

Your shop is well branded and the work and photos are lovely. There are a few tweaks you can do to your item listings to help be found, but the main issue I want to talk about is inventory. Specifically, you need more!

Have you heard of the 80-20 rule of inventory? It goes something like this:  For most businesses, 80 percent of sales comes from 20 percent of your inventory. So, in theory, your Etsy shop should be stocked with enough items to sell that top 20 percent. However, I think a small handmade business might look more like 60-40. Each business has its own unique ratio and you can always work on improving it. So stock up your shop for views, treasuries and sales. 

You said you’ve popped into a few Etsy Forum threads, but I wonder if you are making connections. Think of chatting on the Forums, in Etsy Teams, on Twitter and Facebook as a way to start genuine conversations with fellow sellers, bloggers, handmade aficionados and fans. Ask yourself, “How can I connect with this person/group of people in a way that would inspire both of us?”

A few other tweaks:

Your item titles could stand to be a bit longer. Perhaps instead of SEATTLE bracelet, maybe add a few key words and make that: Seattle Grey Crystal and Pearl Charm Bracelet. Also, craft your descriptions a little more and make sure you are answering your buyers’ questions.

I’d love to see models in your photos – especially wearing bracelets and necklaces. Have a peek at what jewelry is flying off Etsy’s virtual shelves by browsing through Pounce. I think you’ll find many of the jewelry listings use models to illustrate style and scale.

Lastly, keep having fun with your small business and jewelry designs. I can tell which pieces you’ve enjoyed creating – keep pushing the creative envelope! Buyers (and treasury makers) can tell when you’ve really enjoyed creating a piece — kind of like when you eat a great meal made with love.

Best of luck growing your small business!

xo,
Danielle

Labradorite, Aquamarine and Pyrite Cluster Necklace
Labradorite, Aquamarine and Pyrite Cluster Necklace
mysteryandmanners
$32.50 USD
Tribal necklace - wood & bone (Sale)
Tribal necklace - wood & bone (Sale)
mysteryandmanners
$19.50 USD
Chunky gray necklace - slate pearl
Chunky gray necklace - slate pearl
mysteryandmanners
$50.00 USD
Chunky pearl necklace - pink, silver & white
Chunky pearl necklace - pink, silver & white
mysteryandmanners
$55.00 USD
Black ribbon bridesmaid necklace with chunky white pearls (Sale)
Black ribbon bridesmaid necklace with chunky white pearls (Sale)
mysteryandmanners
$38.50 USD
Chunky bridesmaid necklace - silver and sage crystals & white pearls
Chunky bridesmaid necklace - silver and sage crystals & white pearls
mysteryandmanners
$60.00 USD
Ribbon necklace - chunky taupe pearls, rose crystals & vintage ribbon
Ribbon necklace - chunky taupe pearls, rose crystals & vintage ribbon
mysteryandmanners
$55.00 USD
Chunky pearl necklace - honey and sage (Sale)
Chunky pearl necklace - honey and sage (Sale)
mysteryandmanners
$49.50 USD
Chunky Pink Valentine Bracelet
Chunky Pink Valentine Bracelet
mysteryandmanners
$40.00 USD
Gold Stone & African trading beads and Vintage Charm Necklace (Sale)
Gold Stone & African trading beads and Vintage Charm Necklace (Sale)
mysteryandmanners
$34.50 USD
Yellow rose earrings (Sale)
Yellow rose earrings (Sale)
mysteryandmanners
$19.50 USD
Jewelry set - pearl earrings and bracelet
Jewelry set - pearl earrings and bracelet
mysteryandmanners
$38.50 USD
Neutral Gem Stone Bracelet
Neutral Gem Stone Bracelet
mysteryandmanners
$25.00 USD
Chunky necklace - smokey green crystals
Chunky necklace - smokey green crystals
mysteryandmanners
$55.00 USD
Victorian Floral Necklace
Victorian Floral Necklace
mysteryandmanners
$17.50 USD
Victorian Gentleman necklace
Victorian Gentleman necklace
mysteryandmanners
$32.50 USD
Chunky pearls and leaves necklace
Chunky pearls and leaves necklace
mysteryandmanners
$65.00 USD
Chunky forest green bracelet
Chunky forest green bracelet
mysteryandmanners
$43.00 USD

625 comments

  • mediumgrey

    mediumgrey said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna! You make beautiful jewelry. I hope this brings some sales today!

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 8 years ago

    this should be an interesting series. Wonderful shop Julianna, good luck to you!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 8 years ago

    Great critique...looking forward to this new series!

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 8 years ago

    From one seller to another, just keep on keeping on! It's tough to try and break through and get your stuff out there. Every little bit you do does count for something though. I think that it's a little different for every one. Just find your groove and get into! Your jewelry is beautiful and sure to catch the eyes of many!

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 8 years ago

    From one seller to another, just keep on keeping on! It's tough to try and break through and get your stuff out there. Every little bit you do does count for something though. I think that it's a little different for every one. Just find your groove and get into! Your jewelry is beautiful and sure to catch the eyes of many!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 8 years ago

    What a cool series!!! Julianna, keep up the good work, your jewelry is super cute! :)

  • angelicquirk

    angelicquirk said 8 years ago

    I love this entry... and the advice is good... Julianna, I love your jewellery... It's so pretty! Really do hope you'll have good sales... I need that too :) All the best to you! :)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 8 years ago

    I love this new series, great tips...good luck Julianna!

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 8 years ago

    I'm just like this seller! I haven't made the front page yet and I have almost 400 sales... someday my dreams will come true. And I want to be featured in the quit your day job, but I'm sure hundreds of other people do too! Offering promotions and discount codes has been really successful for me in getting more sales...

  • TheVanillaMoon

    TheVanillaMoon said 8 years ago

    The advices are really good and the shop looks amazing! Good luck with your sales Julianna! Don't give up and someday your dreams will come true because you deserve them to come true! That's what I call quality jewelry!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 8 years ago

    Great series Danielle, thank you for doing this!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 8 years ago

    Great article. A question that everyone wants to know.

  • SketchAway

    SketchAway said 8 years ago

    Great start to a series- and an education to new sellers- like me! Thanks!

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets said 8 years ago

    fun new series! Julianna, I love your product photos!

  • AshlingCo

    AshlingCo said 8 years ago

    ah, i relate to all feelings above! Good luck Juliana, your pieces are original and charming.

  • providencevintage

    providencevintage said 8 years ago

    I really love seeing Etsy sellers help each other! This is so encouraging! I really, really like your shop Julianna! Congratulations on being featured!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 8 years ago

    Don't measure your success by being on the "front page". Measure your success in your ability to create beautiful items ... To me you are already successful - you create gorgeous pieces ... and 60 sales. Wow, that is awesome, especially in today's economy! Enjoy the journey, Darling!

  • kmodine

    kmodine said 8 years ago

    Awesome question and great tips! Can't wait to start applying a few of these to my own shop. This series is a great idea! Looking forward to future posts!

  • luluhopping1983

    luluhopping1983 said 8 years ago

    You have a beautiful shop, I love the way you have taken the photographs on old book pages, it really creates a nostalgic mood. I have only made FP once, and I dint make any sales from it, so dont be disappointed that you havent made the front page yet. I'm sure after this article you will be in loads of treasuries and your FP time will come!

  • sacredsuds

    sacredsuds said 8 years ago

    WOW! Great tips, Danielle! I learned a lot from this, and I'm psyched to see this new series. Julianna - your jewelry and photos are gorgeous! I think you will certainly be on the road to more sales and FP exposure after tweaking per Danielle's advice. Keep at it - you'll get there for sure!

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 8 years ago

    this is a great idea. :D

  • littlelakecompany

    littlelakecompany said 8 years ago

    You have really pretty stuff - best of luck to you. I have learned that my success is only counteracted by my laziness. I am trying to get those photos taken! Get those items listed!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 8 years ago

    What a cute little shop!!! Best of luck to you :)

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 8 years ago

    Marking for later......

  • OggoThings

    OggoThings said 8 years ago

    Great article, thank you very much

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and photos! Keep hanging in there! And those are great tips...we can all use help.

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 8 years ago

    Looking forward to this new series! Juliana, by reaching out to danielleoxo you've accomplished something better than the reaching the FP! Congratulations and best wishes to you! You make lovely jewelry!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    seriously great advice for everyone here! I'm looking forward to more Q&A! this is going to be fun!

  • NaturalGorgeous

    NaturalGorgeous said 8 years ago

    These are definitely the questions on this jewelry maker's mind! Thanks for the helpful advice - I'm looking forward to future posts!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Must say I really like your photos, especially the ones with a plainer background. I always find plain neutrally coloured backgrounds best for placing images in treasuries. Congratulations on getting into the Etsy blog!

  • bejeweledbynikki

    bejeweledbynikki said 8 years ago

    Awesome read! This reminds me of that old saying: "It never hurts to ask" Another one is "follow your instincts" Juliana did both and it paid off greatly! ...even when she thought it may be a shot in the dark! So awesome! Thanks you guys! xo-nikki

  • MelleyNelsonDesign

    MelleyNelsonDesign said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice, the question could have been mine.

  • glasspondstudio

    glasspondstudio said 8 years ago

    I love the advice and love your jewelry, Juliana. Thanks for the article.

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna! I just recently discovered your shop via circles & paid attention because you're a Seattleite, plus your items are just stunning. Your images are beautiful as is your work. Hope Danielle's advice helps as well!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    Well, I've never been on the front page either, after over 2 years, almost 700 sales & being featured in loads of treasuries... I haven't missed the extra exposure, so maybe the FP is overrated as a selling tool. Just concentrate on being the best you can be & creating unique, good quality items from the heart, without setting specific targets that mean success or failure to you. Enjoy the whole process. Maybe one day you WILL be able to quit your day job... but even if you don't you'll still have a soul-fulfilling hobby that pays for itself, which is worth a lot. You already sell in real-life stores, which is something many successful Etsy sellers can only dream of. You could try tweaking your tags slightly so your items show up in more searches, & commenting in the fora might get you noticed if you have an eye-catching avatar & something interesting to say.

  • etco

    etco said 8 years ago

    Lovely shop Julianna, good luck to you! Great series Danielle, thank you so much for doing this!

  • THIMBLEandACORN

    THIMBLEandACORN said 8 years ago

    Julianna, I think your jewelry is lovely, it will take off I am sure! I had a little idea for you as well, along the lines of using models for your jewelry. I noticed you have those beautiful BRIDESMAID necklaces, see if you could get a picture from the wedding of the bridesmaids wearing them- or have a few of your friends dress up as bridesmaids wearing them. I have noticed a lot of sellers doing the bridesmaid thing and I find myself clicking on the images (even though I don't have any personal interest in getting married!) because they are vibrant with smiles and loveliness. Anyway, love your shop, I found it a few days ago actually! Good luck!

  • ShoedawgzK9Apparel

    ShoedawgzK9Apparel said 8 years ago

    Great question. Great answered. I am inspired!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 8 years ago

    Congratulations, Julianna, it would seem you've made it! And hoorah for good advice!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    I also think the FP is likely to be even less important if Etsy rolls out the taste tested version to everyone... newbies are notorious for not wanting to scroll down. Your items are beautiful & your photography excellent, so stop beating yourself up about what hasn't happened & congratulate yourself for being you!

  • SummersStuDio11

    SummersStuDio11 said 8 years ago

    This was very helpful! Looking forward to more!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 8 years ago

    A couple of years ago I wrote a series of articles I posted in the Etsy forums called Tips for Jewelry Sellers from a Customer. I explained exactly what I was looking for when shopping for necklaces, earrings, and bracelets including the frustration I felt in trying to find jewelry I liked. Many jewelry shop owners found them helpful. Perhaps more jewelry buyers could share their experiences in the forums so shop owners can learn to understand what customers are looking for and reorganize their shops in ways that make it easier for folks to find them and buy from them. :)

  • riise76

    riise76 said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry Julianna! I'm sure you'll get to wherever you're dreaming of heading to on Etsy! I've closed my shop temporarily because of scarce items that do no justice to what I love making and hopefully be able to put more items on sale in the next 6 months! You're headed in the right direction, thanks to Danielle's tips. :D

  • RhettDidntGiveADamn

    RhettDidntGiveADamn said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this new series! I am so looking forward to it. ♥

  • AbigailsOriginals

    AbigailsOriginals said 8 years ago

    Thank you both! I have the same problem. I have only had my shop open since January but I have not sold anything. So by my sales you are doing well! I am going to take your advice Juliana and try some better picture techniques any other advice is truly appreciated. I am very new to etsy so any help and or constructive criticism is welcome. I am still learning too!

  • AbigailsOriginals

    AbigailsOriginals said 8 years ago

    Thank you both! I have the same problem. I have only had my shop open since January but I have not sold anything. So by my sales you are doing well! I am going to take your advice Juliana and try some better picture techniques any other advice is truly appreciated. I am very new to etsy so any help and or constructive criticism is welcome. I am still learning too!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 8 years ago

    Thank you for a good advice, even though I donot sell similar items but the same rules almost all apply. :)

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 8 years ago

    Some great tips Danielle! Thanks!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 8 years ago

    We've never been on the FP either, or in any Storque articles, but we try not to worry about it. Some great tips here, especially on increasing inventory.

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 8 years ago

    Julianna, I think your work is lovely and the photos are beautiful! I agree with Danielle, I think your shop can use more items. Danielle, as usual, you rock!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 8 years ago

    Julianna, I think your work is lovely and the photos are beautiful! I agree with Danielle, I think your shop can use more items. Danielle, as usual, you rock!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 8 years ago

    I love this article. The seller question is a question a lot of us have on our minds. And the answer....love the all the godd advice and tips! Yes, this is a great article.

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart said 8 years ago

    Nice honest look at your beautiful shop and what makes etsy shoppers tick, sometimes it just takes a different perspective, look forward to learning more.

  • andTHITHERwas

    andTHITHERwas said 8 years ago

    So many times I read no sales from FP!!!! Don't think I've ever read about the huge sales from FP exposure.

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 8 years ago

    what a great idea to look at the details and share insight! your jewlery is lovely!

  • seaofbees

    seaofbees said 8 years ago

    awesome tips Danielle! xoxox

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Interesting series. Good luck to you Julianna. Hope this gives you a boost.

  • mixNmatch

    mixNmatch said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the new series Danielle. The advise you gave Julianna can be used by many of us.

  • tinybirdarts

    tinybirdarts said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Changing the titles should get you much better google search positioning. Don't think that making the front page is the end-all be-all for boosting your sales. I was 3 months on Etsy when one of my items made it to the front page. I'll tell you that I only sold 1 of that item, and I no longer list or sell that type of item period. Front page is not the holy-grail of selling here on Etsy. There are thousands of Etsy sellers, and there's no way all of them can get on the front page. Focus on finding customers other ways (like relisting, Facebook, creating unique packages such as for bridesmaids & birthday parties). Good luck to you Julianna!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    Very helpful tips! Good luck Julianna!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Great answer for many sellers. Thanks for the tips!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 8 years ago

    Yes! The front page is the place to be! But if you have only 5 items in your store you're not going to be able to quit your day job even if you do get profiled. That 80-20 rule is something people tell me all the time. I need to get busy. The irony is... can't quit the day job until I make more money selling my wares... can't make enough wares because I have a day job... sigh...

  • NaturalPetProducts

    NaturalPetProducts said 8 years ago

    Great article but I'm in the same boat. I'm on teams and build treasuries but shipping is killing me. My items go by weight and everyone knows just how expensive it can be to ship. I actually absorb shipping about 80% of the time and use things that can be recycled even my bottles. I've figured out that it seems to be certain sellers that make front page 3 -4 times a day even and yes you are right their items are flying off the shelf. I'm open to suggestions as well. TY

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    What a great idea! So much great advice, thank you so much! I think we can all learn from this. I just made a piece last night & am so happy about it. I can't wait to list it and agree that the vibe will show in your work!

  • PearlGem

    PearlGem said 8 years ago

    Good luck! A great article. Looks like a interesting new feature.

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 8 years ago

    This is going to be an awesome platform where all sellers can really get a peak into someone else's shop and hear theyre concerns (that are sometimes the same as our own) and here good, direct advicefrom admin and other successful shops on what to do! Thanks Etsy for always guiding us along~

  • chrysanthemumsshop

    chrysanthemumsshop said 8 years ago

    This artical was incredibly helpful for me as a fellow jewelry seller! Thanks for the great advice. I need to add more to my shop!

  • LeafAndTendril

    LeafAndTendril said 8 years ago

    I like this new series Danielle - it's very helpful to see a shop critiqued as a case study. Good luck to you Julianna - you make beautiful jewelry. :-)

  • hobbymakers

    hobbymakers said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle, great advice. Julianna, you sold about as much the first year as we did. The second year it doubled, and this year has started very well. Keep making such beautiful jewelry.

  • dearpumpernickel

    dearpumpernickel said 8 years ago

    This is great advice and so very useful to see how it applies directly. Lovely shop, Julianna, I'm sure you'll do great!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    I think this will be a very helpful and interesting series! Good luck, Julianna :-)

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 8 years ago

    Great critique Danielle - love this new feature! Love your shop Julianna.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    Good luck, Julianna ~ your shop is lovely! Thanks for doing this series, Danielle!

  • thisisblaise

    thisisblaise said 8 years ago

    i sell original photographs and drawings and i'm sometimes frustrated that most of etsy's tips and how-to's are geared primarily towards other crafts like handmade jewelry, clothing, etc. but every once in a while i'm able to extract applicable advice for my own work and my shop. this is one of those times, so thank you.

  • GaleazGlass

    GaleazGlass said 8 years ago

    Fantastic new series--thank you so much Danielle. Information that applies to all of us regardless of what we sell. Hang in there Julianna, you have beautiful jewelry!

