Sunday, May 2, 2010
Are people seeing my stuff? - Thanks to web analytics, I know that I get between 70 and 105 "hits" per day. Sometimes more than double that, but on average, it is in that range. While I know some of them are click and leave hits, many stay to look around. So why aren't they buying?
What else could it be? - So if the answer to the questions so far is "yes", what else could it be? I keep hearing that I need to participate in the forums I am a part of, whether it's ETSY, ArtFire, Facebook, etc. I have tried to buy from other vendors, select favorites among other shops and their items for sale, do stuff on Facebook and Blog. I have even tried to participate in ETSY classrooms and forums. The classrooms aren't too bad, but the forums, I just couldn't take it. Mostly it seems like lots of backslapping and high fives with a very small dose of reality. I have also heard that to get on the front page of ETSY you have to either be a part of the "in crowd" or buy something that was previously listed on the front page. This doesn't seem fair. When they look for stuff to fit into the "ETSY Finds" categories do they look at everything within their search parameters or just a few shops they have favorited? I see the same folks make the front page over and over. What about the rest of us?
I don't know where to direct my energies. What do I change? What do I improve? I would love your honest input. I have enabled the option to leave comments anonymously if you so choose. I would appreciate honesty and constructive criticism. If your response is "your stuff sucks", could you also include why it sucks? Even small inputs would be great. Thanks.