beaded crochet wire necklace by TappingflamingoBling
guitar string Christmas ornament by TappingflamingoBling
guitar string Christmas ornament from TappingflamingoBling
memory wire bracelet by TappingflamingoBling
What was I doing wrong? Soon, I realized that there was more than just slapping on some listings. You had to work your shop, but I had no idea how to do that. I started doing some online research and came across several ladies who teach free "classes," and so I started listening to them. I learned about SEO, and how to actually list your product.
Pictures are very important, and even though I am a decent photographer, taking pictures of tiny pieces of jewelry is much different that landscape or people photographer.
princess style keychains by TappingflamingoBling
beaded wire wrapped shell necklace by TappingflamingoBling
During this time, Etsy started doing some big changes, and putting my shop on vacation mode actually hurt it. I am still trying to dig out of that, and it has been over a year since then. I am essentially invisible when it comes to my shop. I tweek and retweek constantly.
Someone told me I need to switch to another shop, or just get my own website. I looked into this, but my gut feeling says, "NO!!!"
....and here is why....
I ask my friends and family where they like to shop for handmade items. Do you know what they say? Etsy. I did a poll on my facebook page and asked that question....I even listed some of the other online shops, and the answers I got were, Etsy and Instagram. By the way, I am on IG, and have had one sale from that venue.
When I google search for something that is handmade, do you know what pops up? Yep....Etsy! Not the other shops, but Etsy, Etsy, Etsy...all over the place.
Now, recently, Etsy has changed some things. They have upped their cost to list...yes, you have to pay to use Etsy or any other online shopping site to list. Etsy has not raised their prices...until now, and they have been around for a long time. I get it! Things are more costly now, but since they raised their prices, that means we have to too, and many do not understand that.
wire wrapped shell piece necklace by TappingflamingoBling
fluorite chip wire wrapped guitar string bracelet
Whether she cruises the high seas on a shop, hang tens on a surfboard or just likes a quiet walk along the shores...Wearing a creation from TappingflamingoBling will keep her favorite places close to her heart and soul.