Thursday, September 22, 2011

Well, Etsy has been making a lot of changes in the last two months, and I've become almost invisible.

My profit, after expenses, last month was $45.00 and so far it's $22.00 this month. Le sigh. Now, they're creating some ad system where you buy ad space on the site. This new system charges you a certain amount of money for the keywords you use. The more you spend on keywords, the better your chances are of showing up on the first page of the search within the site. That's how I understand it, anyway. I think I'm going to wait and see how others respond to it first, but I'm very skeptical.

I'm officially not counting on Etsy for any of my income. It makes me sad to say that, but the last 2 years have been so frustrating for me. I put so much work into my shop. I spent so much time and effort trying to get traffic there, and the last two years have just been so disheartening. The last two months have been even more disheartening. It's gotten to the point where I've questioned myself as an artist and it's made me kinda depressed.

So, I decided that I don't need that in my life. Nope. Not one bit. I've been working really hard this week at trying to get my work in stores around town. E-mailing those who have done orders with me in the past and creating new postcards for shops. I'm getting my wholesale sheet updated through Trunkt and trying to get more work up on Big Cartel, although, I'm not sure online sales are really where it's at...

I'm so determined to make this work, and I'm crossing my fingers, and toes, that it does :) 

I won't be closing my Etsy shop. In fact, I'm still adding new things to it weekly. I just won't be totally relying on it for funds. Whatever I make with it will be "fun money", whatever that means. Maybe treats for Chloe? Maybe new socks for me? Maybe cake and coffee? Who knows. all I know is that I what I need right now is not to worry about something that I obviously have no control over no matter how much work and effort I put into it! I feel good about this.


Laura said...

Etsy is weird. I just opened my shop a month ago and I'm so confused on what i'm supposed to do since all the extensive resources and experiments out there are for the old etsy! I've been doing ok, but mostly from my own promotion, not relying on Etsy search. I'm sorry you are feeling disheartened! You shouldn't! Your work is amazing and you are one of the sellers that really inspired me to try this on my own too.

I think wholesale is a really important market and it's smart to get yourself out there! If only wholesale shows weren't so expensive for us little guys...

Karin Grow said...

I didn't even realize Etsy was doing that. I've also been focusing on my art business locally and it's keeping me busier than etsy. I thought it was because I wasn't putting any effort into my shop, but now I think it could also be their searches.

I wish you lived down here in San Diego....I'd book your art at the Pannikin. I'm their art curator and really wish we had more talent like yours down here.
Thanks for the information and I wish you the best. Karin

Michele Maule said...

Thank you so much for your comment Laura! :) It makes me happy to hear that I inspired you!

Karin, I used to live in San Diego! I went to high school there :)I still have many friends who live there, and I visit occasionally.
Thank you for your comments!

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Kennedy Ink said...

I know how you feel, Michele. Etsy has been a constant source of frustration for me and my shop, and I always think I'm the issue. But perhaps not! :)