Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Only 38 Views from Etsy Search at 12 Noon

This is about a 50% + drop from where they have been recently.

A continuation of the drop in search views for the year too.

Last year on this day I finished with 196.
I will probably be in the 140's or lower.
Like yesterday.

I guess they are gone.
Because of the "improvements" and increased competition.

Back to work.

Only 149 Etsy Search Views Yesterday

Wow. That is bad. And with nearly 1,500 listings.

Last year on the same day I have 245 views from Etsy search.

Even this morning right before 9:30 AM I have only 28 views from Etsy search!
Recently I'd have in the 60's.
And in the past I would have in the 80's or more.

And in the past 2 months I have more than 3,300 FEWER views from Etsy search.  WOW.
And I also have nearly 700 fewer direct Google views.
Which I blame on Etsy.
They did that with the new layout changes and the coding to our shop titles and descriptions!

What has Etsy done to my shop????

And maybe my shop is too big for Etsy???

Maybe I should open a 2nd and 3rd shop??

That is what the resellers do to game the system.
Since Etsy allows only 1 item per shop per page up to about page 6 now, the resellers are opening multiple shops to have more than 1 of the same item on a page.

When I had only about 800 listings or so I had a long period of time, 5-6 months, in which I averaged Etsy search views in the 300's.  With some days in the 400's.  With Etsy's "improvements" my search views started dropping.

And I don't expect my search views to get BETTER next year.
Only get worse.
As there are more listings and more "improvements" to the site.

The future on Etsy is not looking good.
Good for Etsy.
Not good for me.

I think I'd still make regular sales.
Just not as good as 2014 and 2015.

Search views are where the buyers are.
So if my search views are more than 1,200 fewer/month and get lower, then sales will be lower accordingly.

My best years on here are in the past???

Monday, September 26, 2016

Today: HUGE Difference in Etsy Search Views

So I am about to finish Monday, Sept 26th with only 163 views from Etsy search.

Last year on Sept 26th I had 453 views from Etsy search!

Holy heck.

tick toc......

September 25th Etsy Search Views

So I finished yesterday, a Sunday with only 223 views from Etsy search.  With Sundays having been my day of highest search views for years.

I just checked my stats for last year on Sept 25th and was so surprised at what I saw.  I know search views have dropped a lot and have been lower than last year for several months.  And I was hoping they'd come back in Sept.  But I am wrong.

I finished Sept 25th of last year with 355 views from Etsy search!  Wow.  How disappointing.

Search views are where the buyers are.

I also know that direct Google views are down significantly.

I believe Etsy is to blame for my drop in search views and direct Google views.

I've lost thousands in just the past 2 months alone.

I had a good shop going on Etsy.  Until Etsy ruined it.  And Google played a part too.

Should I stay open?

No. I shouldn't.

I have decisions to make.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

So I Finished Yesterday with 225 Views from Etsy Search

I had a big jump of nearly 100 views from Etsy search yesterday.

From only 138 the day before to 225.


With the 138 search views I had 1,048 total views.
And with the 225 search views I had only 1,110 total views.

So was it a bug or something else with Etsy that caused the 138 search views??
And search views weren't counted/calculated correctly???

I don't know???

Time for bed.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Aug 8-Sept 16

I had a big teacup order on August 7th.  And I know the rest of the month was bad.

This month is not much better.

So I checked my stats and compared Aug 8-Sept 16 to last year.


                                    2015         2016
Orders                          64             40
Revenue                       Down 52%
Search Views               10,593      8,298
Direct Google Views    2,264        1,852

Not good.  Not good at all.

I have decisions to make.

I keep saying that.  But I need to make the decision to close.

Time to give it all up.

142 Etsy Search Views at 6pm

So today I have a big jump/recovery in my views from Etsy search.

From only 138 all of yesterday to being about 6 hours ahead today, and already 142 of them here at 5:59pm..

Not sure what happened.

Back to work.

Only 138 Search Views Yesterday!

