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10 Mistakes Etsy Sellers Make | Etsy Tips for Beginners

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Running an Etsy shop can be tricky are you making these Top 10 Etsy Mistakes? Here are my tips for Etsy Beginners 1. Complete your entire Etsy shop when, including shop Policies. 2. Make sure you have clickable and cohesive looking shop and product images. 3.Use all or most of the Etsy shop photos. 4.Do your keyword research. Keywords are the only way you can get found. 5.Use keywords in your shop title, first paragraph of your shop description, product title, first paragraph of product description, and product tags. 6.Not all of your keywords should have a lot of competition. You want to get seen, not lost in all of the noise. 7.Put the most important keyword first in your title. 8.Tap into buyers emotions in your descriptions and product descriptions should be approximately 300 words. Think how can I improve the life of my customer with this product. 9.Once a day add products to your Etsy shop increasing daily to a minimum of 50 products in your shop. 10.Make products where you can sell multiple quantities of the same thing. Etsy algorithm likes to see sales and then renewals. You can also find me here: 🌺FREE GIFT - 9 Ways to Make a Bow: http://www.southerncharmwreaths.com/m... 🌺BLOG: http://southerncharmwreaths.com/ 🌺 WREATH MAKING OF THE MONTH CLUB: http://southerncharmwreaths.com/produ... 🌺 MY Biz INNER CIRCLE: http://southerncharmwreaths.com/succe... 🌺 SHOP: http://southerncharmwreaths.com/shop 🌺 INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK: southerncharmwreaths 🌺PINTEREST: southernwreaths 🌺OTHER FAVE SITES🌺 ~STITCH FIX: http://bit.ly/lovemyfixes $20/Fashion Box = 5 personally styled clothing/accessories/shoes shipped to you to keep or send back. Amount applied to purchase. 25% off if you keep entire Fix. ~FAB FIT FUN: http://bit.ly/yourfab Quarterly subscription box with the latest in beauty, fashion & wellness for each season ~CHALK COUTURE: http://www.classychalk.com Join one of the top teams, Down2Chalk through us in our Chalk Couture venture. 🌺DISCLOSURE🌺 ~This video could contain some affiliate links for your convenience. I could make a few cents any time you click an affiliate link if you end up purchasing. Full disclosure! ~This video is NOT sponsored. Unless stated otherwise, I purchase all of the items shown in my videos. ALL thoughts and opinions are my own and always 100% honest. I will never recommend anything to you that I don’t use myself. PS - I also like these tips from Adam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsKDeL3mqLs
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Southern Charm Wreaths (7 months ago)
What are your Etsy selling questions?
Lauren Bogosian (17 days ago)
Hii!! I just came across this helpful video when researching shipping on Etsy. Would you be able to cover that topic? I am a calligrapher and have very large wood signs that I send out to surrounding states. I have been asked multiple times if I can ship further and I have had to, unfortunately, deny that request. It costs $30 just to ship the next state over....I feel terrible having buyers buy the signs and then have to pay almost the same amount for shipping if they live further away. Any tips? I am just a small shop so no contract with ups or anything like that....
Cooki Momster (27 days ago)
Thank you for your video. It is most helpful. Question, please? When someone makes a purchase from my Etsy page, I should renew the listing? I thought the listing was good for 4 months?
Kara Skye (1 month ago)
When repeating the title in keywords and tags, I am limited to the number of words and characters that can be put in a tag. Is it okay to break them all up into separate tag words? Like Spring Door Wreath as spring and door wreath as tags? Also does capitalization matter in the tags? Great video, beautiful Etsy shop and wreaths. Thank-you for your help and information.
Deborah Huelbig (1 month ago)
I cannot get my Etsy USPS label to download and print, HELP!!!
Murdoc Is Alive (2 months ago)
Is etsy for amateurs manifacturers or I need to have a profesional workshop? In my case, I work with wood and I have a small workshop in my garage. I do that as a hobby. Is it possible to open an account on etsy?
