Tuesday, 31 August 2010


If you are a regular reader of my blog, you'll be aware that I rarely pay for any advertising. I've decided to make a wee change and a couple of weeks ago I joined handmadespark.com

So what is it?
In as few words as possible, "It’s a blog about the handmade scene. It’s also a site where we provide social marketing and a search engine optimized directory, mini-sites and product pages all for Etsy sellers. Handmade Spark helps you with the business side of things enabling you to focus more on designing and creating and to get more out of your selling and marketing efforts."

I've got a MySpark mini site which looks pretty good.

And the burning question, has it helped sales? increased traffic?
Well I'm not too clever with my GA but my traffic is up 75%. So maybe it has helped, maybe something else is working. But I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt for a couple of months and see how it goes.


  1. Thanks for sharing! I'm handmade spark follower but didn't know about the mini sites. I think this could be helpful :)

  2. Wow, for the price you pay, that's an amazing return. Your jewelry is beautiful, honestly, I bet you rarely NEED to advertise, but it's nice to know for that small fee that you can really improve your visibility.

  3. thanks for the tip, will check it out...I avoid paid ads also - have been stung in the past!

  4. thank you! I'll try and suss out my GA and see if it's worth it :)