Etsy Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

Miroslav Novohradsky
Design Nexus
Published in
4 min readJun 9, 2024


If you can, avoid these mistakes, and your Etsy shop will be on its way to awesomeness.

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Etsy is a great place to sell your handmade goods, vintage items, or digital products.

And I love this marketplace.

But, before you start building a business on this marketplace, there are some mistakes you might make that could hurt your shop.

Mistake 1: The “ice for penguins” mistake.

You know how when you’re looking for a new phone, you check out all the different ones to see which is best?

Well, it’s the same with your Etsy shop.

Some people just put up whatever they want to sell without checking if anyone wants to buy it.

That’s like trying to sell ice to a penguin!

Here’s what you do instead.

Use tools to find out what people are searching for on Etsy.

There are tools out there that can help you, like EverBee, Alura or eRank. These tools show you what’s hot and what’s not.

So, before you start selling, do your homework.

Trust me, it’ll save you a lot of “why isn’t anyone buying my stuff?” moments!

Mistake 2: The “dog’s…



Miroslav Novohradsky
Design Nexus

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