Let’s Talk About Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on Etsy

And how much it sucks. KIDDING. Sort of. I’ve spent the last two days literally doing nothing but working on my improving the SEO in my Etsy shop after reading tons of articles and how-tos, and advice forums. In that time I only got one page of listings done, because I was that thorough and thoughtful about it. It was a lot of changing tags, titles, keywords, and descriptions, waiting a bit for the changes to show up on search, then searching and see where I was in the results, then changing and tweaking as necessary. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.

What did it get me? A whopping THREE whole views yesterday, and one awful headache. I am angry, frustrated, and yes, ready to give up. Read to close down my Etsy shop and spend the next few years giving way my items as Christmas and birthday gifts. It’s so depressing I don’t even want to create anything. My whole mindset is clouded with it, with the failure and lack of views and sales, and how my dream of making a living selling things I create is probably nothing but a pipe dream.

I’m sorry to be such a downer, and for throwing my own pity party. But I need to rant a bit today, get out of my system. I don’t even want to look at my shop today. Maybe I should take a break…

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Shades of Autumn Hooded Scarf

 

 

We’re on the cusp of fall now; can you feel it? I sure can, even though it’s still a bit warm here. The nights and mornings are getting chilly and if you look close enough, you can see the leaves beginning to change. It’s time for pumpkin EVERYTHING. I plan to indulge accordingly.

This scarf sat in my Etsy shop since last fall. Right now, my shop is in vacation mode for a number of reasons. One being we’re trying to flea market again this weekend. Honestly, I don’t expect anything at all. But I’ll go and give it a try anyway. Another reason is that my work room has gone from merely messy to nearly inaccessible. Doing a bit of rearranging, getting rid of stuff all throughout the house, and the only good stop to deposit the big things I plan to sell is in the craft room. I can’t even get to my desk right now. It’s just easier to put my shop on hold while I get some things done.

But I’m still working on stuff. Including more hooded scarves, baby booties, and arm warmers. And hopefully some awesome Halloween stuff.

Autumn Sunset Earrings and Autumn Owl Necklace

Fall is my favorite season, and obviously I’m already looking forward to it because I made these earrings and this necklace on a whim. I just felt like using the colors. Should be up in my shop soon. Listing items is my least favorite thing about this gig so I tend to put it off. But it must be done!

The earrings are made with 18k gold plated hoops and gold plated ear hooks. I used a very thin, delicate thread to make these earrings. Swarovski gems and tiny bronze beads are dangling.

 

Etsy Shop of the Week: Sugar Robot

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I have the pleasure of presenting an Etsy shop that I have purchased from and can personally highly recommend. Sugar Robot makes exquisitely detailed edible cake decorations. From butterflies to skulls, Sugar Robot’s pieces are almost TOO beautiful to eat. For those like me, who love to make cakes and cupcakes for the holidays, but suck at decorating, this is perfect. Just make your cake or a batch of cupcakes, then add Sugar Robot’s edible decorations.

I made this fall leaf cake last Thanksgiving:

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I will definitely be ordering from Sugar Robot again this year. Great product, great service, unique creations.