Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Promoting through Social Media

Social Media Sites
Promoting on Etsy


When I first started on Etsy 9 years ago, life was completely different.  Doing a Treasury was a sure guarantee that your items were being seen by many others promoting on Etsy.  As with everything, times have changed.  Two years ago Etsy announced that Treasury’s were no longer a good way to Promote your items, indicating that with so many outside sources (Social Media sites) that the only way to promote your Shop and items was through Social Media.  These sites, outside of Etsy, are Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Wanelo – just to name a few.  I have found that posting your items on Google+ is the best source for promoting outside of Etsy (I will explain why and the whole process in a bit).

Before you start any promotion on Social Media sites, you first need to make sure all the titles of your items are listed by using “Key Words”.
For those of you not familiar with using Key Words, from experience I can tell you that by changing my titles using the Key Words for a specific item has greatly increased its views on many within my Shops.

SEO, Search Engine, is using best the possible words to describe your Shop and your items, words that a Buyer would use when looking for a specific item.  When retitling your item descriptions, think like a shopper - what words would you use when looking for a specific item or Shop? Keep these Keywords in mind when “Tagging” your item’s listings, helps place your listing in the various “Browse” pages and “Categories” on Etsy, as well as getting founKumihimo Beaded Bracelet Braided Bracelet Ruby Onyx Czech Glass d through Etsy's on-site search function.  I will be glad to help you finding the exact “keywords” and explain in more detail how to retitle a specific item.
Once this is done you are now ready to start promoting your specific items on the various Social Media sites. If you use Pinterest, consider making as many Boards as possible, so when promoting your items or an item from another Shop, then can be easily found in various topics. I have set up a specific Board for each Team I am on – posting my Team’s items on these Boards, then repost them in other sections best describing their item.
Google+, as I mentioned is one of the best Social Media site you can promote items from your Shops, as well as those of your Teammates.  To see what I am referring to, this is my Google+ site - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PamelaBaker1116.  If you notice you have a home page, as well as a profile page (which only shows items I have promoted) the home page shows items that others you may be connected with have posted items.  When you post an item you will see next to the comments a small circle with a +1 in it.  Make sure you click that +1 – each time someone reclicks that +1 – it moves your item higher up in the Google Search page.  As an example, I have taken one of Natasha’s items (MermaidsWhispers) and posted on my Google+ home page (which shows up on my Profile page also) by posting the URL of the item – right under the URL – *it is important to #hashtag exactly the information in the URL – then #hashtag the Shop’s name.  Once posted I will click +1 and leave a comment.  Each person who goes in clicks +1 on your item – it will move it up in a Google Search – hopefully to p1!

        Mason Jar Wedding Sand Ceremony Set 

 this is item now posted on my Profile page and Home page – each person who goes in and clicks +1 – helps move your item up to the first page of Google Search.  By using the description of the item “Wedding Sand Ceremony Jar Set” in Google Search – it now shows up on p.1 of Google Search.  You can do this as often as you like for your items or a particular item you wish to Promote!!! 
I will continue each week to explain more of other Social Media sites, such as Wanelo, Twitter, my Promotional Blog site, etc.
Please feel free to contact me via convo if through this Blog to ask any questions you may have.  Hope this helps. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Day in the Life


Often we have those days when you just want to sit, relax, dream, read, write, escape from cells phones, computers, etc. also known as “alone time”.  My favorite place to go is Manor Park, in Larchmont, NY. 

Dating back to 1892, Manor Park is situated along the Long Island Sound.  Sitting on the rocks over the water, one can look across the Sound and see the outline of Long Island; looking to the right, you see the outline of lower Manhattan
As it is the quietest, but most beautiful place you can image, it is no wonder I have spent many years coming here to just sit here to daydream.  Often I climb down the cliff of rocks where the whole world disappears except the beauty in front of you.

These are a few pictures I have taken at Manor Park, where you can see and even feel the peacefulness of this hidden Park along the water.

This picture was taken of just a few of the many sailboats one can sit and be mesmerized by as they quietly float by.  If you look past the sailboats you can see the outline of Long Island in the shadows.

This is one of the many spots I like to curl up in the rocks and read or write in my journal.

Me enjoying the peacefulness

My friend Susan

This is one of the many spots I like to curl up in along the rocks and read or write in my journal.

Manor Park is approximately 1 mi long, where one can walk along the pathway.  I took this picture last Spring as the Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom, just one of the many beautiful scenes along the way.

Cherry Blossoms in Manor Park

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Memorial Day Tribute

"In Flander's Fields"
A Memorial Day Tribute

Poppy Watercolor by "YankeeGirlArt"

“In Flander’s Fields” is a poem dedicated to the many fallen Soldier’s during World War I.  The symbol of the “Poppy Flower” refers to the abundance of Poppy's that grew in "Flander's Fields", which is a cemetery used during World War I.   

"We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flander's Fields."
     .....an excerpt from the Poem "In Flander's Fields

I had always wondered why when growing up I always saw Vet's wearing a Poppy flower in their lapel's on Veteran's Day, celebrated on November 11.  Many times I have received a Poppy Flower from one of these Vet's, never knowing the symbolism of it's true meaning.  I have always loved the vibrant color of the Poppy Flower, but now I have a different respect of the flower when I see a "Field of Poppy's".

'In Flander's Fields - A Memorial Day Tribute' by MagdaleneJewels