Who sells their stuff online?

@guss2000 (2233)
United States
July 24, 2008 11:35pm CST
I'm not talking ebay or etsy... but your own website? I am torn between starting my own and I'd like to hear from people that HAVE or HAD a craft website of their own. Have you made sales? Where and how do you promote? What advice can you give someone that is considering starting a website to sell crafts and/or handmade projects? I'm so confused about what to do, and I just want to hear from someone that has been there.....
2 responses
• United States
6 Aug 08
be prepared to spend more money that you think you will.first you need to set up a web site and maintain it.this will be a monthly or yearly charge.this gives you a website,but if people don't know what the address is you won't get any visitors,so then you will need to buy keywords,and they charge you for each one.then you need to submit your website to search engines.they charge for this,so if you want to start a business make sure that you have some extra money set aside and make sure you investigate all of the things you need before you start.don't start first and ask questions later.
@guss2000 (2233)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Thanks for the advice. I've deciced to go wtih a free hosting site for now, and I'll be doing all of the site updates and such. Once I see if business works or not, then I'll pay for the a URL which is really cheap. As for submitting to search engines, I've done this many times with my sites in the past and it was always free to do so. thanks for your pointers though.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I did. I had my own website when I first started on Etsy. I had heard that Etsy is such a hard site to make sales, so I started my own website, selling handmade jewelry and knitted scarves/hat sets that I didn't list on Etsy. I promoted my own site on Myspace, Yuwie, wrote blogs, sent out the site address on every email to my firends, family etc. I did make a few sales, but spent a lot of time promoting my own website while also doing some promoting on Etsy. While doing less promoting on Etsy, I started making a few sales and realized the whole aspect of designing, listing items and promoting my own website was very time consuming. Especially when I compared my website to my shop on Etsy. I've since abandoned my website and the site I created on E-crater and concentrate on my shop on Etsy. I still promote, but during the periods of time that I don't do much, customers still find their way to my shop (perhaps it's because a few of the groups that I'm in do a lot of promoting the entire group) There were a couple months during the spring that I just struggled tofind the time to promote, but I would still make a few sales. I'm not saying that I won't "fire-up" my website again, but the amount of time it takes to maintain the site and constantly promote (and it is constant promoting) compared to what I do to make sales on Etsy... well I'm just not motivated enough right now. In my opinion, handmade on Etsy is like auctions are to eBay. They both are well-known for what they do and the customers go their first when looking for handmade. Thankfully, I'm doing just enough for them to be finding my shop (and I know asome of my success is do the one of the clubs I'm part of) and making a decent amount of sales. For me right now, I don't want to have to go up against Etsy.com when trying to attract traffic. I'd rather have Etsy bring in the traffic and try to attract them to my shop. It's much less time-consuming and for the short-term, much cheaper. Have you tried Etsy? If so, what did you like/not like about the site?
@guss2000 (2233)
• United States
31 Jul 08
I have never tried etsy only because I thought finding my stuff on there would be like finding a needle in a haystack. I'm thinking though that I might, (BIG might) put some of my stuff on there, and still do my website. I do realize I have to promote the heck out of my website, and I"m willing to do that. I also thought that since I do craft fairs, I can pass out my business cards and have that website on there. Alot always ask for "online shopping" options. Atleast if I can get repeat customers, and they pass the word around--- that should be enough to start some sales. We will see. I will consider etsy one more time though.