Sunday, September 4, 2011

My FIRST Etsy Front Page Experience

It's the Holy Grail of Etsy sellers.. or for me at least. I daydream about one of my items making it to Etsy's front page constantly... and it FINALLY happened today!

Unless you are an Etsy seller, it's difficult to appreciate all the hard work that goes into your shop. For us vintage sellers, it's hours upon hours of hunting, searching, scavenging, getting the deal, getting the stuff people want. Then you have to go home, clean and inspect your new treasure, take photos (not eBay style either, Etsy likes pretty and artsy photos). After that, you get to edit your photos. Finally you get to the dreaded listing process. I hate this part: add photos, make your items sound fabulous, rack your brain for the best tag words, try to optimize your listing for SEO. Ugh, it can seriously get exhausting. Then you pray for views and "hearts" (people that add your listing to their favorites). After all, it's nice to know that after all your hard work, someone appreciates it.

Being on the front page means, above all, EXPOSURE. When someone types into their search bar the front page is what pops up. Someone that will probably never see your shop might see your item and think "Hey, that's pretty cool. I need to check it out!" For my shop, I usually average about 60 - 120 unique visitors to my shop per day according to My unique views today were over 450! That's by far a personal record for my little vintage shop. What fun it was to refresh my shop stats and see the views climb and climb.

Here is the treasury my item was featured in: My item is the beer stein, third row, far right.

I sold my stein to boot. If I never make the front page again, I think I can be happy with this one time. What a fun experience! A special thanks to mktengineer for featuring me in this lovely treasury! So, does anyone else have a front page experience... or do you think it's overrated?


  1. Congratulations! It's fun to see the views roll in! I've been on twice. Once I sold several items, because I had multiples of the same thing. The second time the item didn't sell...until a few days later, to a person who favorited it the day it was on the front page. I also got a huge spike in shop favorites. The good thing, though, is that good SEO and other promotion will net lots of views, too, so you're not lost if you don't make it!

  2. Congratulations on the FP feature from another Etsyian, who has never been on there and can only dream!

  3. Congratulations on making the Front Page! I have not had that experience yet - one day!

  4. Congratulations on being on the Front Page:) Definitely not overrated and something to be proud of:):)

  5. How exciting! Congratulations.

    Btw, thank you for participating in Treasury Tuesday last week. You're welcome back any time!

  6. i've heard it's over rated but i still want it really really bad. i also would looove to be in the etsy finds!