Vickie Cook (8 hours ago)
Your info was very good and very interesting. I've had a shop since Nov 2012. A couple good friends helped me set up and start my shop. My shop is listed as Vickiescrafts,,,which that's the name I've used for over 30 years. Anyway I'm from Tyner Ky.,,and my name is spelled with an ie on the end. I'm not exactly sure what I might be doing wrong could be a number of things I guess. But I'm just a small seller. By that I mean it's only me no one working under me. I will take into consideration all your great advice and tips. If you happen to have time to visit my shop then maybe u can give me some first hand advice. I'm not using all the pictures. But I will start doing that with my new listings. I know I'm not listing often enough. I should stop listing 8 items at one time and start listing 1 a day. Multiples is probably another thing I need to do more often too when I can. Anyway thank you for taking the time to try to help other Etsy shop owners.
Stefany Fruzzetti ChocoChic (10 hours ago)
Any new youtubers support each other?❤️❤️ love from Italy 🇮🇹
Tori Porter (1 day ago)
Hmmmm I was writing these down as we went and I only have 6 points not 10!!!!
Meghan McShan (7 days ago)
This is very helpful thank you! I just started my store about a month ago but I'm eager to start making sales!
C K (10 days ago)
Could you give me some tips for my shop ?? :) https://www.etsy.com/listing/664164649/decorative-tray?ref=shop_home_feat_1
ibegoodnow (12 days ago)
Great video! Thank you for helping us newbies!!!!
Samantha Marcrum (14 days ago)
Thank you so much! These are great tips & I'm going to apply asap - I really appreciate you sharing!
Ondina Maness Cabrera (16 days ago)
Hi , I just watched your video on the 10 mistakes people make on etsy. And it's so helpful. I do art and been wanting to sell it on etsy" but kind of nervous about it. But I found your video by chance and it's great. Thank you
younoseeit (16 days ago)
Thanks so much!
Pamela Conley (19 days ago)
You were talking about "one of a kind" items. I can reprint my photos, remake the piggy banks, remake the handwarmers and can remake and customize the baby cradles. However, my Steampunk jewelry, my beaded jewelry designs and the earring designs are all one of a kind designs. My store statement is "Unique Designs for the Uncommon Soul" There are several photographs that are numbered as well and when they get to the number specified, I will close those out. I understand about the key words better now and will have to work on that. Could you tell me if there ever is a time where a person can have too many items in their shop? I have been on Etsy now for a long time. I actually started in 2008 after I tried to make my own website and couldn't get anyone to see it. I have only made 65 sales total. Would you be willing to look at my shop and just tell me if I have too much on it or if it is confusing to people?? My shop name is under "freedancer" and you can get to it by etsy.com/shop/freedancer. The name of my business is Jewelry Designs by Pamela. It lists on Google search as Jewelry Designs by Pamela by freedancer on etsy. I have some sections on my site which state "Everything $10.00" and "Bargin Basement" in which I put things that haven't moved for a long time. Is that a good thing or a bad thing to do? My Steampunk is very complex so I charge alot for it. Several people think I should just pick two categories and use them only. What are your thoughts on this? Should my cover photo be of a jewelry nature?? I have a recent photo of the items that won ribbons at the State Fair. Would that be a better cover photo? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. freedancer50@aol.com is my email. Thank you.
Channel Fiend (20 days ago)
TIP #8 : 'Sell the problem your product solves!!!' is a better title ...
Crystal Richardson (22 days ago)
Thank you so much. This was so helpful!
Dana Raufeisen (25 days ago)
I can’t thank you enough. I just opened my shop yesterday and made all 10 of these mistakes. I’ll be making all these changes as soon as you are finished. THANK YOU!!!
