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Selling on Etsy- Social sites and your crafts

It seems that no matter how wonderful your stuff is- you aren’t going to sell a single thing unless you get it in people’s faces. How do you do that? Well in the past, I had to go to expensive, labor-intensive craft shows. Usually not so good. I hated them. I think the people who made money from craft shows are the promoters. But now, Hurrah! There is the internet – a low cost way to reach millions of people. Sure you have to know your way around a computer but its do-able. Almost half of Etsy sellers spend at least an hour a day marketing on Social sites.

Since I’ve starting taking a more active part in the Social Media, my sales have increased. Here’s how I do my marketing:

I blog (see, right here, this is my blog)

I video – You Tube

Facebook- is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users.I’ve gotten orders from here.

Twitter- is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters. I’ve gotten orders from here.

If you do nothing else, at least do Facebook and Twitter – they are the top sites right now.

Then there are the sites that are like showcases for collections that people put together:
I use them all.
Pintrest-is a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections. My favorite, cause its visual. Pinterest is all about who you follow – and who follows you. .
It’s easy to spend lots of time browsing here, looking at all the pictures.You want your name to show up on lots and lots of pages . To do that you must follow other people. Just like with Twitter, users on Pinterest tend to follow you, if you follow them. You know, I’ll be your friend, if you be mine friend. So if you find someone who is a very good seller in your area of craft, follow them, so they follow you. Then, maybe, just maybe, their following will notice you and follow you too! Wahoo! So now you pin and repine to your new followers and they will do the same. for you. Ahh! Isn’t that nice? This gets your Etsy site and your crafts in front of more people. Not to mention the positive effect it will have on your backlinking campaigns.
Source Yourself– If you want to see what folks are pinning of your stuff all you have to do is go to http://pinterest.com/source/kathyoconnell.com/ to see the pins from my site. You can do the same thing by simply replacing the last part of that URL with your own web address.
Stumpleupon-is a discovery engine (a form of web search engine) that finds and recommends web content to its users
Digg– is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our community.
Kaboodle-a fun shopping community where people recommend and discover new things (like your things)
Make an account and use these to get your crafts out there where Potential buyers can see them!

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