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Friday, June 19, 2015

Red, White, and Blue

Independence Day is right around the corner. Time to check in with the team and see what this holiday reminds them of...

Sparkles-a-lot 2 says:
4th of July reminds me of all of the good times I have had with my family. Usually involving BBQ's, fireworks, picnics at the beach or the river, and LOTS of good food!
Patriotic Red, White and Blue Seed Bead Drop, Dangle Earrings with Glass Beads On Fringe for the 4th of July, Veteran's Day, Memorial Day
Dangle Earrings with Glass Beads On Fringe for the 4th of July

The Baby Handprint Co. says:
Going down to the beach strand on my bike and riding along the strand watching all the different people dressed up and down rollerskating, skateboarding and walking as I stopped at different beach home get togethers until dark and watched the fireworks off the pier with all my friends.
Infant  hand and foot print 4th of July print  Mold included / Baby Gift / Personalized
Infant hand and foot print

From Bobbles By Carol:

Patriotic Beaded Hair Pins~ Patriotic Accessories~Red White Blue Silver Casual Rustic Hair Pins~For Women or Teens~ Handmade
Patriotic Beaded Hair Pins

"the Big Four", the four women went to nursing school together and after we were married with children we had a bar-b-que and would play softball. Who ever was pregnant was the umpire. As the children got older, they played too.
Pot Holder/Hot Pad Set, Red, White & Blue Star, Handmade
Pot Holder/Hot Pad Set

What's your favorite 4th of July memory?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Optimizing Searches

How do shoppers find your unique handcrafted goods?

Unless they're already familiar with you or your shop, they find you through a search. And you want to be found by people shopping in your specific niche. Which is where SEO comes in.

SEO. Search Engine Optimization.

Tags and keywords are vital. And what's being searched for continuously changes. So, to keep up, you should periodically tweak your tags.

Which tags will work? How does one research that?

Well, I found a new tool. It's called Marmalead. And Handmadeology made a little video to help explain the website...

I played around with it a bit, and I learned that "knitted barefoot sandals" are getting a lot of hits. Time to go and update that particular listing...  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What's New?

There's a team thread with all the new items each of our shops has up for sale. Here are a few from May...

I just love this. She has so many great headwear items...

Feather hair comb, bridal hair comb, feather extension, feather clip, hippie hair, boho headband, boho accessory, extensions long, hair comb
Feather hair comb by Enchanted Headwear

I love the way the colors pool in this. Getting this effect is harder than it looks. (I should know, I'm a knitter as well.)

Pastel Rainbow Girl's or Woman's Hat
Pastel Rainbow Girl's or Woman's Hat by Susan Deanne

A little something different for your wall...

Faux Silver Foil Art Print Thumbprint Hipster Decor Modern Art Pop Art Minimalist Finger Print Art Living Room Art Home Decor Gift for Him
Faux Silver Foil Art Print Thumbprint by Coco & James Home Decor

I think these are the cutest things (and won't scare your kiddo. At all)...

Baby Crib Mobile, Baby Mobile - Alligator Mobile, Baby Crocodile, Safari Swamp with Circles theme,Custom Mobile
Alligator Mobile by hingmade

I love earrings, and these are really cute...

Peacock Blue Spike and seed bead earrings, blue earrings, blue sea glass earrings, sea glass earrings
Peacock Blue Spike and seed bead earrings by Micheladas Musings

And orange, my signature color...

Handwoven, Handmade, Adjustable, Seed Bead Gemstone Five-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystals, Coral, Magnesite, Carnelian, Agate Pendant
Five-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystals by Sparkles-a-lot 2

This just made me laugh...

Sock Monkey Toilet Tissue Cover
Sock Monkey Toilet Tissue Cover by Sock Monkey Village

And it's just about summer out there...

Red white blue white stripe dish towel red batik white polka dots flip flops
Flip Flops Dish Towel by Leah's Heart

And you can find many other great new items over in the Show Your Handmade Creations thread.