Giselle collazo (26 days ago)
I thought you’re not supposed to use ex: wreath so many times in your description? 🧐. I was wondering because others on YouTube stated not to do it, confused 🤷🏻‍♀️
Dan Packard (1 month ago)
thank you very much. l have been a potter for 48 years but sales have always been a perplexing mystery for me. l found your video very helpful, though it remains to be seen if l can make my new etsy shop work. At any rate l intend to follow your ten points as carefully as l can. You are a fine teacher and l appreciate your effort. l would be remiss if l didn't tell you my etsy account is called Bruen Pottery.
Dorinda Griffin (1 month ago)
This video was very helpful and I have a lot of work to do to my ETSY shops. My question is: is there a way to make changes to multiple items at one time other than using the “Quick Edit” tab? I have over 800 items in Dorysfindings and I need to make keyword changes and description changes in almost every one of my listings. But as you know it takes lots of time to change each one individually. I have over 600 more/new items to add to my shop and I’m trying to get them added. I do use the “quick edit” to make multiple changes but thats still one at a time. Is there an easier way to make these changes to multiple items at the same time?? All of my stats have dropped this year. Some have dropped 50% or more and I’m in panic mode right now. Please help!! Thanks, Dorinda
Hen Sitter (1 month ago)
Thank you. I have learned a lo from this. x
Ed Morse (1 month ago)
Thank you for a great video, lots of good information
Jen Champlin (1 month ago)
Thank you! I took tons of notes and am almost ready to really apply myself to my Etsy site! So many fantastic take aways. You also inspired me to keep my prices stable and to not lowers them!
Kay Ballard (1 month ago)
Thank you for this video. I changed my titles, descriptions, and added new keywords on a handful of products and got a notification saying someone favorited my store about two hours later .
Ms DIYSupplies (1 month ago)
Thanks for the great tips. I’m really struggling to get my items in front
Ada Turner (1 month ago)
Great tips --- got me on track with Etsy!
Single Gal Guide (1 month ago)
Great video! Im definitely working on it now!
Judi Calhoun (1 month ago)
I don't see the number of views using key words
Judi Calhoun (1 month ago)
Absolutely NO drop-down box for me when I do a search.
Ron Wilson-Hunter (1 month ago)
Only available in USA I believe (I'm in the UK!)
happy makingthings (1 month ago)
Amanda M (1 month ago)
Thank you for the video, great for a beginner like myself! Just one question..you mentioned the Tags and to have more words in a tag (words with less competition), but Etsy isn't allowing more than 20 characters per tag. Now I'm confused! Any advice much appreciated x
Der Zeeb (1 month ago)
Etsy Pro Tip Number one: dont waste your time and set the speed to 2x
Firoozeh Alyassin (1 month ago)
Thanks Joy, loved your tips
Elena ZinskiArt (1 month ago)
Do you know what? This HAS to be the BEST video I have EVER seen on youtube. I mean EVER!!!! What a helpful, kind, amazing, articulate, smart woman you are! The way you executed this drew me in and has helped me more than you will ever know. I can't thank you enough! You deserve all your wishes come true. <3 xxx
Mary Cheney (1 month ago)
You must have been a motivational speaker in your earlier life! Yikes! Ok, so I just found your site today and both subscribed and hit the notification bell, yay. So, I have several plastic tubs of handmade jewelry, little crystal and/or wire animals, sock snowmen, Swarovski rosaries, just all sorts of items I've made but never attempted to sell because I didn't know where to start. I'm still somewhat confused about the billing part of it and whether to list as much of it as I can to get the ball rolling, or list only one item at a time, daily? That advice didn't make sense to me, if you could explain that again, please. Lastly, you must be very busy and it's difficult to find the time to respond to your listeners, but I read quite a few good questions below that writers wrote in, but no response. Maybe those questions can be addressed in your next video? Thanks so much for the ideas you gave us just now!
allison tamouzian (1 month ago)
This is so helpful! Thank you!
