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chaddickerson

The summer is quickly passing here in Brooklyn. While it means fun and sun for some, it can also be a time of hard work. It always has been for me. As a kid growing up in North Carolina, my older brother and I ran a very successful lawn care business, often working six days a week in the thick North Carolina heat. (Sunday was for church. We mowed the church lawn for free, so even on our day of rest, we knew that 100 of our fellow church-goers would be critiquing our work.)

My dad didn’t just give us the equipment to start and run our business. He explained the basic principles of business to us when we started out, loaned us the money to buy our lawn mowers and operate the business, and made us pay the money back from our earnings — with market-rate interest! We carefully saved our summer money because we knew my dad was expecting payments throughout the winter when the grass didn’t grow and we had no business. Those were good life lessons, and I can’t thank my father enough for that experience. (Thanks, Dad.)

That early experience of running a business, and all of the hard work involved in keeping it going through seasonal ups and downs, contributes to the deep sense of respect I feel for the hard work and dedication across the Etsy community. Judging from the recent weather report from July, many of you have had an incredibly busy summer! The activity seen across Etsy in July reached the same levels we all saw last December. Congratulations to everyone who had a successful July, and here’s to even greater success in the coming months!

When I wrote last week, barely 48 hours had passed since we made the switch to relevancy as the default search setting, so I wanted to give everyone a quick update on what we’ve been seeing since then (and we’ve been tracking this very closely). In the eight full days after the switch to relevancy (August 10 through August 18), we’ve seen:

  • More overall sales by the Etsy community, with the four biggest days so far this year.
  • More items being sold, with the four top days this year, in terms of individual items sold.
  • More favoriting on Etsy, with the five top days in this year, in terms of overall favoriting activity on Etsy.
  • More shops making sales, with seven top days this year, in terms of the number of shops with a sale.

We understand that while the switch to relevancy might be better overall for buyers (testing showed that search results sorted by relevancy were preferred 15 to 1), many sellers used renewing to promote their items in Search when results were sorted by recency. With the change to search sorted by relevancy as the default, some sellers have felt a loss of control. We hear you on that and know that you need more tools to promote your items on Etsy. In the coming weeks, we’ll be launching an easy and affordable new way for you to promote your listings on Etsy search pages. You can sign up to be notified here: etsy.com/surprise

I think the combination of the relevancy search (preferred by more buyers) and the promotion tools we have coming up soon in search (which will provide more control for sellers) will make Etsy a better place for both buyers and sellers, particularly as we head into the holiday season.

Enjoy what remains of the summer (or the winter, for those of you in the southern hemisphere), and I’ll see you again in this space soon.

Chad

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Thanks for the info..

    2 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Great story about the lawn biz! I worked in my mom's store as a kid. That prepared me for my 2 shops here on Etsy. Looking forward to a busy holiday season.

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Thanks for the update! =)

    2 years ago

  • savannahcat

    savannahcat says:

    Good info, I agree the summer time is hard work for many people indeed! Including me, having more than one seasonal businesses, one being a retail shop in a busy seasonal tourist area....

    2 years ago

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt says:

    Thanks for the continuing personal updates. I appreciate that you understand the loss of control we feel as sellers and look forward to the changes you have in store. I'm certain that the switch to relevancy was imperative in the global marketplace. I am concerned however that relevance is rewarding mistaggers and hope that can be corrected. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer too.

    2 years ago

  • hawthornehill

    hawthornehill says:

    Thank you for the info. I'm new and look forward to sales via relevancy. PS. Also starting my son in the lawn care business for neighbors. Great life lesson.

    2 years ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary says:

    I have to say, since the switch to relevancy I have had 6 sales! Last year I had zero in August. It's been great. I'm a bit worried about the 'surprise' though. I hope it'll be fair, and not just forcing etsy sellers to pay more to get decent coverage. Renewing seems more fair, instead of paying for a better place in the revelancy or something similar.

    2 years ago

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion says:

    I think this change will end up being a net positive for everyone. Change & growth are never easy. I appreciate the frequent status updates. Thanks Chad!

    2 years ago

  • creeperjess

    creeperjess says:

    Thanks for the info! I've noticed increased sales/views over the past week in my shop, so I'm very happy about the switch to relevancy. You're doing a great job!

    2 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    Thanks for the update Chad. Looking forward to continued success for everyone. The Pie IS big enough for everyone to have a slice. :)

    2 years ago

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey says:

    Thanks for the update!