  • gringrimaceandsqueak

    gringrimaceandsqueak said 8 years ago

    This is very useful- lots of straightforward info which is a blessing :) I think those photos are lovely, they really come together as a collection. Well done!

  • JenniesArts

    JenniesArts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this series! I think I'll learn a lot from it as well. Already, some good tips in this review ;)

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 8 years ago

    Well, you got your feature! Congrats. Beautiful items.

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this new series and great tips. Juliana your shop is beautiful and your talent shines. Who would have thought LONGER titles?! Usually people are telling me to say less, huh - go figure.

  • IngoDesign

    IngoDesign said 8 years ago

    Love the jewelry, love the picture and I feel success is just around the corner. Congrats and good luck.

  • ScrappyTudeStudios

    ScrappyTudeStudios said 8 years ago

    Thanks for asking a question that's on many minds! I really appreciate the information so readily shared on this website.

  • WallStarGraphics

    WallStarGraphics said 8 years ago

    Great information and a welcomed reminder. Thank you.

  • amberike

    amberike said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is wonderful! So pretty. I think i am gunna heart you right about now! Also thanks to Danielle for your answers and help!

  • polishedtwo

    polishedtwo said 8 years ago

    Very helpful advice! There were great tips for new and seasoned sellers. I've been here a while but can always use some reminders from the insider's perspective, especially when it comes to selling jewelry on Etsy. I'm truly looking forward to more articles in this series.

  • NeedlesnPinsStichery

    NeedlesnPinsStichery said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thanks for this new series. I am sure it will be full of helpful information. :)

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 8 years ago

    great article

  • JohnBirdsong

    JohnBirdsong said 8 years ago

    Great advice, great new series. I'll be applying some of these tips directly. looking forward to more.

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 8 years ago

    thanks for this new series danielle. i too need to work on inventory.

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 8 years ago

    Juliana ...your jewelry is so beautiful and the photos are gorgeous...the title advice, and adding the title in to your description in an organic natural way (as much as possible!) ...is great advice. There is favoritism on the FP...there's no way around that issue, but to create greater sales....it takes primping and polishing the business end...for sure! About models...that's not my thing at all, but, showing scale in some way is important so a buyer can imagine the "thing" on them...I've been on the FP a few times...it's a fantastic, temporary morale booster....

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls said 8 years ago

    Great advise Danielle! Julianna - I think you have a very beautiful shop! I've been on etsy for 2 1/2 years now and remember feeling the same way you do after a year here. Keep pushing forward!

  • twoknit

    twoknit said 8 years ago

    Great article. Thanks !!!

  • 2yellowbirds

    2yellowbirds said 8 years ago

    I struggle with much of the same. My scarves were in a treasury that made the front page once before. Nothing really came of it. I sell better in person. I struggle with sales here. Not sure what to do. I feel like I've tried everything.

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    BirdiesCozyNest said 8 years ago

    Your shop is lovely Julianna. I haven't read all the comments above so please forgive me if I am repeating anything, but I just wanted to add: Do what you love, and the money will follow. (in your shop and all parts of life) It's truly an energy flow, if you send out positive loving energy, you will attract more of the same, like a magnet. And if you send out frustrated, negative energy, you will attract more of the same. I have 2 shops here and I don't have much time these days to make things for my handmade shop, but I love the etsy community and really wanted to still participate, so I decided to focus my second shop on something I've always loved which is Vintage Books, especially Children's Books. I've worked in 2 bookstores and my bookshelves are always full, so I decided to pass on my love and experience of books to my customers. After I list things I try to focus on the other things I love, like being with my family, gardening, etc. Whenever I sit and think, "Oh, I'm not making any sales," I change my focus to the other things in my life that I love, almost forgetting that I have etsy shops, and then when I go back to my e-mail I see "payment from.." and it reminds me to check my shop. I've only recently started to think this way, but it has made a difference. I'm doing what I love, and I am having fun. Wishing you the best, Becky

  • DuettaDesigns

    DuettaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Danielle, you're spot on with the advise. Julianna, you do have a very nice shop. Congrats on so many sales in 1 year, I think that is quite a lot. I've been on Etsy for 6 months and am now starting to get sales (7 of them) With how many jewelry shops there are here, it's hard to get noticed.

  • alicegaophotography

    alicegaophotography said 8 years ago

    Oh, great new series! Can't wait for future posts. As a new shop owner, the part about the inventory was very helpful. I need to get cracking on that!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 8 years ago

    Wonderful new series and very helpful. Thanks to you both. Best of luck with your beautiful shop Julianna!

  • HanaMauiCreations

    HanaMauiCreations said 8 years ago

    Great article and info! Thanks!

  • AllUnwound

    AllUnwound said 8 years ago

    GREAT new series. I'm trying to absorb all the business info I can before I list my creations. And I'm working on having enough inventory. :) Julianna your sales look good to me...as someone brand new. As a buyer I'd say use up all those tags so I can find you when I do an Etsy search. Best of luck!

  • AllUnwound

    AllUnwound said 8 years ago

    Julianna, For example, your ALICE necklace isn't listed as a charm cluster necklace. If I was a buyer looking for a cluster necklace I wouldn't find it. HTH

  • LetterParade

    LetterParade said 8 years ago

    Danielle, I love this series!!! @Juliana, I can smell more success coming your way!!!

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 8 years ago

    Oh neat! Love this new series already--looking forward to more, thanks to both of you! Good luck with your shop Julianna!

  • RozemarijnOudejans

    RozemarijnOudejans said 8 years ago

    Very usefull interview, thanks! The advice really gave me some good ideas for my own shop. Julianna, your shop looks great and I agree with mazedasastoat: count your blessings and be proud of what you've already accomplished! Good luck with your shop!

  • colorsafestudios

    colorsafestudios said 8 years ago

    Julianna - I just checked out your shop. Lovely .....and girl, you're getting the views now! Cheers to you!

  • ItchinStitchin

    ItchinStitchin said 8 years ago

    GREAT shop - love the way you take your photos. Keep the thought of making the FP in your head - not that you never make the FP but that you ARE GOING TO - It's all about positive thinking. I wish you luck with your shop!!!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 8 years ago

    Looking forward to more in this series, Danielle Xo! I had not heard of the 80/20 rule of inventory before, but it certainly seems to be true-- Out of 200 items in my shop, there are about 40 that sell over and over again at any given time. Thanks for all of the other tips too!

  • petitus

    petitus said 8 years ago

    good advice , I 've started my shop a few months ago I havan't sold anything yet but I so love the etsy-community <3

  • quercusdesign

    quercusdesign said 8 years ago

    The Front Page doesn't always correlate to sales, so if your definition of success is making enough money to live on, there are better goals. On the other hand, it is definitely a compliment, and every self-employed creative needs more of those! I'm on the front page about twice a month, and it rarely has a direct effect on my sales. It may have a long-term effect, but if so, I can't track it. I don't want to run off at the mouth here, so to speak, so if you want some advice on making your photos more appealing to people making Treasuries, convo me.

  • PipiPhotography

    PipiPhotography said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading that - looking forward to more from this series! :)

  • knitmystique

    knitmystique said 8 years ago

    Agree with everyone! really interesting series and great advice that we can all apply. I would LOVE some specific advice myself!!! All the best with your jewelry! And Danielle I think you will be getting lots of letters from now on....

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna, Thank you so much for asking this question. I think we are all having this issue in the jewelry field!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 8 years ago

    this was a wonderful article no matter what you sell! I went back and tweaked some of my listings, more descriptive etc. thanks for the encouragement...

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 8 years ago

    Danielle - another example of why you are one of the most supportive and encouraging members of the Etsy community! Wonderful advice in the article and a truly generous response in the comments. I also agree that the FP is VERY helpful, and can be frustrating to not see yourself up there every once in a while, but there are many, many shops doing VERY well without any Etsy "exposure" at all. You can do it, too. Good luck!

  • AdaRosman

    AdaRosman said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article. The jewelry field is quite saturated on Etsy so it is definitely key to have good tags and wonderful pictures that can show your jewelry in a different way whether that be models or just different angles of pictures. I look forward to reading more from this series of blog posts.

  • CinLynnBoutique

    CinLynnBoutique said 8 years ago

    I very much enjoyed this article and I can learn from it too, being a fellow jewelry seller. There are a LOT of jewelry sellers on Etsy and the competition is enormous! It's very hard to stand out! I sure do wish you much success!

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 8 years ago

    Fabby new series, great shop!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 8 years ago

    This is great can not wait to see more.

  • ApplewoodHandwovens

    ApplewoodHandwovens said 8 years ago

    Another great series... thank you!!

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 8 years ago

    Some great tips here, Danielle - thank you. I'd love to be on the FP too, but am still plodding on with tweaking photos, titles, descriptions, tags - just not enough hours in the day !!! And good luck with your lovely shop, Julianna - you're sure to be successful with all our gorgeous designs ! Erika x

  • MetalRocks

    MetalRocks said 8 years ago

    Nice shop! It's takes awhile to start selling regularly IMO. Your sales are way better than my first year so you are doing plenty that is right! My best advice is to build on what IS working and go from there! I let my customers lead me and so far it's worked out well. Happy Sales! :-)

  • wittygifties

    wittygifties said 8 years ago

    gorgeous jewelry, and really helpful article! Thanks to you both.

  • RalphandCo

    RalphandCo said 8 years ago

    beautiful jewelry...Hang in there...

  • AmbivalentRelics

    AmbivalentRelics said 8 years ago

    Wonderful Shop and great tips on being a better Etsy Seller.

  • bluedag111

    bluedag111 said 8 years ago

    I am new in the world of Etsy also.....thanks for the article. It's always good to hear the experiences of others who have shops here on Etsy. We can all help each other grow with these useful guidelines. Thanks!! Good Luck!!

  • MySelvagedLife

    MySelvagedLife said 8 years ago

    great thread Daniele! Julianna, I was selling on etsy for a year and a half before I hit my 100th sale, so try to be patient! You're doing the right thing by reaching out to the community here, and you have some lovely jewelry. I would add to you and others struggling that you could maybe try to make more treasuries and reach out to fellow artists that way. Other etsy sellers/curators will return the favor and your name and creations will get more and more notice!

  • nauli

    nauli said 8 years ago

    Great new series! W'd love to see more!

  • DFinn

    DFinn said 8 years ago

    beautiful jewelry!! While there are alot of jewelry shops on etsy, I think yours are unique. Keep at it!! These are great tips!! I love to learn from these blog entries! Debbie

  • JemmDeeCreations

    JemmDeeCreations said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Thanks for great tips! Good luck to you Julianna!

  • hawaiibeads

    hawaiibeads said 8 years ago

    LOL Lets see, been selling here since 2007, over 650 sales. This IS my day job. Never been on the front page. Free shipping/no free shipping. New photos all the time. Always trying something new/different. Etsy changes...for the good and the not so good sometimes. The economy has changed. BUT, as long as you are doing something that you love, as I do, that is what life is all about. And an addiction to beads ain't so bad. We are in a very crowded market. There are slow times and busy times! But if you have your beads then keep trying new ideas. Enjoy everyday, and don't let the slow times get to you. Keep at it, your jewels are beautiful!

  • DivineChairDesign

    DivineChairDesign said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and great article! Hope you get many sales!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 8 years ago

    Very interesting Daniele - the 80/20 theory seems to make sense - when I worked in direct sales, we used to say 90/10 but that was a few years ago and not the same as retail. Looking forward to more articles like this.

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 8 years ago

    tho us older members have heard many of these tips before...i think it sometimes takes a personal relationship to a real live person to have it all hit home and make sense in "our world" of etsy. i thank danielle & julianna for opening a new way to learn more about our shops.

  • beyondtherockz

    beyondtherockz said 8 years ago

    I look forward to following this Series. Your shop is lovely, Julianna, and I think it's wonderful the way you reached out to Danielle. Thinking outside the box and boldly pushing forward will surely bring you much success. You inspire. Caroline

  • maebelle09

    maebelle09 said 8 years ago

    I am a new seller also, and I've only sold 5 items in 3 months. This has been great information for me. I have put it on Facebook and Tweeter! Most of my friends will want to buy it outright from me instead from the website... I will take Daniele's advice and try it. I'll try Pounce!? I've wondered how some people have so many sales. Thanks Daniele for this topic..

  • oldhollywood

    oldhollywood said 8 years ago

    Thanks, great tips.

  • ginalimosaics

    ginalimosaics said 8 years ago

    very good advice, Julianna Im in the same boat so this blog will certainly help us both. Since you got featured in this blog I'd say you are on your way to a great new beginning! good luck and thanks Danielle

  • KathysKreation

    KathysKreation said 8 years ago

    Julianna, Thank you so much for asking this question. I think we are all having this issue in the jewelry field! I don't care about being on the front page, just want more sales. Thanks, Daniello, looking forward to the next in this series.

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 8 years ago

    Fantastic advice with some very constructive tips... will try to act on some of these as I'm quite new to Etsy myself.

  • TropicalMetal

    TropicalMetal said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful The photos are lovely. Keep at it, as you have a winner.

  • DesignsStainedGlass

    DesignsStainedGlass said 8 years ago

    Love this new feature. Juliana - your shop is lovely - best of luck. I will be taking Danielle's advice too.

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    Never thought of using pounce that way! Thanks for the great tip Danielle.

  • stitchuation

    stitchuation said 8 years ago

    That was good, practical advice. I do the things suggested and for some reason my sales just suddenly STOPPED in Jan... anyway, still plugging away at it...nice to see a beautiful shop and to read good advice!

  • LouisestArt

    LouisestArt said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • MYVINTAGELADY

    MYVINTAGELADY said 8 years ago

    Great article! Beautiful jewelry! This is great information I can use too!

  • Serenities

    Serenities said 8 years ago

    Very lovely! I know that I have wonderful items to offer for sale, so I will never judge the quality of my shop by someone elses' criteria (s). It is wise, however, to follow suggestions, such as the ones that have been given to you, but by no means should you gauge your success by being chosen to appear on the *front page*, or not. To my knowledge, I've never been on it. However, I have a steady flow of fellow Etsians choosing my items for their treasuries and I've had some wonderful sales. I'm very pleased to be a part of Etsy!

  • Serenities

    Serenities said 8 years ago

    Very lovely! I know that I have wonderful items to offer for sale, so I will never judge the quality of my shop by someone elses' criteria (s). It is wise, however, to follow suggestions, such as the ones that have been given to you, but by no means should you gauge your success by being chosen to appear on the *front page*, or not. To my knowledge, I've never been on it. However, I have a steady flow of fellow Etsians choosing my items for their treasuries and I've had some wonderful sales. I'm very pleased to be a part of Etsy!

  • Mumsygoose

    Mumsygoose said 8 years ago

    Love the sales ratio tip, very useful and the insight into titles. Thanks.

  • FrogsAndFairytales

    FrogsAndFairytales said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work Julianna! I think this is going to be a great series.

  • WinterberryJewelry

    WinterberryJewelry said 8 years ago

    That advice is spot on! I didn't have many sales until I started really filling up my shop. I have another shop with different items, and it doesn't get as many sales, in part because there aren't many items in there. Also, if you find that a certain item is popular, try making variations of it - people love options. I have only had one item from this shop on the front page. Being on the front page doesn't make any difference in sales. Now being featured in an etsy email... That is a whole 'nuther ball of wax. It does bring in the sales big time. Good luck!

  • mummiquilts

    mummiquilts said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is gorgeous and I like your photography too. It is not easy to get the sales... A lot of competition. And some sellers have similar items at really low price. We all need to make a living so lets get creative and help one another.

  • nutsaboutknitting

    nutsaboutknitting said 8 years ago

    I really think the jewelry in your shop is beautiful! The fjord earrings particularly stand out for me. I like the way they were photographed and the way the light catches the crystals. They seem to be calling for a wearer : ) I've said this before, and I'll say it one more time. Sometimes you can have the most fantastic shop but, it really is getting people to FIND you and know you are there. Having more inventory works in 2 ways really. It gives a buyer ,more choices and it puts more of your image out there to be found.... Best of luck I hope this feature brings you lots of sales : )

  • BetsysSupplies

    BetsysSupplies said 8 years ago

    This jewlery is very Beautiful! I was wondering about the sales part of the business and how much you should have for sale at one time. The 60-40 rule is great! Thank you for such a great artical!

  • beadedblue

    beadedblue said 8 years ago

    You do make beautiful jewelry! Looking forward to this series!!

  • zehland

    zehland said 8 years ago

    I'm so impressed with the help that is offered on this site. Looking forward to more posts in this series, Danielle. Julianna, I think your items are lovely and your shop as well.

  • SavageArtworks

    SavageArtworks said 8 years ago

    You have beautiful items and pictures, and I'm a bit surprised you haven't been on the FP yet. I think it must be those connections from other sellers that you have lacked...get out and make yourself seen on teams and in the forums. Make them see you.

  • SweetMagnoliasFarm

    SweetMagnoliasFarm said 8 years ago

    I agree with the 20 / 80 ratio Danielle. I notice the more inventory my shop has and the more often I list and the more diversified my offerings are ..my sales pick up. And I'm just in the 100's of items sold. So I know from these few times I have witnessed this happening that my Goal is to keep adding more and more often. I think that's probably true for all the sellers that make the front page ..theirs stores are full of inventory and they stock it constantly. Etsy is awesome so glad to be part of it too !

  • chicagofinethreads

    chicagofinethreads said 8 years ago

    Good advice! thank you for the article. Good luck Julianna!

  • abigailleedesigns

    abigailleedesigns said 8 years ago

    This is great information. As a new seller, I am looking for information everywhere on how to increase my sales and traffic. Thanks so much for the tips. And that jewelry is beautiful!

  • rykasbeads

    rykasbeads said 8 years ago

    Love the article and found FluffyFlowers wow I'd like to see that old blog is it possible for you to send it to me. Thank-You Ryka

  • Papeeyay

    Papeeyay said 8 years ago

    Thank you for asking the questions other may not want to or think to ask. This benefits all of us. Cheers.