MOHD. HUZAIFA (1 month ago)
I am Etsy account suspended mater short payment solve tips send
Lillian Antoci (1 month ago)
I think your advice on pricing is insulting! How can you say low means less quality and less value? That higher price means that the shop owner knows what they are doing, I disagree with you 100%. I make items and sell on Etsy and I take great pride in my work. I use quality fabric and take time to make sure my product is of the best quality I can offer. Just because it is low in price does not mean it is an inferior product. Sometimes the high cost of shipping is a factor that turns buyers away.
Lillian Antoci (1 month ago)
I watched your video and I think some of your tips are not correct. Most buyers do not narrow down what they want. For example, if they wanted a Christmas stocking, they would enter Christmas Stocking. They will not enter Christmas stocking for the mantel. If they enter Christmas stocking they have over 1800 items whereas if they entered Christmas Stocking for the mantel they will only have 2 options. I tried it. My stocking would be found in the large Christmas stocking but not n Christmas Stocking for the mantel which means my stockings will never be seen by buyers, Keywords don't always don't work.
Betsy Bauer (1 month ago)
Do items I post on Etsy have to be handmade?
Alice Ryan (1 month ago)
Thanks so much for the helpful tips. I've made many of those mistakes already & now will go back to fix them. I find it difficult to come up with a lot of words to put in my descriptions. I'm going to try the emotional wants idea for sure. Looking forward to hearing more of your ideas.
Ellen Senecal (1 month ago)
Thank you! I am taking all of this into consideration for my listings! Hope I get results!
D. B. Keller (1 month ago)
Thanks Julie, for such an informative, enlightening and therapeutic approach to Etsy marketing. I will definitely use all of your suggestions, as there is much more to the staging of a successful Etsy campaign than most people would care to imagine, the best of which comes across in the obvious edge your presentation delivers, all without becoming boring or overbearing as so often happens. Here's hoping you have a most blessed upcoming Thanksgiving. - David / Cambridge, OH
Jaclyn Baldock (1 month ago)
Incredibly helpful!!! Thank you!
Dollsydoll (1 month ago)
Thank you so much I definitely starting looking at all my captions.
april parsons (1 month ago)
I'm just starting my Etsy shop and these tips will come in very handy. I'm so happy there are people like you out there to help us succeed. Thanks
Debbie Motley (1 month ago)
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
Peter Smedley (1 month ago)
Thankyou from an Etsy noob! Generous, thoughtful and very, very helpful. You are are creative with your hands, your ideas and your words. You are a storyteller, telling great stories, stories that count. Thankyou and bless you! I’m working on the idea that my creativity with my words will match that with my hands, hammers and fire 🐺
Kathie Ruffner (1 month ago)
Thank you I am anxious to unitilize your tips!
שרון פנירי (1 month ago)
Ho did you add a small flowers icons in Etsy description?
Ruth Cooper (1 month ago)
You mentioned using Renew in your video if you cannot post new items every day. What does Renew do? Also, presentation was excellent. Will utilize what I learned.
Pam Codner (1 month ago)
Some of these points dont work if your an artist
Stephanie S. (1 month ago)
Yep I made lots of mistakes and still learning. My biggest first was having one listing only lol 😄😅 but some how I sold it that gave me the biggest confidence boost lol don't give up!!! ❤
Larah Christine (1 month ago)
So helpful!
Linda Jury (1 month ago)
Thank you for all the helpful tips. You mentioned a number of things that I wasn't aware of. I am off to revamp my Etsy page - Linda's Leadlight
jenny stevens (1 month ago)
thank you thank you thank you. I'm new to etsy so you're video is a "Jackpot"!. subscribing.
Embroidery Tutorials (1 month ago)
Thank you for the tips but somehow tips #4 & 5 jumped to #6 & 7 during your explanation so I got only 8 tips total.
Robyn Cowper (1 month ago)
Great tips!! Thank you so much for your help!!
