How to Get Noticed on Etsy

Being on Etsy from the beginning I have learned several tips along the way. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my time selling on Etsy, it’s that having my items being shown to people in search results is incredibly important.  You can have the most beautiful products in your shop, but if they aren’t being seen it doesn’t even matter. The steps that I’ve outlined in this post are a few techniques that I have learned along the way to use. It’s the key to having a successful shop and making money on Etsy! At the beginning I didn’t realize that there is a lot of work to do to be seen you can’t just open the shop and wait for the customers to come to you, that was one big mistake that many make including myself.

One of the main factors of being shown in Etsy search results is the keywords for your items and where you place them. I’ve been selling on Etsy for 8 years now and I’ve managed to work my way up from the far away pages to the top row on the first search page, mostly because of the simple set of rules that I follow when listing my items. It takes time and work but can be worth it.

KEYWORD SELECTION

Selecting the best keywords for your Etsy listings is one of the most important things that you can do. Just in case your brand new to this, and unfamiliar with what a keyword even is–it’s a word or set of words that your potential buyers would use to search for your items.

You should try to choose one broad keyword, and one more detailed, a long tail keyword phrase for each item that you sell. And you’ll use both throughout the listing. The broad keyword should be easy. Choose the 1 or 2 words that best describe your item. Once you have that keyword, you just need the more detailed keyword. It will be a longer set of words, probably more like 3 or 4 words that describe your item. Just remember keywords/keyword phrases may change for every single item that you list. Depending on what you sell, you may end up using your broad keyword for many of your items. It’s your long tail keyword phrase that is most likely to change quite often.

Also, be sure that the words make sense when read together. DO NOT just pick a few words that describe your item and string them together. You want it to sound like proper language and something that you might say out loud when describing to someone the item.

ETSY SEARCH BOX

One of the easiest ways to get keyword ideas for your listing is to go to the Etsy search box and begin typing your main, broad keyword for the item. As you’re typing, a list will drop down of recent and commonly searched terms. If you choose something from this list as your longer, more detailed keyword, there’s a good chance that you’ll have success with it. Also Etsy is helping you if you to the search bar and before typing will show a list of what words are popular that day/month that are being searched in Etsy. This is a plus! For instance dorm room décor phase is a popular search right now, so if you have an item in your shop that would fall into that category, use that word as a tag or use it in your title.

TITLE & TAGS

Now that you have your keywords, it’s time to add them to your title and tags for your item. Place your main keyword/keyword phrase near the front of the title. You want to add more detailed keyword phrase to the title. Remember to make that phrase sound natural. I always suggest adding some sort of punctuation or visible divider in between the keyword phrases in your title. I prefer commas, pipes, or colons. Whichever you choose will not change how your item shows up in search results–it just makes it easier for shoppers to read.

For example: 3D Printed Skulls Planter for Indoor Gardening, or Stationary Desk Accessories

Use some of the keywords in your tags. If your longer keywords are too long for one tag, divide them into two tags but right next to each other. Try to duplicate your title within your allowed tags. If you have any available tag spots left over, fill them with other relevant words for your items. Think about what you would type in when searching for the item in your shop.

CATEGORIES, ETC.

The categories section is another place that you’ll be fitting in some keywords, although they won’t necessarily be the ones that you chose.

I always suggest getting as detailed as possible when choosing your categories and sub-categories. Begin with the top 2 or 3 that Etsy presents to you, and then continue to choose from their selections until they don’t offer any more. I’ve tried this both ways–by not choosing any other sub-categories after the first couple, so that my listing is in a broader range of search, and by choosing sub-categories all the way until there aren’t anymore. The latter is what has worked best for me, by far.

I try to every month go through my listing and update pictures, and search myself on etsy my item, and see where it is placed in the search pages. If it is placed on the first page, then you know your item is described and being seen by many people. If you notice on of your items is listed on the third or on down in the etsy search pages, then you need to work on that specific listing. This means you might need to reword the title, tags, or change the holiday, or update the pictures.

ETSY SHOP ELEMENTS

There are several other elements to your Etsy shop that you may not give a lot of thought to. These are important and Etsy likes a shop that is complete. Probably the most important aspect is your About page. Etsy loves when this is filled out to the max, and I suspect that they reward those sellers by placing them in search results.

You don’t have to make it perfect right away. Just go in, and fill it with information about yourself, your shop, and anything else you think your potential customers may want to know. There is something to be said about being able to make a connection with the person you’re buying something from, so this will only help!

Pay attention to are your Shop Announcement, Shop Title, and your Shop Policies. The Shop Announcement page is where you can tell your customers about specials, sales, new items, and any other fun information. Plus, it’s also a great place to add your keywords! Your Shop logo icon is also a fantastic place to add your keywords, so be sure that is filled out. I have created a picture banner that describes what my shop is and sells. Your Shop Policies will help your customers get any information about buying from your shop and will eliminate the need for sending a Convo or message. Some people just don’t feel like doing that, so it’s at that point that you lose a customer. If you tell them what they need to know, they’re much more likely to make a purchase. (Also put any policy that you think might be important in your listing description) by doing this the customer is reading it and if they have questions then he or she will contact you.

