Writing a description for my first store.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:52:09 AM
I'm honestly stumped on this. It says to tell people about your store. How it got started and what's it's story. Huh?? In all honesty I don't know what to write. I can't think of any "story" to tell. Also does one have to become a premium member to open multiple stores? Sorry, I'm new to this and I'm still trying to figure all this out.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:41:33 AM
Just a little something about yourself and/or your art is fine. When I am browsing, the #1 thing I want to know is whether the person/stores' art is their own creation or sourced from somewhere. Such as - are they an artist who drew all those lovely bird designs themselves or are they public-domain Audubon prints they incorporated? For some reason it is really important to me to know if a shop is selling their own "hand made" art or art created from found material. But your store description can be anything you want to say and as brief as you want.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 8:39:29 AM
Write something short and simple. You can always change it, and as many times as you like as time goes on.

Personally, I don't care about the individual, just the art and whether or not I like it. However, liking it involves more than the design itself. If I recognize it as the work of someone else, I'm gone unless it's done as an artful combination or collage.

You can open additional stores right now, if you like. The only thing special or premium about those with Pro badges is bragging rights.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:24:38 AM
If you are stumped for a story, look at what you are uploading. There may be some theme.

For example:
-it's mostly art you made yourself offline, talk a little about that "I'm a painter interested in landscapes" etc.

-it's mostly photos you took yourself, where did you take them? Is it macro photography? Landscape photography? (That's what I did).

-it's mostly art you made yourself online (in Inkscape, Photoshop etc.), is there a theme? Animals? abstract art? fractals?

-it's mostly public domain art, is there a theme? did you dig up old civil war photos? Classical paintings? old WPA posters?

-it's mostly sayings and clip art, again, theme. Is it funny? political? religious?

If it's equally divided between many different formats and themes, you can always say a couple sentences quite literally about yourself, generally including your geographic location ("I live in Wisconsin and dabble in graphic art to escape the polar vortex").
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:57:10 AM
Because I'm all over the place artistically, I settled on the one thing I love for my story: color. It's just a few lines because it's been said that few customers actually land at our doorstep and then proceed to shop exclusively in our store. I believe them and thus also believe it's not something to stress over.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:24:04 AM
Colorwash wrote:
Because I'm all over the place artistically, I settled on the one thing I love for my story: color. It's just a few lines because it's been said that few customers actually land at our doorstep and then proceed to shop exclusively in our store. I believe them and thus also believe it's not something to stress over.


Doesn't the long description have something to be said for it though because it can help with SEO? I write it for humans but hope that search engines will pick up on some keywords as well.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:25:26 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Doesn't the long description have something to be said for it though because it can help with SEO? I write it for humans but hope that search engines will pick up on some keywords as well.

I've no proof of anything, but I have a gut feeling that our store descriptions may not be picked up by search engines. I imagine it doesn't hurt to go on the assumption that they are. Maybe I ought to add a little magic dust to my own.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:09:50 PM
Colorwash wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Doesn't the long description have something to be said for it though because it can help with SEO? I write it for humans but hope that search engines will pick up on some keywords as well.

I've no proof of anything, but I have a gut feeling that our store descriptions may not be picked up by search engines. I imagine it doesn't hurt to go on the assumption that they are. Maybe I ought to add a little magic dust to my own.


I have no idea either but I feel like better safe than sorry... I just pretended like people were going to flood into my shop and read every word... Laughing
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 3:35:31 PM
More is better except when seasoning meat loaf.
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 5:49:08 AM
Colorwash wrote:

I've no proof of anything, but I have a gut feeling that our store descriptions may not be picked up by search engines.


Every text in a web page - that is text, not image - is parsed by search engines.
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 11:39:56 AM
RetroVintageStore wrote:
Colorwash wrote:

I've no proof of anything, but I have a gut feeling that our store descriptions may not be picked up by search engines.


Every text in a web page - that is text, not image - is parsed by search engines.


Good news! that is what I thought.
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