I sell books and papers. My sales on Etsy have dropped off so dramatically as to be alarming - it was dry as the Sahara sales-wise .. I've had a few sales just lately in the past few days, but it is a wonder that these customers found me ... . for the following reason : my shop is not being properly indexed by Etsy search.
I just did a search on Etsy under VINTAGE > BOOKS for the following term 'BOOK'. I thought, okay if there is the one word that connects most of my listings, and the one word that shows up most frequently, it is BOOK.
The search returned 250 pages, and, believe it or not, I scrolled through all 250 pages. Result: I found that only two of my listings were returned - one (a pamphlet oddly enough) on page 41 and a book on page 90. That's it. So now I know why my shop is having so little traffic and such low sales.
I now have 180 items in the shop, the great majority of which are books (I also have prints, magazines, and old paper) Statistically - and realistically considering the number of items listed - my items should have been scattered throughout that search return. I repeat: only two items were returned in 250 pages of a search using a common key and tag word used in my shop : BOOK (used in titles and tags)
Etsy staff? Please, what is going on? What can we do to correct this?