This may all seem like a lot of work, just to get your items shown to people, and it is, and can be time consuming. Nonetheless, if you want your shop to be a success, and you want to make money with it, then it’s necessary. And worth it!

I’m working on more informative posts for your Etsy business, so follow my blog and I will try to help you through your Etsy journey! Also I write about gardening tips, so if you love plants and don’t have a green thumb you need to check out several of my gardening blog posts!

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Tropical PLANTS that grow almost anywhere!

Transform your yard or large planters into paradise with one of these easy- care exotic beauties. How tropical are these plants? True tropical plants originate in humid, hot climates; jungles and Hawaii. While several of these are tropical, they can survive in less than steamy locales so you can enjoy their showy look almost anywhere. If you live in areas that can deep below freezing, keep these plants in planters and bring them inside in the colder months. In warmer climates these tropical beauties can survive throughout the year.  I have created a list of the top five tropical plants that I enjoy and are easy to take care of.

First, Hardy Hibiscus, this shrub has a large bloom that looks like the Hawaii state flower. This flower will last through each season in almost every state. Plant the flower in a sunny location and keep the soil moist. Once the flower starts blooming in midsummer, the flowers will last months. This pretty flower grows well in your flower garden, or if you don’t have the space, make sure you plant it in a large container to give it enough room to grow!

Second, Elephant ears, to bring drama to any space, why not add this heart-shaped leafy plant. Elephant ears can grow three feet long on six-foot-tall stalks creating a drama jungle look to your garden! These plants love partial shade, plenty of water, and regular plant fertilizer to help it thrive. Also, this plant can grow in large container planters to add volume in any room in your home or office.

Third, Passionflower, this vine sprouts flat petals that surround a fringed center. Starting in summer, the blooms stay open for only a day, but flowering buds bloom constantly, so you’ll see flowers through early Fall. Remember to plant this beautiful flower after the last frost and it can survive the winter in every region other than Midwest and northern New England. If you decide to plant in a container, make sure you place the flowering plant near a background where the vine can latch on to and thrive.

Fourth, Canna flower, this gorgeous long palm-like leaf is mixed brightly stripes are often its flashiest feature! It also has tall, ruffled flowers in bold colors. The canna is a sun worshiper and should last through the winter in the mid-Atlantic and South and up the Pacific coastline to Northwest.

Lastly, Pineapple lily, this whimsical plant has fragrant spikes of star-shaped flowers that look like pineapples but are not edible. You can plant this in the spring or summer, and it will survive winter in the southeast and Southwest and along the Pacific coast.

 

So next time you are deciding which flowering plant to bring home, think about adding a little tropical vibe to your space with any of these plants above. Also, check out Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop where you can find smaller planters that are 3D printed and unique to help hold any tropical smaller indoor plants.

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Planting Tips for Aloe Vera

Planting Tips for Aloe

 

One of the best plants to have in your home or office is Aloe Vera. It can provide some tropical flair to your desktop or garden as an easy-going succulent.The plant is stemless or very short-stemmed with thick, greenish, fleshy leaves that fan out from the plant’s central stem. The margin of the leaf is serrated with small teeth.  In this blog to keep your potted friend happy you can follow with these quick care tips.

First, plant aloe in a terra cotta pot with well-drained dirt. Your best bet is to mix equal parts sand and potting soil or buy a special succulent mix. The terra cotta also dries faster than other plastic or glazed containers. If you purchase a small plant you can start with a container that is small and as it grows re pot into a larger terra cotta container. Re pot your aloe if the weight of the plant causes tipping, but otherwise don’t worry about giving it lots of space. This plant thrives in snug conditions. ( You can visit Flymeawyacreations Etsy shop to see different style small planters to help your gardening).

Second, Place your aloe in a bright, sunny place. Otherwise it will go dormant and stop growing. Water the plant heavily about once every two weeks, waiting until the soil dries out fully. Since this is a desert species, keeping the dirt moist will cause the roots to rot. Limp or brown leaves also signal you’ve overdone the watering. If you like, you can move your potted plant outdoors for the summer, but don’t put it in direct sunlight right away. Gradually place it in a brighter spot every few days to prevent overexposure.

Taking Care of your plant

Your aloe will produce a tall stalk of small, bell-shaped flowers from time to time. Once the blooms fade, you can snip the stem off at the base. Even better, aloe plants also produce new, smaller plants perfect for propagation. If you notice one of these “babies,” dump out the dirt and pull apart the roots of the different plants, replanting in separate containers.

If you’re keen to give aloe plants to friends, you can try starting your own plants by cutting off a few leaves. Trim to about 3 inches from the leaf tip; then put the cut ends down in a container of potting mix. While not everyone will take, some will sprout tiny new leaves at the base. Wait until this new plant grows a few inches before re potting again.

