I know what you mean. No offence taken
. My profits from etsy were good before the price increase. At one point, I had 4 local sales together with 3 from etsy in a span of 3 weeks. I was excited about the local sales, but the extra 3 from etsy added quite a bit of extra money which was a much welcomed bonus.
I've sold a lot of paintings locally with most purchases being multiples. There are a lot of people looking for abstracts.
My prices may be lower, but I'm happy with the profit. For a 12"x16", I spend $15 on material, two hours on labor, 15 minutes to list on Etsy, and my profit is $85.
Hope this clears things a little as to why etsy can be beneficial to a lot of people.
Thank you for your input.
Thank you so much for your help. I never thought about using those titles like that. Now when I look at my titles and tags, they're actually very confusing and messy. They don't match either. I'm going to try your suggestion along with keywords from my all time stats page.
I'm going to start editing them over the weekend.
Have you heard of etsyrank? You can use it to analyze your shop and look up trends on etsy. At one point, it had "wall decor" in the top 15 or so key words trending on etsy, but some words and phrases die down very fast. I just decided to add it to my titles when I was editing. Not going to use it anymore. I've always thought etsy only looked at one word at a time. Now that you've mentioned it, and I just read it somewhere online, I'm gong to use phrases.
"wall art" is something I've gotten a lot of hits on.
Well, I now have the result from lowering my bid price. My impressions is way lower than yesterday. 170 impressions, 1 click, 2 direct traffic and hits from wetcanvas. I've been getting direct traffic daily since I dropped my prices, and based on my past stats, that's a good sign of upcoming sales.
Thank you again for your input. I'll report back in a day or two after doing some changes.