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How to Avoid Feeling Discouraged on Etsy

Updated: Jun 20, 2021

So you've come up with your product, taken some beautiful pictures, and published your listings. It's been a few weeks and you've gotten less site visitors than you pictured - what now?

1. Perfect your SEO

SEO is the number one way to get "cold sales", meaning sales from customers you've never spoken with or advertised to - this is where the real money is. Figuring out SEO is your best best if you're not seeing much traffic to your site. Examine your titles, tags, descriptions, and attributes, and make sure that you're hitting the right keywords and keeping up with current seasons, holidays, and trends. Here's a tip: If you're seeing no movement on your listings but don't feel ready to let go of the current SEO that you've come up with, just "copy" the listing and try again! It's okay to temporarily have two of the same listing in your shop, as long as you're doing it for research purposes and eventually get rid of the duplicate. Having two of the same listings with different keywords can help you understand SEO better and examine what's working, what isn't, and what could use some edits.


2. Try a different angle

There's a chance that you're not thinking broad enough with who you're marketing your product to. It's easy to sell a tote bag and think..."This would be the perfect on-the-go bag for college students!". It's important to think deeper than that, and include those other niches that your product might be perfect for. Market your tote bags as eco-friendly grocery bags, beach bags, back to school bags, and more! There's always going to be a market that you haven't reached yet - and by adding one niche, it doesn't mean you have to get rid of another. Throw as many keywords into your descriptions as you'd like and see what sticks. Here's some ideas:

Jewelry - Anniversary Gifts, Stocking Stuffers, Long Distance BFFs, New Mom/Baby Shower

Graphic tees - Bridesmaid Gifts, Family Vacation Shirts, Company Gift, Sports Team Tee

Gemstone Accessories - Birthstone Gifts, Meditation Jewelry, Yoga Teacher Gift, Chakras, Anti-Anxiety

Stickers - Re-usable Water Bottle Stickers, Laptop Stickers, Planner Stickers, Include Inside a Card

Home Decor -Realtor Closing Gift, Newlywed/Wedding gift, Dorm Room, Nursery


3. Research, and even connect with your competition

I'm not advising copying listings - you don't want to sell yourself short. However, there is a healthy dose of researching similar shops in your space to see what's working for others that you can learn from. You can even go one step further and reach out to other shop owners or join an