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How to Use Props for Great Etsy Photos

Props are a great way to add interest to your shot or convey something about the item you’re selling on Etsy. The trick to using them is making sure they don’t detract from what you’re selling or confuse [more…]

Hints for Getting the Lighting Right in Your Etsy Photos

No doubt about it, whether you’re photographing an aging actress or a tea towel on which you’ve embroidered the periodic table, Etsy product photos need good lighting. Without it, your camera simply can’t [more…]

How to Compose Appealing Photos of Your Etsy Merchandise

One way to help make your Etsy product photos captivating is to have a keen eye for composition — the arrangement of visual elements in an image. Just because you’re not a professional photographer doesn’t [more…]

How to Adjust Your Etsy Photos with Picasa

Even the best Etsy product photos can use a little tidying up. For example, you may want to adjust the image’s brightness or contrast, tweak the color in an image to make it really pop, or crop the image [more…]

How to Set Up a Shop on Etsy

Becoming an Etsy seller is a simple matter of setting up a shop on the site and listing items. It’s a good idea to review Etsy’s policies to make sure you’re items fit into an Etsy category. [more…]

How to Add an About Page on Etsy

Part of the reason people shop on Etsy is that they want to feel a personal connection with the living, breathing artists and craftspeople who make what they buy. Enter the About page. This page is a bit [more…]

How to Use Live Models for Your Etsy Sales Photos

Yes, models can be terrible divas. You knew you were in for some pain with your own Etsy business, right? The fact is, when they’re not busy flinging cellphones at your head, models — whether they’re babies [more…]

How to Use Google’s Keyword Tool to Optimize Your Etsy Listing

All this talk of keywords and SEO begs one obvious question: What keywords do you want to use for your Etsy listing? Suppose you hand-craft bracelets out of bottle caps. Sure, you can use keywords like [more…]

How to Participate in Etsy's Forums

Etsy’s forums serve as meeting places for Etsy members. In essence, Etsy forums are public message boards where members can discuss all manner of topics. Etsy supports five main forums: [more…]

How to Start a New Thread on an Etsy Forum

In addition to responding to posts in Etsy threads that others have started, you can start your own new thread if you have an issue that hasn’t already been addressed. Here’s the drill: [more…]

How to Find an Etsy Team

Literally thousands of Etsy teams exist, so you can surely find one for you. For example, you could join a team based on the type of items you sell, your particular interests, or your geographic location [more…]

How to Join an Etsy Team

Some teams are open to any and all Etsy members. Others are moderated, meaning that they limit their membership based on certain criteria. To join a team that’s open to all, simply click the Join This [more…]

How to Start Your Own Etsy Team

If you don’t find an Etsy team that meets your needs, you can start one of your own. For example, you may want to start a team for other Etsy members who share your passion for your medium, who live in [more…]

How to Find and Join an Etsy Virtual Lab

Etsy’s Community section features a special page with Online Labs — essentially, videos in which Etsy staffers and members share vital info such as crafting how-to’s, seller tips, and other educational [more…]

Etsy Community Etiquette

When it comes to interacting with the Etsy community — for example, in the forums or within a team — some important ground rules apply. Etsy’s DOs & DON’Ts [more…]

How to Find Information on the Etsy Blog

Etsy’s blogs contain lots of useful information for Etsy sellers. Maybe you’re looking for tips to improve your Etsy shop. Or perhaps you want to explore a new craft medium. Or maybe you want a glimpse [more…]

How to Create a Shipping Profile for Your Etsy Shop

Suppose you stock your Etsy shop with items of a similar size. In that case, it may behoove you to create a shipping profile. A shipping profile is simply a collection of shipping-related settings that [more…]

How to Deactivate (or Reactivate) an Etsy Listing

Suppose that, after you crafted an item and listed it in your Etsy shop, your dog ate it. While you construct a replacement, you can deactivate the listing. You can deactivate listings in your Etsy shop [more…]

How to Rearrange Your Etsy Shop

As you add more listings to your Etsy shop, you may decide that you want to rearrange the order in which they appear. For example, instead of having your items listed in the order you added them to your [more…]

How to Track Your Etsy Sales

When you sell an item in your Etsy shop, Etsy notifies you via e-mail straight away. As you can see, this e-mail contains loads of important information, including the following: [more…]

How to Open a Sales Invoice on Etsy

When someone buys something from your Etsy shop, that person will receive an e-mail from Etsy. It’s a receipt of sorts and contains all the details of the order. Buyers can click the order number [more…]

How to Keep Track of Etsy Payments Received

As you’ve probably deduced, exactly how you receive a payment on Etsy depends on the method of payment used. For example, if the buyer opted to pay by check, you’ll receive said check in the mail. Ditto [more…]

Tips for Packaging Your Etsy Products

Yes, everyone knows that it’s what’s on the inside of your Etsy shipment that counts. But that truism doesn’t mean that what’s on the outside isn’t also important. Translation: When shipping your piece [more…]

How to Ship Your Etsy Merchandise through the US Postal Service

If you’ve opted to ship your Etsy merchandise through USPS, you need to decide whether you want to go with First Class or Priority Mail. First Class, the less expensive option, is handled in the same way [more…]

How to Ship Your Etsy Products Internationally

Although you can certainly limit your Etsy business to domestic buyers, part of the fun of selling on Etsy is connecting with international customers. First, however, you need to get a feel for the ins [more…]