22 June 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 6-14-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of June 14, 2013?

> You will notice several spots in the newsletter that draw attention to Marketing Opportunities available to all. I am trying to find these as I travel about the guilds and web to provide you guys with opportunities to get more exposure. As well as I am trying to link this blog to your items to give you some of those wonderful backlinks. If you have some that I need to know about, please send them to me, so I can include them. Eventually, I will set up a little section on here for them.

-- New Members - We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild




No products to date, but coming soon!






- The Checked In Today! Guild is 186 strong.- Please remember to check in daily using the Check in button on the My Artfire page. It is on the left hand side and is blue until you click it, then it turns orange. It is good for 24 hours and is part of this guild's membership requirements.

If you wonder why our numbers seem to never move, it is because we will have 10 new members and then seven who never check back in again and disappear. I remove them after they have been gone a week or so. I recently needed to remove a few members who have not checked back in since they joined. I am not sending warnings to folks. Those who have not come back into their studios over 1 week without a vacation notice are being removed from the guild. They may rejoin when they are able to commit to checking in.

-- New Collections-
Here are the latest collections from your fellow guild members. Take a few moments to rate, comment and share these great collections. Making collections is time consuming and the more views these artists get, the more exposure your guild and your studio gets.

Inspiration by Eugene Crafted Jewellery

Inspired by Nature by The Mushroom's Door All Stars by SewAmazin Ring Me Up Sometime, Will Ya? by Shadow Dog Designs It's Hip to be Square by Shadow Dog Designs Yellow and Green with a Tad Bit of Blue by Luvncrafts

If you have NOT made a collection for the guild lately, it would be very much appreciated if you would create one or two that only have Checked in Today! Guild  members in it. Also, if you ARE making collections, PLEASE post them in the forum thread, so I can share them for you.

-Reminder: Please post your collections on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted. Here is the thread to post on -
http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2887   If you do not post your guild collections on the guild forum, I do not always see them and cannot give you recognition for your collection.

Please NOTE: We are posting under a thread for the month, so we can find the new collections easier. Also, there is now a NON-Guild thread for all your other collections. Please ONLY post the guild collections with only guild members under the monthly thread. Confused? Just yell and we will help.

Need help posting a collection to the guild forum? Here is a How To thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1661
Please feel free to post your NON-Guild collections to this thread, so we can stop by and help you promote. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877
Post your June guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2887
Stop by and see some really great non-guild collections that are deserving of 5 Stars.

What is a collection and how do I make one?

If you need a comprehensive guide to making a collection, posting a collection and sharing a collection, I have written a tutorial blog post with pictures to help you.http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2012/05/so-you-want-to-make-collection.html

- Success Stories – send us yours, both big and small, and we will feature it on the Checked In Today! Blog – we want to hear from you. Success stories always encourage everyone around them.

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

> Just Because by AddaPtations – non-guild

> Let There be Lights by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> The Fan Theme by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> A Trip to the Aquarium by Evezbeads  - non-guild

> Soft Blue by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Shabby Chic Dinner Party by The Mushroom’s Door – non-guild

----- Wow, you guys are awesome!

~ Artfire Daily Email

-- New Blog Posts

- Stop by the Checked In Today! Blog and read the latest posts. You will find these new posts on the blog this week.
> The Checked in Today! newsletter for last week is the only updated post for this week.


-- Checked in Today! guild forum updates:

Heard around the forum this week:

> Lacey of Sew-Full introduced herself and requested information how to best go about getting acclimated to Artfire. A perfect time to remind people that if you are from Etsy, things are different here.

Read this first, If you're from etsy.

Artfire is different than Etsy, so you need a whole new mindset. This is closer to a standalone website than a community of sellers.  You are found through Internet searches more than searches within Artfire. That is why Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is so darn important. You must write it like your customers would search for it. Here are some Artfire links to help you with SEO.
Introduction to SEO
How to improve your SEO on Artfire
SEO Keyword Research

Use your titles to load up your keywords and repeat them in the first part of your descriptions. The title is what you would think your customer would look  for when searching. “Brown Shoes Size 6” “Caramel Brown Clogs Womens Size 6”

Write your descriptions as if you have no photos and take your photos as if you have no description.

The Copy Writing Workshop

Tony wrote this: Photography Q&A.
Google will eventually crawl your studio, so it will take some time to see traffic from the net. In the meantime, jump in and promote, promote, promote on Facebook, Pinterest, Wanelo, Twitter and make collections.

> Handsomely Hotheaded is having a 30% off sale on all her fingerless gloves, plus all her studio items.

> If you want to see your posts here, then you have to post them in the guild forum. I try to gather information from all the areas that we use, but if there are no posts or collections then I cannot help you.

