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Original Post

Hello to everyone!

Really excited to have opened my first Etsy shop - Raspberry Design today!!!

I'd really appreciate any experienced etsians taking a look and to give me your opinions on whether I am writing my listings correctly, or some feedback on what I can do to improve.

This is my shop link: www.etsy.com/shop/RaspberryDesign

Thank you all xx
Angie

Posted at 1:45pm Aug 1, 2012 EDT

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You're off to a great start! Your banner is nice and cohesive with your avatar, and your shop has great unity to it!

The first thing I would suggest is to try and get rid of the strong shadows in the bottom of your pictures. Facing desk lamps with daylight bulbs at the piece of jewelry while taking the photo can help with that.

Also, be sure to use all of the spaces for your pics! They let us have 5 for each image, so go for it :) I'd love to see some close-ups of your beads/pearls, especially.

In your tags, try to string some words together, which will help you show up higher on searches. For example, when someone searches for "pearl bracelet," a listing that has "pearl bracelet" as one of the tags will show up before one that has "pearl" and "bracelet."

Expand your descriptions some, too! Tell us why you made it, why you love it, and why we want it! What would be perfect to wear it with, wouldn't it be great for a hot date night? Give us ideas! :)

Hope some of this helped! Good luck!!

Posted at 1:55pm Aug 1, 2012 EDT

Amanda Jo...

Fantastic tips especially the desk lamps!

I understand what you mean about stringing words, rather than separate ones, I'd not considered that.

I will be looking at my listings with some new ideas now, thank you!

Angie

Posted at 3:38pm Aug 1, 2012 EDT

Very pretty items. One thing that someone recently told me is to take your pictures on a piece of white posterboard. It is .39 cents and the matte finish really keeps the background clean.

I recently have started going in and updating my tags so what Amanda Jo says is correct.

Good luck!

Posted at 5:24pm Aug 1, 2012 EDT

I had a look at your shop as well. One thing I noticed is that your shipping policy is too strict. You might want to rephrase or reconsider as if the customer doesn't get the package he/she can claim non delivery which will result in negative feedback on Etsy, claim with PayPal etc...This is only my opinion, of course, and I offer it with kindness.

Posted at 5:34pm Aug 1, 2012 EDT

Hi Angie!

First of all, love the name of your shop ;)

Your jewellery is really nice and your photos display it well, i would suggest trying a white background and lots of natural light to make them stand out more, and use all the photo spaces.

I found that to get more views and have a better chance of being found in searches you need to add more descriptive words in your title and tags. Tags also work better if you use multiple word ones as said earlier, and try and sneak a few of these into the first line of your description too.

I found a really good website for crtitiqing (is that how you spell it?) your own shop:

etsymentors.blogspot.co.uk/p/critique-your-own-shop.html

It has loads of useful advice on it and really helped me with mine.

Wish you all the luck in the future!

Stacey

Posted at 5:38pm Aug 1, 2012 EDT

Thank you everyone for your helpful tips, my photos will improve.

Minerva,
could you explain further what you consider to be too strict on my shipping policy, so I can understand more of what's expected, or what is considered fair and look at adjusting it. Thanks for the feedback, I'm very 'green' but learning and happy to take advice. :o)

Posted at 7:15am Aug 3, 2012 EDT

The first three words of titles are the most important and those three words should tell the customer exactly what the product is - some of your titles begin with "shades of" which a customer probably wouldn't use as words in their search. Using the color is great so I would just tweak those titles a little.

I always repeat my title in a pleasing manner in the opening sentence of my listing and again three times throughout the description if possible.

I also list my tag words in the order of my title, using multi word tags first.

I agree with white backgrounds for your photos.

And my last piece of advice is more items. Most shops say 50-100 items is the magic number to get found in searches, but I have found mine to be 30 items - can't seem to list more than that and sales come in:)

Keep working and you will do well I am sure!

Posted at 7:40am Aug 3, 2012 EDT

Thanks Kim.
I'm looking to list some more, but I thought it was a start, they advise not to wait.
Good advice on the titles, will definitely look at that.
I have already gone in and revised my tags, hopefully that will be better.

I also found some great advice on Shipping in the Etsy handbook and revised my policy using someone elses well written policy, that I thought fitted very well for me as I'm in the UK - hope this isn't against the rules!

Posted at 8:19am Aug 3, 2012 EDT

Just like to say...

What a fantastic, helpful community this is!!

Appreciate everyone's advice xxx
Thank you

Posted at 8:21am Aug 3, 2012 EDT