    2 years ago

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi says:

    Looking forward to seeing what these "surprises" are :)

    2 years ago

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns says:

    As a seller I'm still trying to figure out how to change my shop around for relevancy - but I appreciate all the info that's been made available. My biggest struggle is that terms like 'sterling silver necklace' don't fit within the allotted number of characters, so I wonder if that hurts me for SEO. As a buyer - I love the new relevancy, I'm actually finding the things I'm looking for when I search now! I really appreciate that Chad said he would stay in touch and he actually has! Looking forward to the future....

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Thanks for the info.

    2 years ago

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns says:

    Thanks Chad!! I have to say.... I was one of the non-believers in the beginning but it's actually starting to make sense and look up!! Peace!

    2 years ago

  • vickiorion

    vickiorion says:

    Thanks for this latest update Chad. The stats sound promising. I'm looking forward to continued improvements to the relevancy search.

    2 years ago

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy says:

    I like relevancy. My items that are not being renewed frequently are getting views and sales. I like it.

    2 years ago

  • HazelTweed

    HazelTweed says:

    thanks for your communications- very nice to have this info.

    2 years ago

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons says:

    I much prefer the relevancy search! But I really miss the old Flash Showcase which used to be connected to the front page and was an option on the "shop on Etsy" page...since it's been gone Showcase is a shadow of what it was so I hope the upcoming promotion options will be as good as the old showcase.

    2 years ago

  • OhCreativeOne

    OhCreativeOne says:

    As a new shop owner, (started August 9th) I never experienced what sales would be like without the relevancy search. I'm struggling but I'll get it. I really appreciate the updates and the etsy community!

    2 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    It's so exciting to see all these new changes! thank you for keeping us all updated.

    2 years ago

  • BucksCountyImages

    BucksCountyImages says:

    Chad, a big thank you for your job to care about us the sellers. I love positive surprises and look forward to what Etsy's up to. I will be happily surprised when my shop makes some sales. I love the hearts and favorites and want to thank all the vendors for that.

    2 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

    2 years ago

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage says:

    come mow my lawn ..... because since the bungled unannounced deadline relevancy change that was sprung on us, it kept me inside for 3 days changing 400+ listings several times to keep up with the daily rules updates your admins made on the fly....My grass is out of control ! like us long-time etsy sellers......and now....Surprise ! we await paid advertising on the pages of our searches.

    2 years ago

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart says:

    Great story and thanks for the heads up. I will stay tuned...

    2 years ago

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles says:

    Thank you for updating us. I can't wait for cooler weather its gonna be 108 today...I think (my brain is fried) its the 25th day of 100+ degrees! Looking forward to more sales too:)

    2 years ago

  • recycledideas

    recycledideas says:

    Really appreciate these Notes from Chad, thank you!

    2 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Thanks Chad! I may not always agree with every change, but I'm liking where I see Etsy going. Thank you for keeping in contact with all of us through all of this, I really appreciate all the communication!

    2 years ago

  • JessicaSharrah

    JessicaSharrah says:

    thanks for the update!

    2 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Thanks for the report. Also thanks for the great articles on updating tags and titles.

    2 years ago

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen says:

    Thanks for your updates Chad! I'm looking forward to surprises...

    2 years ago

  • EcoFoto

    EcoFoto says:

    Good to know, I hope these surprises will help me sell some photos! :)

    2 years ago

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious says:

    Thanks so much for the update Chad, it is really appreciated and I look forward to seeing what the "surprise" is! Thanks again!

    2 years ago

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon says:

    Keep up the good work Chad! I love surprises....heheheee.....

    2 years ago

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe says:

    We had a similar business as kids shoveling snow Chad. Looking forward to the surprise!

    2 years ago

  • NaturalPetProducts

    NaturalPetProducts says:

    Well Chad I'm thankful for this info from one North Carolinian to another, I can't tell any difference yet but am always hopeful. Thank you for ALL your info and hard work to help make Etsy better!

    2 years ago

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages says:

    Great information

    2 years ago

  • slgeorge

    slgeorge says:

    Thanks for the info/update. Looking forwad to the ad opportunities.

    2 years ago

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs says:

    Grew up with family shop - I come from generations of merchants . . so no surprise I love my etsy shop !! Love relevancy . . I aways searched that way. My cuffs and jewelry actually appear in searches . . . not selling yet . . but I am more hopeful. Doesn't Chad have a nice face . . so . . . I'm looking forward to "surprise". !!!

