A great way to promote your shop/business is with widgets or mini stores! Many of the marketplaces have them- Etsy, Winkelf, Artfire, etc...
(if you know of more, please comment and let me know... I am not sure of all of the venues out there!)
anyway, I am hoping to create a featured section on my blog- Mommys Reviews- and post a variety of artists mini shops for either a week/or a month at a time- (I dont have all the details under control yet...)
so, here is an excerpt from my blog- Mommys Reviews at http://mommysreviewsyoucanuse.blogspot.com - If you are interested in participating (Yes, it's free!) then you can comment here with the information, or you can go to Mommy's Reviews and post the information there! I really hope to get the Mommys Mini Marketplace off the ground in the next two weeks! So, hurry and post! Plus, this will really be added promotion for your shop- I will feed it to twitter on a 6 hour interval, also post all new mini shops each week on Facebook, and it has a feed running to my website! Plus, I subscribe to multiple traffic exchanges and services for both My Mommys Reviews Blog and my website. All of this benefits you- so, join in the fun!
Here's the details from http://mommysreviewsyoucanuse.blogspot.com
"...As we have talked about previously, the Share the Love Series will be ongoing and updated weekly. As will the pursuit of handmade series which is my weekly blog entry! The Mommy's Mini Market contains all of my shops- but, my new FEATURE is Mommy's Mini Marketplace- which I hope to have up and running in the next week or so... Here is the deal for this: If you are a handmade artisan and you want to promote your items/shops- you can do so here! I would like to feature 3-4 mini shops (or widgets) each week (or month)! All you have to do is- sign up! Just leave me a comment with your shop URL, name, and email. I will choose 3-4 shops for this first feature, then contact the shop owners. The shop owners will send me the code for their mini shops I will post the mini marketplace. One catch, however, is that the online shops must have a mini/window, etc. I know that etsy, winkelf, artfire, and fuzz b offer this free service- but, as for other marketplaces, I am not sure! You will just have to ensure that your venue does offer this service.
My readers get a fantastic opportunity to browse a variety of shops with multiple modes of talent! Readers can shop directly from the blog or they can link to your shop and see all of your great products! This will give readers a chance to see all the fantastic items out there in the handmade marketplaces- not just the few items I may choose to feature! And this provides you (the shop owner) with one more link back, one more promotional tool, one more place where your name and products is being shouted out! You have to do absolutely nothing! I will tweet your shop's presence here, post it on my website, let my facebook followers know, etc!
I honestly believe in promoting and preserving the great talents out there! One of my biggest fears is that by the time my child is an adult, there were only be cheap, mass marketed products for him to enjoy. I want the future of handmade and artisan work to grow- I pray that individuals continue to express themselves and their creativity and that there continue to be a market that openly appreciates and receives these creations. So, I feel an ultimate obligation to do my part and shout to the world - Hey check these artists out! So, Mommys Mini Marketplace is just one more way I can do that! Problem is .... I need participants (you, the shop owner!)
So, if you are interested, comment with the needed information- and I hope to have this feature section up and running sometime next week!..."
If you have questions, ideas, or thoughts on how to get this up and moving, streamlined, or easier for the readers, let me know! Hope you join in and participate!