Etsy Search Change

Etsy Search Change – What Every Seller Needs to Know

At any given time, Etsy has more than 36 million items for sale! As you can imagine, the calculation that determines which products show-up in the Etsy search results, and the order in which they show-up, is quite complex. Etsy adjusted the way the search engine works, and it has many sellers wondering how it might impact […]

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Marmalead: How to Simplify Your Etsy SEO and Pricing Research

Marmalead: How to Simplify Your Etsy SEO and Pricing Research

When I discover a productivity tool that helps me improve my Etsy shop, I get really excited. I recently found a brand new website that’s going to greatly simplify Etsy SEO and pricing research, and I knew I had to share it with you. It’s called Marmalead. Whether you’re a new Etsy seller or a seasoned shop owner, you […]

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3 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty

3 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty

Question: what do the following companies have in common? Apple Disney TOMS Answer: These companies have extremely loyal customers - brand evangelists - that enthusiastically buy from the company and promote the company’s products or services to others. Every business owner desires to have a strong base of customers that absolutely love their business. After all, loyal customers […]

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Holding Small Tree

12-Months and 1,200 Etsy Sales: Lessons Learned

Last weekend, I finally spent time planting my garden. It’s a really small garden. I have a few tomato plants, some cucumber plants, a few variety of peppers, sweet potatoes, and garlic that my dad gave me from his (much larger) garden late last year. I’m not really good at gardening, but I enjoy the process. […]

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6 Tips to Boost Etsy Sales

6 Tips to Boost Your Etsy Sales

Opening an Etsy shop is exciting! I clearly remember the day I launched our original shop to sell burlap prints. I had 25 listings and when everything was ready, I took it live. And then I waited. A day passed. Then two days, and then three. I cut the virtual “Grand Opening” banner, and nothing happened. I began to […]

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Handmade Income Progress Report

Income and Progress Report for 2014

Welcome to the Busy Bee Burlap Income and Progress Report for 2014. December was our busiest month yet, despite closing our stores for 8 days (December 16-23) leading up to Christmas. November and December were both exciting, hectic months, and very exhausting! When I closed our shop on December 16, I was definitely ready for a break. […]

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4 Simple Ways to  Build Your Email List

4 Simple Ways to Build Your Email List (That You Can Start Today)

In my last article, I gave 5 reasons  an email list is crucial to your business. Although email isn’t nearly as trendy as social media, it’s still the most direct line of communication with your customers and prospects. In this article, I’ll give you some pointers to start your own email list, and 4 simple ways you can […]

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5 Reasons an Email List is Crucial to Your Business

5 Reasons an Email List is Crucial to Your Business

As an online business owner, one of your most valuable assets is your email list. That’s right. Your email list. Not convinced? Think email is irrelevant in today’s highly social world where platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram get so much attention? If you’re in the “email is dying” camp, I hope to convince you that […]

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Don't Build Your Brand on Rented Land

Don’t Build Your Entire Brand on Rented Land

I once heard a saying. “Only a fool will build a house on rented land.” I don’t know the origin of this saying, but the meaning is clear. The home owner is at the mercy of the land owner, and the one who owns the land makes the rules. When it comes to your online business, […]

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