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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My Daily Coffee & Promote Checklist

Without a doubt getting your name out there is one of the biggest and most difficult parts of online selling (well selling in general). As I approach my one year anniversary of online selling (yay) I've been trying to get a daily checklist together of things I should do to promote and decided sharing my list may help others as well. Everyday I try to get up at 8:00am and usually drink coffee until about 10:00am. Originally I would just spend this time responding to e-mails and browsing the web, but I have found that these 2 hours can be much better spent. So here is what I do or want to do every morning while I drink my coffee to help bring more exposure to my shops(at the moment I am really focused on promoting my Artfire studio so many of these will refer to Artfire). *NOTE* One HUGE piece of advice: Do NOT spam other members! When I say "write on someones wall" or "comment on their page" talk to them, don't just say something to promote your shop.

Plurk/Twitter - (I do both but most of my attention goes to plurk). Stop in and say "Hi!", talk to a few people, then if the timing is good drop a link. DO NOT just post links. That will just irritate people and most likely lose you friends/followers.

Stumble Upon 1 Artfire Artisan or Item--not your own! Not only is it just a nice thing to do, but bringing traffic to the site in general brings traffic to you.

IndiePublic - Welcome, compliment, or just say "Hi!" to 2-3 members. If you have photos try to upload a photo a day to your IndiePublic.

1000Markets - Write on 2-3 other members' walls/blogs.

ByHand - Join in atleast 1 forum thread, comment on a blog post, and comment on a spotlight. If time permits create a spotlight promoting other sellers.

Artfire - Post in the "Item of the Day" thread (if you need help posting a picture see here: How To Post An Image).

Blogger - Reply to atleast 3 other bloggers' posts.

Etsy or Artfire - If time permits try and help out someone with a question in the Etsy or Artfire Forums.

This is just the beginning of my daily checklist. As I start to get into the habit of doing all of these I hope to add much more. If anyone else has suggestions for the morning checklist I would love to hear it! As always best of luck to everyone! Thanks for reading =)

-3z

8 comments:

WillOaks Studio said...

That's a great list! I've been doing some of these odds and ends, but to make myself a kind of CHECK list!! Great Idea! I can't add to yours right now...except that squeezing in time for some graphic design work in order to dive into "Project Wonderful" and other ad venues seems never ending, too...time I'm NOT at the bench working on new stuff! Somehow, we have to find the time to "do it all."
--Karen

flowerchild79 said...

That is an awesomely bright idea for yourself and great advice for others! Thanks for the tips,you seem to have all of this down and you are a great resource of info.

Julia said...

awesome!!! love it!

smiss00.etsy.com said...

Sounds like a great list! I wish I had the time to do all this, but I think I should try to do most of this list over the weekends (starting next weekend, cause this weekend is busy with visiting family).

Kudos!

libertydoll said...

I love the idea of a checklist. I kind of have one but sometimes I find it hard to stick to it. Thank you for sharing your ideas

BeachyRustica said...

I'd add that if you make a treasury Spotlight, you may find it posted at http://found-handmade.blogspot.com or http://byhandgallery.blogspot.com

Either will get you extra exposure with a curator link back to your artisan directory entry, and both will tweet your Spotlight to a large number of people!

Lanee' said...

this is a good list- i think i'll be referring to it when i feel a brain fart coming on about what to do to network. =-)

glassidentities said...

Great post... I have a different set of things I do... I am not on some of those places but am on others.. same ideas though.. I love the idea of making a list... I always seem to forget where I have been and what I have done or get caught up in one area and then run out of time. Thanks for sharing :)