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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bring Yourself to the Next Level: Giveaways, Feedburner, and More Colors!

THERE IS A WAY small paperweight by paperannie
It's amazing how much information can be found about SUCCESS and how you can get yourself there!  Yes, it takes work.  Yes, it takes time.  But, everyday I find something new that will help me take my blog, my shop, my craft, my soul to the forefront.  I'm not looking for success overnight, but I am looking for success.  Let me share a couple of great things I've discovered in the last couple of days.

First, a great way to bring traffic to your blog is by hosting a giveaway.  Handmadeology has just posted a great article with  tips on  how to host a giveaway on your blog including links to directories that will get your blog noticed!
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The article also mentions feedburner, which I had never heard of.  Upon googling the word, I discovered that feedburner is an advanced feed management technology that helps bloggers, podcasters, and commercial publishers get more value from the content they create.  It provides custom RSS feeds and tools for bloggers.  I attached feedburner to my blog last night, and so far, it's pretty self-explanatory, but if you have trouble I found a  great tutorial for feedburner  in the etsy forums  by contrariwise.

In my August 11 post about September merchandising I included etsy's list of hot colors for fall.  Now I've got Pantone's Fall 2010 color Guide. 
Aren't these colors lovely?  I've already starting designing and listing bracelets in these fabulous colors, although I'm not sure people are going to be using the search words "woodbine", "golden glow", and "chocolate truffle".  This is a great guide for color reference and popularity, but I'm sticking to Wikipedia's Color Guide when it comes to descriptions for my shop on etsy.

Here are a couple of bracelets I've just listed using these hot colors for fall!

Cranberry Maize Bracelet by soulenergy

This Cranberry Maize Bracelet has deep rich earth tones, with reds, yellows, and browns in 2mm and 4mm glass beads. Cranberry Maize also features 6mm-14mm fancy glass in the same luscious colors. Simply fabulous and perfect for autumn!

Maize and Mahogany Glass Bracelet by soul energy
Maize and Mahogany includes the mustards (maize) and earthtones (mahogany) that will be popular in the fall.  And I have added a camel (oyster gray) glass bead on each end.  I hope this tagging helps bring me lots of sales!
Have a great week! 


  1. Great post. Thanks for the Wikipedia color link. :)

  2. That cranberry maize bracelet id brilliant! love those rich autumnal colors.