Monday, July 19, 2010

Artfire 45 Day Guide to Success - Weeks 1 and 2

Artfire introduced its 45 Day Guide to Success in the beginning of July. It literally is a day by day guide for setting up your shop and the steps to truly get you on your way to success. Just by its title, it lets a new seller know a successful shop is not going to happen in a week or even 2. Success is never guarenteed but this guide can get you started. Links to guides and tips further information is given in the guide

It's a bit of a read, 45 days broken up day by day takes some time to go through. Reading it does need to be taken in small bites. It is broken down by to make reading a little easier. I'm just going to go over the key points week by week and not every day. I like that 1 or 2 "Work days" are built in each week,these are days devoted just to your craft and not working on Artfire. 

 This week is all about getting registering and getting set up. By the end of day 1, you should have all of your information in, set up paypal and try listing your first time. The links to all basic guides for SEO, photography and selling tips are given. Since many of the guides have been expanded on and updated in the Artfire Help Guides forums, these links get you to the most up to date information.

Getting your studio set up means getting a banner and selecting a color theme as well. If you want to make your own banner, Sara has a guide for making a banner. You can also buy one from one of the sellers on Artfire.

One feature I wasn't aware of, live and learn, is a test store, just to practice making a sale, so you know the process in case you personally hadn't purchased from Artfire, so you can know the customer's side of the transaction.

By the end of the week, your store should be set up, with a full page of items and then you should introduce yourself to the Artfire community in the forums and make about 5 posts that first day. A daily checklist is introduced on the last day with a to-do list for each day.

This week really focuses on using social media to reach and touch the rest of the world. You have to let the rest of the world know you're out there.

The first is setting up a blog, it's suggested even if you use an outside blog that you still add to your Artfire blog as well, even if it's a tidbit here and there. You'll probably get more non-Artfire exposure with an off-site blog. 

If you haven't already, get set up on Facebook and Twitter. Set up a business page on Facebook as well as your profile. You'll also want to set up your media hub on Artfire so people can find those sites.

This week, you will also start setting up categories for your studio, since according to the to-do list, you should be adding 10-15 items this week. Add a work day and that will bring you to the end of week 2.

 I'll be honest, I never could come close to listing this many items in a week, the ultimate goal is to get to at least 100 items in these 45 days. Yes it's ambitious but without goals, you would get nowhere. Click here for week 3 and 4  and weeks 5-7

1 comment:

Jewelry by Andrea said...

I already have my site set up but this is great information. I look forward to reading through and seeing what steps I've missed.