Apr
16th

What Drives You To Do What You Do?

What is your motivation? Is it money? That’s not always the key to success. Have a read through this great article from by Yaro Starak at Entrepreneurs journey.

Steve :-)

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EntrepreneursJourney/~3/ZlLNodFf4nM/

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Apr
14th

Burn The Ships and Hail Mary’s…it’s never been so true for crafting online..

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Now if you are looking to start up your crafting business online you should read Ed Dale’s excellent blog post. It is aimed at those looking to start online internet marketing businesses but it is totally relevant to whatever online business you might be thinking of starting, especially crafting online…

Ed talks about the best way to start up an online business and re-enforces the idea that I tell you again and again, start selling online in a small way, do it while you are still earning your main income from your day job.

The transition to full time online crafter can be made, it really can, but you don’t dive in at the deep end, you have to earn your stripes firsGet learn how to get started selling online and then refine your selling processes to the point that they are making you a profit, in a small way at first, then you can look to grow.

Anyhoo, have a read of Ed’s article, it is rock solid good advice for crafters looking to get started online.

Happy crafting!
Steve :-)

http://www.eddale.co/general/burn-the-ships-and-hail-marys

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Apr
13th

If you want to sell more crafts, sell crafts in more places…

It seems an obvious idea but if you want to sell more of your crafts online then sell your crafts on more websites!

 

There are the obvious choices, Ebay, Etsy, Folksy and of course your own website or blog.

 

But look further afield. Here is a crafts site that looks good, seems quite US based but don’t let that put you off.

 
http://www.madeitmyself.com/
 

Us your UK-ness as part of your selling point and to your advantage.

 

Don’t just stick to the obvious websites, search online for more craft selling websites, there are lots of them.

 

It makes perfect sense that if you have your crafts showing on 10 websites instead of 3 you will sell more stuff.

 

Please do email or comment to let me know of other craft selling websites that you might know of, I will list them here for everyone to see.

 

Steve :-)

Apr
12th

The Best iPad Blogging App

I use wordpress for my blogging but the interface is horrible. I haven’t used the app but have only heard bad things about it. In a busy world any extra hassle in doing a task is a barrier that gets in the way of productivity. Blogging needs to be a quick and flowing process that allows you to think and be creative nit be bogged down b the technology of the thing! Sadly using wordpress that has always been my experience, even though I do think wordpress is fantastic as an open source idea.

So I will be checking out is app as it looks great for blogging on the iPad. I will report back and let you know how I get on with it.

http://www.tcgeeks.com/best-ipad-blogging-app/

Steve :-)
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Apr
12th

What Do You Want Your Blog to Be Known For?

Here is a great article about blogging based on simple life coaching exercise. It’s very quick and easy to do and will definitely help you improv you blog.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ProbloggerHelpingBloggersEarnMoney/~3/MU21COGK…

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Apr
10th

Laser Shapes are coming….

Laser shapes are coming to the www.craftshapes.co.uk website soon.

Steve :-)

Aug
9th

Wooden craft shapes have taken over my life!!!

Hi everyone, how the hell are you?

The first thing I have to do is give you all a big apology for not posting on the blog for a while. There is a good reason for this.

Craft shapes have taken over my life!!!

During the later part of the year, from late August to New Year all we do here is pack and ship lots and lots and lots of craft shapes!
Each year I am amazed at how we are growing, it’s fantastic.

The flip side of this is that I don’t get time to post on the blog and let you know what we are up to. And more inportantly I don’t get a chance to put up blog posts of stuff to help you sell your own crafts.

So I do apologise.

Of course if you email me at info@howtosellcrafts.com about anything craft related or about our craftshapes website at www.craftshapes.co.uk then I will always answer. Answering emails and chatting to you all directly is always my top priority.

I have masses of great info on my PC hard drive that I just know you will find useful. Not all things I have written myself, but articles, links to great sites, reports, freebies, loads of great material that I know will help you sell your crafts online.

So, in a world of limited time and resources I will try my best to post up some of this super content for you.

Here’s to a great 2010 for you all and don’t forget if you need anything just give me a shout at info@howtosellcrafts.com

Steve :-)

Jul
26th

Selling crafts traffic tips 10: Ensure your headings are in H1 tags

craft trafficThis is part of our traffic mini-tips series for selling crafts. Increasing traffic to your crafts website is the number one activity you should work on. Increase your website traffic and you will increase your online craft sales. Guaranteed!

This is a tip that is so often overlooked. Firstly make sure your headings contain your relevant keywords, and then secondly ensure that your headings are set within H1 tags.

A H1 tag is a message to the search engines to say, “Hey this is the heading of my webpage, the words in this heading are very relevant to the webpage content”. If you don’t use a H1 tag the heading is lost, it has no extra punch and relevancy.

Search engines love H1 tags, and the other ‘H’ tags that you can use for your subheadings and so on. Each time you use one of these tags you are flagging up the keywords held within your headings, for the search engines to see, and they will take note of them and give you a tiny boost in the search results!

The higher you appear in the search results the more hits you will get to your website, which in turn will mean more craft sales.

Happy crafting, happy marketing!

Jul
20th

Selling crafts traffic tips 9: Make use of ‘bold’ and ‘italic’ on your crafts website

craft trafficThis is part of our traffic mini-tips series for selling crafts. Increasing traffic to your crafts website is the number one activity you should work on. Increase your website traffic and you will increase your online craft sales. Guaranteed!

Within your website copy make use of bold and italics. This does two things; firstly it simply varies the look of your website copy and makes it more interesting to look at.

Secondly and more importantly what you want to do is bold and italic your important keywords within your website copy. Search engines can read this, they know which words are bold and italic and they add more value to them.

So, if you a few well placed keywords in bold and italic on your web pages you are helping to give the search engines an extra nudge that your web pages are relevant to your craft niche.

Again as with some of the other tips we have listed in this series, all these little things are cumulative and add to power of your website I the eyes of the search engines.

The more search engines love you the better your search rankings will be and the more traffic you will get. More traffic = more craft sales!

Happy crafting, happy marketing!

Jul
13th

Selling crafts traffic tips 8: Use “Alt” tags on your crafts website images

craft trafficThis is part of our traffic mini-tips series for selling crafts. Increasing traffic to your crafts website is the number one activity you should work on. Increase your website traffic and you will increase your online craft sales. Guaranteed!

Every time you post a new image on your website be sure to add an ‘Alt’ tag to it. Without it your image means nothing to the internet, it is just a blank space on your web page. The ‘Alt’ tag is a little description of what the image is. Just a simple couple of words like ‘handmade fabric brooch image’ will do the trick.

This little phrase will show search engines such as Google that the image is relevant and useful to the reader. They will give you love for this, in that they will take the ‘Alt’ tag as good useful content and boost your standing in the search results.

Also ‘Alt’ tags give you a better chance of you image ranking in the photo search results of search engines.

If you consider that a website with 100 pages might have as many as 200-300 images within it, then adding a relevant ‘Alt’ tag to each image is pretty powerful. You are effectively telling the search engines 300 times that your website is relevant and useful to your craft niche.

It’s simple and quick to do and can only help with your search ranking and hence get you more traffic and therefore more craft sales!!

Happy crafting, happy marketing!