The new Marmalead is Live!

The entire site is redesigned from the bottom up. I would love to tell you all about it… It’s even better to experience Marmalead for yourself though.

Thank you and things to come…

We’re ecstatic about our growing user base. Not just the quantity of users but how frequently all of you are coming back. We have several hundred users already with more signing up everyday. To put that in perspective, we only launched the first version a couple of months ago to a handful of Etsy groups.

Things that last start small. Facebook now a household name started as a small website for Harvard students. Soon they spread one Ivy League college at a time, perfecting their product meticulously as they slowly grew. They didn’t push to the entire world right from the beginning.

We’re not just another Etsy app here to hock a mediocre product to the masses. We’re building the premier Etsy tool for sellers that care as much about their shop as they do about their craft. We want you to spend more time on your craft and less on the necessary but less exciting clerical tasks like SEO and tagging listings. Building software is our craft; we start with a blank screen and build product from scratch. We love it and are honored to have you on this journey with us.

Here’s how you can join us in making Etsy the best marketplace it can be. When you encounter another seller looking for help getting found, point them in the right direction. Share your wisdom and tools with them. Give the advice you wish someone gave you when you first started out. It’s all too easy to get bad advice out there.


Are you making this mistake in your titles?


I like to browse around on Etsy and way too often I see titles that just make me wonder what the seller was thinking while writing it. I’m not doing anything special, I’m searching and browsing listings in grid view.

Why are these titles a mistake? Because out of context they don’t make any sense to me. They simply don’t convey a summary of the product.

They’re listed below. Notice how they have “…” at the end. This is literally what I see on the screen UNTIL I open the listing.

The problem is these titles don’t rope me in. If you want to very cleverly cut off the title in a “to be continued” sort of build of an anticipation, AWESOME! Otherwise, sell me with the part of the title I can see.

Not to mention that Etsy relevancy search is actually heavily weighted towards the words used in the first part of your title.

If you’re reading my list and thinking “Hey, that’s my listing!”, take it as a friendly critique.

I look at these titles and don’t have a clue what they are.

Tell me that I’m crazy, that clearly you know what each item is by just reading the title.

Absurd Title 1

Absurd Title 2

Absurd Title 3

Absurd Title 4

Absurd Title 6

Oh yeah and mobile only shows 22 characters vs the 31 you’re seeing in the listings above! If you haven’t heard, mobile was responsible for 53% of Etsy visits in 2014, up from 41% in 2013. 2015? You can bet it will be even higher.

Here’s how I browse and choose what to click:

  1. Pictures catch my interest. High quality, interesting setting, connects with me at some level.
  2. I glance down at the title. If it matches my expectations from the pictures and clearly tells me what it is, I’ll click it to learn more. If it looks spammy (clearly stuffing tags into it), isn’t immediately clear what it is, then I don’t click and move on.

Here’s how to write a good title…

  1. Think about your customer. What are they searching for when they’re in the market for your product?
  2. Make it very clear what you’re selling within the first 22 characters or you’ll miss out of mobile opportunities. I’m all about using the full relevancy potential of titles, but remember people come first. Sell me early. Plus the first part of your title is more relevant to search than the rest of it.
  3. Test your title for competition in Etsy. This is where I tell you Marmalead will make your life A LOT easier. Take a look at the listings that come up. Titles, tags, and thumbnails.
  4. Pick the best title which is a delicate balance between high relevancy, succinct description/interest , and reasonable competition. Remember, I have to find your item, and when I do, it has to catch my attention enough and be interesting enough for me to click it.

Hey! You mentioned Marmalead, what the heck is that?

Etsy SEO and good selling practices are very misunderstood. We fix that.

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