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Reiki Attuned Energy Art Necklace

I just started listing energy art necklaces on Etsy and Artfire in the past few days.  I know I need to work on the focus (my eyes are getting blurry, darn it!) but I was wondering if I could get some opinions on the presentation.


For the first one I added in the blue gradation for the background. I think I might need to make it lighter, though.


The second one shows the size and how it looks as a necklace. It’s  1 1/2″ in diameter but I’m wondering if that’s too large for the average person. 


The last photo just has a white background without the cord on it, but maybe that gives the impression that it’s just the pendant without the cord. 


Right now, I have them listed at $25, but I thought that may be too high. Maybe $20 would be better.  I don’t want to go much lower than that because of the time involved in creating the print, and the work that goes into making the pendant, not to mention the cost of the cord, listing, the print, the selling fee, the paypal fee….  I also offered a free 30 minute distance reiki session to go along with them. Not a bad deal I thought, but don’t know how other people would see it.


The questions I have are this:


1) For a first impression, which photo would look best? I have a tendency to go with the first one because I’m into color, but sometimes my taste is way off from other people’s taste.


2)  Is it too big?  I can make them smaller. I blurred out the skin texture (sun damage lol), does that look weird? I also added in the black “shirt”.  Does it look fake and weird?  I see there’s a blurry part on the shirt, I could fix that.


3) Does having the pendant without the cord on it give the impression that it’s not a necklace?  It clearly says it comes with an adjustable length leather or cotton cord in the description, but how many people read the description?  


4)  Does the description make sense?  Is it too long?  Too much information? You can see the description HERE.




I’ve been fragging over these questions for days, and finally it got through my thick skull that I have some bloggy friends whose opinions I greatly value and could give me some insights! Takes me awhile sometimes……….


It’s beautiful, warm, and sunny here today, yay! I’m torn between laying out in the sun and soaking up some rays and feel good light, cleaning up the yard, and working in the studio on my heart chakra painting. Gee, could it be possible to do all of the above?  


I dunno, the basking in the sun sounds pretty good after the 18″ of rain we’ve gotten over the past week! And I can do that for HOURS (hence the sun damage). I’ve always been a sun worshipper and never been into the whole sun block thing. I guess there’s a price to pay for such reckless self-indulgence!  Maybe I’ll amaze myself and try to do it ALL! Or not, we’ll see.


Have an awesome day!


Laurie

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Artfire’s 45 Day Success Guide – Days 11 and 12

“Metamorphosis” by Primal Painter´╗┐
I’m still  working on Artfire’s 45 Day Success Guide. I’ve gotten several energy art prints listed in my Artfire Studio, ´╗┐ and also in my Etsy Shop, but I’m still short of having the recommended number of 40 things listed according to day nine of the guide …….40!!! Holy cow, that’s alot.  I’m starting to think that a big key for success is having a high number of things  listed.
I’ve managed to get 21 things listed, so that’ll have to be good enough for now.  It takes quite a bit of time to list things I’ve noticed, even on Artfire.  Having duplicate listings on Etsy requires that the titles and descriptions be 30% different from each other or google will ignore one or the other of the listings.  So for those of us who have shops in both places, give one of those duplicate listings a different title, and write a new first paragraph.  30% is quite a bit more than I was expecting to have to change. Gah!
Also, something else I discovered, on Artfire if applicable, list multiples for your items.  Apparently, when you re-list an item, all of those links and SEO that have built up over time disappear and  you have to start over from scratch.  So listing multiples will keep your links alive for a long time, and that’s a good thing. I’m wondering if frequent re-listing on Etsy loses your links and that’s why google search percentages can be lower on Etsy. Re-listing helps with on-site category searches, though, but I’m starting to be suspicious that the Etsy re-listing strategy isn’t google friendly. 
I’m on day 12 now, although I groan loudly at the requirements for social media and may not do it.  For me, twitter is easier than facebook, just a quick little blurb and you’re out.  Artfire and Etsy both make it easy to do. Facebook seems like a popularity contest that I’m losing……and I don’t like to lose! 
At first when I was doing the facebook thing, I was spending way too much time on there, commenting, shout outs, link love, and I got a ridiculously high number of shop views and hearts.  No sales, though, and I was spending quite a bit of time there for no sales….time that I should have spent in the studio.  Plus, you have to keep up the effort or you’ll lose people’s interest.  It can turn into an addiction, I think.   I understand how it would be beneficial though, and I’ll probably try it again at some point.  
Now Etsy is starting to be more like facebook every day!  Have you noticed that now there are “like” buttons on your etsy pages? Geeze….. 
Here’s a little summary of days 11 and 12:

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Day 11

Your Daily Checklist

Five New Products listed in your ArtFire Studio  (good grief!)
Three Posts on the ArtFire community Forums   (I’ll try….)
Three Tweets sent from your Twitter Account   (I can do that…..)
Two Posts on your Facebook Fanpage Wall    (Oh maaaannn, nobody will even notice)
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Day 12
Social Media Day Two

We encourage every seller to maintain both their ArtFire blog and an offsite blog (with different material). While this may seem overwhelming, but committing to two blog posts a week (one on each blog), will provide you with the benefits of being an active blogger and keep your readers coming back as long as you post regularly.

(Two blog posts a week, one on each,  that doesn’t sound too bad……)
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Your Daily Checklist

Three Posts on the ArtFire community Forums (We’ll see…)
Five Tweets sent from your Twitter Account   (5 tweets now?  Gah!)
Two Posts on your Facebook Fanpage Wall   (noooooo)
One Blog post on your offsite Blog  (Done!)
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If you go to the Success Guide  there are all kinds of helpful links for each day plus more in depth  suggestions.

Well I’m off to tweet something,  maybe I’ll post something in the forums, (I’m not sure about that), and I may drag myself kicking and screaming to facebook.  I think I’m nervous about getting addicted to the popularity aspect and then feeling up or down based on the number of comments, impressions, likes….  I even read somewhere that some people are getting facebook depression because they aren’t getting noticed like some of their peers.  That saddens me…..

My success at following the success guide doesn’t seem to be too successful so far!

Have an awesome day!

Laurie