RotiArt Amai (1 month ago)
Im planning to open an atsy shop very soon and thank you so much! I find this is very, very helpful! <3
J Worth (1 month ago)
This was very helpful! Thank you!
cm g (1 month ago)
I rework my tags at least once a week based on results that I get from Etsy Gadget, but the sales and views are still very low. I think it's about the product category, the uniqueness of the product, and the competition level. As nice as it is to be able to have a place where your handmade creations can be exposed, the categories are so congested and the competition is so large that it makes it impossible for small shop owners to compete with the larger shops. Everybody gives the same tips about using social media, SEO, and tags. Just before I listen to this video, I viewed another one that stated that Etsy had made changes in 2018 that the three aforementioned doesn't work anymore as far as getting your shop at or near the front of the line for viewing. At the end of the day some of us have budgets that do not allow us to renew product on a weekly basis. We often spend more then we bring in and that can get old very quick.
YoungVictoria10 (1 month ago)
This is great info.
Grace Kenner (1 month ago)
I just wanted to let you know that Etsy does actually put more aesthetic listings toward the top. Photos matter. :)
JIM FEDERATED (1 month ago)
Your doing great Julie S.E.O. is a great way to get found on etsy but beware depending on what you are selling and how u have ur budget set up, you could get a High bill from etsy. Some sellers will figure it out some will quit.
She Paints (1 month ago)
Thanks for the great info my friend! Going to implement!
Scooter12 (1 month ago)
Brand new pen turner on etsy. I haven't opened my shop yet, but I feel much more comfortable with getting started now. Thank you so much!
Deborah Huelbig (1 month ago)
I can"t get My shipping label to download and print, HELP!!!
Roz Corieri Paige (1 month ago)
Hello etsy friend in Columbia, we just drove through on our way home from Charleston. Got home and found you on youTube. Superb tips! Thank you. New to Etsy and clueless. Thank you so much! Roz from Abbeville, SC
Michelle Vasquez (1 month ago)
This is super helpful. I definitely feel excited about starting my Etsy shop.
Kim Hart (1 month ago)
What great tips! Thank you so much! (kimhartministrymasks on Etsy!)
Aloha (1 month ago)
I always sort lowest price to highest price because I find some people get greedy and over-price their stuff when you can find the same product of equal quality for cheaper.
The Butterfly Wizardess (1 month ago)
Etsy says that your titles should be as short and descriptive as possible, and etsy rank tends to think that the longer titles make your listings written for computers and not people who do searching. I always get so confused because the advice I get from other sellers seems to clash directly with what Etsy actually tells sellers to do.
Ariana Wolicki (1 month ago)
hi my name Is Ariana Im from Israel, ant I just wanted to thank you for this video . is was simple to understand and what to do next. my questions for you is what should I do if I only have 5 product? I sell car seat cover set with my designs , I cant make more until i sell what i already got!! what should I do ??? thank you so much https://www.etsy.com/il-en/shop/StarCarFashion
Trisha's Journal (1 month ago)
CarlottaART (1 month ago)
Girrrrl! You did an amazing job explaining this subject. Thank you!
Gloria Acosta (1 month ago)
Excellent. Thank you. I really need this kind of advise. I am just planning to open a jewelry shop.
Pretti BinormaL (1 month ago)
Etsy shut my shop down but you can purchase on www.minkdiamondlash.com
RAREBREED398 (1 month ago)
I sell at local fairs and markets. ..I been pricing my jewelry like so...if a gemstone bracelet cost me 7$to make i double it and it sells for 14$no problem. ..some people are not aware of what their time and skills are worth. ...
