Tag It, Tag It, Tag It on Etsy

Blogged under Crafty Biz,etsy by Tammy on Tuesday 10 August 2010 at 7:56 am

While I don not have the time now that I did earlier this summer to devote to my Crafty Princess Etsy Shop, I have been trying to keep up with it so that it does not turn into the shop with 3 things in it like it was earlier this summer! I sell an item now and then and do my best to relist and add new items. I also keep an eye on the Etsy forums and read helpful articles over there as well.

One issue that I see often popping up is the use of tags when listing an item in a shop. The Etsy forums have a “critique” folder, and while it is so busy that it may be impossible to get seen at times in that folder, I try to help out when I can. I’m not an expert, mind you, but I feel I know more than the average newbie. Tags seems to be one of the major things I see that newbies are not very savvy about.

To make a comparison to writing on the web, “tags” are like the key words or meta information. They help get the attention of those who are using a search tool to find a product. For example, if I list a pair of earrings in my shop, then I want to be sure to not only use the word “earrings” in the title, but I want to make sure that word is listed in my tags as well. There are 14 tags, and it is very important to use them all. When a potential buyer is looking for something, she will go to the search box on Etsy and type in words like “gold earrings.” If you don’t have these key words listed in your tags, she won’t find you.

So tag, tag, tag, and try to use words that properly describe your products. To help break down this important topic even more, I suggest reading this article in the Storque area of Etsy, Seller How-To: Tag-o-rama With Descriptive Keywords. Another thing I have found helpful to get the brain thinking about tags is to cruise around the Etsy network and look at other shops and the tags they use, especially shops that have high sales numbers.

Glass Fish Pendant

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Monday 9 August 2010 at 7:39 am

Here is another addition to my Etsy shop: Purple or Blue and Black Fused Glass Fish Pendant with Silver Bail. I say purple or blue because, seriously, I can’t tell! It depends on the light. The blue glass that is on top of the black glass is Dichroic, so it can really change depending on the light and the angle you look at it.

I made this back in my fused glass hay-day. I have to say that sometimes I do miss it, but there is just not enough time in the day for me to do everything I want to do. I recently found this and a number of other fused glass pendants I have made, so more will up in the shop eventually.

Sweet Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 8 August 2010 at 9:34 am

We are enjoying a bounty of organic fruits and vegetables at our house again this weekend. Hubby has been busy in the kitchen working his magic while I have been busy at my jewelry bench and at the keyboard this weekend. Here are links from my crafting crew.

About Family Crafts
Many kids are probably not ready for summer to end, but these back to school activities and crafts might help make them a little more excited for school to start.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Check out this FREE project from Madge’s new book Bead Chic and leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy!

Mixed Media Artist
More metalcraft! Cyndi has a third book to giveaway this week. Hurry over and leave your comment!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shares the cumulative of the Erosion Bundle Project she participated in way back in the fall. Peruse the art piece she created from her bundles along with the collaborative piece she participated in.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Just look at all the darling altered tin boxes created by reader Shaaron. She was kind enough to share some photos to inspire us all.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to make a recycled deer pin necklace inspired by Margot Potter’s new book Bead Chic.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi finds a stack of British “Men Only” magazines and makes “great for women” magnets!

Cathie Filian
Cool down this summer with a batch of Cathie’s homemade peach ice cream. Peaches are in season, so they are cheap and a tasty treat!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials for hiding your wrap stitches when knitting, how to a make calligraphy magnet alphabet set, an inside peek into the book Information Design Workbook and a recipe for bruschetta.

Sea/Water Charms Just Listed

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Saturday 7 August 2010 at 6:06 pm

I haven’t had much time lately to work on my Etsy shop, but I’m still managing to get a sale now and then. As a result, I am no under my goal of always having 50 items listed in there. Hopefully, I can start adding a few items now and then to get it back up there. I really do think the more you have listed the more people will come and take a look.

So, with that in mind, I added a new listing today of little stamped sea or water themed charms, pictured above. I used to use these a lot and make earrings with them for a few local shops. They are kind of tourist-y, but they are so inexpensive they are perfect for small impulse purchase jewelry items. I have turtles, gators, and various types of shell charms all in an assortment of 46.

Social Networks, Too Much of a Good Thing?

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Wednesday 4 August 2010 at 2:35 pm

Social networking is admittedly a part of my on-line life. You’ll find me tweeting and facebook-ing, and it’s fun. In fact, crafting is a big part of social networking, and not just on the mainstream social networks. Crafters use social networking to, well, network, duh, and to also promote their craft work. Because of this, over the last few years lots of craft-centric social networks have been popping up all over the web. At first, I was on the bandwagon joining them all, and at least attempting to participate on all the social networking goodness they had to offer. Eventually, it just became too much to keep up with, so while I may still lurk once in awhile, I’m not very active on them any more. I plain just don’t have the time.

Another issue with these networks is their user agreements. Like most people, I may not read every single word of these things, but I eventually started reading enough of them to realize that very often (not always but often) they have some kind of clause slipped in there about how they may share ownership of your content. I’m not using the exact terms they might use, but it boils down to that. They want what you write, create, whatever it is you want to call it. This means if you post a fun project you just designed on one of these sites, the owners of that site can republish it on-line, in a book, magazine, or on a t-shirt and sell it in the mall.

Granted, they will often claim that they would never do that, but if that’s the case, then why require you to agree to it in the first place? Why not simply be okay with a limited RSS feed of your blog, for example?

I’m not going to point any specific finger at any specific network, but the reason I decided to post about this issue is I think many craft bloggers don’t necessarily realize what they are or could be giving up when they join all of these groups. Obviously, each of us has to make up her or his own mind when it comes to participating in a social network depending on the time we have and the comfort level we have with each of them. I’m just saying, read the fine print, especially the part about copyright, before you click “yes” to any social networking user agreement.

Some Craft Links for You

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 1 August 2010 at 5:49 pm

I got caught up on some “had to do” items on my long list today, and decided to take a break, do some web surfing, and then watch The Wedding Singer and get some crocheting done at the same time. I have never seen the movie before and now totally have to get the music CD to it! Enjoy this week’s link love. It’s short but sweet.

About Family Crafts
Learn how you can preserve your summer blooms by pressing, drying, or pounding your flowers.

Aileen’s Musings
It’s Christmas in July and Alieen reminds us that the holidays will be here faster then a blinking twinkle light! Now’s the time to start creating gifts to give and to sell!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Make a statement with your own customized photo box purse. Swelldesigner shows you how!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi has a Claudine Hellmuth tutorial to share this week!

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy shows you her latest charity crafting project, some crochet washcloths for the Global Knit Haitian Relief Project.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Learn how to make an angelic mini quilted wall hanging.

Mixed Media Artist
Try using your favorite poem as a starting point for your mixed media art!

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