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I dont have all the numbers and percentages and dont have the time to do them, I will show you a little insight of why sellers make the front page often. Not only do they have super duper photos, but the curators have a great eye for photos.

The example I want to use is me, since I have made the front page not a ton but quite a bit in the last 6 months.

I know you will say oh well this treasury is better than that treasury and should be on the front page instead of that one, but that is not in any of the regular etsy members powers.

I have these suggestions.

1.) Promote like there is no tomorrow
2.) Join a street team.
3.) Don't just stay in one forum thread
4.) If you have any doubt about your picture quality, re-work them and get pictures in natural light.


When I pick a treasury, I have no favorites, I decide a song I am going to base my treasury on and start searching for items through www.etsy.com/tag_fractal.php and use www.etsy.com/poster_sketch.php to plan out my treasury. Whatever picture catches my eyes first in my search, I base the color scheme on that original photo.

For example my newest treasury I based it on a song by Filter called Take a Picture and the first photo that caught my eye was this listing www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13827002 so in tag fractal I searched green* white* and when through over 3000 listings. Here is my treasury
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59657

I admittedly and gladly make the front page in treasuries and here is one possible reason.

Some of these I am sold out on, some will expire before you see them, but i compiled a list of treasury's I am currently included in.


Treasury West

www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20297
www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20337
www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20354
www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20280
www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20277
www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20414
www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20416

Treasury


www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59600
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59617
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59199
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59616
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59794
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59865
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59298
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59642
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59385
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59856
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59809
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59842
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59776
www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=59868

now that's a lot of treasury's.

Just gotta work on your shops and promotion.... Networking is a key to success for me.

Sorry for my rant, time for bed now.

Posted at 4:30am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

Responses

my criticism is not of front page sellers ... congratulations to them, they've obviously got what it takes.

It's the repetition of curators that bugs me.

It would be great to see some different points of view on the FP. If it as random as everyone claims, then why are the same curators selected time and time again? There's often over 400, sometimes 600 lists to choose from.

Posted at 4:39am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

Skyerocket says

Great! Somebody did do a very quick search through the flickr FP screenshots earlier today .I'll try and get the thread.Got a toddler crawling all over me at the mo!

Posted at 4:40am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

cazza079 says

geez, that is alot of treasuries !!!!!!!!

Posted at 4:42am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

cazza079 says

i agree too saltandpepper!

Posted at 4:43am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

saltandpaper says:
my criticism is not of front page sellers ... congratulations to them, they've obviously got what it takes.

It's the repetition of curators that bugs me.

It would be great to see some different points of view on the FP. If it as random as everyone claims, then why are the same curators selected time and time again? There's often over 400, sometimes 600 lists to choose from.
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I personally go through and look through random treasurys throughout the day, and the way I see it is this way. The curators who are picked for the FP have a great eye for putting something together for the FP. You might see and AWESOME treasury that you think should go on the front page, but 1 photo can eliminate a treasury from making the front page.

I am not saying that there are not other treasurys that are FP worthy, I just dont know why people bicker about something that is obviously not in our hands.

I do have a feeling that there is a schedule for treasurys making the front page and its made in advance, because some FP's are expired treasurys etc....

I think the staff is doing a great job picking the FP and its attracting alot of new people to come into the site and just not see the FP and split.

Posted at 4:48am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

geeze, I was never on the FP for the first 6 months selling here cause my pictures sucked.... and I didnt curate a FP for the first 7 months of me being here, I use to complain about it.

Posted at 4:52am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

Basically my point is this, all the bickering about it is making me and others I know feel guilty for being picked in a treasury that makes the FP. Its kinda sad when you start think to yourself, oh man I just made an awesome treasury, but I hope it doesnt make the FP because of the wrath in the etsy forums.

Posted at 4:55am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

I make treasurys to try to get them on the FP, bottom line.

Posted at 4:56am Jul 31, 2008 EDT

TheOldTree says

I've been looking at few sites that artist can use to sell their work and I think etsy is one of the more attractive ones. I think front page treasuries have a lot to do with that.
I like the fact that the front page keeps on changing and new and interesting items draw you in everytime you open the home page. I would love to be on it some day and I would like to make a treasury too.
When I look at the treasury list I can easily see that those who pick treasuries for the front page are not limited by only few good ones. There are a lot of great treasuries on that list day after day.

Posted at 4:58am Jul 31, 2008 EDT