Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday's News and Tips Key Words

Key words are an important part of your Etsy store. In fact using the correct key word for your item may be one reason why a customer enters your shop and purchases your product.

To give you an example of how key words work, in my shop  today I noticed that someone had placed one of my items in a treasury by using the key words "castteam paper art". Because I had entered "castteam" as one of my key words for a card that I'm selling, the item popped up on the treasury maker's search and she added it to her treasury. You can also add the key word "cicteam" to your items and your items will pop up if someone searches for products with that key word. 

Key words are what Internet search engines use to find information on the World Wide Web. It works the same way on Etsy, except that the search is limited to what is on Etsy. You can find out what key words customers are using that work for your shop by accessing your Shop Stats and scrolling down to the "Key Words" section. This section gives you information about how some people found your items.

Here are some good articles and one .pdf that I found in the Etsy Help section that will explain key words and search engine optimization.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Etsy Guide to SEO

Guidelines and Tips Tagging on Etsy

Seller How-To Tag-o-rama with Descriptive Key Words

Having trouble seeing the words on your screen?  Press Ctrl and hold it while you tap the "+" sign.  To decrease your screen tap the "-" sign while holding down Ctrl.

Pantone. According to, the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries, has released its 2013 Spring Color report. Here are the colors:

You can find the colors spring for both women and men (they are a little different for men) and also download a spring fashion report at

Compiled by Lisa Gossman-Steeves

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