Thursday, May 15, 2008

Etsy's New Search Hurts!


In case you didn't know, Etsy changed their search.
Etsy Article

I quote...
Today, we launched some exciting changes to Etsy's search engine. These changes were requested by the community and we think they help improve the shopping experience on Etsy.

We've separated item search into three new searches: Handmade, Vintage, and Supplies. The default is Handmade, with Vintage and Supplies available in the drop-down. You can also select "All items" to search Handmade, Supplies, and Vintage all at once.


Hmmm...
I'm thinking buyers are not going to realize there is a drop down menu. In fact. my own supply shop Nickel Candy has already felt the after burn of the new search.
I recently took all my listings out and I will be listing supplies in my handmade shop. I have spoken to a few supply sellers and the feedback is the same--this new search hurts!
Popalicious Too
Caramelos

Here are some tips on tagging that might help:

Tag every, single item with your shop name. Buyers can sometimes remember the name of the shop they bought something but they can't always remember to use the drop down menu in the search to choose "username". If you tag all your listings with your shop name, people can put that name in any of Etsy's search functions and find you.

Tag all your handmade items with the word "handmade" so they are sure to show up in the default search.

Remember to use the "All Items" when searching for CSSTeam listings. This searches everything: Supplies, Handmade & Vintage.

I hope all of this helps! Buy handmade and support our fellow members by buying supplies on Etsy?!!
~Sadie Lou

9 comments:

Lallee said...

Sadie, you're the best for keeping us so well informed! Thanks!

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Thanks for these tips! I wouldn't have thought of that!
*Heidi*
Everyday Cookies

Lori said...

thanks for the tips...i for one do NOT like the new search options!!!

Christa from Chloe Rose said...

I really have to wonder about these new search options. I've never even noticed the search menu on the left of the Etsy home page....I've always just searched through the search bar at the top. I really believe that the default needs to be set to all.....let the buyer choose if they want to narrow the search down to handmade....supplies...or vintage only. I had thought about dividing my shop up, but never had the time, so I'm glad now that I didn't. I've noticed that I'm not getting as many hits on my items, but I've still had several sales this week, so I can't complain :o).

Beth said...

thanks for the tips too ! that stinks-!!!
xo,
beth
(i haven't listed supplies in my other store in awhile i will have to remember that !)

Alisa said...

Thanks for the info Sadie. I've been thinking about opening a supply shoppe. This helps.
Alisa

heidi said...

hi sadie ~ i know the economy is slow, but i had a steady stream of sales until the change. i'll give your suggestions a try ~ hope it helps! thanks a bunch ~ xo heidi

heidi said...

...me again ~ could you add me to the csst member list on this blog? Birds of a Feather. thanks! ~ heidi

SugarLoveHoney said...

I did not know this! Thanks :)
Off to update my tags...
btw, can you add my blog to the blog roll?
:D
http://sugarlovehoney.blogspot.com/