Hello there, and welcome (back) to my blog!
If you’re returning in order to see how my Etsy experience is going, well, I’ll have to disappoint you and tell that that in the last week this didn’t go as well as I was hoping.
What happened? I actually don’t know. Everything seemed to evolve in such a beautiful way until now. Now (better said last week) something happened and I can’t get ahead of it. Or maybe Etsy is just trying to drive me crazy, give me wings to be happy that I can learn to fly, and then just cut them off. A bit dramatic, I know, sorry.
In my last post (Re)Starting Etsy. Week 2 out of 10. I was telling you how my plan for this week was to get 50% more visits, so, this week, on my third week of Etsy I was supposed to have around at least 117 visits to my shop. Well… I only reached 99 visits. Disappointed? Very…
In one week I only got 22 visits. I could have done better than that, but, after reading so many eBooks and posts about this, and finding out how many people are actually trying to sell something on Etsy, it pretty much makes sense, a lot actually.
Even though I knew that things would be hard, challenging, and sometimes disappointing, deep down I was still hoping for something more, or maybe at least 1 sale to keep me going. But, no… not really.
Somehow this is a bit frustrating because everywhere I read people keep on saying the same thing, the more products you add to your shop, the better chances to get visits and sale. In my case, things seem to go exactly in the opposite way, with every new product that I add to my shop, the fewer visits I get.
This is my update for the last 3 weeks. The best day of them all was the 2nd of May, on that day I got 10 visits and it was pretty amazing. That was the moment when I felt that this experiment is going in a really good direction.
So, after 3 weeks, no money and way fewer visits than when I started. I think I actually got to the moment when I need to make way more research and try to understand Etsy a little bit more. I’m trying to understand more about Etsy SEO but to be honest, right now I don’t really get it. I mean I understand the meaning of SEO since I’m owning the blog, but, it’s quite hard to understand that Etsy SEO.
So, what new product I added to my shop last week?
Last week I’ve added this Steps tracker printable. I actually liked it so so so much and I was hoping this will boom! It didn’t really go as planned, but since none of my digital products got too many views I won’t take this personally.
What I did differently this time? I tried to write a longer description of this product and tried to post more photos just so people would be able to see this digital product used in many forms. This digital product is a PDF format, because of the better quality, and also this could be easily inserted in your digital planner.
Finding a good mockup for this printable was extremely hard. At this point, I’m not actually willing to invest any money in mockups so I’ve been searching for some free ones. In the future, I think I’ll just print them and take my own pictures. It might be a little time consuming but in the end, I think I’ll be way happier with the result. I’ll probably not do the same thing with my digital art, the ones that are supposed to be framed because the mockup that I’m using right now makes me pretty happy. It’s minimalist, just how I like it. On Frame printables section from my shop you can see the mockup that I’m using right now. It was a freebie, and unfortunately, I don’t remember where I got it from.
How the other digital products are doing on Etsy? Well, the one that I’ve shown you on my very first post (Re)Starting Etsy. Week 1 out of 10 is still no. 1 on my Etsy top.
Ok, truth moment, this is a bit frustrating. The fact that everything seemed so well, in the beginning, made me somehow believe that this will boom in any second. I had high beliefs and that life happened, or better said Etsy algorithm happened. I guess that I put my hopes a little bit too high than I should have. Ok, not ok, I don’t really know. I’m trying to say all nice things to myself in the hope that this will motivate me, but, some days it works and some days it doesn’t. Today is one of those days when I see a very dark future and I have no hope. I tend to believe that I will learn something from this, and maybe someday someone else will read these posts and get a little bit more motivated when starting their Etsy shop. Of course, to motivate someone I should succeed, right? I should keep that in mind.
I’m not actually sure if I should have read some eBooks about how this Etsy thingy should go, what should I do and what I should not. But, on the other hand, I think that this way I’m learning way more, I’m learning from my mistakes and that’s the best way to learn sometimes, right? The key is not to give up and have a lot of patience (still working on that patience part).
Well, these being said, I guess we’ll see each other next week with another update on how this is going.
Have a beautiful day, just like you.