    2 years ago

  • humblebea

    humblebea says:

    Thank you, Chad~ very excited for the "surprise"!

    2 years ago

  • zJayne

    zJayne says:

    Appreciate this update. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • pamwares

    pamwares says:

    Thank you Chad for the update. I'm very glad you noticed that sellers feel a lose of control. I feel like I can't grab the logic but it has been a loss. My big question is will buyers be able to drill down better when they search. Example...apron is the top search word for my customers. When you search that one word you get a ton of aprons back some for kids, some for adults, a few patterns and so on. I would love if my buyers could then drill down even more - ie women, full, kids. This way the buyer will even get closer to what they want. The best drill down web site I have found is B&H Photo.com. Search camera - and the let the drilling beginning. I think buyers would LOVE IT! And I would love it because my customer wouldn't have to go thru 200+ pages of aprons! thank you for your time - and hopefully I'm still on the mailing list for Etsy! xoxo pam

    2 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    Thanks Chad for the update. I appreciate it. My sales have been better the last week.This may after all be a good thing! MonicaTheIDConnection

    2 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

    Thanks for the update! and the insight to your first business.

    2 years ago

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro says:

    Thanks, Chad! I appreciate your updates and hope you continue to keep us posted.

    2 years ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie says:

    Fantastic update, Chad! Thanks so much for keeping us posted and I, too, look forward to the upcoming "surprise"! As a buyer I've always been a fan of relevancy. No complaints - so far!

    2 years ago

  • RhondasTreasures

    RhondasTreasures says:

    I'm so glad you're looking for a Happy Medium for everyone. Thanks

    2 years ago

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands says:

    I can't wait! I love surprises (most of the time) ! Thanks for the update!

    2 years ago

  • minipotterybyanita

    minipotterybyanita says:

    Oh, a fellow "North Carolinian," huh? Wonder if we went to school together!? Or knew each other from somewhere else? Anyone know WHERE he grew up?

    2 years ago

  • Savebygoinggreen

    Savebygoinggreen says:

    Chad, thanks for the information. I live in Georgia and am new to Etsy. I love your picture of the old lawn item..........my neighbors have one displayed in a garden (that we share...........part my land and part his..........I'm trying to buy it from him). It has been very hot this summer and I'm ready for some cooler weather. I am new to Etsy and am adding items daily. I hope that I will have a successful business here, as I am a cancer survivor and not working at the moment............well, I am working..................on-line is working and as I'm sure you know selling on-line is a 24 hour job, and I love it. Take care.

    2 years ago

  • chaddickerson Admin

    chaddickerson says:

    minipotterybyanita - I'm still listening. :) I grew up in Greenville and went to college in Durham at Duke (where the last of that lawn-mowing money was spent). My parents still live in Greenville and my brother lives in Raleigh. I'm one of the few folks in my family who doesn't live in NC.

    2 years ago

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 says:

    looking forward to the "surprise" :) & thank you for giving us more relevancy stats!

    2 years ago

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages says:

    Thanks for keeping us posted :) I cant wait to hear the suprise...... !!!! Way to peak my curiosity

    2 years ago

  • minipotterybyanita

    minipotterybyanita says:

    Chad - Thanks for the reply. I had missed it on here! I'm sure we had many of the same types of experiences, except, our living in the sand, we never even owned a lawn mower--we chopped the grass out of the fields and "wore it out" of the yard, playing! Thanks and Welcome! ;-)

    2 years ago

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns says:

    Chad, I love your lawn care business story. Like you, I learned great deal from my father about basics of business, and importance of hard work and work ethics. If relevancy search helps customers to find exactly what they are looking for, I welcome that change. Without customers, Etsy can not exist, right? I've worked hard to establish my Etsy shop the last 3 years and continue to grow in this changing environment, not just on Etsy. In this tough economy, I am even more grateful for my customers finding and purchasing my jewelry among all the beautiful things available on Etsy. Especially when over 2 million jewelry items are listed on any given day! I am really excited that you are finding relevancy search is helping our customers. Thank you for your continued support for us.

    2 years ago

  • julieboyles

    julieboyles says:

    Thank you Chad for the updates, I'm very appreciative of the information you're sharing. The change to relevant search has been very helpful, and the upcoming Surprise sounds exciting. I'm quite optimistic about the future of Etsy and my own business here on Etsy. Thanks for keeping us informed!

