111 Places To Post Your Products Online

Considering the vastness of the interenet, success for artists and craftpeople selling online altimately comes down to the success of their marketing. Get your product in front of as many people as possible

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Source: Sian

So here is it!  The list of 111 (and counting) places to post your products online:

      1. Amazine – Curate your own magazine
      2. Angie’s List – local business directory
      3. Artfire – a marketplace for handmade goods.
      4. Big Cartel - build a free shopfront
      5. BIzSugar – share your business posts, videos and other content
      6. Blogger.com – create your own blog (it’s easy and relatively quick)  post images of your new listings to your blog.
      7. Blogkeen - add your blog
      8. Bloglovin – add your blog
      9. buzzfeed – sign up and share just about anything
      10. Carbonmade - create an online profile
      11. CraftIsArt – create a storefront
      12. Craftori – a photo gallery site for arts, crafts and vintage
      13. Craftster – connect with other crafters and share ideas
      14. Craigslist - buy and sell stuff
      15. Dailydeals – submit your deal or  offer
      16. Dawanda - Create a shopfront
      17. Del.icio.us -  share your links
      18. DeviantArt – showcase  your art
      19. DexKnows
      20. Digg - post your links
      21. Diigo
      22. dmoz.org - web directory
      23. dribbble.com
      24. Ebay – Auction site
      25. eCrafter
      26. Etsy – create a shop front
      27. Ezebee – New
      28. Facebook – high popularity social media site
      29. Fark
      30. Fishindie
      31. Flavors.me
      32. Flickr
      33. Folksy
      34. Foursquare
      35. Free Craft Fair – exchange links to get in directory
      36. friendfeed
      37. Google+ – high popularity social media site
      38. Groupon
      39. Handmade
      40. Handmadeology
      41. Hubpages – Sharing words, pictures and videos
      42. ICraftGifts
      43. Ideas Tap
      44. IFTTT
      45. Indiecraft
      46. Instagram – Social image sharing
      47. Klout
      48. LinkedIn
      49. LiveJournal.com
      50. Love Etsy – a little site to share listings etc.
      51. Made It (Australian sellers only
      52. MadeItMyself
      53. Manta
      54. mentionmap
      55. Meylah
      56. MoJo
      57. Mulu
      58. My Handmade Registry – social network to share your handmade wishlist.
      59. Networked Blogs
      60. NotMassProduced
      61. myspace
      62. OpenSky
      63. Paper.Li,
      64. Pearltrees
      65. Photobucket
      66. Picasa  – An Google Integrated site, sharing images on this site come with additional SEO benefits.
      67. Pinterest
      68. Polyvore
      69. Postach.io
      70. Prezi
      71. ProjectEve
      72. Project Wonderful – low-cost, sometimes free, advertising on targeted blogs
      73. Promote My Website – add your site to the list
      74. PRWeb – press release website
      75. Quora
      76. RebelMouse,
      77. Reddit
      78. Scoop.it
      79. Shopify
      80. Shop Handmade
      81. Showcasing Women
      82. Silkfair
      83. SiteWit
      84. SlideShare
      85. Society6
      86. Storenvy
      87. StumbleUpon.com – bookmark a page
      88. Square
      89. Super-markethq
      90. Super Pages - online directory
      91. Taggify – monitize your website
      92. Technorati - provides popularity index and much more
      93. The Fancy – photo sharing
      94. Tophatter – live online auctions
      95. Tumblr
      96. Twitter
      97. Vine – video sharing
      98. Wanelo – a digital mall (their description)
      99. Webshots.com - share your photos
      100. We Heart It – product image sharing
      101. Wickedly Chic – get featured or list your products
      102. WordPress Blogs – blog about your craft
      103. Yahoo Local
      104. Yelp - business directory
      105. Yessy – site to sell your art
      106. Yoast – all about website optimization
      107. Yola – easily build a website
      108. YouTube
      109. Yuuby – share video and other media
      110. Zazzle - print and sell your designs on a wide range of items
      111. Zibbet – open an online shop

 

My advice

  • Try out as many as you like and then choose a handful of the sites listed above and dedicate time to each site on a weekly basis.
  • Remember that sharing online is about great images.  Use any tools at your disposal to produce the highest resolution and best lite photographs possible.
  • Every time you write a description of a product you are selling remember you are building the story of your brand.  Make is flawless and memorable.
  • Diligence is the name of the game.  Reafirm your committment to making a success of your business.  Apply dedication and a strong work ethic.

