I've been selling on Etsy since November 09, and to begin with really just threw the shop up in time to catch some good Christmas sales, then have been tinkering with it ever since trying to improve it and make it look professional and sleek... still working on it!
As I was chatting in the forums yesterday I was introduced (a bit late in the day it seems) to the world of Etsy statistics and how to track views, treasuries, features and hearts in store - it was a real eye opener!
I'd heard of Google Ananlytics, but it looked complicated to set up, and I didn't really understand what I was doing. Then I got directed to this really helpful Etsy Guide that had been there all along showing me how to set up Etsy web analytics properly - and to my dismay and delight it was very very easy! (Felt a bit silly for not doing it sooner!!)
Once this was all set up and after a wait of 24 hours for it to kick in, I tried out Craftopolis - logged in with my Etsy username and more data than I could handle flew at me - who has hearted me when, how many hearts were on each item, which page my item appeared on when searched, what treasuries I'd been in recently - it's a data junkie's dream!
Now I realise that most of you are very clued up in this already, which is why I write this with awe as well as a bit of sheepish embarrassment - HOW didn't I find this out sooner?! Was I blind to the info out there for me, or was I looking in the wrong places? Or is it that lucky people happen to stumble across a knowledgeable person in the forums at some point like I did and it then all becomes clearer...?
I'm not sure - but I would say that if you haven't got this set up in your store - do it! It is much quicker and simpler than it appears, and now when I get put into a treasury I won't miss it if the creator doesn't send me a message to tell me I've been included. I feel like a proper seller at last!
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