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Relevancy, how relevant?

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I would like to know too. I just did a search for my items and still wasn't found by page 13.
No idea. The same pet portrait listing is always #1 or #2 out of 20,000 plus other listings.

Marking the old fashion way, on the rocks with a cherry:)
I hear people say that an item's total number of views/hearts and purchases increases it's relevancy, but I disagree. I sell one of a kind items, so they are never purchased and relisted. When I do a search for 'upcycled clothing', for example, my items with the highest number of views/hearts are not the ones shown first. Overall, my items rank very well in searches from broad searches to more specific ones.
I've tweeked and renamed and retagged. Nothing really seems to help. So I'm going with "Its a secret"
Very simply in order to even try to answer this, it would be beneficial to see the search you used and to some extent know how you listed things ans what your expectations were.
Did you use synonyms to further describe your listings?

dictionary.sensagent.com/hair+clip/en-en/#anchorSynonyms

Were you aware that something like this is called a fascinator too, or could be taking the broadest definition of the word.
dictionary.sensagent.com/fascinator%20/en-en/
but the question really is when listing have you taken in the widest possible segment of the population that might purchase it and given the most accurate description so that people who describe well what is beiing looked for can find it.
And again most importantly, what did you do to look for something you made and listed.

Jana from BrokenGhostCouture says

I hear people say that an item's total number of views/hearts and purchases increases it's relevancy, but I disagree.
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I could not agree more. The following example should demonstrate that.

www.etsy.com/search/handmade?q=Womens%20mini%20dress%2C%20purple%2C...

And possibly a few other things.

To answer the original post:

With all things being equal etsy uses recency for ranking.

www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/8808254/
After having had a very nice run of being highly relevant in a broad children's keyword search, then not so relevant for awhile (but still OK) and now not coming up well at all, I am convinced Etsy rotates listings (and perhaps even shops) in and out of relevancy. I say this because my titles, tags and renewal patterns haven't changed, just my relevancy results represented for this very broad search term.

Also, I notice the same listings/shops dominating the first 10 or so pages of this particular search I'm referring to. When many of my items were coming up well one same listing stayed on page 1 for a week or so. It didn't matter what I renewed or sold and relisted. Now that same listing is buried so far down I can't even find it.

One BIG mistake Etsy is making (IMO) is with their new search feature that suggests search keyword phrases to shoppers as they type in words. I strongly feel this severely narrows the types of searches people will do and thus severely limits the pool of overall search results being suggested to shoppers. I would like to see Etsy abandon this feature for that reason.

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