    2 years ago

  • ZhongFuJewelryDesign

    ZhongFuJewelryDesign says:

    I appreciate your keeping us posted on this. I have had a lot more views, but still no sales. I have followed this change with interest, and waiting to see where it goes.

    2 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    thanks. :) the new promotion tools sound interesting. looking forward to it.

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Still learning. Still growing. Thanks for the update.

    2 years ago

  • ScrapunzelPixie

    ScrapunzelPixie says:

    Intrigued by the new promotion tools..... loving the relevancy!

    2 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Thank you - looking forward to seeing more tools to promote our store items! I wish everyone lots of sales!

    2 years ago

  • compassionmalas

    compassionmalas says:

    Thanks for the update, Chad. Waiting for more info and advice with bated (baited?) breath!

    2 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    Thanks for the news and great story. Can't wait to see how the new search by relevancy is going to act over the next year. Excited about the changes.

    2 years ago

  • gothicreations

    gothicreations says:

    Chad, thanks for the update. I liked your story about the lawn mowing business.

    2 years ago

  • JennyOAbstractArt

    JennyOAbstractArt says:

    My shop is new, so can't compare what etsy was like before relevancy was default. I have had a few sales already, specifically my blank greeting cards. I guess starting any venture like this in the current economic climate is going to be hard, but I am loving the challenge and sense of pride in making my etsy shop the best it can be. I can't believe how generous other etsy shop owners are in their advice I have been given! I am looking forward to getting more involved on etsy:-)

    2 years ago

  • weebit

    weebit says:

    There's been a definite uptick in sales and traffic to my shop in the last couple of weeks, which I can only attribute to the relevancy search change since I haven't been doing anything differently as far as promoting my shop. I appreciate the customer-centric focus of this change, which can only help make all of our shops more successful in the end. Thanks for the updates!

    2 years ago

  • artistryunlimited

    artistryunlimited says:

    Hi! Thanks for updating with all the upcoming changes. Waiting for the new promotion tools on etsy!! Cos there hasn't been any sale from our shop yet since July, in spite of the relevancy search being the default search..Hope this helps! :)

    2 years ago

  • auntsuesoldnewlovely

    auntsuesoldnewlovely says:

    ....would someone please just tell us the surprise? LOL

    2 years ago

  • Stephaniemakesall

    Stephaniemakesall says:

    thank you for the update i know a lot of people are wondering about this surprise

    2 years ago

  • VillaCollezione

    VillaCollezione says:

    Thanks for the update and making etsy a wonderful venue for both sellers and buyers. And thanks for sharing a personal side of you! And yippee for relevancy! My store and merchandise are more visible! Today, I had two sales within 4 minutes of each other! Riding the etsy high!

    2 years ago

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign says:

    Great thanks

    2 years ago

  • thestoryofkat

    thestoryofkat says:

    I had a great week and my best summer of sales yet—thank you for all your hard work on the improvements! I had tried to stay away from all the hen-pecking in the old forums and it is so refreshing to read about updates in this clear and forward manner!

    2 years ago

  • bindingbee

    bindingbee says:

    I am really impressed with the new changes and appreciate the excellent job you all have done in communicating how to use and take advantage of them. Great work!

    2 years ago

  • FunkyStoles

    FunkyStoles says:

    Thanks for acknowledging we southern hemisphere Etsy users in your blog!

    2 years ago

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse says:

    I don't particularly like surprises, but I'm hoping I'll like this one.

    2 years ago

  • yinsteadofi

    yinsteadofi says:

    Here's to surprises!! Thanks for the change in revelency, it helps us sellers who are knew to this and are trying to get noticed!!

    2 years ago

  • OriginalsbyLauren

    OriginalsbyLauren says:

    I am hopeful that this will be effective and affordable, p,ease don't keep us in suspense

    2 years ago

  • carolemma

    carolemma says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed Chad!

    2 years ago

  • BeadedTail

    BeadedTail says:

    Thanks for this information! I'm still working on titles to help with the relevancy search but I'm certainly looking forward to a better chance of being seen in the huge sea of jewelry sellers!

    2 years ago

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink says:

    The new search gives everyone a fair chance to have a sale, my sales are picking up in multiple item purchases per customer, which is new to me. Change is good we just have give it time .

