Guys, I've come to a serious decision. I'm going to be letting all my listings in both of my Etsy shops expire, last one ends in late Jan. I'm not going to close them but leave forwarding info (shh don't tell the Nazis) after the SEO mess up my sales there have almost disappeared. I never really promoted my Etsy shops like I do my Artfire shops but I'm surprisingly unique enough that people tend to find me a few times a month every month since I started Aug. '08. But I haven't made a sell at Etsy since mid Sept and my views have almost stopped when I was getting several new views and hearts almost every day a few months ago without any effort on my part. Splitting my time between two sites is a lot but mainly I don't want to confuse my local customers by sending them to 2 different sites when Artfire is so much better for me at least.
Also on a more personal (slightly evil bitter note) I found something on Etsy which sealed the deal for me. A particular shop there (no names) opened a few months after me, sells feather jewelry which (in my biased opinion) is more primitive, less imaginative, smaller selection and she frigging takes 2 pic with the earrings obviously lying on her couch, wtf??????? And she was FEATURED!!!!! in the DOURKE, storke, stourge, however you friggin spell it a few months ago and now her views are crazy and her sales are double mine.
To be clear I'm not jealous of her, she may be perfectly nice and deserving of success but I'm pissed at Etsy for ignoring their own "rules" of pro pics/listings/ etc and featuring a shop which is in my opinion not top quality. Not saying it should be me but it should definitely not be her. But if she's being featured only because of who she knows and not her talent/product then I'm not wasting another dime there.
(I mean at least her inside friend should have nudged her saying, "Hey, hon what don't you upgrade those pics before I feature you, okeydokey?) That just makes Etsy look as stupid as they obviously are, duh.
whew, rant over....