Monday, January 30, 2012

Free Etsy Shop Link Day!

And we're back, I think.... There were some interesting technical problems over the last few weeks and I am pretty confidant that those are now cleared up. There was some lost data and some other glitches that just reminds me that I need to back EVERYTHING up. Lesson learned.

To get back into the swing of things I would like to invite all of you to reply with your Etsy or Artfire or any other shop link. (That is of course within reason and not anything in the R-Rated area) I will do this from time to time to make sure that all of the new followers have a chance to see what you are doing with your shop.

In further news, I am in the process of writing some mini-books on Relevancy, Advertising, SEO and more for your Etsy Shops. Each of these mini-books will be 5 to 7 pages long and will be broken into beginner, intermediate and expert level. I plan to open an Etsy shop and sell these books as well as selling them directly from my website. What would you price them at?

Well that is it for today. I will be back tomorrow with something new and completely different for you to ponder. In the meantime, feel free to send me an email at with questions or comments. And please leave your link below in the comments section.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Houston, We Have A Problem

It would seem that the last few scheduled posts completely disappeared completely and were never posted. So, I am going back through my notes and trying to recreate a week's worth of information!

In the meantime, read this article about ArtFire: They may be raising their rates again but they have a whole lot going for them. In many ways I like them better than Etsy. Anyhow, check it out for your self and see what you think.

Hopefully, I will be back tomorrow with the series I promised...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Benefits of Free Shipping

Free shipping in your Etsy or ArtFire shop? That is crazy! Wait a minute, this could actually work...

I know it sounds like a no win situation but in reality it is a Win/Win situation! You add shipping to all of your items and offer free shipping. You also do not charge if it is purchased with something else. This is for domestic shipping of course. You still charge shipping on International orders but you take the Domestic charge out first. Here is an example:

Fabulous Item
Retail cost: $15
Actual Domestic Shipping with Materials: $3
International Shipping with Materials: $7
Listing Price: $18 w/ Free Shipping
International Shipping $4

Now if your customer buys a second item, they will also be paying full shipping in the cost of the item. You win. The customer wins. Everybody is happy. It may take you a while to change over your shop, but you will see an increase in sales.

That is it for today. Tomorrow I will be talking about special packaging that will double your chances of repeat customers. Also, if you don't follow this blog now is a great time to do so! Next week I will start a week long series on Advertising with Facebook! Until then, let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, January 9, 2012

And, We're Back!

Hello, everyone! After a crazy Christmas Season I am finally back. I will be continuing my series on how to market your Etsy, ArtFire and any online shop that you care to have. Starting tomorrow I will delve right into why free shipping is the way to go.

I hope you all had a really great season and are ready to make 2012 the best ever. If you have any questions please feel free to let me know.