Do you have any favourite ‘go-to’ sites for sharing your products?  Any suggestions of places To post your products online I could add to the list? Please let me know if any of this links no longer work as expected.  Care to comment?

 

Silkway on Jane’s Apple

It’s always wonderful to welcome new artists to Jane’s Apple and today  I’m publishing one of my favourite types of articles – An article featuring our  new sponsor Silkway.  Silkway produces and sells luxurious handwoven Uzbekistan ikat fabrics and pillow covers.

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The process of producing these gorgeous pillows is extremely skilled and labour intensive.  Here’s a little look at the production process of ikat fabrics:

Multicolored ikat fabric | Silkway

What is ikat?

Ikat is a type of fabric that is dyed before it is woven.  Skilled artisans arrange bundles of silk threads next to each other tightly and then bind these bundles into patterns.Ikat Process | Jane's Apple

Then, these bundles are dyed. The threads are dipped into the dye. The bound parts of the silk do not receive the color whereas the unbound, exposed parts are colored. The tightly bound areas are waxed before dyeing so that the dye does not penetrate when the bundles are soaked in the dye.

Silkway | Jane's AppleFabrics that are more than two colors have to be bound and dyed more than once. This requires immense skill and time.

Lastly, the threads are woven on looms by hand.

SilkWay on EtsyThe entire process is specialized and labor intensive. The most skilled artisan could at most make about 2 yards (1.8 metres) of fabic per day.

Ikat Pillow | SilkWay


Thank you to Silkway for providing some imformation about ikat fabrics.  It’s certainly a pleasure to have Silkway on the blog.  I am facinated and in awe of the skill required to produce these vibrant fabrics.  The fabrics hark back to ancient cultures but still manage to be very current in design and color.

Swing by and browse the wonderful items in  Silkway on Etsy

 

It’s Time to Clean House

The internet is like a teenagers bedroom, lots of stuff gets thrown into it on a daily basis but not much of that stuff comes back out.   Some of this stuff is of value but some of the stuff is just taking up room and collecting dust.  In regard to the internet, over time the information and images that make up the story of each of us becomes messy and confusing.  It’s time to Clean House.

This morning I read an article about tailoring your online profile  How to Curate Your Digital Identity as an Academic.  It was written specifically for academic individuals but it got me thinking.  What results would someone searching you or your business see?  What conclusions would that person make about you based on that information and those images?

Cleaning House | Jane's Apple

It’s time to clean house

What I mean by ‘cleaning house’ is weeding out all the images and information that is a poor representation, outdated, inaccurate, and even embarrassing that exist online about you.

Your Images

  • Find all of the images you have posted online but it on Facebook, Pinterest , Google+, on your blog or online store and every other site you’ve posted images. This will take time!
  • Delete undesirable images
  • Fix broken or incorrect links from the images you want to keep.
  • Update images of current products if necessary.

Old & New Images | Jane's Apple

An example of an old image that is low resolution and low light on a dark background I found on Pinterest of my Three Hearts Greeting card (on right) next to a current image of the same design.

 Your Information

  • Spend some time formulating an ‘about’ blurb that tell the world what you really want them to know about you.
  • Find every profile you’ve posted about yourself online and edit it.
  • Delete profile and accounts from sites your very rarely visit and don’t post to. (I found some that I hadn’t visited since I set them up)

Without a doubt this is a time consuming job but one that is well worth it to take control of your online profile.

Can you share your thoughts, tips or reflections?  Did you find anything funny or noteworthy for its awfullness when you search yourself online?

 

 

Jane’s Apple Sponsors

Welcome to March! (well almost)

You are humbly invited to advertise on Jane’s Apple.