    2 years ago

  • stitchntyme

    stitchntyme says:

    Thanks for the update Chad! As far a relevancy helping my shop, I have not seen a difference. Views are up, but my sales are as stagnant as they have been for months on end. But then I have been told it is my fault, that I am not working hard enough. Sooooooo.... I have nothing to add other than thank you for changing the search default to Relevancy, happy to see it working for others per your post Chad. I know it must be exciting for those who are seeing upswing in their shops and for Etsy. Congrats to those who are enjoying the rewards of the new default search. :)

    2 years ago

  • oakstudiosofdesign

    oakstudiosofdesign says:

    Thank you Chad! I love the story you told about growing up in NC (Yea NC!) We are trying to teach our kids the same type of lesson. They are budding entrepreneurs also! Looking forward to the future with Etsy as we are getting ready to launch new products in both of our main shops and maybe a new shop endeavour!

    2 years ago

  • ZJJohnson

    ZJJohnson says:

    I'm curious to know what the "surprise" is!

    2 years ago

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims says:

    Oooh!!! So mysterious!!! My views have gone up, but the jury is still out if it was really the relevancy switch or the Etsy Finds feature. Didn't do a thing for my sales yet. Here's hoping!

    2 years ago

  • GoldenDaysAntiques

    GoldenDaysAntiques says:

    Thanks for the update, Chad! Change is hard, but sometimes necessary. I'm getting the hang of it! By the way, the last weeks of August are notoriously slow for sales (at least in the Vintage and Antiques market). Folks have lots better things to do (vacation!) than to sit inside and shop. It'll turn around soon:)

    2 years ago

  • MaLieb

    MaLieb says:

    Love you

    2 years ago

  • RamshackleStudio

    RamshackleStudio says:

    Looking forward to the surprise... and just REALLY appreciate your effort to keep people informed and stay in touch... thanks so much!

    2 years ago

  • MySweetieBean

    MySweetieBean says:

    Thanks for your continued updates, Chad. I noticed an increase in views, hearts, and purchases ever since relevancy went into effect as the default search. Looking forward with extreme curiousity as to what "Etsy Surprise" has in store for us...

    2 years ago

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset says:

    Thanks Chad! Looking forward to the surprise :D

    2 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    So, we're stuck with the relevancy search even though many sellers hate it, & we'll be "given" extra means of promotion which we'll have to pay for. I moved my sales operation to Etsy exclusively from eBay... now it seems as though Etsy is turning into a second eBay.

    2 years ago

  • glutenfreefromNYC

    glutenfreefromNYC says:

    mazedasastoat, wondering how much "affordable" will be

    2 years ago

  • AegeanDreams

    AegeanDreams says:

    Thank you for keeping us abreast of what is happening or going to happen here on Etsy. I have learned to use the "relevancy" to my advantage...as I do a search for my own items, as if I were a buyer, and find what I need to tweak to have it come up at the appropriate place. Years ago, when I had my own business (Hair Salon) I learned one very important truth; when we all do what is best for the customer, we all benefit....and this is true across the board. If buyers will keep that in mind, they can then find a way to work effectively within the new perimeters. I also LOVE the shop stats...because I live in Greece, but my main market seems to be the States, shop stats have show me the best days, and even the best hours to post new items, and to renew. I was surprised to find how off my assumptions were as to these times. Thank You Etsy!

    2 years ago

  • immortalfashions

    immortalfashions says:

    Thanks for info ,waiting for new way to promote

    2 years ago

  • immortalfashions

    immortalfashions says:

    Thanks Chad, Waiting for new way to promote!!

    2 years ago

  • ideachic

    ideachic says:

    Ha! My childhood lawn mowing business benefited from Colorado winters. Snow removal! Our shop is seeing plus trends to. Thanks for the buyer and seller values. David

    2 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    Thanks for the update!

    2 years ago

  • HELENSHASSACK

    HELENSHASSACK says:

    I'm glad etsy is never happy with status quo! I definitely feel that traffic in my shop has increased with the changes, thanks!

    2 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Thank you for the update and do keep us posted on what's going on.

    2 years ago

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives says:

    Thank you for keeping us regularly updated, Chad - it's great to have a CEO be so engaged with us. I enjoyed your lawn care business story, too. When I wanted things as a kid, my Dad told me "get a job." :) So I started babysitting for neighbors at age 11, and started my first mail order business at 13 (I don't think my customers had any idea of my age!). I appreciate those life lessons now too.

