June 27, 2010

Etsy Tagging: A Crash Course

So, you want to sell your goods on Etsy?  Your first stop after signing up: reading the Do’s and Don’ts of Etsy (also the Terms of Use, TOU).  If you haven’t read those in their entirety, I strongly urge you to do so now.  It will save you a lot of silly questions and a lot more grief if you post in the forums!

You could search the forums and the Storque Blog on Etsy for all eternity and read forever on how to properly tag your items.  I am writing this article in the hopes of saving you some time.  At the end, I have included a list of links to most of the Storque Articles and some forum threads and, of course, the Do’s and Don’ts.

Now you’ve read the Do’s and Don’ts and you are listing items.  Congratulations!  Until, you hit that tag page and you are struggling to come up with 14 different tags.  First of all, you need to decide which main section your item belongs: Handmade, Vintage or Supplies.  This tag, your first, should be a very easy decision.  A few quick rules for tag #1
  • If it doesn’t fall into one of these 3 categories, you can’t sell it on Etsy!
  • Vintage is 20 years or older.  No less than 20.  No exceptions.
  • Supplies are items that can be used to make something.  If the item is a finished product and can be used as-is, it is not a supply.
  • If you didn’t make it or alter it, it is not handmade.

Moving on to tag #2.  This should be your main category that you would define the item as if you have a handmade item.  Take your time here and decide which category is best suited to your item.  Some items can fit into any number of main categories.  In this case, I would suggest perusing those categories to see how clogged up they are with similar or mistagged items.  This will give you a feel for which category would be the best fit for your item.  If you are selling supplies, tag #2 will be a choice between handmade and commercial.  If you even have to think about this one, you’re gonna need more help than I can give you.

So now you’ve chosen the main categories that your item belongs in.  You may have also chosen a few subcategories at this point, depending on your main categories.  Now it’s time to get into the nuts and bolts of your item.  Here are a few rules to remember:
  • Tagging an item with a possible use (such as tagging a blank card with “birthday, wedding, etc”) is against the TOU on Etsy.  Don’t do it.  If the item is occasion specific (say a wedding card)  it is okay to tag it with that occasion only.
  • Tags should be only one word for the most part.  Some things just go together, like peanut butter and jelly or sterling silver.  Some things don’t, like peanut butter and pickles or silver earrings.  Using more than one word in a tag when they do not go together, is known as “stuffing” your tags and is against the TOU.
  • You don’t need to tag your items with the singular and plural of a word if they are similar.  If the words vary quite a bit, you may want to do both.
  • Only tag your item with what it really is.  For example, don’t tag a necklace with “earrings” in the hopes of someone seeing it.  If someone is looking for earrings, they don’t want to wade through 5 pages of necklaces first.  They searched for earrings for a reason.  It only hurts the community to mistag.  It doesn’t help anyone.
  • Get creative with naming your colors.  Some people search for blue while others look for periwinkle, cornflower or denim blue.  I’ve included a link at the bottom which includes a vast array of color names.
It is also a good idea to put your shop name or, if involved with an Etsy team, your team name into your tags on some items.  Don’t feel that you have to put them on every item, but if you’re struggling to come up with tags, use those.  Also, when offering free shipping or having a sale or clearance, be sure to tag those items accordingly as people will search for those terms.

Etsy Do's and Don'ts
Etsy TOU
Etsy Seller's Handbook
Etsy Tagging How-To's
Storque Article with Lots of Keywords
List of Colors

June 20, 2010

to leave or not to leave

so, i have met some really nice ladies over on etsy through the D List Team.  but then, why do i do this, i went to the forums today.  and there was someone calling Racism.  we've gone from saying resellers are bad to saying that people are racial profiling resellers now.  WTF?!?!  ok etsy.  you've got one month left.  and then, if i don't see an improvement in site views or sales, i will wash my hands of you.  and i will stay out of the forums except for the team thread.  this reseller and political bullshit is enough.  i think its starting to give every single seller on etsy a bad name.  we all know that the forums come up in google searches.  people are going to start assuming that all sellers on etsy are the same.  a bunch of whining, snivelling, spoiled rotten brats.  yes, that is what i think the reseller-haters are.  get over it. move on. work harder on your craft and quit yer bitchin!

June 17, 2010

Noodle's day full of firsts

well today was a big day for my littleNoodle.  who is now a whopping 3!!!  we went to scheels to buy her daddy a father's day gift.  i had no idea they had an actual ferris wheel in that place.  well, somebody just so happens to just squeak in under the 36" height requirement, so of course, we had to ride the damn thing.  i hate the ferris wheel.  it scares me.  i am totally afraid i will fall out. it's never happened to me nor have i seen it happen, i just think it will.  anyway,  after our shopping, we did ride the ferris wheel and the Noodle had the time of her life on that thing!  she is soooo excited that she gets to ride it again tomorrow with her daddy! (we just got him a gift card so he could go buy the frisbee golf discs that he wants)

another first for her, riding an escalator! we went up and down today at scheels.  she did excellent.  probably did better than i did on my first ride :-)  we had a little trouble going down, she ended up on two steps and got a little scared for a second, but made a quick recovery in trueNoodle fashion!

she also experienced a good thunderstorm while she was awake.  i think she has slept through like all of the thunderstorms ever.  i might also mention that she was born during a storm.... i digress.  she decided this morning while her and i were laying in bed (i'm gonna miss that when i start working again :( that she is afraid of thunder.  so to combat this fear, she gets out of bed and ROARS out the window at the thunderstorm.  what a crazy kid!  so she roared all morning at the thing until it left.  i think she even thinks she made it leave.  oh to be 3 again!