If you’re looking to be amongst friends and have your brand noticed by a niche audience of enthusiastic artists and crafters, advertise with Jane’s Apple.

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The affordability of blog ads on Jane’s Apple is a great incentive to take the plunge into advertising your online business online.  I will love helping you spread the word about your business.  In addition to what is listed for each package, I always throw in lots of little extra’s – like free banner time and more social media shout outs.
Check out the sponsorship option  available here on the blog.

Welcome New Sponsors

We have a new banner in our sidebar at Jane’s Apple.  A huge and very warm welcome to JESUS SPEAKS TO ME  who sell the most adorable dresses for little girls.
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And a special mention to:

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20 Simple and Cheap Ways to Promote Your Business Offline

You might feel like me and be hesitant about advertising yourself in the real world.  Online marketing allows us creatives to market from the comfort of our creative spaces without actually coming face to face with potential customers.   But we web-based entrepreneurs have to remember that there are times when we have to reach out to real people in real, not virtual, situations.  While it’s fair to say that most people spend a portion of each day online, there is still a considerable amount of time each day that most people spend offline (hopefully).  Offline promotion can catch the attention of customers in the real world and bring them to the online one.

Marketing Offline | Jane's Apple

Source: Sian

Marketing Offline | Jane’s Apple

Here are 20 simple and cheap ways to promote your business offline.  These ideas are intended to be less about taking out a full page ad or standing out on the street in order to force a flyer into the hands of every passerby and more about simple, enjoyable, non pushy and inexpensive tactics to get the word out about your business.

Offline Marketing | Jane's Apple

Source: Sian

  1. Put URLs on everything.  Suggestions include: weekly shoppers, classified ads, flyers, Yellow Pages, magazine ads, newsletters, local TV guides, coupons, billboards, hanging ads on doorknobs, company letterhead,  business cards. If there’s paper involved, brand it and add a url.
  2. Put your brand and url on a couple of your t-shirt’s , gift a couple out to friends and family too.
  3. Brand and URL your everyday accessories.   My suggestions are: Coffee Mugs, Phone Case, Pens, folders, notebooks, Water Bottles, Bags, caps, and anything and everything else you can think of.
  4. Sneaky Library – Bookmark Promotion.  Create a branded bookmark with your URL. Then head over to the public library. Ask your local librarian if they can hand out a free bookmark with every book checked out. Or just sneak  them into one or two random books now and again!
  5. Change your personal WiFi/Bluetooth names to your website URL. This is a simple, one-time change that will have a lasting impact. You never know who might be in the area and searching for a connection.
  6. Leave your business card everywhere you go. Restaurants, public bathrooms, coffee shops, public pay stations. Everywhere.
  7. Sneaky change the homepage tactic.  If your comfortable doing so and are on a computer that’s not your own change homepage to your shop url.
  8. Create a Mobile Billboard – inexpensive and easy. Just place  your large branded sticker design on the side of your vehicle
  9. Tell the story of your shop and your designs to people you meet.
  10. Set up shop at your local market or craft fair and display your branded banner that includes your URL.
  11. Sponsor a local event.
  12. Hand out branded freebies to everyone.
  13. Be social and become a familiar face in your community.  Join groups and clubs.
  14. Create a press release and send it to your local free newspapers and other free publications
  15. Donate your products or services to a charity or charity events being held in your area.
  16. Partner with local bricks and mortar shops
  17. Create and mail a postcard to everyone on your Christmas list and everyone else you know. Be careful not to be spammy and make it fun not majorly sale pitchy.
  18. Increase conversation with friends and family about your business and your work.
  19. List your business in every local directory you can find.  There are many that are free.
  20. Enlist the people who love you.  Organise a high tea or a champagne night for your friends and family to come to your creative space and see for themselves what you’ve been working on.

Off Line Marketing | Jane's Apple

Source: Sian

Be creative in thinking of ways you can get the word out. Evaluate what strategies work for you and what doesn’t and hone your focus on successful strategies and throw in a novel strategy every now and then.

Do you advertise and market offline?  What are your thoughts about off line promotion?  Do you have any ways to promote your business offline to share?