-- Facebook Hilights

- Facebook Checked In Today! page is filled with activity and you might find these outstanding posts worth reading. If you have not joined the Facebook group, come on over and join us! If you share your latest creations and blog postings with us, we can get them into the newsletter grabbing you some extra backlinks.
- Meet new members, see the latest collections, discuss the advantages of marketing and learn about Chatterbox forum posts by staff.

Here are the latest Facebook posts that the members have posted. Everyone is welcome to post on our Facebook group, if you do not have Facebook, then post in the guild forum. Again, if I cannot see it, I cannot report it to the group.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions discovered how to use YouTube to make a marketing video in slideshow format. According to sources, YouTube is a viable marketing tool for most businesses.

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared her latest creations.


> Nat of Adore by Nat shared some of her latest creations.


> Nancy of Jazz It Up with Designs by Nancy added some new posts to her studio.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations posted some new survival bracelets.

> Susan of Susan Knits shared some of her knitting books.


> Pam of Pamelas Beads posted a butterfly pendant. Red, white and blue, just in time for the 4th of July.

> Lee of Strega Jewelry posted her latest not quite all guild members collection.


> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted two new bangle bracelets that have not been added to her studio.


> Connie of Grapevine Glass showed off her latest glass earrings.

> Jennifer of Forevers Memories shared her latest handmade cards.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared one of her new glass pendant necklaces.




------Marketing Opportunity ---------

> Melissa of Melissa’s Handycrafts is hosting a blog hop for handmade folks, not just Artfire. This will take place on the weekend of July 5-7, and she has quite a few signed up already. If you would like to participate in getting and sharing more studio exposure, then talk to Melissa. Her Artfire studio address is: http://www.melissashandycrafts.com/ and she can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/daisymdc?hc_location=stream  It looks like it will be a great event. Here is the link to the shops participating. https://www.facebook.com/notes/melissas-handycrafts/shop-hop-participants/531982660194519 

> Martha Stewart annual Made in America contest has opened up to nominations. Nominate someone you know who is America made or nominate yourself.


> Facebook Group SRAJD (Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SRAJD/

> Facebook Group Beads, Beads and More Beads https://www.facebook.com/groups/237101492987313/

> Facebook Group Support Handmade Home Businesses in the USA https://www.facebook.com/groups/486111751428429/


------ Know any Facebook or guild group that we should list here? Let me know and I will add it to the list.

> Great Reads from the Group:

https://www.facebook.com/makerhouse.org  - Vanessa is getting ready to be interviewed regarding the Maker House, which now headquarters Artfire.

> Adore by Nat posted her latest blog about a party! http://adorebynat.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-fairy-series-2.html

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions added a new blog post: http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/06/leave-potting-soil-in-shed.html?spref=fb

> Linda of Steider Studios shared her blog post regarding the way that she created this beautiful bird bath.


> Pam of Pebbles at my Feet posted a great blog post regarding her favorite: Chrysocolla

Post your June guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2887
Post your non-guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877
Please take a few minutes to click on the collections and tweet the sale items for your fellow guild members.
They will return the favor, which will increase sales for everyone.
-Your membership in this guild is greatly appreciated and it will help all of us be successful at something we love.

Disclaimer: This bulletin is compiled from things posted by members around the guild forum, Facebook and blog, so if you do not see something you feel I
missed, just let me know and I will update the post. I try and keep up with everyone, but I do miss things.
Julie and Blu


  1. I'm always incredibly impressed with your dedication to our CKDIN group - thank you so much Julie, again, for all that you do :)

  2. Such great collections and creations by our members. As always, thanks for putting this together!

  3. Wonderful reading, once again, Julie. I gave all newbies to "Checked In Today" a view on their items. Welcome to all! I also enjoyed looking at your YouTube bead video. Drool!

  4. One great blog post about the Guild this week, Julie!

  5. Thank you for the updates, Julie. I appreciate your hard work in putting all these together, on a weekly basis. Thank YOU!

    Adorebynat - Handmade Party Decorations and Stationery

  6. I finally had a chance to stop by … visit our new members … catch up *and* review. :) And today I'll be catching up on posting the June collections to our FB page.
    And yes ~ thanks for this great update!

  7. Loved your update! Thanks for all your hard work!

  8. I love the new bangles!

    I can't open the video... internet dragging...

    Thank you for posting this!

    Guess I had better make a ckdin collection and find the thread of where to post it. Just did one for AFPP guild and posted it this morning


  9. I finally had a chance to stop by and study this week's update. Lots of great information and inspiration in this post! Thank you!

  10. Julie you are truly Super woman I do not know how you do it all. :) Thank you for another wonderful update :)


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