  • jorgensenstudio

    jorgensenstudio said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is lovely, with Etsy it seems that sales beget more sales, so things will multiply if you keep going. Your pictures are great but a loxer angle on the items will help too- the avondale necklace photo is a good angle. why the angle helps I don't know but it does. Also, one thing I wish someone had told me when I started - advertise. You don't need to spend big dollars in the beginning - use project wonderful and I've even traded jewelry for advertising on blogs - but start small & grow your advertising budget along with the rest of your business. I would say that at least 50% of my work time is spent on marketing - maybe more. You can't wait for people to find you - you have to put yourself infront of them.

  • beadelight

    beadelight said 8 years ago

    Great article--thanks for asking the question, Julianna, and thanks for your thoughtful answer, Danielle! I like your photo, too :)

  • ThePerennialPast

    ThePerennialPast said 8 years ago

    Sooooo good. Thank you!

  • BeyondCrochet

    BeyondCrochet said 8 years ago

    Thank you, Danielle for starting this new series. I look forward to seeing more.

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Julianna, your work is beautiful and definitely shows your individual style. I agree with Daniellexo, work on the designs that YOU have fun with. Although you may see certain styles as being more popular and easy sellers, look at your shop through the eyes of a buyer...if there are 20 successful jewelry designers selling all similar styles, you can bet you won't have much of a share of those sales. However, if you develop your own style, your pieces will be seen as unique and in turn, more desireable. Also, I had a similar problem my first year. It wasn't until I made a huge effort to increase my inventory to over 100 items that I started to see more steady sales. Keep at it and don't give up!

  • baysidewiredesigns

    baysidewiredesigns said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! Danielle gave such great advice. I once posted a link in a forum for help very much like you asked for and it helped me some. I'm still working on getting more sales as well. I really like the suggestion of adding models to the photos... not exactly easy to find. lol I wish you the best! You have lovely jewelry. :)

  • jorgensenstudio

    jorgensenstudio said 8 years ago

    and ps - the front page is great but it is seldom & far between - build your business to be sustainable without being on the front page - because even if you make it there it doesn't always mean you'll sell like crazy - sometimes its anticlimactic.

  • whatthehartlikes

    whatthehartlikes said 8 years ago

    This was a great article to read. I've just started and only have 8 sales in a month, so I am pretty much in the same place. The tips were really helpful. Now I must go sew.

  • BooBooArtLLC

    BooBooArtLLC said 8 years ago

    I too am waiting to be discovered by the Etsy front page! I'll keep working on it!

  • devikasart

    devikasart said 8 years ago

    Love you work Juliana..and this new series! Certainly helpful to all..especially the not so experienced ones..like me:-) devika

  • ZiBagz

    ZiBagz said 8 years ago

    Many thanks Etsy for this wonderful series.. and Danielle thank you for your most excellent advice. Truly appreciated and will be applied.. Julianna... gorgeous shop!

  • ArtGlamourSligo

    ArtGlamourSligo said 8 years ago

    Hi All, I have a question, when you make it to the front page, do you know about it? I have noticed that pages in the US version sometimes changing every 2 - 4 hours, so it's easy to missed. Do we get some kind of info that we have made it to the FP? Asking couse one of my Items got 500 reviews in one night but I have no proove that have made to the FP.

  • SorringowlandSons

    SorringowlandSons said 8 years ago

    I have been on the FP about 5 times with my other shop, abodewell, but doing that didn't necessarily translate into sales. For me, I've found (by studying other Etsy sellers and by experience--good and bad) that the relationships you create with your buyers (and their feedback) probably brings in more sales than we think. So, now, I really try to go above and beyond with my present customers as I think that will always translate to new customers. In other words, I think it's important to generate good relationships with the customers you have first and then the sales will follow. Great Shop and great article!

  • HardBrownSugar

    HardBrownSugar said 8 years ago

    Good Luck to you, Julianna! Your jewelry is very pretty, and the photos were taken with great imagination! This is the first time I've actually taken the initiative to read a newsletter question, and yours was very relevant. The answer was helpful for many of us, I think. Thanks!

  • Mymothersgarden

    Mymothersgarden said 8 years ago

    Thank you to Julianna and Danielle! This is great info for all of us. Wishing you much success, Julianna....hope to see a Quit your day job article about you in the future. :)

  • Lvsglass

    Lvsglass said 8 years ago

    This was such a helpful conversation. I'm new to Etsy and have yet to sell an item...I know the time will come, but I found the advice useful. Julianna, your work is really special!!

  • Eternalelfcreations

    Eternalelfcreations said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry and photography are great! I can see you are a hard worker and I hope your sales pick up soon!

  • Alyssabeths

    Alyssabeths said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advice! Juliana, you work is stunning. I agree, you need more inventory.

  • briave

    briave said 8 years ago

    Can't wait for more on this series. Great advice that I hope to be applying to my store soon! Thanks so much.

  • LilypadLaneDesigns

    LilypadLaneDesigns said 8 years ago

    Ohh what Fabulous information! Thank you so much for starting this new series...sometimes I feel a little in the dark with this new business. And what a cute well deserved shop you picked! Good Luck Girlie!

  • Studio3B

    Studio3B said 8 years ago

    Great article and advice xoxo

  • AuntMsCreations

    AuntMsCreations said 8 years ago

    thanks for asking the questions and thanks for the answers. I am having a hard time getting more sales as well and am so open to suggestions and feedback from others. Also is "Pounce" an app that I can use any time? IF so how do I get access to it?

  • 116Roselaine

    116Roselaine said 8 years ago

    Julianna, your shop and work is beautiful! Don't fret I'm sure it will happen for you! I've been on Etsy for over 3 years, hoping to suppliment my income after an unexpected early retirement. My shop has jewelry, also, and I sell vintage items and supplies, as well. I have only had 45 sales in 3 years and have been very discouraged. Recently, I've been getting involved with teams, circles, doing treasuries, and posting on my business facebook page. I'm hoping this will help. I'm still trying to find the key to being found. Thank you, Danielle, this was very helpful!

  • FWBVISION

    FWBVISION said 8 years ago

    You have lovely jewelry! I am a decorator and I think if you laid your pieces on a bed of teal colored velvet, like you wanted them to be caressed in softness, they would show better. The photos are great but you are not selling them. I agree with the modeling idea but also showcase them with fabric colors. If you go to a jeweler, look to see how he displays his jewelry. Also consider a box that would hold earrings lined with satin! Hope this helps.

  • dreambijoux

    dreambijoux said 8 years ago

    I agree with the amount displayed, my mistake is to be busy with a Website and spending time doing shows. my inventory is split and did not pay attention to Etsy...But i am keeping all the emails from Etsy and will work like you did to promote myself better. Great forum to read. Georges.

  • ClayBeadsAndMore

    ClayBeadsAndMore said 8 years ago

    Julianna - your work and photos are beautiful. You definitely do not have enough items in your shop. I found for me that I started to have far more regular sales once I passed the 100 items mark. Also I would lose the names in your item titles. Nobody puts the word Avondale or Odette in the search box. They are not useful. After 3 years of etsy, and being in loads of treasuries, I finally made it to the FP about 3 weeks ago. It certainly got me lots of views and hearts, but I cannot say that it brought me any sales! So I wouldn't hanker after that too much. Wish you lots of luck, Penny

  • itchyeyedesigns

    itchyeyedesigns said 8 years ago

    This is so encouraging...great tips! As a newbie with Etsy and a jewelry designer myself, I found this to be very helpful. good luck and happy creating to all of us in the very dear and cherished Etsy community!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 8 years ago

    You have a beautiful shop !!! And great ideas for your shop !!! Good luck !!!

  • YouOkWithThis

    YouOkWithThis said 8 years ago

    I am a new seller and this has encouraged me. I too would love to make it to the first page. I now know that I need more inventory. I have been frustrated and now I am encouraged to change some things. Julianna you have awesome jewelry! I sympathize with you. You said exactly the things I"ve been feeling. thank you.

  • justweddingbouquets

    justweddingbouquets said 8 years ago

    Great information. Thanks for starting this series. Sometimes all it takes is a little tweak here and there to get the sales rolling in. It seems to comes in waves. I look forward to seeing how these tips work for her.

  • elsierose

    elsierose said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna! Your jewelry is beautiful and so are your photos, keep it up! I have been on etsy for a few months only. I've made it to front page at least twice because of joining a treasury team, but I still have only 7 sales so far, and I'm sure Danielle is right - it's because I don't have enough inventory. So let's get to work!! Best of luck :)

  • KapKaDesign

    KapKaDesign said 8 years ago

    Dear Julianna, don't give up! your jewelry is beautiful. I appreciate your question and all the comets and help from fellow etsy artists. It makes me feel great to be part of such vibrant loving community. Eva

  • twostars321

    twostars321 said 8 years ago

    I think your peices are great. And hang in there. One other thing do you wear your jewelry? If you and some one coments on it tell them you made it and give them a business card. Have you tried maybe an in home party throw a jewelry party in your home or a friends and have them invite there friends. It is amasing what just on party will do. I think I see more things from my home and to people I have met then I have on my Etsy site. Just find you nitch I know a lot of people say that but it is true. Good luck and bless you.

  • Floraandfolium

    Floraandfolium said 8 years ago

    What great advice and a great idea for a series. Julianna good luck with your store.

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle said 8 years ago

    Great article and information! Things that all of us need to keep in mind whether we are new or have been here awhile. Your shop is lovely, keep up the great work.

  • januaryhart

    januaryhart said 8 years ago

    Keep the faith, Julianna! It's hard some days to remain encouraged and feel all your efforts are worth it. Keep living your dream, I say. Your work and your shop is lovely. Your time will come.

  • dwcartgallery

    dwcartgallery said 8 years ago

    First of all - the jewelry is great! Love the photos too. I agree with the critique and appreciate the Etsy team for spending the time to help the sellers out. I am fairly new to Etsy and I need to also built my inventory on the site. I like the 80/20 comment.

  • creationsbylr

    creationsbylr said 8 years ago

    I am also fairly new to Etsy. I have been open since February and have only made one sale. I make primarily Judaica pendants and researched other sites before I listed my jewelry. I did not find anything else like mine so thought it would be a seller. I do sell my jewlery in a couple gift ships and it sells. I have really struggled with getting good photos.

  • AstoriaLane

    AstoriaLane said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful article. I like the suggestion for more descriptive titles. Also the point about being able to tell which items you love to make showing through your work. I know for myself whenever I really enjoy making one of bookmarks I will go the extra mile with it whether that be taking really awesome photos or just doing something a little extra on it. That is one thing I need to work on by showing the love to all my listings. Thank you again for a wonderful article.

  • earthtoartceramics

    earthtoartceramics said 8 years ago

    Well, sales seem to be a hit and miss. I've been on the front page twice and no sales resulted from it. Finding a unique nich seems to help. Relisting helps. I have not found that showcases help at all. I used to have a link on fb, but it seems that that was taken away by etsy. That did generate some sales. Kaboodle helped and now that link is gone? You have beautiful jewelry and the right buyer is just waiting.

  • CreativeInputbyLiz

    CreativeInputbyLiz said 8 years ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Great question and great answers. The jewelry is beautiful and, yes, it is hard to get noticed. I am in the same boat. We will rock on, together. Good luck.

  • outsideTHEBOXbows

    outsideTHEBOXbows said 8 years ago

    Great article, I needed that bit of encouragement. I was starting to feel a bit invisible in this world and it is a small comfort to know that I'm not alone. Thanks Danielle for the article and Julianna for your honesty!

  • RetroBabs

    RetroBabs said 8 years ago

    Julianna, I think you jewelry is very beautiful and photos are great. When I look for jewelry on Etsy I always put in what I am looking for first, color or material (pearl earrings)- I think the title of your jewelry needs work. I separate my items titles with commas like this: Clear Crystal, Sterling Loop Earrings, Lagoon Mist, Quartz, Handmade by Julianna of Mystery and Manners Good Luck and I hope this helps

  • TeeiaboDesigns

    TeeiaboDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great advice Daniellexo! I will take heed as I too am experiencing problems trying to generate visitors and sales from my shop.

  • BentWhimsStudio

    BentWhimsStudio said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Will have to put the advice to use in my shop and looking forward to more posts.

  • sizzlestrapz

    sizzlestrapz said 8 years ago

    Great advice ad a lot of info to ork ith! Thanks for te question and answer guys!

  • carolinesboutique

    carolinesboutique said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this article! You gave great feedback and I always like reading these blogs, because it does make you feel like your not alone. :) Julianna, you have beautiful jewelry and hopefully more buyers are coming your way!

  • ALWAYSNBLOOM

    ALWAYSNBLOOM said 8 years ago

    I thought I would never sell a thing on Etsy and as I continue adding more items to my shop I am getting requests daily. I some times add items just so some one will take a peek. I realized that re-listing daily took a lot of my profit. The last two weeks in march I called "March Madness" which I sold over $1100 in pomander balls. Who would have guessed that It would take off so fast! Keep your head up and continue your desire to succeed. That is what I have done! Best of luck to you!

  • studio3ten

    studio3ten said 8 years ago

    GREAT article ! THANKS!

  • mostlybracelettes

    mostlybracelettes said 8 years ago

    I like your shop, I think you have a unique style.

  • LilinovaDesigns

    LilinovaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Julianna, you have beautiful jewelry and a lovely store. Thanks for prompting these great suggestions from Danielle....a great help to all of us!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    This was such an inspiring and informative article. Good luck Julianna - looks like you're on the right track!

  • MlleCafeAuLait

    MlleCafeAuLait said 8 years ago

    It does not hurt to have your items featured on a Facebook Page for your shop. That way, you can feature pictures of happy customers and good reviews. Also, Youtube is another place where once can get subscribers to look at the beautiful jewelry that you have created! Good luck!

  • receivingcuddles

    receivingcuddles said 8 years ago

    Great article. Looking forward to reading more of them. I didn't know about the 20/80 rule, and it makes sense. Looks like I will be busy(ier) the next few weeks!

  • elbeirold

    elbeirold said 8 years ago

    Julianna, I love your jewelry and know you will keep making more sales. I also keep trying new ways for people to find my site I only get a few views a week. ???? I love making treauries and seeing all the talented artists. thanks for all the information Danielle, I will keep learning!

  • tarabeads

    tarabeads said 8 years ago

    This is great. Etsy is so helpful. The critiique was so helpful to me for my shop. I've only just started and it will be ages before I have even a hundred items in my shop, but you don't know if you don't go! Good stuff Julianna!

  • Smokinmudproductions

    Smokinmudproductions said 8 years ago

    Wow..How timely was this. I have been wondering the same thing lately and have been at times frustrated. There was really great advice. I have had this shop since April of last year, and have sold sold 12 items. I believe that the next goal will be to check out the advice given to see if that will change things. I love your work and I think you will soon begin enjoying an increase in your sells!

  • HandiworksbyJanice

    HandiworksbyJanice said 8 years ago

    Great and timely advice and tips. As one of the thousands of jewelry shops here on Etsy, I agree with everything above me and the comments from Danielle....I use twitter for most everything. I get a lot of hits when I do, but dont know if my sales come from it though. Facebook and a blog are two other great avenues to get your shop out there. I also enter jewelry contests of leading beading magazines when I can. I look forward to more posts in this series!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 8 years ago

    Wow, I really love your jewelry! Best of luck with your store!

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver said 8 years ago

    Julianna, your shop is wonderful! I wish I could say that I had done as well my first year on Etsy! Kudos to you! :)

  • LittleKnitsStudio

    LittleKnitsStudio said 8 years ago

    Nice article. It's a jungle out here and guidance is always appreciated!

  • RBJohnson

    RBJohnson said 8 years ago

    You have awesome pieces, I hope your dream of "Quit Your Day Job" becomes a reality !

  • JustOffNormal

    JustOffNormal said 8 years ago

    I love the use of ribbon and newsprint in the thumbnail photos! Thank you for the critique on this shop- I'm looking forward to the series!

  • WhirlGirlGlass

    WhirlGirlGlass said 8 years ago

    Great articile and great shop. I will add you and use you in future treasuries. Best of Luck to you!

  • ReawakenedTreasure

    ReawakenedTreasure said 8 years ago

    Love the series! I think 57 sales is a lot and that Juliana should not be worried her work is wonderful. I too look forward to the series...

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 8 years ago

    Great ideas from many etsy sellers. THANKS

  • SigneNjustJewellery

    SigneNjustJewellery said 8 years ago

    Great article and advice! I think the whole FP thing is a bit overrated. I've been on the FP several times, yet I only have about 50 sales. Good luck with your shop Julianna! :)

  • justayayadesign

    justayayadesign said 8 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, I believe you have set your intention and are on your way. I think your work will speak for itself, I hear it loud and clear. Take care xo

  • justayayadesign

    justayayadesign said 8 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, I believe you have set your intention and are on your way. I think your work will speak for itself, I hear it loud and clear. Take care xo

  • MadMamaMiller

    MadMamaMiller said 8 years ago

    This blog was of great interest to me, being a newbie and having very little experience with etsy. I know I need more items so I am concentrating on that for now. Also I am guessing I need to be flexible about how long it will take to have a certain amount of success here. Julianna's shop is beautiful and I wish her great success! I predict she will do well!

  • kitandcaboodleshop

    kitandcaboodleshop said 8 years ago

    Taking this advice and using it in my own shop. Now I best get back to making more inventory!!!

  • lbvcards

    lbvcards said 8 years ago

    Great advice! I look forward to reading more. Thanks!

  • DesignsbyHarriet

    DesignsbyHarriet said 8 years ago

    Juliana, your jewelry is very creative and I am sure you will eventually reach the level you want to be on Etsy, but don't base it on being on the front page. It is a nice goal, but not one that will make or break your business. I really wish I had the same problems you do, after a year I closed my shop without any sales and then just reopened it again. I have a long way to go to reach your level. I am very happy for your current success and wish you continued success in the future.

