Monday, August 30, 2010

My Jeweled Totem Earrings were featured on the Front Page of Etsy

On Sunday morning I realized that I had the most traffic - EVER- to my Etsy shop.
Thank you ChristiaLP for the awesome exposure.
She spent time looking for artists with nice products and great photography AND had never been on the front page of Etsy.
Consider me tickled pink.











Monday, August 23, 2010

Laura Hunter Jewelry in Google Shopping

My earrings - Top Row Far Right
My latest reading topic is about SEO - Search Engine Optimization. It took me a long - long - long time to start connecting the dots about how all of this works. (And I still have many dots to go) What I really want to do is make jewelry - however - if no one sees it, no one buys it - and then I get featured on TLC's Buried Alive. Shudder.

Well, I read tidbits from all over. I read on the Esty Forums, Blogs, web sites... any advice that was easy to follow. I slowly began making tweaks to help my odds of being searchable. One of the biggest and best tweaks I've started making is changing the titles of my jewelry. For example, I like to give names to my jewelry like Hot Hoops, Breathless and Glitz because that they way them make me feel. After I began connecting the dots better, I found out this is not how to name items when selling them on-line. I found out one has to name their items how one searches for them.

My task of renaming titles more descriptively is a major work in progress on my LauraHunterJewelry Etsy site. However, last week I began to notice one particular search term show up in my Google Analytics that was bringing good traffic - good meaning lots of views, low bounces, stayed on my site 2 minutes plus and went a few pages deep. "Hey, this looks interesting!" I thought, and followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole.

That meaning, I did the search myself and this is what I found.... my Hot Hoop Earrings .... oops ... my Gold and Silver Hoop Earring with Chalcedony - Two Toned Gold and Silver with Aqua Chalcedony - Hot Hoops in Aqua on page one of Google Shopping! Yeah, success! I then found four more earrings within the first eight pages. I was so excited that I took a picture. Go ahead and say it, "DORK!"

My plan is to keep hacking away at this because I heard that the minute you look the other way you can loose your position. So onward I go.

An Update on my Handmadespark impulse: Since August, 13 the site has seen 16 visitors with 31 page views. Ick. Referrals to Etsy: 0 -

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gold Dipped Feather Earrings - Wire Coiling




Gold Dipped Feather Earrings
Yes they are real feathers! The feathers go though an electroplating process where a thick layer of 24k gold adheres to a coating of brass over the feather resulting in a real feather with Gold Overlay. I think these feathers are H-O-T!
I decided my own jewelry collection was becoming sparse -since I sell what I make- and made a pair just for myself. It must have been great advertising because I received orders for TWO more pairs of earrings. I have one pair of feathers remaining. I am wondering if they will ever make it to my Etsy shop?

If you would like to nab the last pair contact me though Etsy click here to contact me.

In addition to earrings I am also using the Gold Overlay Feathers in a few necklaces. These feathers are not matched pairs and are longer than the ones I am using for the earrings. Please take a peek on my Facebook Fan Page. Let me know what you think of the feathers.

About the wire coiling. I have been twirling these babies by hand for awhile now. I thought there must be a better way - without spending a fortune. I figured it out. The results are impeccable with a little practice. Stay tuned for a tutorial on making a coil, using another wire as the mandrel.