As my long time readers know, I have quite the interest in creativity. I’ve featured many Etsy artists in the past and while I no longer focus on that, I wanted to share a few resources I’ve come across for those who wish to sell your handmade crafts online.
While Etsy is a wonderful community and website, I think there are better ways to sell your handmade crafts online. Some of the drawbacks of selling on Etsy are:
- It’s a huge site
- It’s hard to stand out
- You can’t control many aspects of your store like search engine optimization etc
- There’s a lot of competition. A Lot.
If you’re ready to take your online sales to the next level, consider the following two options:
Option #1 (and the one I’ve tried, loved, and believe in)
Sell your Handmade Crafts via BigCommerce
BigCommerce includes dozens of built-in marketing tools to drive traffic to your online store, including advanced search engine optimization, Google product export and the ability to sell your products on Facebook.
- Unlimited free support
- Free software updates
- Use your domain name
- Unlimited email accounts
- Drag and drop design customization
- Newsletter signup box
- Built-in sales reports
Option #2 (never tried it, but it does sound pretty good!)
ProStores is an Ebay company and as such they have seamless integration with PayPal! They have tons of tips on SEO, online sales etc because they want to make sure you succeed in your online sales venture. Check it out and get a free trial. You owe it to yourself to at least have a browse of their site and see what it’s all about. Get everything you need to start you own Web store – FREE.
- Sell up to 5000 products
- Hassle-free guided setup
- Built-in templates and support for custom designs
- Real-time credit card payment processing
- Seamless PayPal integration
- 24/7 toll-free phone support
- Google Products feed and online marketing tools
- Built-in inventory and order management
So there you go, a couple other venues to check out for selling your crafts online. You can make these stores your own and avoid falling into the Etsy black hole. If you open one, I’d love you to leave the link here so I can check it out!
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