Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Etsy Promoted Listings Report September 2017

On February 29th, 2016, I wrote a blog post on how to optimize your Promoted Listings strategy. To see how it has impacted my shop, I thought I would share with you my monthly costs & sales from this strategy, to hopefully give you some insights on how it may benefit your Etsy shop.

September 2017 stats:
I'm pretty happy with the cost of advertising only being 4% of the sales generated. I never really want it to go above 10%.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Etsy Promoted Listings Report August 2017

On February 29th, 2016, I wrote a blog post on how to optimize your Promoted Listings strategy. To see how it has impacted my shop, I thought I would share with you my monthly costs & sales from this strategy, to hopefully give you some insights on how it may benefit your Etsy shop.

August 2017 stats:
I'm pretty happy with the cost of advertising only being 5% of the sales generated ($24.10 divided by $505.00 x 100). I never want it to go above 10%.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review of my Zeus Sport Bluetooth wireless headphones for my iPhone 7

I've been searching for a really good set of Bluetooth headphones for quite awhile. My experience has been very Goldilocks, they were too bulky, or bad connection, or short battery life and never "just right". So with trepidation, I ordered in a the Zeus Sport Bluetooth headphones and took them out for a test drive.

The earpieces looked a little bulky compared to my earbuds, but when I put them on, I could hardly feel them. They came with many different silicone and foam ear tip sizes. I first tried out the foam ear tips and they were really noise cancelling, which was only an issue since I use them on my daily hikes and could not hear bikers coming up behind me or other hikers trying to talk to me, even with the volume down. They worked too well in that regard. So I switched to the silicone ear tips and they are just right.

My first couple test runs resulted in great audio quality, they were very sweat resistant and seemed to hold a charge really well. So I tried them out on a major 15-mile day hike to the top of Santa Fe Baldy at 12,600'. The super sweaty hike took me almost 7 hours and I used the headphones for about 6 of those hours and they held a charge and connectivity the entire time.

The only tiny complaint I have is the charging port cover is very flimsy and doesn't really keep the port covered adequately. Eventually it looks like it may fall off, but so far it's stayed on, as long as I wiggle it a bit.

I recommend these to any hikers or runners or fitness people who need some high quality, reliable headphones.




Here's a few shots from my Santa Fe Baldy climb:



Monday, July 31, 2017

Etsy Promoted Listings Report July 2017

On February 29th, 2016, I wrote a blog post on how to optimize your Promoted Listings strategy. To see how it has impacted my shop, I thought I would share with you my monthly costs & sales from this strategy, to hopefully give you some insights on how it may benefit your Etsy shop.

July 2017 stats:
I'm pretty happy with the cost of advertising only being 8% of the sales generated ($21.28 divided by $255.00 x 100). I never want it to go above 10%.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Etsy Promoted Listings Report June 2017

On February 29th, 2016, I wrote a blog post on how to optimize your Promoted Listings strategy. To see how it has impacted my shop, I thought I would share with you my monthly costs & sales from this strategy, to hopefully give you some insights on how it may benefit your Etsy shop.

June 2017 stats:
I'm pretty happy with the cost of advertising only being 3% of the sales generated ($11.20 divided by $367.00 x 100). I never want it to go above 10%.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Etsy Promoted Listings Report May 2017

On February 29th, 2016, I wrote a blog post on how to optimize your Promoted Listings strategy. To see how it has impacted my shop, I thought I would share with you my monthly costs & sales from this strategy, to hopefully give you some insights on how it may benefit your Etsy shop.

May 2017 stats:
I'm pretty happy with the cost of advertising only being 3% of the sales generated ($16.88 divided by $553.80 x 100). I never really want it to go above 10%.

I was closed down at the end of May for a move, but sales were still pretty good. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Etsy success tips to optimize your shop and get sales


I started my little Etsy shop in 2008 and after many starts and stops and hiccups, I've created a steady sales stream. The story I initially told myself was if I just list my products in my own unique style, people will see and love my items and flock to me. I could not have been more wrong.

So I took to the message boards, then searched Google for Etsy success tips and worked and tweaked and optimized and learned and implemented constantly.

I discovered what worked and what didn't and created a few blog posts to help others figure it out. This post is a one stop information center so you don't have to hunt around for the tools and tips. Here they are:

1. I'm sure you've heard this a bajillion times, but titles and tags and photos are king. Here's tips on how to actually be seen in search:

http://blog.somethinspecial.com/2016/05/how-to-improve-your-etsy-shop-search.html

It looks like Janie no longer sells on Etsy, but her tips still remain relevant today.

2. So, OK, my titles, tags and photos are amazing, what can I do next? Use the power of Etsy stats to really fine tune how your items are being seen and by whom.

http://blog.somethinspecial.com/2015/12/etsy-keyword-data-mining-tips-to.html

3. I've heard that promoted listings can help increase visibility, but I don't know where to start. Here's how I have used them with great success:

http://blog.somethinspecial.com/2016/02/free-etsy-promoted-listing-tips.html

Bonus tip: Use Canva to create an amazing storefront banner. I love using the grids to just pop in my pictures, add a bit of text and done.

Remember, Etsy is not out to get you, or put you out of business, or reduce your views. They are in the business of making buyers happy and they will tweak their algorithms and modify their home page in any way they see fit to accomplish this goal. It's their sandbox and we've chosen to play it in, so we have to follow their rules.

If you want to make your own rules, get your own web site. I've done this and it's the best decision I've ever made.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Try out our perfume samples, you get free replacements or a refund plus free US shipping

https://www.somethinspecial.com/mini-perfume-oils-sample-set-p/prod28.htm

There is nothing worse than trying to choose a fragrance with only the scent description and some reviews to help you decide, then placing an order, spending your hard earned money, waiting for it to arrive and HATING it when you put it on your skin. I've been there so, so many times.

So I've created an easy way for you to try my mini-perfume samples completely risk-free. Here's how it works:

1. Order up your mini-perfume samples. There is no limit to how many you can order:

https://www.somethinspecial.com/mini-perfume-oils-sample-set-p/prod28.htm

2. Wait patiently (or if you're like me, impatiently) for your order to arrive.

3. Sniff, wear, try, share.

4. Found a few you love? Great! Keep them! Order them in all our products and smell amazing!

5. Found a few you hate? Email me and either request a one-time free replacement of the scents you didn't like or get a refund. Your choice.

This is a fun way to try new scents and I've had many, many buyers use this process to sample new scents they normally would not try. And many have been delighted with their choices.

So what are you waiting for? Click the links above and give it a try today.

Need some ideas on how to reuse the empty glass bottles?