You will notice that Aloe leaves contain a clear gel that’s a popular home remedy. According to the Mayo Clinic, this substance may shorten the healing of first- and second-degree burns and promote wound healing. Applying aloe gel to the skin could also help reduce acne and redness caused by mild to moderate psoriasis. However, the Mayo Clinic does not recommend ingesting aloe as eating too much could cause kidney damage. With this in mind, you can snip off an aloe leaf (as close to stem as possible) when you need it and rub the juicy end on a sunburn or sore spot. This plant is best to keep around during those hot sunny beach days!

Visit the shop on Etsy to find the best style planter for you!

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Houseplants that need “almost” Zero Sunlight

Are you looking for easy houseplants to take care of or struggle with keeping houseplants alive?  I am sharing 5 of my favorite low-light houseplants for low-light or darker living-spaces in this blog. These houseplants would also be a great solution for your windowless office, your bathroom or even your cubicle at work. There are so many selections of plants that thrive on nearly zero sunlight, but my personal favorites are those that also require little care or have vibrant blossoms. I work from home, so I love being surrounded by houseplants that are beautiful, but require little attention.

If you decide to add some low light houseplants to your home or office that are sure to survive being ignored or left in a dark room, read all of my favorites below.

  1. Spider Plant this plant can survive with nearly zero sunlight. It can also survive for years in indirect light and even live prosperously if it’s been lacking water for a while. In fact, during the winter months it needs very little water at all. This houseplant will thrive in fluorescent lighting as well. It will produce tiny white flowers, grow quickly, are great indoor air filters, and needs almost zero sunlight!
  2. Begonia is perennial flowering plants. They come in several colors and shapes. These little beauties live nicely without any direct sunlight and add a perfect pop of color to your home. These plants can easily be over watered, be sure to let the soil dry between watering, and look great in small planters or hanging planters!
  3. Mint is typically grown outside, but this herb makes a fabulous house guest as it delivers its aroma throughout your space. It can be harvested for teas, drinks and desserts, and grows quickly. The soil needs to be kept moist and need (almost) zero sunlight.
  4. The Snake Plant is beautifully green with variegated leaves; its sharp point gives this low-light house plant its nickname of mother-in-law’s tongue. It needs little water, it can grow up to several feet tall, and needs (almost) zero sunlight.
  5. Areca Palms are excellent air purifiers and can also act as a humidifier for your indoor space! It can add a tropical feel to your home, can produce small, yellow flowers, and needs (almost) zero sunlight.

 

For those of us without a green thumb it can feel a little overwhelming to try and choose plants that we won’t accidentally kill. However, these houseplants require very little care and almost zero sunlight and will be easy to take care of. Not only do these low-light houseplants enhance indoor decor, there are numerous other benefits to having some indoor plants in your space. Plants are also scientifically proven to purify the air and get rid of chemicals and toxins inside, replacing them with pure oxygen. An abundance of greenery can also help to reduce stress levels and create a naturally inviting element in your home. So the next time you decide to shop for an indoor plant maybe try one of these easy and beautiful plants above from the list! Also Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop has over 20 different style planters that  can work well with Mint, Spider plant, or the Begonia!

Follow the link to see each style planter!

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To my Taurus friend,

Importance of Outdoor play

Summer is the perfect season to let children play outside. While the weather is nice, it’s a perfect chance to encourage your child to show self-efficacy through independent play, develop muscle tone and coordination, and use his or her creativity and imagination. Playing outdoor games can be a brilliant way to enhance learning abilities in kids.

Outdoor play is not only beneficial, but also crucial for the brain’s healthy development. During independent play, with little structure or rules, children solve complex social and emotional problems with little outside assistance. The children are the ones who will need to make the critical decisions for what they feel the rules and limitations should be for their games or activities, which in turn improves children’s negotiating and social skills.

Obesity is a growing concern, so what better way to combat this issue than through fun, healthy outdoor play? Through the simple act of playing, children are running, jumping, climbing, squatting, and rolling. Exerting their bodies is a form of fun, informal exercise. For children with special needs, outdoor play is especially critical in core muscle development, small motor skill refinement, and increasing coordination. Children need to navigate obstacles, maintain appropriate space around other children, and use their strength to throw, catch, manipulate objects or tackle a jungle gym.

Our world is changing, and not for the better. If a child grows up never walking in the woods, digging in soil, seeing animals in their habitat, climbing a mountain, playing in a stream, or staring at the endless horizon of an ocean, they may never really understand what there is to be lost. The future of our planet depends on our children; they need to learn to appreciate it.

When you tell your child to “Go outside and play”, you’re not just getting him or her out of the house and out of your hair. You’re also promoting healthy brain development, as well as a good workout for your child’s body.

 

Follow the link to my Pinterest board and you can find fun outdoor summer activities for all age children:

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