Etsy Auto-renewal is full of lies!
Remember my grand plan about working with the Etsy listings so they would fall into a pattern of one listing renewing every day? Well apparently I should have done a little more research into the actual functionality of the auto-renew first. *sighs*
The ‘auto-renew’ date is more of a ‘will renew within 48 hours after this date’ marker than anything concrete. Add that to the fact I’ll be focusing in on the body box trade for the next month and it looks like the ‘hands-free’ date of August 25th is a no-go. So… new plans! 🙂
Long Time, No Traffic
I’ve been all kinds of horrible about adding new work to the Etsy and the statistics over the last year show that pretty clearly. I have the listings set to auto-renew every four months, but if I want more traffic to the store, I need to do more than sit back and watch.
Etsy listings last 120 days and I can (and have) set them up to auto-renew. This means instead of a full year’s worth of listing I only have to get four months worth (120 days) up and running.
I’ve got 47 to work this… so this will be a bit of an adventure! 😉
Round 1, Fight!
I’m starting to run out of 2013 and with my goal to at least break even this year, it’s time to get serious about my sales.
I’ve made stabs at getting a listing rotation done before, but that was primarily looking at the Model Horse Sales Pages and after looking at the traffic results I’ve moved away from that venue.
Which leaves me with just Etsy and eBay to build my scheduling around.
I’ve built up a nice little herd on Etsy and since the main page can only display 24 horses (6 x 4), anything beyond that isn’t going to catch the eye. I’d still like to keep most of the horses in the store, but it’s time to start up an eBay rotation to get the old horses moving out as the new horses move in. Continue reading
I’ve decided to take another stab at getting the two month rotational listings up and running over at the Model Horse Sales Pages (MH$P). Although I haven’t had much luck in the past in terms of traffic to the website and the Etsy store, I figure it can’t hurt to give it one more test.
As a counter-weight, I’m also going to be posting the horses to other locations so I can test the various venues. Right now I know I’m doing Model Horse Blab, but I’m testing out some other ideas as well. (Facebook, Twitter, G+, Yahoo Groups, etc.) Continue reading
I wasn’t paying attention when I created the first listing plan for Model Horse Sales Pages (MH$P) and I didn’t notice that the minimum length for the renew feature to work was 1 month. So instead of running on a two week rotation, now I’ve got to shuffle things around a bit.
I’ve finally gotten a few more horses off the workbench, so I have just enough to do any every-other-day posting schedule for May. While it’s not as consistent as a daily posting, the listings should still pop up often enough to bring in the page views. *crosses fingers* Continue reading
I’ve managed to roll into the second quarter without selling anything so it’s time to get serious about making a profit from the model horses—and that means getting serious about marketing!
The Model Horse Sales Pages (MH$P) website is the default sales/listing arena for the model horse hobby. No matter where or how people are selling, they post an ad here. The galleries contain everything from eBay auctions to direct sales, making MH$P one of the first places buyers visit. Continue reading