  • Brucelemler

    Brucelemler said 8 years ago

    I'm so glad you asked this question---I was having the exact same problem, and, like you, wondering, "Where am I going wrong?" Thanks for putting it out there: )

  • modhmary

    modhmary said 8 years ago

    I think your photos are lovely and speak well of the jewelry you sell, best of luck to you and you're not doing half bad with landing the blog article!

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 8 years ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for asking this question. I totally can relate, I could have written it myself! I have been actively selling for about six months, doing all the things you mentioned and have only had about 20 sales! Thank you Danielle for answering the question so that those of us in the same boat could benefit from your insight and wisdom! Best of luck to you Julianna! I'm sure this feature will definitely help generate a few sales or even a front page spot (I agree, the Holy Grail).

  • GlitzyCreations

    GlitzyCreations said 8 years ago

    Danielle, Love your answers to Julianna of Mystery and Manners. Great advise that I plan to put to use. I see that I need to add to my site to get the %s working for me. I also picked up on the the advise about photos and dynamic listings of our items. I'm small time with big time hopes and need sales income to afford listings, advertising,etc. I feel that I am wearing-out my Facebook family and friends, with my blurbs about my jewelry. I soooo hope they will help me spread the word. I have even suggested thet they share my site with as many people as possible. When the sales start I will be able to add more and more items. Can't wait!!!! How will you EVER get time to read each posting and comment on many??? Best wishes and thanks for starting thisforum. Looking forward to reading more. Lois

  • lalunaranchwear

    lalunaranchwear said 8 years ago

    Awesome insights!!

  • JewelryByMaureen

    JewelryByMaureen said 8 years ago

    Great tips Danielle, I am always looking for ways to improve sales in my new store. Beautiful jewelry Julianna, I hope this article brings you the exposure you deserve to spark more sales!

  • Glammerish

    Glammerish said 8 years ago

    I love this! Really great info with tips I'll definitely be considering... Thanks a bunch Danielle!!! Lillian

  • mARTiBee

    mARTiBee said 8 years ago

    You are both so great!--Julianna to ask the questions that face many of us with budding Etsy shops, and Danielle for really concrete tweaks that Julianna can use to grab future success--thanks for this series--I'm hooked! Marti

  • BellatareCreations

    BellatareCreations said 8 years ago

    Hi, Julianna! Beautiful jewelry, indeed! Best of luck to you. Danielle, great idea!! I'm, just getting started on Etsy and have nothing listed yet. I am looking forward to fine tuning my sales. Although I make predominantly floral wreaths, I still found good advice in this column. Keep it up!

  • Vitrine

    Vitrine said 8 years ago

    Some great advice there! Good luck Juliana!

  • myglamour

    myglamour said 8 years ago

    I will be using the tips. Thanks a bunch Danielle!!! Lillian

  • cushgoods

    cushgoods said 8 years ago

    Take advantage of Activity. Personally thank everyone who favorites your shop or adds you to their circle. Add a tag to the convo so you can find them and let them know about sales, promotions, etc. I've made lots of sales this way.

  • ILoveYourStyle

    ILoveYourStyle said 8 years ago

    This is a great new series! Thank you. I feel the same way that Juliana feels. Danielle I always enjoy reading your advice and try y best to put it to practice. I have been around since Oct. I have had about 10 sales. I have been working a lot on my photos. I opened a second shop called The Old Pink Porch. No sales but it has been get ing noticed a lot faster than I love your Style. Anyway I always look forward to reading my Etsy success newsletter. Thank You again, Christine

  • bellazahn

    bellazahn said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips - Juliana, your question could have been mine and I am especially interested in the advice to increase inventory. I did follow another blogger's advice and look seriously at the metalanguage in my tags and descriptions and it has definitely increased my shop exposure, but I think I need a tweak or two to generate actual sales and inventory could be a key there

  • RazielaDesigns

    RazielaDesigns said 8 years ago

    I can so relate to Juliana. I have tried other sites and nothing but a few sells. This is my second attempt at Etsy. Praying this time will be different. Danielle, thanks for this...it really helped. I'm glad I'm not the only seller feeling these same woes.

  • secretbetweensisters

    secretbetweensisters said 8 years ago

    lm just starting out so any advice is welcome and needed. Need to hear others perceptions in order to improve. l will be devoted to this series. Your work is beautiful Julianna, and l too can see the love and passion that goes into your pieces, you have certainly captured that in your photos. l dont think you can ever go wrong if passion is your drive!

  • CelebrateToday

    CelebrateToday said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work, Julianna! I wish you much success!

  • chubbychick

    chubbychick said 8 years ago

    Hey Danielle...I agree..some great tips, but I'm in the same boat as Julianna...and I think we're taking on water...I'm an older gal and not a quitter...but I have to wonder.....I've had a shop for over a year and only 12 sales..,just not sure whether to keep at it. I'm really not usually this grumpy....HeHe! Thanks so much for your insight!

  • jamiesondesigns

    jamiesondesigns said 8 years ago

    good luck juliana,i like this blog!

  • AeridesDesigns

    AeridesDesigns said 8 years ago

    Good article - the point on inventory is especially true with jewelry - more is more! and the Titles - making them more SEO friendly.

  • CircaFurniture

    CircaFurniture said 8 years ago

    Love this series! I'm new to Etsy (at lease as a seller I am!) and tend to agree with Julianna that the front page is the holy grail. The great thing about Etsy is the wealth of information that is provided to help sellers feature shops in the best way. Thanks to Danielle and the rest of the Etsy team and Good Luck Julianna!

  • ILoveYourStyle

    ILoveYourStyle said 8 years ago

    Also, Juliana I forgot to say that your creations are lovely and your photos and shop look great. Good luck to you!

  • SimpleeYou

    SimpleeYou said 8 years ago

    Congrats Juliana! Your shop is lovely dear! great questions AND thanks Danielle for the tips. Inspiring and really helpful!

  • forgottenstore

    forgottenstore said 8 years ago

    beautiful work! I love it!

  • adornmentbyjoan

    adornmentbyjoan said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful! Danielle, thank you for the great advice!

  • ladiesdayout

    ladiesdayout said 8 years ago

    Interesting about the 80-20 rule of inventory! I'm going to start adding more inventory! Thanks Danielle and Julianna.

  • wildbraidart

    wildbraidart said 8 years ago

    You work is simple and lovely, and you have a nice price range. I think you're in a large niche; that is a lot of people have pieces a lot like yours. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. People like to see and buy work like yours but maybe you need some specific flair for your pieces to get more attention. I think Daniel is right on about longer titles as the titles are your first stab at describing your item. Color, shape, sale, event all can be deftly incorporated into your title. Mind you I'm still testing all this but I think these are the directions to go. I'm no expert. I've been on Etsy since 2008 and have a slew of pieces in my shop. I have a page on FB and update it every time I list something. I have pieces on Flickr; I do Twitter; and I opened a vintage shop too here at http://www.wildbraidartvintage.etsy.com. I expect to start adding supplies to sell off my excess supplies. However, in all that time I have only had 8 sales; 6 in my original shop and 2 in vintage. I do more sales off line by word of mouth in a small community at higher prices than I do on Etsy. My work captures all my own original designs that run throughout my fine art in paper and fiber and bead work as well, and often combines recycled found pieces with new items to make some really interesting pieces. However, most of my prices are in what I'd call the mid-high range. And although their are higher prices than mine on Etsy, I'm still struggling to find my target market. Developing a clientele and having your customers spread the word, seems to be very difficult for me and might have something to do with the age or income range I'm hitting. I'm still struggling with the tag function and think I've just hit on some new ideas. Tagging for specific holidays or events or categories may be a new way for me to go. As I mentioned before pretty soon I'm going to start including supplies in both of my shops or open a third one for supplies. I'm told by other sellers that they didn't start hitting the market until they started selling off excess supplies. Keep it going and expand your exposure in any way you can. After a while I'm sure it will pay off for both of us. Please feel free to convo me to discuss any of the above. Would love to have a convo with you. Marlene

  • nmdisque

    nmdisque said 8 years ago

    I'm just starting out myself so reading some of the tips will help as I tweak my own shop. Great Q&A round there ladies!! And I love the jewelry Juliana! Hope this helps out the business a bit. I'm wondering how to get more word out there about etsy though? Most people I know that have bought or sold are on ebay so telling people about my new shop on etsy and getting the reaction, where???, is making me wonder if I shouldn't have started out on ebay. But, the low list and sell fees were the thing that pulled me in. Other than handing out my business cards with etsy and promoting it on fb, I'm not sure what other options are out there. Any way etsy will ever advertise on tv to get the word out?!?

  • roseandpearl

    roseandpearl said 8 years ago

    Well, now I know what pounce is & why I would use it. Thanks, useful info.

  • ecarlateboutique

    ecarlateboutique said 8 years ago

    I know how you feel! Your pieces are beautiful!! Hang in there:)

  • Studiojones1

    Studiojones1 said 8 years ago

    Great advice! That is my plan also, to list list list more more more!

  • moonlightdesigns2

    moonlightdesigns2 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this new series! I am also fairly new to etsy as a seller, it took almost a year to make my first sale! Which was hard for me because I have no problem selling my jewelry in person! However since I started joining etsy teams, forums, tweaking my listings;tags etc....I started making sales! It is all hard work trying to run a small business alone but worth it! Good luck Julianna!

  • MomsTreasures

    MomsTreasures said 8 years ago

    Thank you for all the information and tips. I opened my shop then learned I had cancer. It was a great struggle to keep adding items and taking treatments. For almost 2 years I kept renewing the items and adding a few vintage items. Now, I just started recently reworking my shop. I feel with all the tips and information here my shop will be noticed more. Thank you so much. June

  • cucchiaino

    cucchiaino said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna, your photography is especially beautiful and eye-catching..... good luck!

  • WendyGrace

    WendyGrace said 8 years ago

    Danielle, thanks for starting this series. I think it will be very helpful to all of us! Julianna, your work and shop is beautiful and with the tips from Danielle I bet your sales will grow. Good luck! Wendy

  • Piccolinodesigns

    Piccolinodesigns said 8 years ago

    Beautiful & dainty jewelry! Great advice as I am also starting to post more items as I go along in this new venture of etsy!

  • marionlovett

    marionlovett said 8 years ago

    What a great feature. I've been selling on Etsy for over a year and have only made 11 sales. Hopefully I can learn what I'm doing wrong. I get very discouraged but don't know how to quit. Julianna, your shop looks great

  • NestInTheAttic

    NestInTheAttic said 8 years ago

    Fabulous advice Danielle, thanks. Sounds like it should be a great series. Julianna's sales are sure to pick up if she can follow your tips. Good luck to you Julianna! Thanks to you too BirdiesCozyNest for reminding me something fundamental....Do what you love! :)

  • alaApron

    alaApron said 8 years ago

    I LOVED the 80-20 rule. That's what I will focus on. Building up my inventory and probably re-taking some photos. I also need to add more description to my titles. GREAT ADVICE! Thank you!

  • BeadTurtle

    BeadTurtle said 8 years ago

    I love the look of your photographs and your jewelry is beautiful. I'm a fairly new seller to Etsy but I was having the same issues. Thanks for putting those issues out there. Keep up the good work. You have stunning jewelry!

  • oddballartco

    oddballartco said 8 years ago

    Wonderful, looking forward to this series! Beautiful shop Julianna, wishing you great success in the future! :)

  • smkdesigns

    smkdesigns said 8 years ago

    I just opened my shop and found this very helpful! I am so impressed by everyone's lovely items! Thanks so much...

  • AllCountryPretties

    AllCountryPretties said 8 years ago

    Ok, on this ratio inventory thing. Does an 80 to 20 ratio mean that if you want to sell 20 items that you should have at leat 100 items in your shop? For sales of 40 items you need to have 160 in your shop? Help somebody. I am probably not the best at math.

  • JTSkyDesigns

    JTSkyDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice!! I really look forward to putting your words into ACTION! :)

  • WitsEndDesign

    WitsEndDesign said 8 years ago

    I have been an Etsy seller for 2 years and have only had 8 sales. I guess I need to read more blogs so I am looking forward to more ideas. I don't know how to do the whole coupon promotion deals either so I am really going to have to go back and look at all of the advice posts. This series should be helpful, so thanks in advance!

  • lovelyletters

    lovelyletters said 8 years ago

    love your stuff. i just opened my shop and this advice is great! thank you!

  • ElviaPerrin

    ElviaPerrin said 8 years ago

    Great objective advice that we can apply to our own shops. Thank you for the useful ideas and on going dialogue .... much appreciate!

  • VintagePossessions

    VintagePossessions said 8 years ago

    Lovely photos and beautiful jewelry. I am going to apply some of that advise to my own shop and go list something right now! Ever since I decided to try to list 1 item per day, my sales increased.

  • MySnicklefritz

    MySnicklefritz said 8 years ago

    This question and the answer are very helpful. I know I need to photograph and add lots more- which are already made and ready. Thank you for the excellent advice.

  • VintagePossessions

    VintagePossessions said 8 years ago

    Lovely photos and beautiful jewelry. I am going to apply some of that advise to my own shop and go list something right now! Ever since I decided to try to list 1 item per day, my sales increased.

  • DancingWaters4u

    DancingWaters4u said 8 years ago

    I feel like this article was made for me! Thanks to everyone for their comments, all of them help and encourage me. Good luck to all the struggling etsy peeps out there!

  • BabyKissesBoutique

    BabyKissesBoutique said 8 years ago

    Wow great advice, Just opened my shop and No sales yet! But love the great advice.

  • prdesign

    prdesign said 8 years ago

    Beautitul items in this store. Great advice too in this new series. I haven't had many Etsy sales, but I am awed by all the wonderful items available from so many talented sellers.

  • silvertreemoondesign

    silvertreemoondesign said 8 years ago

    Great article, helpful comments, and Julianna-your jewelry is lovely. I agree, FP does not make or break you. I feel quite discouraged at times with my lack of sales, but find Etsians so helpful and friendly. I also try to use my shop as a sort of calling card and have been invited into 2 galleries that way, which I hope will draw more traffic to my site. Looking forward to more from this series! Julianna-don't worry! Your work WILL sell!

  • scrubhatstore

    scrubhatstore said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and great advice...Thanks

  • J2Jewelry

    J2Jewelry said 8 years ago

    Julianna- Keep your head up and keep going. It's tough to stand out, but it will happen. Danielle- Wonderful advice!

  • StudioYTE

    StudioYTE said 8 years ago

    Julianna, your shop and jewelry are beautiful - and guess what? Now that you're the Etsian in this blog post, your sales will for sure increase! Best to you, Yte

  • rosameyer

    rosameyer said 8 years ago

    I needed this! As a newer seller I have gotten frustrated a few times when sales seem too slow, but thankfully another sale would pop up at that same moment. I'm keeping the faith. Thanks for the article!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Don't give up!! ;)

  • jjsjewelrydesigns

    jjsjewelrydesigns said 8 years ago

    Julianna, You have beautiful jewelry. I feel the same way , I try to list everyday or relist, always trying to improve photo's, ect. , but somtimes it can be discouraging. I keep trying and plugging away. I love etsy and enjoy being a part of it. I also think this new series is gonna be great.

  • magicjelly

    magicjelly said 8 years ago

    I don't think stuffing your shop with more inventory is necessarily the answer. If your inventory reflects a comprehensive range of what you have to offer, what good does it serve to make/list more of the same? More chance of being seen? The days of buyers stumbling on your listings in the categories are long gone - particularly now the categories are capped. For most of the time my Etsy shop was open, I had about 30 listings in my shop. Perhaps I would have sold more if I listed more, but I still don't think "more inventory" is necessarily the answer to "why are my sales not meeting my expectations?" I think the very first consideration, most important of all, is point of difference. What sets your product apart from everyone else's, & what compels the buyer to buy from YOU instead of the next guy. Second to that is marketing - getting your work out there.

  • rememorydesigns

    rememorydesigns said 8 years ago

    So excited about this new series. Even though I opened an Etsy store in 2009, I really didn't begin adding inventory until recently. Have decided to invest more time and energy in Etsy than small shows this Spring. This forum will certainly provide needed advise on how to sell on Etsy. BTW, beautiful jewelry Julianna.

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 8 years ago

    Awesome review! I agree, models....so critical. You can get some great mannequins these days. The book + jewelry thing has been adopted by so many. One suggestion I would make is to lighten your photos a little bit, plus try a tripod for crystal clear focus. Picnik is a great online program for making your photos pop. I use it, and love it. Otherwise, keep up the good work!

  • JadieCakes

    JadieCakes said 8 years ago

    Off to fill my shop with more burlap pillows! Love this series!

  • joytoyou41

    joytoyou41 said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna my name is Joy I have the same problem in my shop so it is good to know that I am not alone. Danielle has helped me I did not know what Tags were till a week ago so I'm trying to go through my shop and do that.! I'm also part time seattleite well now Gig Harbor and Indio Ca got to get some Sun.! I think you maybe in my Circle if not I will do it to day. For sure. Hope this all works out for all of us that need help good luck everyone xo

  • gramsto7

    gramsto7 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful answers, Danielle ... as a new seller, I appreciate it so much! Julianna, your jewelry is awesome!

  • heartinhanddesigns

    heartinhanddesigns said 8 years ago

    Etsy is amazing...from Danielle's helpful advice to all the wonderful support that's been given. Where else could all of us come together in such a way? Awesome! Julianna, your work is gorgeous!

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 8 years ago

    sweet. Learned a lot.

  • Patricia8Anderson

    Patricia8Anderson said 8 years ago

    You have beautiful jewelry! I liked the advice you got here.