RAREBREED398 (1 month ago)
I forgot "must have/affordable/ I forgot those two words. ..im not quite ready for etsy. ..but I write in my binder all items with description. ..I had to put my little dreams on hold for surgeries and cancer. ..but im cancer free now. ..and I'm working on product. ..thanks for your advice ...bless you
Allie (3 days ago)
RAREBREED398 congrats on your recovery 💞💞
RAREBREED398 (1 month ago)
Your advice is so relevant and helpfull. .I make"Bono/spiritual/ gemstone/ wire work/chainmaille jewelry. ..key words right👍✨
Jolie Wheaton (1 month ago)
Thank you so much! This was so helpful and so encouraging. Very practical and engaging!
alison paige (1 month ago)
Thanks for this video. I was starting to have doubts but you've just given me motivation! You made me feel silly because I was giving up only after having FOUR listings haha! I'm definitely adding more, and am editing the current ones descriptions and titles! Thank you!
Daryl Morelli (1 month ago)
Thank you! I just want to say I am so thankful that you have as many windows open as I do. About to join your group! <3
Marion Wilson (2 months ago)
Great video for teaching people how to shop on Etsy!! I have had people tell me it's too hard to find what they want...
anna c (2 months ago)
Thanks for your advice. I really enjoyed your detailed tutorial. I just subscribed. You are a generous and humorous teacher.
Debi Lee (2 months ago)
I just want to say thank you for the tips. I will be new to Etsy and I have been doing a lot of research and your video gave me so much information. You brought up things I would have never considered. Thank You!! =)
Ms. Mack McCabe (2 months ago)
I am having a huge problem on Etsy I'm trying so hard and I am taking your advice I just am not understanding? So if my prices are too low and I'm offering free shipping that automatically means that people assume my product is not good quality? But it is? Everything I use is good quality I just want to offer free shipping and a discount so people can see my product and then get a couple 5-star reviews to help boost sales
Caroline Bolin (2 months ago)
I have a lot of work to do! LOL
Samra Mai (2 months ago)
Wow! Such valuable information and awesome tips ! Thank you!
Wabam Hand Painted (2 months ago)
Yeah thanks, If you get the chance will you check out my shop and see what mistakes I have, Wabam Hand Painted.
Wabam Hand Painted (2 months ago)
Well I have a lot of work to do before you check it out.
Jerika Vega (2 months ago)
Thank you so much for this video! I just opened my shop and I am at WAO with all the information you shared!
Deb Amacker Herndon (2 months ago)
AWESOME! Thank you soooo much for this! I learned a lot!
Lucy Jakubowski (2 months ago)
You skipped Number 6 advise which you just mentioned as no keyword competition. What does that mean?
Patti Schult (2 months ago)
Fantastic advice!! Thanks, Julie!
Irene Johnson (2 months ago)
Thank you so much for such an informative video.
Linda Lai (2 months ago)
2,800 is still waaaaay to many to search thru.
Linda Lai (2 months ago)
You can have the most sophisticated SEO and still not sell on Etsy. There are too many factors besides SEO.
Herman Miller (2 months ago)
Fuck all the whining newbies that ask for help with a new shop. Fuck all the dumb bleeding heart stupid fucks that can't keep their mouths shut and help all these new and whiny newbies. WHY HELP THE COMPETITION YOU DUMB STUPID FUCKS. I mean Really? You complain about the competition and then turn around and offer help and advice when the competition ask for it. Are you fucking stupid? Or is more about your ego so you can see how smart you THINK you are. Fuck you and keep you stupid singing mouth shut. Let these fucks figure shit out on their own.
LEE MAC (2 months ago)
This sounds perfect, I usually pay my fees when I make a sale anyway so now it will take place automatically. Thanks etsy
Kim Sears (2 months ago)
Where can I find labels for my products like oils,baths etcs.?
Charlene Ferguson (1 month ago)
Kim Sears dollar store, or dollar General maybe;)
Xoxo by Petit Biju (2 months ago)
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
simut10 (2 months ago)
Thank You for all your Impute!
feelingfitwithdonna workouts (2 months ago)
help ive been on etsy for a few mths only few sales dmrcreations101