If you type in sea shells as 2 words under Supplies, you get (as of 6:30pm 6/9) 119 pages in the search results. I have 17 products with sea shells in my tags and materials. However, when I went through all 119 pages, only 9 of my listings are shown. I don't show up until page 39 even though I recently added a couple of listings in the past few days.
What initially made me concerned is my lack of sales and views, so earlier this afternoon, under Supplies, I typed in natural seashells and natural sea shells and wasn't listed on any of the pages in the search results, even though I have seashells and sea shells listed under tags and materials.
So I decided to tweak my tags and materials. I added natural seashells and natural sea shells under tags and materials to 8 of my listings. Under supplies, if you type natural seashells you will get 22 pages in the search results and only 4 out of the 8 listings showed up. I did a search under supplies for natural sea shells and 30 pages were listed in the results and only 4 of the 8 items were listed. Out of both of these searches, only 2 of the 4 listings were for the same product. I was only in the search results after a few hours of making the changes to my tags and materials. After making the changes when I checked the search results, I wasn't listed right away.
Can someone - an Admin or experienced seller - please tell me why my listings are showing up in even the most basic searches "sea shells" and "seashells"?
If I am paying to have these items listed, and use the tags, shouldn't they all be available to prospective customers who also search for these things? If my items aren't being listed, then no one will have the opportunity to see them and possibly buy them.
Why am I even on Etsy? I should have done this back in March when I signed up as a seller. Unfortunately, I trusted that if I paid to have my items listed they would be.