I'm reading thread after thread in the forums from many shop owners that are experiencing drops in views and sales in the last 2 weeks.
ADMIN - can you tell us if the "test search" is going to be permanent and what you see is the benefit of doing so when it seems to be unanimous that it is just going to make things more difficult for buyers to find what they are really looking for and not what Etsy thinks they want to look for?
As someone who shops on Etsy for my supplies even as an experienced "searcher" it's very frustrating to look for fabric when I have to wade through all of the new choices Etsy is giving me.
ADMIN - surely after reading all of the threads about drops in sales and views you have an idea of what is causing this, other than "summer slow down".
After spending much time reading about SEO, tags, listing titles, I tweaked about 1/3 of my shop and rearranged my shop sections after the outage on the 16th and had a positive response in increased views and sales. I am at a total loss now to understand why my sales have dropped off yet again. This is not a "hobby" for me, this is my full time income.
I think as shop owners that work hard to make Etsy successful we deserve an answer and not the standard links to "how to drive sales, improve SEO, etc"