  • OxOriginalArtJewelry

    OxOriginalArtJewelry said 8 years ago

    Very nice jewelry! I enjoyed reading this as Julianna's concerns are very much like my own. Great idea for a blog post!

  • elegantgirl

    elegantgirl said 8 years ago

    Juliana- Oh how I know your situation. Keep up the beautiful work and definitely join a treasury team:) You are doing a great job! Erin

  • justbecausejewelry

    justbecausejewelry said 8 years ago

    Julianna and Danielle I can't tell you how much I appreciate the Etsy team for spending the time to help sellers. I am brand new to Etsy (1 week) and this advise is going to be very helpful to me as I try to grow my business. I guess I should be building my inventory instead of commenting (i only have 6 items listed (: o) I love each one of them though, and I have lots more to photograph and post!!!! I already quit my job!!!!! I've always been a hopeless optimist!!!!! Julianna, your pieces are gorgeous!!!!!! Thank you for asking these questions and best of luck to you....Danielle, I hope i'm in a position to give advise to etsy sellers someday :) Natalie

  • BrandyUnruh

    BrandyUnruh said 8 years ago

    Great article, I know what you mean, I am going to use the tips listed like more descriptive listing titles. I just started a facebook business page and have made a few sales through contacts. I always appreciate topics like this, good luck, I will keep checking for new tips and posts, Brandy :)

  • Eccentricity

    Eccentricity said 8 years ago

    You have lovely jewelry Julianna and know you are going to do well. Great critique Danielle and helpful to all of us.

  • JKistlerStudios

    JKistlerStudios said 8 years ago

    Great post, and lovely jewelry and photos! can't wait to see more sellers' questions answered. I have about the same amount of inventory, guess I still need more, good to know! (I kind of suspected that, and have much more in the works...)

  • MyBagByRenee

    MyBagByRenee said 8 years ago

    Your work is BEAUTIFUL ... *FAVORITE!!!* Please, please, keep on keepin on!

  • Encantador

    Encantador said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! I love your product photos Julianna!

  • scaredycatdesign

    scaredycatdesign said 8 years ago

    One of the things you could work on is trying to get your shop listed in the search engine results when people do a keyword query. One of the ways to do that is by having other sites link to your shop because the search engines place more importance to sites that have links to them. If you do a search on “link: www.etsy.com/shop/mysteryandmanners” you have over 400 websites that are linking to your shop. You have definitely been busy trying to establish links to boost your search engine results (either that or your customers have been posting links to your shop). The other aspect to getting listed on the first page of a search engine query is to look at your keywords and see how many other sites also use those same keywords. If you do a “View Page Source” on your shop to identify the keywords, you will see the following code: MYSTERY and MANNERS by mysteryandmanners on Etsy If you do a Google search on bracelets, you will find that there are 151,000,000 other websites that use “bracelets” as a keyword – that is a lot of competition! Not only that but the top five sites listed that use bracelets as a keyword have Google PageRanks of 3, 6, 4, 5, and 5. Your site does not have any PageRank assigned to it and a Google PageRank of 4 and above is hard to achieve. The number 1 site listed under the keyword “bracelet” has 3,740,000 links to it so you would need more links than that to be listed as the first site on a keyword search of “bracelet.” The number 3 site listed under the keyword “bracelet” has 1,240,000 links to it so although your 400 links are admirable, you have another 1,240,000 links to go to complete with the third-listed site. If you want to increase web traffic to your site, I would recommend picking keywords that are little more specific and narrow so you are not competing with as many sites when someone outside of Etsy does a keyword search. Good luck.

  • ScribbleChicken

    ScribbleChicken said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advice!!!

  • NoseJob

    NoseJob said 8 years ago

    Great advice! I'm a new seller, too, and while I've started out fairly strongly, I would like to see more sales, of course! lol Lovely jewelry, Julianna, powerful design... all the very best to you! :o)

  • LeahLakeDesign

    LeahLakeDesign said 8 years ago

    Yes, great stuff, Julianna, and good luck. All these great comments are sooo inspiring. It's give me ideas right and left. I'm not finished with my shop yet but it's coming along. Don't know what front page means but I sure look forward to that first sale. Business cards are next order of business!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    Pirate bootie!

  • jlivorsi

    jlivorsi said 8 years ago

    Good stuff. thanks!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    Danielle you are awesome and give some really good tips. Thanks for sharing. And Julianna, thanks for volunteering!

  • TulipGifts

    TulipGifts said 8 years ago

    Julianna-Such beautiful jewelry! Danielle-Every one of these tips is extremely helpful, thanks so much.

  • In2twine

    In2twine said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your jewelry Julianna, I can certainly learn a thing or two from you! Also thanks Danielle for another helpful article it is really fantastic that there is so much support within the Etsy community. Another big thank you to Scaredycatdesign that was a real eye opener!

  • Happyhooks88

    Happyhooks88 said 8 years ago

    Julianna, your jewelry is so beautiful and your photos are so simple, yet elegant! I think you'll find this coming year to be so much better! Great article...I've gained some insight myself into how I can improve my own small business! Thanks for this :)

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 8 years ago

    Rock it Julianna! From one jewelry -seller to another, it can be a rough category. But gosh, you are mostly there, your photography is wonderful & your jewelry is gorgeous. :) I would agree with daniellexo, stock up! I myself am shooting for 200 items, or thereabouts. Just because something doesn't appear to be popular and sell right away, doesn't mean it isn't bringing people to your shop who will 'heart it' and buy something later. Heidi

  • ShannonValentine

    ShannonValentine said 8 years ago

    I'm new to Etsy as both a seller and buyer and have been very impressed by the community. Thank you, Danielle, for the very sound and helpful advice. I always look forward to the next Etsy Success email to see what new tips are available. It's definitely been a learning experience. I wish you further success, Julianna! Your shop is wonderful and your designs are gorgeous!

  • JewelrybyJolene

    JewelrybyJolene said 8 years ago

    Great tips Danielle. As a newbie I am wondering just how many listings for jewelry would you suggest?

  • JewelrybyJolene

    JewelrybyJolene said 8 years ago

    Great tips Danielle. As a newbie I am wondering just how many listings for jewelry would you suggest?

  • coconutcloud

    coconutcloud said 8 years ago

    Your line is lovely! Remember to create for the love of creating.... orders will come! Rejoice in Hope!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 8 years ago

    great tips danielle! you are so "aware" of what a person needs! thanks for opening up your concerns julianna...that was brave! good luck!

  • snlcreations

    snlcreations said 8 years ago

    Great advice and a helpful series!! Wonderful shop Julianna!!

  • jimosment

    jimosment said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna, best of luck selling your stuff. I'm a newbie shop owner here and have yet to make my first sale.I guess I'll just keep listing more items regardless and try to be patient. Nice article.

  • catcontrare

    catcontrare said 8 years ago

    Hi everyone, I've seen no one mention circles! Circles are helping me get more views, get shown in more treasuries and hopefully will help me get more sales! Circles spread the love...and it's free advertising for your shop. I love creating treasuries, too. There are so many amazing items to choose from. Also, I only allow myself to spend a maximum of $20.00 a month in listing and renewal fees...after that I stop, because at that point my output will be more that my incoming. I wanted Natural Pet Products to make sure and NOT GIVE AWAY all your profits with shipping prices. I have never had a customer complain about shipping prices. Granted I don't have heavy items, but you must charge enough to cover your expenses. People understand. Combine shipping if multiple items are bought and maybe offer a discount on repeat business. If people like your product they will come back.

  • eyespytreasure

    eyespytreasure said 8 years ago

    Scardycatdesign- awesome points. I have a shop on Artfire as well and it is all about SEO's. Sometimes my brain just can't come up with the words. I do know that because items on Artfire don't expire they do gain higher visibility as time goes on. I THINK?!! that is why it is important not to let items expire on Etsy, you lose your place. Am I right on that? Great info, I am going to print it off.

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi said 8 years ago

    Beautiful product!

  • WinterLightsJewelry

    WinterLightsJewelry said 8 years ago

    great discussion. i appreciate the perspective of the seller, as well as danielle's tweaks. great tweaks in fact. yep, i make jewelry, push the creative envelope, but don't spend nearly enough time with pix taking and listing. guess i'd better get on top of that! thanks to each of you for your thoughts.

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio said 8 years ago

    Lovely shop Julianna. Your jewelry is beautiful! Good luck to you! Great series Danielle, thank you so much for doing this!

  • RozPetalzStudio

    RozPetalzStudio said 8 years ago

    Great advice for all. I hope you have lots of new sales! :0) Kathy

  • RozPetalzStudio

    RozPetalzStudio said 8 years ago

    Great advice for all. I hope you have lots of new sales! :0) Kathy

  • EscargotArtsyBits

    EscargotArtsyBits said 8 years ago

    Reading all of these comments made me wonder if the profile photo is a factor when networking with other etsians - what's your opinion - a logo? my face? or a piece of my art? Sara

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle! for asking the questions. I appreciate the advice on the 80/20 Rule. Also Thank You! Scaredycat design for the info on Googles Search engine Rankings. Thank You everyone for Sharing, Best Wishes, Tammy

  • lisaslittlehouse

    lisaslittlehouse said 8 years ago

    Love this new series...and it is all advice I need to take! :) And love your jewelry! Lisa

  • lisaslittlehouse

    lisaslittlehouse said 8 years ago

    Love this new series...and it is all advice I need to take! :) And love your jewelry! Lisa

  • GrammieKimsCorner

    GrammieKimsCorner said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful and so different, Julianna. I wish you lots of luck with your sales. I have the same problem and haven't accomplished nearly as much as you. And I Daniellexo is right about inventory. Im making a new set of things now. This series is going to be soo helpful. I'll add you to my favorites and circle Julianna. Maybe it will get you at least one more view. Good luck to you. =) -Kim K.

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 8 years ago

    Great new series! Love it! Beautiful jewelry! Hope to see you in "quit your day job" soon!

  • claptonleather

    claptonleather said 8 years ago

    Great piece and advice! You are on the path to your dreams, stick at it! I have only had 1 sale in a year, but this advice has inspired me to stock my shelves more and hope it works. Here's to a bright future : )

  • scaredycatdesign

    scaredycatdesign said 8 years ago

    Hi Eyespytreasure, the words that you use to describe your Shop Sections in Etsy are converted into the keywords for your Etsy shop. The tags that you use to describe your items can come and go because the search engines are going to index your site based on your site keywords not the meta tags assigned to your items for sale. Letting your items expire on Etsy will not impact your search engine ranking.

  • claptonleather

    claptonleather said 8 years ago

    BTW, love your jewelery! I think your designs are cool! I just bought a starter kit to make my own pieces and hope some day to be making cool stuff too..

  • SoundAndWhimsy

    SoundAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    Wow - talk about taking the words right out of my mouth! I've been asking myself the same thing as Juliana (Beautiful shop, by the way!) I get so many compliemts but feel like things should be moving more quickly. I suppose the patience is key, but the advice here is great and every little bit helps. Thanks!

  • LittleSignDesign

    LittleSignDesign said 8 years ago

    Great information! I am just getting started and need all the advice I can get... thanks for sharing.

  • dalilascloset

    dalilascloset said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful!!!! I also hope to be on the "quit your day job" one day!...maybe one day. But atleast we are all doing something we like. Best of luck. Stay positive. Dalila

  • dalilascloset

    dalilascloset said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful!!!! I also hope to be on the "quit your day job" one day!...maybe one day. But atleast we are all doing something we like. Best of luck. Stay positive. Dalila

  • JBeadsbespoke

    JBeadsbespoke said 8 years ago

    Hi Danielle Thank you for this article, I have had my shop for a while and as yet haven't listed anything, I am still getting up the courage to get in there.... Juliana your shop is an inspiration, I hope I can do half as well. Jennifer (Australia)

  • thecrystalrose

    thecrystalrose said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna, Your work is lovely! Good luck!!

  • StarDanceDesign

    StarDanceDesign said 8 years ago

    The article was very informative and helpful and definitely pertains to me and my shop. Thanks!

  • ElegantElementsOnlin

    ElegantElementsOnlin said 8 years ago

    Julianna, you make beautiful jewelry, you will do well. Danielle, thanks for all the useful information in the article.

  • zurisbows

    zurisbows said 8 years ago

    I can already tell that this new series is going to be a great help to me! Thanks for sharing your wisdom Danielle! Julianna, thank you for being bold enough to ask for help. I'm sure that your question has helped many. You make lovely jewelry! Much success to you!

  • soapysoapsuds

    soapysoapsuds said 8 years ago

    Beautiful peices...best of luck to you!

  • misshettie

    misshettie said 8 years ago

    Such pretty jewelry! Why don't you try making treasuries of vintage items--reaching out to (possibly) future customers.

  • loveswatches

    loveswatches said 8 years ago

    I love your jewelry! I joined a Etsy team and completely revamped my store and have only had 2 sales. I understand the 60-40 ratio but find it difficult when you are a one employee business and you make all the inventory. My jewelry is now in 4 stores and expanding daily so it is very fifficult to post things on Etsy as alot of my inventory are one of a kind. Etsy is wonderful but I have been told by many that you need your own website to direct customers to. :) Good luck to you please don't feel alone I am totally there with you

  • Legreenbanana

    Legreenbanana said 8 years ago

    Great feedback Danielle and beautiful items Julianna! :)

  • mingogardens

    mingogardens said 8 years ago

    Hmmmm...how in the world do I use real models in my pressed flower piece product pics??? I'm a 3 month newbie and have had 3 sales--so I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the tidbits!

  • JonEicher

    JonEicher said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Scardycatdesigns gets it right in the internet area. SEO all the way to the bank! If possible creating a brand identity is very helpful. Tiffany's, Winstons were individuals once not just stores. Etsy is hopefully part of a bigger picture that creates financial success for everyone involved.

  • TheCreativeVineyard

    TheCreativeVineyard said 8 years ago

    Great idea for a series. I look forward to more questions and answers.

  • HappyDappyBits

    HappyDappyBits said 8 years ago

    I really like this new series and good advice so far, especially about making connections. Sometimes that can be challenging because of how big this site is, but I'm going to make that my focus, as well as making and adding more items! Julianna, your shop is beautiful, I wish you all the best!

  • GemstonesAndCrystals

    GemstonesAndCrystals said 8 years ago

    Danielle thank you for the information, I had already revamped all my titles which has helped a bit. Julianna beautiful jewelry, very vintage looking. Best of luck.

  • walknpeacedesigns

    walknpeacedesigns said 8 years ago

    I just started on Etsy just two weeks ago and I've got a long way to go. However, this advise is just the boost I need. I really enjoyed seeing your jewelry Julianna, it is beautiful. Thank you Danielle for such great encouragement.

  • UniquesewingBoutique

    UniquesewingBoutique said 8 years ago

    I like this new series, looking forward to the next one. Thank you Danielle

  • RisingSunRosaries

    RisingSunRosaries said 8 years ago

    Hi Juliana, I just opened my shop on Etsy and this was very helpful advise. It's hard when you don't know what your next step should be. Thank you. Your jewelry is beautiful. Good luck, I wish you all the best.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    i like the GOLIGHTY necklace.. purdy.. congrats on the feature

  • thinaircreations

    thinaircreations said 8 years ago

    Great series and great advice from some seasoned sellers! Thank you all.

  • zwillinge97

    zwillinge97 said 8 years ago

    Juliana, your items and pictures are wonderful. If you have established a few customers the sales definitely will pick up. Also think about promoting your etsy site everywhere else to get some more views. I agree that you most likely need a larger inventory as you should list more than just 2 items per day to stay more visible. The best of luck to you and everyone else as well!

  • WeeHippies

    WeeHippies said 8 years ago

    I truly enjoyed the advice here! Your jewelry looks great! I hope you get more sales!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 8 years ago

    excellent critique and info here! thx

  • ScrappyFlorals

    ScrappyFlorals said 8 years ago

    Great answer!! I have had a shop for a while and recently started getting a little more serious about it and it seems the inventory answer has been important for me, so I am working to get more of the 100s of pieces we have stockpiled listed. Im making less and listing more. In that process I am learning to enjoy coming up with creative ways to photograph my pieces and getting to spend time learning more about my 2nd love, photography. For spring Ive been trying a real outdoorsy feel and it seems to be something that everyone I know likes because its me. I wish I could find someone willing to model for me. I think that would add a new look to my jewelry and my daughter has a lot of teen and kids jewelry that I think would really sell well if we could find some little girls to hang out and try on jewelry and let me take pictures. One thought I had was that the more pieces I list the more likely I am to hit someones key word. I have been trying to include all the color words I can imagine in at least one listing because just getting that person into your shop is the first big step.

  • ShayGon

    ShayGon said 8 years ago

    That was a brilliant critique. I sell art and I picked up some very useful cross-over tips for my own shop. Looking forward to reading more critiques.

  • milmetales

    milmetales said 8 years ago

    I feel very identified with the person who ask... the only difference is I´ve just open my shop... And all the tips here are excellent!!!! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ScrappyFlorals says: "One thought I had was that the more pieces I list the more likely I am to hit someones key word. I have been trying to include all the color words I can imagine in at least one listing because just getting that person into your shop is the first big step." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!! It´s a great Idea! I´ll do this right now!!!! =)

  • meilingsketchbook

    meilingsketchbook said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry are lovely! Don't get discourage, you can do it! I am a newbie and this was a brilliant critique!

  • MightyPlush

    MightyPlush said 8 years ago

    Really beautiful photography... inspiring. Great ideas from Danielle as well. Thanks.

  • SperanzaJewelry

    SperanzaJewelry said 8 years ago

    Juliana, You have a beautiful shop, I'm sure it will continue to grow with time. I have a business question though: how are you able to offer complimentary worldwide shipping without losing money? I am always interested in hearing about good shipping solutions, especially for shipping outside the U.S.

