Ask the Makers – What’s Your Favourite Online Venue?
Last month we had a great comment on our Ask the Makers post. Someone wanted to know where we each sell our items online and which platform we like best. This is such a great question!
Etsy has always worked best for me. It is SO easy to use and they have a mobile app so that is a huge bonus. I also have a shopify shop. I like having it but I don’t put a ton of effort into it. I am still trying to figure out how to make another shop work in addition to Etsy without losing my mind. I use my domain on my business cards though – I think I get most of my sales on Etsy from traffic through search. I think it is more professional to have my domain on my cards – I have a link to Etsy there because I know it is sometimes easier for people to use Etsy. I also think some people find comfort in the security of a big site like Etsy. I respect that.
Etsy shop: Merriweather Council
Danielle’s shop: Merriweather Council
Etsy shop: Epheriell
Jess’s shop: Epheriell
I started out on Etsy nearly 4 years ago but last year I built my own site. Nowadays, I see the majority of my sales through my own shop. Personally, this makes me really happy because I don’t have to pay listing fees and I’m supporting my own brand. People don’t get distracted by the myriad of amazing things on Etsy and instead stay in my shop.
I still enjoy selling on Etsy and I see a trickle of sales there still. The thing that irks me though is that every 3 months or so, Etsy changes its listing technique or its SEO preference. If I had all the time in the world, I’d be able to keep up on that sort of thing and tweak my entire shop but I’d much rather just re-list things as they sell/expire and market my own shop.
Etsy shop: Studio MME
Megan’s shop: Studio MME