thanks! hehe i tried to kinda put a new style on the old concept & i love garnets too, they're my birthstone actually. i used to hate them until i realized how many varieties and how beautiful some of them can really be
Oh, I forgot to tell you that I revamped my earring section and tried to improve my tags...I really did try. Also in all listings I offered a silver alternative earwire tho I feel that most designs will be ugly with the silver option but you never know... I was wondering if, when you have time, if you could tell me if that's better? I have only messed with the earrings and haven't worked on other sections yet but your opinion matters to me because you're so helpful.
Those spoons are much narrower than I thought! I was for some reason picturing the large ones... I love all your spoon designs. My Granny had a spoon ring and I used to have one. They make me nostalgic.
i think they look much better i didn't look at all of them i will admit, but i looked at about 20 of them and i think the tags are definitely improved and adding the option of the silverplated ear wires i really do think will help. you miiiight even want to add "silver plated" to your tags, so people looking for silver plated earrings will find you etsy makes it super annoying to update the tags, but i think there's an etsy hack for that.
now you just gotta promote yourself like crazy. unfortunately that usually means submitting your link to outside websites and/or paying for advertising etsy is SO full of beaded jewelry, your best options are continual renewing, etsy forum posting (i know, i have trouble making myself do that too) and outside websites. posting on DA is great but mostly not the "main demographic" you're going after. if you can run a little sale, or offer free shipping (depending on your costs) and put that in your banner and user icon on etsy, that'll sometimes grab attention if you're forum posting. do you use livejournal at all? they have some awesome communities there that i think you'd fit right in
my only other suggestion is the most obnoxious one... your photos are good and definitely adequate, but they're not CRAZYOMGmakes-you-want-to-buy-right-now. (neither are mine - it's a continual work in progress for me) photos can ALWAYS be made better. always. some shops i've noticed have had much success by making their photography part of their brand... so all their photos show the pieces in the same way, but in a unique-to-their-shop manner. this can be as simple as a single-color background that all your earrings are displayed in the same position on, or it could involve using the same prop in each photo, or whatever. this is really marketing-nitty-gritty, but, people inherently love pattern. things are more appealing to them if an easily-discernible pattern is seen in all the photos. your photos jump all over the place as far as backgrounds and settings and item positions go. it's not necessarily -bad- but it's something else you could consider trying. i've been continuously experimenting with photo backgrounds in my shop, and currently have 3 distinct styles going but i use them for 3 distinct lines of jewelry. take an objective look at all of your photos, and weed out the ones that might be too dark or blurry or don't show color well or whatever. use all 5 images for every item. photos are soooo important, never stop trying to improve them, even if you're already happy with what you've got people like seeing new photos too, so if something hasn't sold for a long time, change up the photo. that's why grocery stores change their aisles so much
Oh, I promote lol. I sold 6 things at the gallery last month so I'm happy about that! Sales and free shipping never worked for me. I've done tons of sales and only recently started charging for shipping. I actually have a livejournal but I have it tightly secured and only two friends can even see my posts.
I'm surprised on the photo thing, lol! People usually compliment me on them and I recently retook nearly all of them. I do have varied backgrounds but as I have varied styles and people have actually told me they like the varied backgrounds I left them that way. I have 3 main themes too: Manni, milk glass and slate. I try not to use the manni as a first photo because it's not life sized but I do include a hand shot in all manni photos. The milk glass and the slate are my favs but I just recently made a new photo prop so there will be yet another bg in newer shots. I think mine will always have different settings because I take several 'poses' and whichever one looks the best is what I use as the first shot. I'll never get the shots down like Glitz has in her shop but I wouldn't want to look just like someone else anyways.
I even had someone ask me where I get my photos taken and she was impressed...
It's a continual process. I just bought new daylight bulbs in a lower wattage than my current ones because the photos were overexposed so maybe my next photo session will turn out better.
I never mind novels! I'm long winded and it's nice to have good convos with people who are into the same things. Thanks so much for your help and suggestions. I'm definitely keeping everything you say in mind!
ps: Ya I post on DA strictly to share with my artist friends but not really as an advertising medium. I just love showing ppl things.
use your livejournal to post to the craftgrrl community, i bet you'd get a lot of fans you can't link to your etsy shop (or even mention that you have one) in there, but you can put it in your LJ profile and people will find it.
and i totally wasn't dissing your photos! i just meant that even good photos (like yours) can still always be made better. i include myself in that i'm constantly re-taking photos and tweaking things and trying new backgrounds etc. i personally prefer the varied backgrounds too, so that was really just a "something to ponder" type thing instead of a real suggestion, but i've definitely it's a trend with the super-high-selling shops to have all their photos be very similar, so it's worth mentioning.
oh I love your photos!! I wish my metal photos looked that good.
Oh yes, I love the slate bg too but I have trouble with long things or necklaces on the flat slate. I really love my milk glass ones with the black bg for hanging things.
I have a huge problem with the slate only in that my photo batches can produce different colors on the slate. They're all the same tile but some are paler slate, some look darker, some look bluer, some have red in the slate... I can't seem to gain consistency in the color and I'm not retaking all those photos, lol!