  • busybodybelle

    busybodybelle said 8 years ago

    There are those days, fairly common in fact, when I feel that I am hanging on by the "skin of my teeth". I am still new enough to not yet be disappointed. You just have to keep on. Your jewelry is very pretty and you have good photos. Good Luck!

  • HarrisMarksHome

    HarrisMarksHome said 8 years ago

    Wow....you stole my question! And - they were answered! Beautiful shop, wonderful article....

  • BagsnBling

    BagsnBling said 8 years ago

    Very nice shop, I have found the more I list the more I sell. Pictures are so important when I list an item I always look at the pics as through a customers eye. Now that really helps.Read it like you were wanting to by it. Good Luck Barbara

  • SomethingSeaBlue

    SomethingSeaBlue said 8 years ago

    great suggestions! I agree with the inventory amount suggestion. sometimes we think, "oh I will make this and just see what kind of response it gets and then make more" but the more a person has to choose from the better :)

  • ommieohmy Admin

    ommieohmy said 8 years ago

    EXCELLENT advice, danielle!!

  • CraftinaT

    CraftinaT said 8 years ago

    I think many of us are in the same boat .... advice is always good. I have made the etsy page once last year for the olympics but since mostly lookie loo's. My dream is to be a featured seller too.... show casing not only my work but my studio I've been building out of pallets. Excellent advice for us all Danielle! Your shop is lovely Julianna.... hang in there!

  • MaraleyAndMomJeans

    MaraleyAndMomJeans said 8 years ago

    great advice. I'm working on building up my inventory very slowly but surely! Unfortunately, I'm a goofy person and I think my branding shows that! It's vintage. Julianna: lovely jewelry!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 8 years ago

    I wasn't aware that the 80/20 rule applied here in Etsy. Thanks for the info!

  • riograndegems

    riograndegems said 8 years ago

    I am in the same boat and I need to increase my invintory, thank you for the great article and excellent advice.

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 8 years ago

    I think this is going to be a great series! It is one thing to imagine how to apply general business principals to my shop but so much easier to do so when the example is a specific shop! Thanks for doing this!! Bobbie

  • riograndegems

    riograndegems said 8 years ago

    80/20 rule need to increase inventory, great advice. THANKS

  • AMBIENThouR

    AMBIENThouR said 8 years ago

    The answer is just right. And i'll use all those comment as well. Lovely.

  • nanioriginals

    nanioriginals said 8 years ago

    Your work and shop are beautiful Julianna. I have learned a lot and appreciate all the help and support I get here on etsy. Thank you!

  • virguerias

    virguerias said 8 years ago

    My dream is the very same as Julianna's. This kind of help is just what many sellers (me first) need. Thank you so much!

  • InkHeartKicks

    InkHeartKicks said 8 years ago

    I love your stuff and the photography is exceptional is it your own? Im a new etsian and attempting it all solo (fun yet daunting!) good luck Felix

  • InkHeartKicks

    InkHeartKicks said 8 years ago

    I love your stuff and the photography is exceptional is it your own? Im a new etsian and attempting it all solo (fun yet daunting!) good luck Felix

  • InkHeartKicks

    InkHeartKicks said 8 years ago

    I love your stuff and the photography is exceptional is it your own? Im a new etsian and attempting it all solo (fun yet daunting!) good luck Felix

  • doradogem

    doradogem said 8 years ago

    This is my first evening spent trying to understand how Etsy works and have learned a great deal and made notes! I think I will really like "meeting" everyone and the few stores I opened offered good impressions. Julianna..your designs are very lovely and 37 sales seems like a lot to me. Daniella's advice will be welcome...and those who offered more are generous people. I will be watching for the next installment.

  • Teggle

    Teggle said 8 years ago

    I'm glad you spoke up Julianna. Even though I look at using this site as a hobby/side gig, I found this very helpful and encouraging. Love your merch, and best of luck! :D

  • emilyorpin

    emilyorpin said 8 years ago

    This is such a great idea for a series, and straight off the bat I've learnt something! Even after all the blogs and tips and forums and everything else I've been reading over the years I had never heard the 80-20 rule for inventory! And it makes so much sense, I didn't have a sale for AGES but since I've been building the number of items in my shop over the past few months I have picked up a few sales - hooray! and ps. I agree - Julianna your work is lovely and your photography is fantastic - wishing you many happy sales to come :)

  • mywalkingdesaster

    mywalkingdesaster said 8 years ago

    great idea and wonderful jewelry! :) thank you!

  • RecycleRoom

    RecycleRoom said 8 years ago

    Danielle, this is a great series and good advice. I, too, have been wondering how to increase sales. I joined in Feb. and have had only one sale so far. Very discouraging. Juianna, your jewelry is beautiful! I really hope you can increase your sales. You do lovely work.

  • WolfBANGbullets

    WolfBANGbullets said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the reminders, Danielle. I can see I am not alone when I say this advice is not just for beginners! There is so much to consider when listing your items that it would take a genius to remember it all. I have work to do! Thanks again!

  • Friedadoll

    Friedadoll said 8 years ago

    Thanks, this was very good advice! I think a lot of people have the same problem. A

  • brandtsjewellery

    brandtsjewellery said 8 years ago

    Julianna, your jewellery is beautiful, and so are your images and branding. I can understand your frustration as I have been feeling the same. I hope things get moving for you. I think the advice is the best I have ever come across and I myself will start making the changes right now. Well done for being brave enough to ask! Ayshe

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Good advice.

  • ellaandjoe

    ellaandjoe said 8 years ago

    Julianna your jewellery and your photography is absolutely beautiful. It is like a top magazine photoshoot. I agree with Danielle too, I would love to see some shots of your jewellery on a model - just so you can see how long the drop on the earrings are and how far down your chest the necklace sits etc. All your jewellery is so gorgeous and inspiring well done :-)

  • TumbelinaGlass

    TumbelinaGlass said 8 years ago

    The part about using a model to demonstrate scale sounds like good advice - I'd love to see your ear-rings etc being worn to give a good idea of scale - it's advice I'm going to take for my own stuff too. Good luck Julianna, will be watching your shop! Best wishes, Susan xxx

  • esra99

    esra99 said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianne; I really like your jewellery-and your page looks very neat and professional; so couple of tips that might help! First of all pricing is very important; you should check both etsy market and general stores; even if you go a bit down, it might make a huge difference;) one other thing is you could spice up your color scheme or style by season- I like checking stores who update their store a lot; If Iknow that there will be a new item when I check its much more fun! Also one thing I've experienced on etsy is that the sellers who hit a lot of sales are definetely who have very very unique designs. I think you can experiment more with your products and have fun more!!

  • islandadditude

    islandadditude said 8 years ago

    Middle of the night reading...............all the ideas make me want to get back into the journey................Cup of Expresso and Etsy tomorrow.........I will list and add and re list. Thank you for sharing.

  • PinwheelStudio

    PinwheelStudio said 8 years ago

    Glad to see this new series! I think we can all learn a little by learning from each other! Beautiful shop, Julianna, and best of luck to you :)!

  • fashmore

    fashmore said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for the advice it is really helpful. Lots of luck to everyone and wishing everyone a sale today!!!

  • JodysVintage

    JodysVintage said 8 years ago

    I agree, I like to see a model wearing jewelry so that I can imagine what it would look like in person since we can't "try it on". Lovely shop!

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor said 8 years ago

    Always happy to find a new way to think in terms of getting buyers to our shops. Thanks for the help.

  • birribe

    birribe said 8 years ago

    Great reading and tip, I will read it over again

  • blursbyai

    blursbyai said 8 years ago

    I liked this article a lot, thank you Danielle! Julianna: your jewels are beautiful!!!

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 8 years ago

    great article Danielle! neat idea. Your shop is lovely btw and your pictures very pretty Julianna

  • Mamayali

    Mamayali said 8 years ago

    Good luck, Julianna! Your pieces are just beautiful! I've only been on Etsy for a couple of months, so it's great to get all these tips early on :)

  • TheVintageHome

    TheVintageHome said 8 years ago

    Great Article, can't wait for the rest of the series...And look at the response Julianne got from her question !!!! We have all had those same questions (I have) and I am inspired and validated my the answers. I am working on quitting my day job too, and need all the help I can get, so I am going to take the advice and keep on keeping on !!! Thanks

  • SimplyCutebyKarin

    SimplyCutebyKarin said 8 years ago

    Not sure I agree with the part about needing more items in the shop. I do think that it's good to convey a sense of fullness in selection, but too many choices immobilize a lot of people, including me. When I see more than 3 or 4 pages, I feel like there's too much to sort through.

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 8 years ago

    As always, great advice from Danielle and best of luck to Julianna! I hadn't heard about the 80/20 or 60/40 rule of inventory....for this kind of information alone, these articles are worth a careful read.

  • SisterMade

    SisterMade said 8 years ago

    I know how you feel. I am going to heed the advice myself. Best wishes, I added you to my favorites and more good is on the way for you.

  • sripachara

    sripachara said 8 years ago

    Julianna,thank you for asking question which many of us would like to know,I have joined only a few months ago and only one sale and wondering what have I done wrong.Thank you Danielle for giving such a good advice.I have read many of your articles and learned a lot from them.My shop is closed at a moment but will open again next week.I will look at Julianna shop.

  • PersonalPresence

    PersonalPresence said 8 years ago

    I have been an Etsy member for about 6 months but listed very little for the first few months. I read various forums and blogs and realised I need to list more items. I have yet to make my first sale - but I know that having more items has drastically increased the number of people that have taken a look. Thank you for starting this forum - much of Etsy is still a bit of a mystery to me - so this straight forward advice is invaluable

  • EjaneCreations

    EjaneCreations said 8 years ago

    What great advice ! I just started my shop on Etsy and am still in the learning process so I will be "stocking up" my store soon. I wish you great success!

  • StippofallTrades

    StippofallTrades said 8 years ago

    Great tips and article. Etsy sure tries to help us in every way! Thanks!

  • HomemadeByMrsB

    HomemadeByMrsB said 8 years ago

    Wow, I could have written that letter! Julianna, I know exactly where you are coming from, I feel the same way. Your pieces are beautiful. Hang in there, you have the talent to succeed, not everyone does. Thanks Danielle, always informative, look forward to this new series.

  • TreehouseIllustrator

    TreehouseIllustrator said 8 years ago

    Well, if Julianna was worried about never being noticed, this was the perfect way to get additional people to see her shop! Great stuff. Great article. Thanks! :)

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 8 years ago

    I feel her pain.

  • dicksgoodwood

    dicksgoodwood said 8 years ago

    First of all, this is beautiful jewelry (you will do well!) and a great series, which I intend to follow closely myself. I'm an ETSY seller who has not had a lot of sales but, in all honesty, my purpose is not to create a large business. I am already retired and simply enjoy creating special things for people to place in their home. The variety of requests that have come my way via ETSY and other avenues has made my work so very challenging and exciting.I love, love,love ETSY.

  • JodysVintage

    JodysVintage said 8 years ago

    OK, I love her shop! BUT now that I took the taste test I have it on the home page all of the time. How do I get rid of it? I don't want it there!!!!! Someone please help me. Thanks!

  • kitsnbitscraps

    kitsnbitscraps said 8 years ago

    Danielle great article!! Juliana you have a beautiful store, good luck!!!

  • SurvivorsShine

    SurvivorsShine said 8 years ago

    Great feedback. My story and mysteryandmanners are nearly identical. My first year of 2010 went fairly well for a total of about 50 sales and now so far for 2011 I have had only 1. I am kind of at a loss how to proceed, but will use the advice given and see what happens!

  • PaintedPieces

    PaintedPieces said 8 years ago

    What a great article, Danielle...thank you! I look forward to reading more in the series.

  • PaintedPieces

    PaintedPieces said 8 years ago

    What a great article, Danielle...thank you! I look forward to reading more in the series.

  • celestialdesignsNY

    celestialdesignsNY said 8 years ago

    Juiana's post could have been written by me.....same story. A little frustrating. Your advice is very helpful. I'll stay tuned for more.

  • Wolfsimon

    Wolfsimon said 8 years ago

    Great advice that I hope to employ. I must admit, I am very discouraged. My sales are low, I have great feedback from the sales I have had, but with the low sales, I've let my shops stagnate. Obviuosly that is getting me nowhere. Besides my Wolfsimon shop I also have Buttonboteek, jewelry made from buttons. I think I make nice pieces but the competition is fierce. I guess I really should just keep making and listing. This isn't going to happen by itself, if this is to work for me, I have to make it work.

  • paperocity

    paperocity said 8 years ago

    Great article! I'm very new to Etsy and still building my inventory. Makes me see I have a long way to go. I love your jewelry Julianna! Good luck with your business!

  • jblackmer

    jblackmer said 8 years ago

    A very helpful article. I am new to Etsy, so any help I get will be appreciated. Julianna has some great stuff. Keep up the good work, Julianna!

  • CrochetBebe

    CrochetBebe said 8 years ago

    Great advise. Informative.

  • GlazedOver

    GlazedOver said 8 years ago

    Wow, I really like the structure of this and your lovely, helpful tone. Hat's off, daniellexo!

  • JenSanCandles

    JenSanCandles said 8 years ago

    Love this new feature. Danielle, you gave some wonderful, informative critique that I hope leads to much future success for Julianna.

  • ColorMeFabricbyNikki

    ColorMeFabricbyNikki said 8 years ago

    As a brand new seller I'm very excited about this series! Just another great thing about the etsy community.

  • kaimukigirl

    kaimukigirl said 8 years ago

    Great topic of convo which is on everyone's mind here on Etsy. I have a few things I need to apply to my own shop which I gained from this lovely article. Use models, more inventory, and advertise. One of the earlier bloggers put it best when she said, "don't wait for people to find you, but place yourself in front of them." Will be working on this idea...having an Etsy shop is really a constant work in progress. It's all good. Cheers!

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 8 years ago

    wow.great things.nice iteams.

  • GardenPartySoapworks

    GardenPartySoapworks said 8 years ago

    Great advice...as a new seller here on Etsy, I appreciate the valuable guidance. Thank you.

  • matryoshkasbysallie

    matryoshkasbysallie said 8 years ago

    Some very good advice. I know my biggest hurdle personally is the photography part.

  • harvestmoonsoapco

    harvestmoonsoapco said 8 years ago

    Very good advice...I too want to be featured in 'Quit Your Day Job' - but....I haven't seen any soap makers featured there. Also..I've been a member for a little over a year and have made only 4 sales. Now, I know my earlier fault was presentation and photos, and I hope to have that licked. Any advice is appreciated!

  • BendByErika

    BendByErika said 8 years ago

    Julianna, you have a wonderfully cohesive group of product shots, just gorgeous! Best of luck to you, I'm in the same boat :-)

  • RusticLogDecor

    RusticLogDecor said 8 years ago

    Great input from Danielle. And Julianna, good luck, your work is lovely.

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations said 8 years ago

    What a great critique. I am in the same boat - I have only one sale over the last 5 months but the nature of my business makes it difficult to have huge inventory so I am looking for some other items that are in different price ranges that I can include in my product line. I am really looking forward to this feature! Your jewelry is indeed very nicely done - good luck!

  • dlbjewelry

    dlbjewelry said 8 years ago

    great pieces, really like the pictures, am going to try to use some models for my jewelry too. Good Luck

  • dlbjewelry

    dlbjewelry said 8 years ago

    great pieces, really like the pictures, am going to try to use some models for my jewelry too. Good Luck

  • dlbjewelry

    dlbjewelry said 8 years ago

    great pieces, really like the pictures, am going to try to use some models for my jewelry too. Good Luck

  • dlbjewelry

    dlbjewelry said 8 years ago

    great pieces, really like the pictures, am going to try to use some models for my jewelry too. Good Luck

  • TeklasTreasures

    TeklasTreasures said 8 years ago

    Thank you Danielle and fellow Etsyers! I'm new (1 month!) and had only 2 sales and was bumming. not any more. contacting a friend for modeling, reviewing photos, reading more info on this whole "owning a business" thing! Julianna, lovely jewelry. be positive in your life and work and it will come back to you! Thank you Etsy and everyone. i love that we can compete for business yet help each other and hold each up!!! great community.

  • HeartOfGlassDesigns

    HeartOfGlassDesigns said 8 years ago

    Wow, I feel like I'm last to this dance but I want to put in my 2 cents.... First, Danielle is so spot on! I need to take heed and apply her points to my shop. I have less than 50 sales in a year as well and was feeling frustrated. To the shop owner, you make beautiful pieces but as we are learning, pretty stuff does not make a successful Etsy shop. It's time that we step into the successful light and embrace what we deserve- to 'Quit Our Day Jobs' and do what we love- we will never work a day in our lives!!!!! Can I get an 'Amen'...............

  • lil3birdy

    lil3birdy said 8 years ago

    Such dreamy lovely jewellery, the photos are fab. I agree with making the title more descriptive. I wish you well! Great advice from Danielle.

  • PhabulousPhotos

    PhabulousPhotos said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous Jewelry!!!!!!

  • PhabulousPhotos

    PhabulousPhotos said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous Jewelry!!!!!!

  • UniqueTwiliPendant

    UniqueTwiliPendant said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the added help!

  • LongLeafSoaps

    LongLeafSoaps said 8 years ago

    Your item photos are stunning as well as your jewelry designs!

  • EdesBeadsandBling

    EdesBeadsandBling said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Also great question thanks for asking it!

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 8 years ago

    What a helpful series! So glad I stumbled upon this today! Good luck with your items! Your shop looks fantastic :) And thanks for starting these blog posts Danielle!

