10 Mistakes Etsy Sellers Make | Etsy Tips for Beginners

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10 Mistakes Etsy Sellers Make | Etsy Tips for Beginners

When I’m asked by other Etsy sellers to help them with their Etsy shop, I’m surprised to see so many making the exact same mistakes!  In this video, Etsy tips for beginners and how to get around these top 10 mistakes Etsy sellers make.  This post contains some affiliate links for your crafting convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Before I go over my top 10 mistakes Etsy seller make, I want you to know that I’ve been selling for almost 10 years.  I struggled just like you did in the beginning thinking it was okay just to throw any picture up on Etsy and expect it to sell.  However, after researching how to best sell on Etsy, I realized quickly it’s not as easy as you think and there is a formula to it.   Also, not every Etsy shop is created equal and while I do have a lot of knowledge when it come to selling wreaths, remember to do the research for your own niche and maybe my video will help guide you.

Top 10 Mistakes Etsy Sellers Make | My Tips for Etsy Beginners

  1. Complete your entire Etsy shop when, including shop Policies.
  2. Make sure you have clickable and cohesive looking shop and product images.
  3. Use all or most of the Etsy shop photos.
  4. Do your keyword research. Keywords are the only way you can get found.
  5. Use keywords in your shop title, first paragraph of your shop description, product title, first paragraph of product description, and product tags.
  6. Not all of your keywords should have a lot of competition. You want to get seen, not lost in all of the noise.
  7. Put the most important keyword first in your title.
  8. Tap into buyers emotions in your descriptions and product descriptions should be approximately 300 words. Think how can I improve the life of my customer with this product.
  9. Once a day add products to your Etsy shop increasing daily to a minimum of 50 products in your shop.
  10. Make products where you can sell multiple quantities of the same thing. Etsy algorithm likes to see sales and then renewals.

Top 10 Mistakes Etsy Sellers Make | My Tips for Etsy Beginners video


I hope you found these Etsy tips for beginners useful. What tips do you have to share? What do you sell on Etsy? Feel free to post your Etsy shop below so that I can check it out!

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  1. Alysha Eckert on April 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Trying to use your tips with my shop.
    Slowly but surely. Hoping to start adding once a day
    Thanks for all of your advice, Julie! So helpful!

    • Karissa on December 15, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      Great tips I just started my bow shop about 2 weeks ago http//:PSilovebows.etsy.com
      My busy struggle is getting buyers outside my inner circle I know it just takes time but definitely a struggle

  2. Tracey on April 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Ms. Julie,

    I am working on opening my Etsy store again. I had one about three years ago and closed it. I have a whole different outlook, so I am currently revamping my entire business. This year, I would like to have a better handle on inventory and bookkeeping for obvious reasons. Do you have any advice on this?

    • Julie Siomacco on April 13, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      I teach this in my Success Circle group. I like Godaddy bookkeeping because it syncs with Etsy, Paypal and your biz checking account.

  3. Paula on March 17, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Thanks so much for this lesson. About to open my own Etsy shop. I know these tips will be useful.

  4. Linda Wilson on June 1, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Great info Julie! I’m very challenged when it comes to technology. Could you tell me how to link your Etsy page with your FB page. I’d like to have a shop now button as well. Thanks so much in advance!

    • Julie Siomacco on June 1, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Click to edit the button. Click on website and paste your shop link in and save it.

  5. Denise Novak on June 23, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Where do you purchase your boxes from.

    • Julie Siomacco on June 25, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      A local box manufacturer

  6. D. Donald on March 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Julie,
    I came across your video today after reading your tutorial. I’ve just spent most of my morning reading everything youv’e written and watching your videos. I’m so happy, now I feel like I have support and a friend. I was beginning to feel lost and thinking about giving up wreath making altogether. Your tips are so helpful and I’m going to stick it out. Thank you so much.

  7. Diane Baker on January 22, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    For you recommended a box supplier. I can’t find a place that has boxes for $1.00 they are from $3 to $5 .

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