Sunday, December 12, 2010

Charlie Brown Christmas tree


The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

In the spirit of Christmas, which is all about sharing and giving.. I'm going to tell everything I know so far about having a business and Etsy.  I'll say I'm new to the game and I don't have any formal training but I'll tell you anyways.  Just warning you for what it's worth ..hahaha!

There is a debate on whether to promote or create.  Meaning is it better to open a well finished store with lost of merchandise with little promotion or a smaller store with lots of promotion.  And from what I've learned it is neither ..or both LOL.  Let me explain.  You can't promote without having a well filled store but you need to get your name out there (it's hard to let your business grow by word of mouth if customers are few and far between).  So my advice would be to attack from both angles.  

I create and network.  I figure doing both helps the other.  Just like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree your store needs a little love. Some argue that businesses used to thrive without this type of networking but communities were much smaller and closer knit.  It's a new age where people can have friends all over the world it's a global community and the link is technology.  So here's some helpful links specific to Etsy.  How to get your store in tip-top shape and promotion. 

Here are Esty links:

What's new January:
This links helps with tagging and promotion.  Heads up for January: 
http://community.etsy.com/selling/seller-how-to/from-etsys-merchandising-desk-jump-starting-january

Tagging tips on Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/guidelines-tips-tagging-on-etsy-281/
http://www.etsy.com/storque/seller-handbook/seller-how-to-tag-o-rama-with-descriptive-keywords-5474/

Fee calculator/your prices links
http://www.etsy.com/storque/seller-handbook/etsy-success-reevaluating-your-prices-11033/


Selling tips/Pay it forward posts
http://www.etsy.com/storque/seller-handbook/etsy-success-for-beginner-sellers-5142/
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5215453
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6586654
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6710710
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?page=1&thread_id=6502072


Apps for Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/apps

Tips for item descriptions
http://www.etsy.com/storque/seller-handbook/seller-how-to-5-tips-for-item-descriptions-6017/

Web analytics
http://www.etsy.com/storque/seller-handbook/etsy-success-web-analytics-tips-9200/

Coupon code links
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6697036

Next post,  will be all the links I know outside of Etsy to help get your name and product out there. Cheers!

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