  • brailsford

    brailsford said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna - sounds like you and I are in similar circumstances and I thank you for getting us some great suggestions for tweaking our shops! Love your work. Good luck! Tracey Brailsford Sundara Studios

  • Artvongarde

    Artvongarde said 8 years ago

    That's good advise, I'm new to etsy and there is alot to learn, good luck Julianna with your store! Mark Hawdon Artvongarde

  • spottedhorsestudio

    spottedhorsestudio said 8 years ago

    For me, this has been one of the most helpful articles to date - I feel as if I am in the same boat as Julianna. Thank you, Danielle, for always sharing with us and encouraging us! Julianna, you have gorgeous jewelry!! Best of luck to you and happy sales! Blessings, Heather @ Spotted Horse Studio

  • RipandStitchDiva

    RipandStitchDiva said 8 years ago

    Julianna, Your jewelry is beautiful! Best of luck to you.

  • SuellensCreations

    SuellensCreations said 8 years ago

    Julianna, I too can relate. It's difficult to get noticed in such a vast sea of other beautiful items. Danielle's advice is worth taking note. I'll think about some of her ideas and how I might apply them in my shop. I do love Etsy! Good luck. Suellen

  • CaliGirlCollars

    CaliGirlCollars said 8 years ago

    Good advise for all of us! I never knew about pounce! Thank you!

  • CaliGirlCollars

    CaliGirlCollars said 8 years ago

    Good advise for all of us! I never knew about pounce! Thank you!

  • AndersonBraid

    AndersonBraid said 8 years ago

    Another great info series for sellers! I've been an Etsy seller for less than a year and am continually amazed at the amount of support Etsy provide its seller community. Well done!

  • Aimarro

    Aimarro said 8 years ago

    Danielle, your advice is great, but I find that it can't be applied to all shops. For instance, it takes me days to knit or crochet my items and then I have to take the pictures (not to mention I'm doing all by myself), then write descriptions, tweak pictures in Photoshop and then list them. Not to mention coming up with a new design before all of this. It's harder to have more items in your shop when you first start out. To me it's more of a question how to attract people to my shop for now. At least to view my items. I know I can't appeal to everyone's taste, but I just want to find the similar people :) Thanks again for your great advice!

  • ChubbyMermaid

    ChubbyMermaid said 8 years ago

    I was wondering the same things. Thanx for asking the questions! We newbies to ETSY have a lot of learning to do.

  • vmtbwe89

    vmtbwe89 said 8 years ago

    WOW this is overwhelming to see all of these responses and not be able to read them or at least skim them to see what advice is there. I have had my etsy shop for quite some time as well and have currently become very frustrated b/c I don't know what to do at this point. I am at a standstill on whether to close up and give up or just keep trying. I am not sure that i know what the economy is looking for. I don't really know if people see my site, or if my prices are too high / low.......etc. I am just really in lost of the moment.......

  • sosimplesosweet

    sosimplesosweet said 8 years ago

    Like so many of you I am new to etsy too- thanks for the tips and good luck with your shop Julianna!

  • mysteryandmanners

    mysteryandmanners said 8 years ago

    Thank you, everyone! I was thrilled to read Danielle's fantastic insight alone, but then all these encouraging comments and brilliant suggestions.... I am just overwhelmed and so glad to be part of this awesome and thriving community of Etsy sellers! Looking forward to more sharing and discussions in the future. Hearts all around! :)

  • yunuengems

    yunuengems said 8 years ago

    Thanks for your advise!!

  • AlwaysSnazzyTs

    AlwaysSnazzyTs said 8 years ago

    I enjoyed that information from Danielle, but like Aimarro, I have the same problem with inventory. My items are not cheap to even make and I have this fear if I add more, than I am going to be stuck with inventory a bunch of stored items. What I have learned in my short while on Etsy is, the more time you can spend in connecting or promoting with other Etsians, that is the key! Most of us newbies are running into the exact situation, so thank you for asking a question we can all benefit from.

  • JuicySoulja

    JuicySoulja said 8 years ago

    Great question julianna & very helpful info Danielle ; )

  • JuicySoulja

    JuicySoulja said 8 years ago

    Great question julianna & very helpful info Danielle ; )

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 8 years ago

    Love the idea of this series, well done! Congrats to Julianna, wishing you many sales!

  • therubyrabbit

    therubyrabbit said 8 years ago

    Lovely jewellery! Great information Danielle, super helpful with simple tips. Thank you both. ♥♥♥

  • anopensketchbook

    anopensketchbook said 8 years ago

    This is great advice! Juliana...thanks for asking on behalf of the rest of us!

  • anopensketchbook

    anopensketchbook said 8 years ago

    This is great advice! Juliana...thanks for asking on behalf of the rest of us!

  • memegalarce

    memegalarce said 8 years ago

    I love this serie :D I really need these kind of tips...Thanks!

  • hummingbirdsrock2

    hummingbirdsrock2 said 8 years ago

    Wow, this has really helped me a lot. I haven't sold much in my store either. So onward and upward, I am going to make a few changes to my shop. Thank you so much for the help. Teresa

  • annemorejewelry

    annemorejewelry said 8 years ago

    As always, Danielle, your advice gives us inspiration and also the resources to achieve our own shop goals. Woo-hoo! Thank you for investing so much of your time to helping others with their creative endeavors!

  • Marmeaux

    Marmeaux said 8 years ago

    This is helpful, however does she mean that you need to list more items singly or list more new products. I usually only list on item at a time, so I'm not paying a whole bunch to list one thing that I have several of. Some clarification on the inventory thing would be helpful to me!

  • daisypatchdesigns

    daisypatchdesigns said 8 years ago

    I really like this new series and look forward to reading some more. I really like the last part about it showing that you enjoyed creating your piece. I'm glad these things shine through. :)

  • daisypatchdesigns

    daisypatchdesigns said 8 years ago

    I really like this new series and look forward to reading some more. I really like the last part about it showing that you enjoyed creating your piece. I'm glad these things shine through. :)

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 8 years ago

    Danielle, thanks for making yourself accessible to us~ and Julianna your work is beautiful. I was blessed to be on the front page a few times which did help boost sales, but as the site has grown and changed, I haven't been there in a long time, but my sales have continued. I think the key (for me at least) was finding what I love to make (even making it over and over), and also what your customers love, and then giving it all you've got...over time it will pay off. Even 2 1/2 years into this I still have another job too, so I understand it's tricky to build up inventory (especially if you do a lot of custom orders like our prints), still create new products, keep up with orders during peak times and work another job...but hang in there~ you've got lovely jewelry and I wish you all the best!

  • whybecause

    whybecause said 8 years ago

    This has been such so helpful! I'm really looking forward to hearing more from this series! Wow, I didn't realize how much inventory is really needed for better sales, I'm going to have to work on that!

  • threefiresstudio

    threefiresstudio said 8 years ago

    comforting to hear so many people are experiencing the same issues. In terms of Facebook and using that as a tool, do you have business accounts?

  • BobblesByCarol

    BobblesByCarol said 8 years ago

    Thank You for these comments and tips... I try really hard to make a go of my Shop.. Like Julianna my shop's been open 1 yr.. Only sold 6 items though.. My shop has gone though a couple of updates.. My only challenge with having a big inventory is money.. That's why I'm here to make it not spend what I don't have.. I have several times got my inventory up to 60 and saw no difference... I an going away from this post with a few other things to work on though.. Thank you again...

  • SouthernScraps

    SouthernScraps said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and great advice!

  • theminabucket

    theminabucket said 8 years ago

    very good tips - one that i really took to heart is having more inventory in the store. i need to do that! your store name is great and i love your pieces. wishing you loads of success!

  • toolisjewelry

    toolisjewelry said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna, your shop looks lovely!! I'm sure you can make it work, don't give up! Thanks for the great tips Danielle, I can defiantly use some of them!!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 8 years ago

    Feel like you were talking right to us Danielle! We see the same issues as Julianna. These tips are great. Thank you so much! Good luck Julianna; your photos are great!

  • bluebirdheaven

    bluebirdheaven said 8 years ago

    I love your work! Good luck!

  • bigalhats

    bigalhats said 8 years ago

    pretty shop Julianna! and great, simple tips Danielle- thanks so much!!

  • jkirch

    jkirch said 8 years ago

    Danielle, fantastic series. This will help so many of us! Julianna, your work is gorgeous. Your pictures are stunning. Don't give up! Best of luck to you!

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom said 8 years ago

    Danielle great series and awesome tips. Julianna, your work is beautiful and hang in there:)

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom said 8 years ago

    Danielle great series and awesome tips. Julianna, your work is beautiful and hang in there:)

  • ladybug9753

    ladybug9753 said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Thanks for sharing! Have a super day!:)

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 8 years ago

    Great info. Thank you!

  • SoulBox

    SoulBox said 8 years ago

    This has been very inspirational. Thank you for posting this. I move around Asia Pacific and there are no local sites I can share my items on. So finding etsy is like a godsend :( through referals I've only just joined etsy this month and eager to get my first sell! I think the problem is i don't have enough products but i'm and working hard on that. thanks again!

  • scaredycatdesign

    scaredycatdesign said 8 years ago

    Hi BobblesByCarol, I checked out your store and you have some BEAUTIFUL items! Your pictures are excellent. I would like to offer a couple of suggestions that will help you generate more web traffic to your site. First, one of your site keywords is "little girls line." When I do a Google search on that keyword, I come up with over 66 million websites that also have that keyword – that is a lot of competition. The top site with those keywords has 3,300 other links to it so you would need at least that many to compete with it in the search rankings. If you changed your keyword from “little girls line” to “little girl earrings” it would be much more specific but Google reports that those keywords are only searched 480 times a month. I would recommend using the keywords “earrings for girls” or “girls earrings” because those keywords are searched more than 12,000 times a month. The third listed site using the keywords “earrings for girls” only has 54 links to it and you currently have 9 so it would only take a little bit of effort to exceed the 54 and you could move up significantly in the search results. Good luck!

  • scaredycatdesign

    scaredycatdesign said 8 years ago

    Hi SoulBox, I also checked out your shop and noticed that you do not have any Shop Sections so you don't have any keywords for your shop. If you opened a Shop Section called "beaded peacock earrings," that would define those as keywords for your shop. Then you would just have to get a few sites to link to your shop and you would rank very high in the search results for those keywords. You could move all your listings into that shop section or just your peacock items, good luck to you.

  • GoldGraceShop

    GoldGraceShop said 8 years ago

    This article was very helpful and inspiring. And Scaredy Cat, that was very interesting and insightful also. I had to read it twice! I will have to check out the Google search results. But first, I have to get to work! Thanks to all of you for your comments!

  • michellexis

    michellexis said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna, Your jewelry is lovely, I'm sure you'll get there soon! I thnk the suggestion about using a model is a good one, it's almost like actually trying something on, you can see the real effect and don't have to imagine it so much. Good luck.

  • SeeingIsBelieving

    SeeingIsBelieving said 8 years ago

    Julianna, You shop is very lovely along with your jewelry. There is an over abundance of jewelry artists out there so you will have to work even harder then most. I think Danielle is mark on on her comments. I personally have only had one sale in 3-4 months. I am still tweaking my shop and photos. It's all a learning curve I feel. Typically when you open your own shop now matter where it's at they say it takes 3 years to figure out if you are successful. I feel it's all about marketing yourself.

  • sidirom

    sidirom said 8 years ago

    Hello Julianna, i think your work is great and so are your photos and i wish all the best to you, keep on doing the best you can and the rest will come!!!

  • ShisaKnits

    ShisaKnits said 8 years ago

    Great ideas and lovely shop! Never knew there was such a thing as "Pounce" either. Just used it to find a couple new favorites! :-)

  • margeandrudy

    margeandrudy said 8 years ago

    This is one of my favorite things about Etsy... Artists helping other artists! Great ideas that I can't wait to apply to my own shop. Good luck Julianna. You make beautiful jewelry.

  • OMGfashion2011

    OMGfashion2011 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for posting this, I really need help or some feedback on what I can do to make more sells any help would be helpful!

  • margeandrudy

    margeandrudy said 8 years ago

    Wow. Thanks scardycatdesign. Going to try to put some of your suggestions in place in my own shop... once I fully understand how. I have a lot to learn.

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 8 years ago

    Thank you! Another great series from etsy!

  • CalamityPassTrading

    CalamityPassTrading said 8 years ago

    I feel so lost in Etsy world also! Great advice- I will be following!

  • mysteryandmanners

    mysteryandmanners said 8 years ago

    I love the positivity and warmth reflected in these comments! I am still mulling over the 80/20 percent rule as I'm terrible with all things numbers! So if someone could spell it out even more for me, hopefully any other sellers having trouble understanding this concept would benefit as well.

  • lornabateman22

    lornabateman22 said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna - I am just adding to one of many when I say your shop and products are lovely. I think that is is a slow building process over time and no matter how good something is or we think it is, there is always room for improvement with regard photograpy (I always read the tips!) and with tags etc.. I have been on Etsy now for just on 2 years and I love every minute on it! I am constantly changing photographs and layout and would guess that with some products I have done it half dozen times at least and I know there is more to be done - tags as well and new ways of presenting. I started off with about 20 products and now have well over 100. My sales have improved virtually each month - a lot of it due I think to communicating with customers - when you add something new let your customers know and often the repeat custom comes in! I love chatting to my customers and have made lovely friends along the way. I beat myself up when nothing happens but then a string will come along - just go with the flow!! I should do more blogging and forums, etc but find time is a problem for me! Wish I had discovered Etsy long ago - still striving toward same goal as you! You do feel lost at first as above but it does start to gel! Etsy is definitely best!

  • raspberrybutterflies

    raspberrybutterflies said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry best of luck to you! Thanks Danielle great advice and since I'm new I was wondering the same thing. Time to stock up my shelves

  • candlekitty

    candlekitty said 8 years ago

    I love your jewelry. I made the front page last year (gasp) for a brief second, but I was totally unprepared. Inventory and photos, plus other items were lacking and it did nothing for my shop, except to spur me on! Do a blog or FB give-away and see how many more likers you get (that will boost your confidence), then offer a coupon code and PROMOTE before local shows. That works!

  • Olemae

    Olemae said 8 years ago

    Hey Julianna: Your work is truly beautiful. It feels very organic, my personal favorite style in jewelry. Success will come to you... you're work tells me so. I have a fb page and I often feature other etsy artist as a way to speard the love. I will post one of your pieces. I love your photos. I personally have trouble creating good photos (try as I might). I like the idea of a model in the work. I should be doing that for my handbags and probably will. I wish you much good fortune.

  • mysteryandmanners

    mysteryandmanners said 8 years ago

    Thank you, Olemae! I think your shop is charming and your pictures are really good! My husband is a professional photographer, so I've benefited a lot from his tutorials.

  • girlygirlbead

    girlygirlbead said 8 years ago

    What a great series! I am looking forward to learning from other seller questions and more great advice from Danielle! Julianna - Your work is beautiful and your shop is lovely! Good luck and keep with it!

  • bobetsy

    bobetsy said 8 years ago

    i like this advice --- since i rarely get past the first page of seller's items, i don't really think about having MORE being important... i'd best be adding! and being relational with connections, as opposed to just dropping into forums to be seen... hmmm. thank you for the good input -- and best of luck to julianna's shop!

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 8 years ago

    Julianna, you have a really lovely shop! and being the first one to feature in Danielle's post says that you are doing all right! Best of luck to you! Danielle, thanks for all the tips and advice. No doubt , your blog post is going to be a hit...

  • Archivia

    Archivia said 8 years ago

    It's wonderful that you are doing this series, Danielle! I love Julianna's shop---some very good advice here.

  • hotrocksglassjewels

    hotrocksglassjewels said 8 years ago

    I can totally relate to Julianna! Good advice tho, and great series.

  • samanthaqueen

    samanthaqueen said 8 years ago

    wonderful advise, I also have been a seller for a year but have had no sales so I'll be taking this advise too, good luck and I wish you many more sales

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 8 years ago

    good luck to you Juliana! I bet this article helped! LOL

  • shabbygirl2

    shabbygirl2 said 8 years ago

    Love this article & Juliana has a beautiful shop!! I have saved you to favorites! I always believe when you have Passion....Persistence & Patience shows in your work!!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Wonderful shop Juliana, keep forging ahead by adding new items. Daniellexo gave excellent advice, going to enjoy this new feature and look forward to reading it each week. :)

  • BlueRidgeBeadworks

    BlueRidgeBeadworks said 8 years ago

    I am very new to Etsy, just started a few days ago, so there is alot I don't know.... But I do know what I like and your stuff is lovely, and your photos are great....

  • swirlsisters

    swirlsisters said 8 years ago

    Julianna, what a great shop! It's good to know about the struggles other new sellers face. It has been a learning experience having a new shop and learning the ropes. This post really helped me realize that I need to add more items to my inventory. Thank you so much for the great advice!

  • DesignsbyGlorious

    DesignsbyGlorious said 8 years ago

    beautiful shop. I love how you use literary texts as your backdrops for jewelry. So poetic !

  • TagCreation

    TagCreation said 8 years ago

    Hi Juliannna, I personally found your question and concerns to hit home, I am rather new to doing this and really work hard trying to keep up with all that can be done here.. I think the response and advice is great as well as your work. I haven't had any sales but at least some positive feedback ...I will watch out for you...

  • evittscreekarts

    evittscreekarts said 8 years ago

    Wow, glad I found this topic. I've had good success in local shows, but not so much here. I do relist frequently but found the advise to find your 20% item to be so valuable. Might be my "norwegian woods"? Julianna, I looked at your sales from the last few days, and I think you've found your 20% item! Congrats!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 8 years ago

    wow! Thank you so much Danielle,,reading this very imformative spot-on answered Etsy question was like seeing the first light (in a long time) in a murky Etsy tunnel!!! :-) you rock

  • pepidesigns

    pepidesigns said 8 years ago

    Danielle, thank you so much for starting these series, I already learned a lot from this and can't wait to see more! Julianna - your shop is gorgeous, and I totally understand where you're coming from! I feel the same way sometimes! I hope this brings more exposure to your shop and I know that you'll succeed!

