There is one common theme that I found as browsed through the various sites and information and I think it's important to note that Etsy is just one avenue toward your Success.
That said, let's begin...
I want to start with a link that I found on Etsy Wiki. This is a great article by Ms. Dynomite, (http://dyno.etsy.com), "Ms. Dynomite's Formula for Selling on Etsy" and here is the link: http://www.etsywiki.com/index.php?title=Ms._Dynomite%27s_Formula_for_Selling_on_Etsy
What I liked best about this article is that she has a no nonsense introduction:
"Yes, selling on Etsy can be difficult...It takes a lot of time and energy to have frequent sales on Etsy. Success on Etsy does not just happen. It requires an investment of time and learning new skills."
In summary, Ms. Dynomite's outlines 7 fundamentals for selling on Etsy which include:
- Have a well fleshed out store
part 1: fill out all fields
part 2: Consider posting store policies.
part 3: Be thorough and personal in your descriptions.
- List frequently (not all at once)
- Post in the right category
- Use your tags (you have up to 13)
- GOOD PHOTOS, GOOD THUMBNAILS
- Have a unique and quality product
- PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE
As she breaks down the 7 tips, she also includes several links throughout the article to support her tips. You should also check out her Recommended Reading: http://www.etsywiki.com/index.php?title=Ms._Dynomite%27s_Recommended_ReadingWhy Haven't I Sold Anything - which will provide you with additional information regarding Selling tips, advertising, promotion, newbie tips and links from the Etsy forums...http://www.etsywiki.com/index.php?title=WHY_HAVEN%27T_I_SOLD_ANYTHING%3F
Free Places to Advertise - http://www.etsy.com/forums_topic.php?thread_id=4505&page_id=9