Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Now for something positive!

I am seriously stoked about a new place I have found lately -- it's a handmade website called Art Fire. They seem like they took everything I dislike about Etsy and fixed it -- creating a whole website with a great search function and a fun atmosphere. The admins are very active and the whole place keeps getting better and better. I really like the people there.

You can bet your bippie that I'll be adding a whole schmeal of stuff to that site soon!

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

I did jump right in and buy a Verified Account badge -- they're offering around 4,000 more at the discounted price of $7 / month for the life of your membership. It entitles you to 10 pictures, a blog, access to the guilds and *so* much more! It's really not a bad cost when you think about it -- plus you get a Charter Member badge for your profile. Oh, and did I mention there are no fees? No listing, no selling, no fees at all. How refreshing!

If you do decide to join Art Fire and become verified, please let them know that you heard about it from me. Why? I'm not shy -- if I refer 10 people who become verified members, I'll get a free membership FOR LIFE. I think it's a great way of drumming up interest in a fledgling online venture. My link for referrals is below, or you can simply type in my user name: MadeByMoms.

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

Also, I have a new marketing and promotion site at My Craft. If you're on My Craft, come and be my friend!

Anyway, what do you think about Art Fire? Positives? Negatives? The traffic is low, but it's a new venture. I feel with the right amount of marketing and promotion, traffic will be up in a bit.

Comments? Discuss!


MNHDesigns said...

Love, love, love ArtFire! I just opened up shop there and although the views are low and no sales yet, I love the fact that I'm in on the ground floor of something that is going to be huge!

Made By Moms said...

MNH -- Thanks for the comment!

Actually, the funny part is that my views are *up* on Art Fire. My rainbow quilt has been listed on Etsy for three months and has received only 101 hits... I throw it up on Art Fire and get 48 hits since 11/26 !!! I love the search function that doesn't bury something if you don't re-up every single day.

I agree, as well, about the "ground-floor" mentality. I love the fact I'll be getting a "Charter Member" badge that'll last. I love that I can help contribute to a new community instead of trying to gain recognition in an older community who really doesn't like you.