I wonder what the heck happened with my vintage Etsy shop??

I finished the Thursday, Sept 15th with only 138 views from Etsy search.

Last year on Sept 15th I had 281 search views!

Even on Christmas day I had 214!
On the 4th of July I had 204!
On Memorial Day I had 224!

It bugs me for sure.

AND I just broke one of my very cool tall polka dot glass tumblers!

Oh well.

I have decisions to make.....

Time for bed.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Almost Time to Close-Up

It has been 3 of the past 6 days without a sale.

It might be time to just take the loss and close up.
Even though I have been spending a lot of money lately.
I am too stubborn.
Too obstinate.

Only 1 fewer order for the first 14 days of Sept compared to last year, BUT about 55% less revenue.
Not good.

Last Sept 1-14 I also had 3 days without a sale.

After nearly 11 years of every single day effort, it is not worth it.
My net revenue is low.

It is time to do something else.

Get a job.

Go somewhere and start over.

I have choices to make.....

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Donald Trump was Golfing in My Yard

I just took a nap and I had a dream that Donald Trump, and.....Donald were golfing in my yard. lol.

I think there were 2 of them.  I even shook their hands and tried to remember the others last name. lol. "I know their names are alike and the other guy's name sounds like Trump.",

And I thanked the one Mr Trump for shaking my hand even though I know he does not like to shake hands.

And there were people selling the extra things I had in my yard.

And the next door neighbor had put up a sign in my front yard to advertise somethign for them.  Like a sale or something.

Weird dream.  No meaning.

Just sayin'. lol.

Monday, September 12, 2016

In 4 Hours..............

At 5:37 pm it will be 3 out of the past 4 days without a sale.

On Thursday at that time I made a sale of a postcard.
No sale Friday.
3 sales Saturday.
No sales sunday.
No sales so far monday.

Even yesterday, the Sunday, it was more than 1,500 total views with no sales.
And that is with nearly 1,500 listings.

I am stupid for listing new items on Etsy.

I should close up.

Back to work.

Friday, September 9, 2016

146 Etsy Search Views before 8:45 AM???

Yesterday, a Thursday, I finished with only 203 views from Etsy search.

And my views from Etsy search have been from about 190 to 240's.

Here at 8:43 AM I already have 146 views from Etsy search!@

This is another instance of my shop "trending"??
Like happened a couple years ago??

97 of the search views are for "cup".

When I did that search, I did see my pink Royal Sealy teacup (and copycats), but not one of my teacups has an abnormally high number of views.  Not even that pink Royal Sealy.

I am guessing my shop is trending again.... .

Off to work...

Sunday, September 4, 2016

47th Annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour

One of the most anticipated events among the residents of  the historic Mexican War Streets neighborhood in which I live and have my vintage Etsy shop is the house & garden tour.

This year it will be held on sunday Sept 11th.

The streets are full of visitors to the neighborhood for those hours.  And for almost every year the weather has cooperated with a dry, sunny day.

I am looking forward to it this year.

Friday, September 2, 2016

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Sept 1 Etsy Search Views

Well, I lost hundreds of views from Etsy search in August compared to last year.  And that is continuing at least on the first day of sept.

Last year on Sept 1st I had 244 views from Etsy search.
Yesterday, only 171 views from Etsy search.

Not good.

That is where the buyers are.

I have choices to make.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Final Word on August

So I finished August without a sale yesterday.

That made 25 of 31 days with revenue of $0-89.
And 12 of 31 days without a sale.

Add to that the more than 800 FEWER views from Etsy search compared to last year.
And 800 FEWER direct Google views, which I believe Etsy has had a hand in my losing.

And all of that is after more than 5 1/2 YEARS on the site AND nearly 1,500 listings.

AND the COPYCATS I have found.  Which are bugging me.

And it was a frustrating month.
There were a few highs.  One big high.
Then a bunch of days that bugged me.

I should close. I want to. It's stupid to stay open.  It is definitely stupid to add more listings.