Friday, January 22, 2010

Is it Relevant?

Yesterday Etsy Admins decided to do a site wide live experiment of a new search based on relevancy instead of recency. One thing I noted: big name popular sellers had a drastic drop in views and sales, little known small less popular sites, like mine, experienced a rise in views and sales. (I had higher views.) The current recency search strongly favors those with bigger budgets to renew and relist, I am wholeheartedly in favor of a search that rotates sellers so everyone has a chance. The experiment was a failure really because title and material stuffing won the day and hogged the first several pages all day of any search. They need to work on it, but that was understood from the start. I think they are on the right track. Most importantly, misstagging needs to be addressed.

7 comments:

jinx1764 said...

interesting.....

etco said...

I totally agree!

Nevita said...

I agree its good idea, if it's working properly. They need time. I think big sellers lost money for this try.

2 Virgos Designs said...

yes, and small less popular sellers seeemed to have done well, actually made some sales for a change. I saw quite a few VERY happy small sellers on the forums today.

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

i didn't take the time to read all the brouhaha in the forums, but i'm all for giving everyone a fair shot-if implemented properly.

i couldn't agree more that tag abuse is rampant. i don't know which i hate worst-tag abuse or 25-word item titles

Audrey said...

Well, they definitely have to figure something out. The little guys really have no chance there, unless you want to spend a lot of money advertising. I can't afford it.
Oh - do you have a button for your shop?

2 Virgos Designs said...

HI Patrice!
Hi Audrey! Yes, the ones complaining about the relevancy search are the big sellers. It levels the playing field. What button is that?