    2 years ago

  • iktomi

    iktomi says:

    thanks, Chad. Please let the Surprise be something all sellers can get a chance at. When Etsy has ad spaces, only a tiny tiny percentage of etsians managed to get a slot. I hope this won't be like that.

    2 years ago

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim says:

    I love that chad is staying in touch as he said he would. Man of his word!! I am also not oppose to change, especially when I see it working. I know it has only been a few days and we are all still looking and waiting to see how the new search will effect us in our individual shops. I am not trying to be negative. I am just trying to understand this so I can use it to my advantage. You see my shop was cranking along nicely with steady sales and then all of a sudden August 1st and BAM. Nothing since late July and even July was not grand. I have tried to pass it off as back to school spending and the last vacation of the summer. And I am doing alot of new items to get ready for some upcoming shows I have going on and also I am ready to start listing for the season. May we all have a great holiday season!

    2 years ago

  • perebags

    perebags says:

    Love the updates! Thanks Chad!

    2 years ago

  • go2girl

    go2girl says:

    Hmm, very curious to know what this "affordable" new way to promote is all about... will hold off on my opinion until I know.

    2 years ago

  • SherrySchatz

    SherrySchatz says:

    As a new Etsy store, I really appreciate the information. I too have had a very busy summer, selling out of all my creations. My store looks a bit like Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard, but I will be adding items soon.

    2 years ago

  • LoomOnTheLake

    LoomOnTheLake says:

    Those are incredible statistics. Even if you did a more careful analysis, adjusting for seasonality, the overall growth trend in Etsy's revenue, etc. I can see that you would have superb results. I'm very happy with the relevancy algorithm. BTW, I also made my largest sale ever during that time interval.

    2 years ago

  • MayaJAccessories

    MayaJAccessories says:

    Has definately been a struggle to adjust, but I am trying very hard to stay positive. Sales for me have not increased and I think that it is tough in my category, because the top search words are ones that everyone seems to use as tags. I look forward to the new promotional tools and will continue to try to update my shop, I think a lot of it is trial and error.

    2 years ago

  • etincellestudio

    etincellestudio says:

    My sales have doubled in the past two months, but I have also worked a lot on all the aspects of the business (listing often, renewing, promoting on Twitter & FB, etc...). I personally like the circles, it's the fastest way for me to keep posted and discover new shops as I have limited time to browse on Etsy... In any case I am glad of the changes, and I love that it's so easy to communicate with you all guys!

    2 years ago

  • Tanith

    Tanith says:

    I really appreciate your taking the time to reach out to the Etsy community with your regular updates!

    2 years ago

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading says:

    OMG Chad are you sure we weren't raised by the same father? lol I try to raise my kids the same way and they are out of step with most of their peers who have everything handed to them on a silver platter... but I like to think my kids will be better off in the long run... I know I was!

    2 years ago

  • uniqueboutiquebygami

    uniqueboutiquebygami says:

    Hi!i hope get an answer here from Chad. I have been to every forum blog, and on etsy fb. No one has replied. I need help with this new change. My sales have dropped to the floor and then some. They have dropped 90%. that must not be good. I have noticed that only the comments that are pro to the new change are not being deleted. I think they should all stay up, we all have been a huge part of what etsy is now. I pay my monthly fees and used the renew feature A LOT! Chad, please help! I want to stay positive with this new change. I am all for change if it's positive. I am now applying for a day job since this has affected me so drastically in just one week. I need answered and no deletion of my posts. If you are going to delete at least have the courtesy to reply since my message was obviously read. Please help. Otherwise my next move is artfire.com

    2 years ago

  • footloosefancyfree

    footloosefancyfree says:

    Are they really deleting all the comments that are not totally positive? That sound like another country where we have sent all our money and jobs to.

    2 years ago

  • CyberloxCastle

    CyberloxCastle says:

    No sales at all! Dropped drastically, no views, feel like I just been laid off from my job. This is just terrible!!! Hope some relief comes soon.

    2 years ago

  • YESTERDAYTRUNK

    YESTERDAYTRUNK says:

    what excuse does Etsy have to explain the failure of their relevancy search? Going from regular sales to no sales at all since the relevancy fiasco?

    2 years ago

  • YESTERDAYTRUNK

    YESTERDAYTRUNK says:

    my comment is hardly praising Etsy. If it gets deleted, I will know I hit a sore spot :-(

    2 years ago

  • EleganceElizabethLee

    EleganceElizabethLee says:

    Thanks - giving my fingers crossed!

    2 years ago