  • DesignsbyElenaMarie

    DesignsbyElenaMarie said 8 years ago

    Great info. I am still trying to figure out how many items to list. It never hurts to have more!

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Julianna, you make beautiful jewelry!

  • SpoiledRottenJewelry

    SpoiledRottenJewelry said 8 years ago

    Being fairly new to Etsy, I found this article and everyone's comments extremely helpful! I'm still building my inventory and have tons to learn...now, thanks to you all, I have lots of great ideas!! Thanks for the new series, Danielle. Good luck to you, Julianna. Your jewelry is beautiful.

  • muddyduck

    muddyduck said 8 years ago

    Great advice!! With that said, time to go throw some more pots!!

  • tomorrowssunshine

    tomorrowssunshine said 8 years ago

    Would someone please tell me the first step to take to be a seller? I've created an Account, e-mail, merchandise and don't know how to set up a shop, or anything else. Please help

  • anacavalcanti

    anacavalcanti said 8 years ago

    Hi, I'd like to know how to add a hyperlink in my shop, so my customers can go straight to my Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDWbvs4iOuc. This instructional video show how to fill and use my salt/pepper shakers and I think it is a great tool for my shop, but I have to instruct my shoppers to copy and paste the link and I know some people wouldn't do that because they don't know how to or just because it too much trouble. Would you help me please? Thank you.

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 8 years ago

    thank you for this series, looking forward to more...

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset said 8 years ago

    Your shop is lovely! I agree with Danielle as well...increased inventory and titles...I too learned this and it helped me !!! good luck!

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 8 years ago

    Really lovely jewelry, great photos too.Stay focused and keep creating, sooner or later your reach your goal. Great advice from Danielle, I'll take that for me too!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 8 years ago

    Very lovely shop, Julianna! Wonderful and helpful advice from Danielle!

  • Aya1gou

    Aya1gou said 8 years ago

    That is great! Thanks for the tips! ^^ I can't wait to read another article... ;) The jewelries are so lovely.

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious said 8 years ago

    great tips....beautiful work!

  • ParkDayAdventures

    ParkDayAdventures said 8 years ago

    Oh, so helpful!! I'm excited for the next installment! :-)

  • ParkDayAdventures

    ParkDayAdventures said 8 years ago

    Oh, so helpful!! I'm excited for the next installment! :-)

  • inkandpaperarts

    inkandpaperarts said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry Juliana! I predict you will do very well!

  • HakeDesigns

    HakeDesigns said 8 years ago

    As a newby to Etsy I found your advice very helpful. I still have that "day job' so I'm off to a slow start. My husband & I hope to make Etsy our new "day job". Juliana, I really liked your jewelry & the way you present the pieces. Looking forward to the next feature!

  • NoteletsByDesign

    NoteletsByDesign said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for the blog. This has been very very helpful, I too was wondering how shops make it to the front page. Great question! Great answer!

  • CindysJewelryShop

    CindysJewelryShop said 8 years ago

    Love the question and the suggestions! I think you have the same issues and want the same success many of us etsy sellers hope for. Looks like by the comments that you brought up a great subject. I wish you much Etsy success!

  • Circa1966

    Circa1966 said 8 years ago

    Love the question also! Thought you have a great store and I am in your Boat also! But sorry to disagree with the experts on one point.... I POUNCED on sold and did not see one piece of SOLD jewelry on a model...ok so my timing was bad. Yeah some should be on models but not every piece unless it on a baby!! Can't resist that!

  • Circa1966

    Circa1966 said 8 years ago

    And thanks for this Blog! Awesome idea!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan said 8 years ago

    Good advice I'm working on the volume issue too.

  • PrettyPaperz

    PrettyPaperz said 8 years ago

    Good advice, always love learning how to improve view and sales.

  • ragamuffinstudio

    ragamuffinstudio said 8 years ago

    I think your shop is beautiful. I have started a face book page and really feel it helps. You have beautiful jewelry. Great luck.

  • ragamuffinstudio

    ragamuffinstudio said 8 years ago

    I think your shop is beautiful. I have started a face book page and really feel it helps. You have beautiful jewelry. Great luck.

  • LuciaStofej

    LuciaStofej said 8 years ago

    It's like a letter to many of us :) Thanks!

  • CREATIVITYtoYOU

    CREATIVITYtoYOU said 8 years ago

    Noteworthy words of wisdom Danielle. Will heed to the advice as I am just getting started. Thanks so much for the insightful tidbits.

  • mollyheltsleydesigns

    mollyheltsleydesigns said 8 years ago

    Good luck Danielle, i have sold 2095 things from my Etsy shop and have NEVER been on the front page, so don't hold your breath, and don't let it effect your self esteem

  • Laniec1

    Laniec1 said 8 years ago

    I often wonder the same thing, how can I get out there more, sell more.... with a market so flooded with kids clothing, but the customers I have all seem to be very happy, so I am satisfied with providing a great quality product for a few people, and wish to be able to provide that same quality for more and more in the future.

  • prettylovelypainting

    prettylovelypainting said 8 years ago

    that is such a sweet idea from Daniello. So personelle and informative. I did not ear nothing before about that 20-80% rule...I though something was wrong with me! thanks Danielle.

  • AlteredElementsJewel

    AlteredElementsJewel said 8 years ago

    I really think this new series is inspired! I went to visit Mystery and Manners, after reading your assessment, and found that it helped me a make visual connection to your recommendations. I really look forward to future installments! And Julianna, I had a lovely visit to your shop, and agree with everyone else... you have lovely jewelry and a well set up shop! I am sure that Danielle's advice will speed you on your way to even greater success!

  • crnicholls

    crnicholls said 8 years ago

    Good luck Julianna! Great reading. My shop has been open only since August 2010 I believe and have not made my first sale yet although I know people are looking, by the saved items to favorites. Sadly my shop has some if not all of the very same problems. Low inventory due mainly to not having a lot of space to store items is probably the biggest issue. If I could store items elsewhere I would but the limited space I have is it. Sure i can make more and will be as time goes by but of course as I do that, the space only gets smaller :) Feel free to drop by the shop any time and look around, drop me a note if you like and I'll be visiting yours as well :) One thing that I did do before reading this was to set up some codes for various things like 10% off your first purchase etc. that may help but hasn't yet :(

  • LizRainer

    LizRainer said 8 years ago

    Lots of helpful tips here! So helpful to new shop owners as Etsy can seem so vast. Good luck to Julianna.

  • LizRainer

    LizRainer said 8 years ago

    Lots of helpful tips here! So helpful to new shop owners as Etsy can seem so vast. Good luck to Julianna.

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 8 years ago

    Being on the FP isn't the be all and end all, I have been there 10 times and have only had 75 sales. The people that have had 400 sales have never been featured, just keep doing what you do, your shop looks great. :)

  • vaninart

    vaninart said 8 years ago

    Youyr jewelry is beautiful and certainly not ordinary. Keep up the creative work!

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 8 years ago

    The 80-20 ratio is so true. I used to be a potter and it was true then and I can see it in my etsy shop too. I have lots of items listed that haven't really sold at all, but they keep the shop interesting to buyers and every once in a while one sells.

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 8 years ago

    I enjoyed reading these helpful tips. Thanks for sharing them!

  • Skyhawkdesigns

    Skyhawkdesigns said 8 years ago

    Interesting article. I am also a unique jewelry seller and wonder if there is a way around having a model if you don't have one. Just bought a new camera to beef up photos and am open to trying different things so I am always learning new ways of doing things. Thanks and much success to you!

  • Skyhawkdesigns

    Skyhawkdesigns said 8 years ago

    Interesting article. I am also a unique jewelry seller and wonder if there is a way around having a model if you don't have one. Just bought a new camera to beef up photos and am open to trying different things so I am always learning new ways of doing things. Thanks and much success to you!

  • CocoCottage

    CocoCottage said 8 years ago

    Good article. I too have been trying to research about how to get more consistent sales. I have 'bursts' of sales, but then they drop off. I know having a full time job makes it difficult to constantly work on it on freetime, but I guess I need to devote more time to promoting my shops...then, hopefully, I too will be a "Quit Your Day Job" Etsy seller! God bless!

  • DeesCeramics

    DeesCeramics said 8 years ago

    I cannot figure out how to enter a profile name please help

  • DashingDames

    DashingDames said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this article! I am new to Etsy and found the advice very helpful :)

  • babychickdesigns

    babychickdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great items. ANd the front page is not the holy grail...sometimes my items don't even sell from the front page. Just keep at it!

  • retroattack

    retroattack said 8 years ago

    Great article!! Very helpful, it has given me a lot of ideas! I really appreciate this blog too!! Thank you! Good luck Julianna!

  • fathomed

    fathomed said 8 years ago

    As a shopper on Etsy (and a potential vendor someday!), I can absolutely recommend showing at least one shot of your items on a living person - doesn't have to be a 'model-y' person, just a live one ^_^ You can always bribe a friend to model for you - offer her one of your pieces in payment; or model your own pieces. It can be very difficult to visualize an item on yourself when you can only view it lying against a backdrop, and at least one live photo can work wonders. It's the next best thing to being able to try on the pieces myself. I would say if it is earrings, show a fair close-up (neck and shoulders); necklaces should show the full drape of the piece, rings the whole hand, and bracelets the forearm and hand. Don't use a shot taken from so far away that it doesn't allow the viewer to see the details of your item. The point of the photo is to give the buyer a perspective on the piece and how it would look on her. Good luck, Julianna!

  • janiebugbibs

    janiebugbibs said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Most of us are amateur business people doing what makes us happy, so it's wonderful to read these articles and be able to apply them to our own stores! I agree with the model advice. When I shop for earrings, it is so helpful to see them on a model as it is hard for me to visualize them with just a measurement. Good Luck Everyone!

  • 4UbyK8

    4UbyK8 said 8 years ago

    So true! I'm always surprised by what works and what doesn't!

  • DesignsbyLQ

    DesignsbyLQ said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna. Your questions blog could have been written by me! I too have been trying to build my business in all the same ways. Danielle's answers / tweeks were excellent, as ususal, and I will try to use her advice as well. Your shop looks beautiful. Photos are great. Good luck to you in your future! Thanks Danielle! DesignsbyLQ

  • BeautyFullTreasures

    BeautyFullTreasures said 8 years ago

    Wow, this has been a fantastic series. Read

  • BeautyFullTreasures

    BeautyFullTreasures said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this series. I've truly leard a great deal. Thanks so much :) Read

  • scaredycatdesign

    scaredycatdesign said 8 years ago

    Hi EvittsCreekArts, you have some beautiful items. I looked up the keywords defined on your Etsy page and see that they are; "rings, earrings, necklaces/pendants, water castings, bracelets." I did a Google search on rings and identified 297,000,000 websites with that keyword so you are facing a lot of competition to be listed on the first page of a search engine query using "rings" as the keyword. If your keywords were a little more specific such as artisan jewelry or artisan rings, artisan earrings, etc, you would get listed much higher in the search engines and would be able to drive more external web traffic to your site. Good luck.

  • scaredycatdesign

    scaredycatdesign said 8 years ago

    Hi Nicholls Wood Works, you have unique hand-crafted wood items! I noticed that your keywords were key chains, pens, refrigerator magnets, bottle stoppers. When I did a search on keychains the Google search engine came back with 71,000,000 other sites that have that keyword. If you want to drive external web traffic to your Etsy shop, it should appear on the first page of a search engine listing for one of your keywords. I would suggest keywords that are a little more specific such as wood keychain, wood pens and wooden refrigerator magnets. You would also get more visibility with the different search engines, if you worked on building some backlinks to your site because right now your Google PageRank is undefined. Good luck.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    GREAT advice wow! I am adding this link asap!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Critiques are fantastic. I think this blog will do well. I think.

  • DaffodilCorner

    DaffodilCorner said 8 years ago

    Grea questions, geat advice. Looking forward to more in this series.

  • dickandfranny

    dickandfranny said 8 years ago

    Really interesting advice, but as someone else asked, I'd like to know how many items are recommended? I don't really understand the 80:20 or 60:40 thing.. I'd love to sell 30 paintings a month, does that mean my stock should be 120 paintings? I did have over 100 listings at one point, but I've cut that down now, as I thought it might be too many items for customers to trawl through.. Or is it a daily ratio you mean?

  • BlueberryCream

    BlueberryCream said 8 years ago

    Good to know that 80-20 rule! I definitely noticed that some of my items sell WA-A-AY better than others! I wonder if i should just retire the rest. I guess i need to stock more of those before the holidays!

  • AmaadarPhoto

    AmaadarPhoto said 8 years ago

    Great tips! I havent been a seller for very long (about 2 months) so any and all advice is super helpful and appreciated. Cute jewellery! You should make it to that front page very soon ;)

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle! You just confirmed one of my long time suspicions: that really successful shops stock at least 100+ items. I think I will get crackin' on that right away!

  • NakedNeckJewelry

    NakedNeckJewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle, I'm new also to ETSY, I've posted 27 items I think, and now I need to learn about banners, Google, and how to highlight my post. Reading all the other post, I see most have the same problem, getting started and wondering when the first sell will happen. But I'm stubborn, I'll bounce off the walls and keep trying. Hey, it's been fun, why quit. Thanks.

  • MartaRaptis

    MartaRaptis said 8 years ago

    Hi Julianna, thanks for asking that question as I am almost in the same boat! I love your photos. Danielle, thanks for the tips and the inspiring advice!

  • sallymarie81

    sallymarie81 said 8 years ago

    This is a good blog. Anyone wanna critic my shop. Not many pictures because I dont have many sales to make any. I also, dont want to waste product on designs thats not paid for but still critic me please!!! lol

  • LillieRainDesigns

    LillieRainDesigns said 8 years ago

    Julianna thanks for asking your question. Your not alone out there...I'm in the same situation. Keep going though.....your work is beautiful! Sooner or later those buyers will come a knocking:) Danielle, thanks for the advice too......very helpful.

  • FreehandCards

    FreehandCards said 8 years ago

    Good question, great advice. It's gotta be in the learning curve to keep all the balls in the air, balancing making art and maintaining the necessary involvement on the computer. Thanks for the continuing guidance.

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca said 8 years ago

    This is really great advice to an equally good question. It's so helpful to know more about item titles, descriptions, and using models in photographs. Thanks so much for taking the time to shed some light on what gets new shops on the front page!

  • sundaezchild

    sundaezchild said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the info. Never thought about using models.

  • StainedGlassandPens

    StainedGlassandPens said 8 years ago

    The advice is finally down to earth and not so generalized. Keep up the good work Danielle. I could use some help myself.

  • CityGirlinaYurt

    CityGirlinaYurt said 8 years ago

    Great advice! I'm a new seller and haven't sold anything yet, I'll be trying my best to follow these tips. Wish me luck!

  • adorejules

    adorejules said 8 years ago

    Julianna your questions were so helpful to me and my shop! Danielle your advice gave me action items that I can work on! Thanks to you both!

  • adorejules

    adorejules said 8 years ago

    Julianna your questions were so helpful to me and my shop! Danielle your advice gave me action items that I can work on! Thanks to you both!

  • sesenarts

    sesenarts said 8 years ago

    I would love to give up my day job and make a real go of my silk store, so it is great to read these very helpful posts. I always find something helpful.

  • lmayjewelry

    lmayjewelry said 8 years ago

    Loved the good advice! Juliana loved your shop and best of luck to you! Always looking for ways to improve and make my shop unique. Thank you!

  • LimeGreenQueen

    LimeGreenQueen said 8 years ago

    I am brand new at all of this and totally overwhelmed!! I make beaded jewelry and conchos for the western style and total bling style, the advertising and shipping has me totally whipped. Can I please get some good input on how to set up my seller account where I am user friendly to all internet? I am also selling pants and backpack and shirts that I am customizing with crystals and such. I have been making jewelry for over 10 years and have sold here and there at rodeos but I need to be one of the quit your day job people, but I don't have a day job, just want it to be successful!! ha!!

  • SilvermintSupplies

    SilvermintSupplies said 8 years ago

    Its great to read on advice for shops that is almost there but just need a few extra tweeks to let it grow even more. Good Luck in your jewelry sales! =)

  • DriftlineCuriosities

    DriftlineCuriosities said 8 years ago

    Dear Julianna:: well, congratulations! and you deserve it... as i am writing this you got over 600 comments so that means 600 more people have seen your Shop! what a great recognition. i think you have beautiful jewelry and a nice looking shop, well organized and all. i especially think your jewelry is Priced To Sell. i dont know how you do it. now i will go and read more of daniellexo's advice.... maybe it will help me! :) all the best to you

  • amberchaeh

    amberchaeh said 8 years ago

    Thanks for asking the questions that I have been asking myself. Your pictures are great and I love your jewelry. Great job and good luck!

  • amberchaeh

    amberchaeh said 8 years ago

    Thanks for asking the questions that I have been asking myself. Your pictures are great and I love your jewelry. Great job and good luck!

  • Blue2tie

    Blue2tie said 8 years ago

    I like your Photo, striking black and white contrast.

  • BrandyUnruh

    BrandyUnruh said 8 years ago

    Great read, I will be working on listing more inventory :)

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  • MadAboutHue

    MadAboutHue said 7 years ago

    I've seen your work before! This article was very helpful for me too. Thanks for being brave enough to go straight to the source and ask for advice!

  • cod123

    cod123 said 7 years ago

    I like these ideas. I have been trying to do the same thing as this shop owner and have never made it to the front page :-(

  • thedelhistore

    thedelhistore from theDelhiStore said 6 years ago

    I really like your shop and I can relate to what Danielle said about 80:20 ratio thing. I have realised that although i have views but don't have enough inventory to convert that view to a sale. Now my top priority is to increase the number of items in my shop.!

  • Aurelie83

    Aurelie from Aurelie83 said 6 years ago

    hi , just read the article and found that interesting they 80/20 ratio. I know i sell in markets and most of my sales come from same product. Will be reading more article later :)

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