since most of our blog readers are either etsy buyers or sellers (or better yet all of the above) you might also have taken an interest in the latest buzz: the changes to etsy searches. beginning in august 2011, etsy is no longer having the default search be set on recency but on relevancy instead. i can already say that i'm happy about this development.
before, when i was looking for a specific item on etsy, i would often get annoyed at seeing listings from sellers that seemed to re-list their items daily. although that is totally legitimate, i personally found it somewhat unfair since much "better" listings would simply disappear because not everybody wants to or can afford to re-list their items on such a regular basis. and some might just not have noticed that this method incurred more traffic. generally speaking i just like to have a level playing field, especially when it comes to handmade items. i guess i'm idealistic in that way. :)
now, what etsy sellers need to do is take another look at their tiles, tags, and relevant keywords within the description. i will have to do that myself. actually, i did a quick test on the coffee cup painting last week and simply added the word "painting" into the title although i already implemented this keyword in the description and as a tag. initially my painting was on page 8 of the test search i keyed in ("coffee painting"), yesterday it appeared as early as page 4.
chad, ceo of etsy, wrote an informative article that explained how this change to the etsy search feature boosted activity in just a matter of hours. you might also find some good tips for your own store in this link to an interesting article i found concerning selling on etsy: etsy success: shop stats insight
did this change to etsy affect your store at all? are you happy about the change?
and because i believe that every post needs a picture, here is a very cool find in one of my favorite etsy shops, AdornJewelry: moss earrings.