Don’t feel overwhelmed or daunted by the thought of marketing on the internet. Applications have changed so much over the years … When I first dabbled in internet marketing, I needed to work with a computer techie who knew html (computer language) and knew all the ins and outs of the internet. Thank goodness, that is no longer the case. Most people who know how to operate a computer and how to access the internet can have their own website.
Of course, free sites are the best way to start your internet presence! Following is a list of my favorite way to generate a get website (with built in traffic) for costs that are next-to-nothing:
• Etsy is probably the oldest and most well known artisans/crafters web market! Etsy was founded in June 2005 to “enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.”
Etsy gives producers and crafters a platform to add their own “store” of products to consumers looking for unique products. Their fees are minimal, but their support and exposure are overwhelming!
To find out more about Etsy, check out their Etsy Sellers Handbook which gives links to step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own Etsy Store.
• Artfire, another of my favorite web markets, was founded in 2008. According to their website, “ArtFire was built as a marketplace for artisans by artisans to celebrate the unique individuality of artists and crafters around the globe.”
Like Etsy, Artfire features individual sites by producers and crafters to market their products. No fees are charged for a basic site and you may upgrade your membership for only $12/month!
Once you create your log in, Artfire lists a How To section for help you get started.
Although, there are more sites like Etsy and Artfire on the web, but these two are my personal favorites for marketing crafts (or craft supplies) on the internet.
If you are looking for an option that is a bit more personal, check out my post next week on blogging.