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Selling handmade items online - what title should I choose?


So you want to sell your handmade items online? Well, apart from actually making a quality item in the first place and taking a really good photo of it, the next most important thing is a REALLY GOOD TITLE. This really IS where most crafters fail so here is a big tip for you. If you were looking ...
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Posted on: 30/03/2014
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List handmade items for free. New service.


We are proud to announce the start of a new FREE LISTING service on MyOwnCreation. Anyone can now list handmade items for free in our new trial. The trial will last from now until Christmas but if its successful could be continued indefinitely. Anyone with a zero credits balance can list an i...
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Posted on: 24/09/2013
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Is your MyOwnCreation Shop working for you?


OK, so you have created a shop on MyOwnCreation, you have bought some credits or signed up for the Seller Pro option, listed some items and you are ready to go... The shop is easy enough to set up, just tick the Your Shop box and everything you have listed that has not expired magically appears i...
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Posted on: 28/07/2013
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What is the best title to use to get my handmade item listed on Google?


Search engines and Google in particular are massive and essential players in the game of internet marketing. With so many people listing and selling items online it is vital that your item stands out against the rest. Google (and other search engines) is all about words. Before you set about a ti...
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Posted on: 04/02/2013
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Art Classes and Craft Workshops - New Service


A little while ago one of our sellers suggested that we offer a service advertising art classes and craft workshops to our visitors. We thought that was a good idea so busied ourselves to the task.

Craft Workshops

Today, we are please to announce the arrival of a new page on the MyOwnCrea...
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Posted on: 16/01/2013
Comment  Tags: Craft Workshops, craft for kids, craft holidays, craft courses, craft classes, art classes, drawing classes


Changes to the MyOwnCreation email out system


Many people will know that spam is a big problem but I bet not many people know that there is a body out there that polices it! A bit like a credit agency; they keep a check on all ISPs to see if they are allowing SPAM through their system. If they find that too SPAM mail is getting through they hav...
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Posted on: 11/01/2013
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Where can I sell my handcrafted jewellery?


Where can I sell my handcrafted jewellery? This and where can I sell my handmade.... anything comes up time and time again and is a question we are very well placed to answer. MyOwnCreation really IS a great place to start when you have a questi...
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Posted on: 04/01/2013
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Why Website Links are Important to Ranking Well


Website links are still important to ranking well.

If keywords get you on Googles guest list, then links get you a VIP all-access pass to search engines. Why are links important? Google wants to rank popular sites and there is no better measure of popularity than how many other websites are ...
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Posted on: 02/01/2013
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More categories equals more sales for handmade gifts?


Categories for handmade gifts can be confusing

Handmade gifts come in all shapes and forms and as varied as cards, jewellery, knitting and art.... to name but a few. The list can go on and on but most websites dedicated to helping people sell their handmade items have to draw the line s...
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Posted on: 29/12/2012
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Handmade Rings feature highly in Google searches.


According to research just carried out by MyOwnCreation to find out about the latest "handmade" searches on Google, we found that people have searched for "Rings" 204,000 times in the last 3 months! Next to searches for 'Jewelry' 304,000 , 'Rings' are the second most searched for handmade items w...
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Posted on: 28/12/2012
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Creating Special Scented Candles with Soy Wax


Creating your personal soy candles is generally a extremely rewarding experience. Some individuals do it like a hobby and just for the fun of it. Others do it in making some cash on the side. Candles make wonderful gifts and when placed around the house, they produce a nice warm atmosphere. And when...
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Posted on: 28/12/2012
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Art UpCycled


Why This? Why Now? When I was introduced to the term upcycling in recent years, I realized immediately that it described what I had been doing since a very young age! Turning fruit crates into coffee tables, doors into headboards, or wooden logs into dinner tables, was not simply dcor born out o...
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Posted on: 26/07/2012
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10 Ways To Improve Your MyOwnCreation Craft Shop.


The handmade crafts market in UK is set to boom in the next few years! How do we know this?
Given that, whatever happens in the USA will eventually arrive over here in Europe at some time and according to the statistics of a very large U.S. craft selling website, in September 2011, th...
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Posted on: 25/06/2012
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Pinterest for art, craft and jewellery?


First of all what is Pinterest? Pinterest is a social networking and publishing site which uses photos to display what is of interest to the person posting it. Simply, its a social networking site without all the chat! Is Pinterest going to be any good for artists and crafters? Ab...
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Posted on: 10/06/2012
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The Growth in the Handmade Market in 2012


2012 has seen a staggering increase in the number of art, crafts and handmade gifts being brought onto the market place.

MyOwncreation has been collecting stats from various sources on the internet since 2006 when the number of hits to the website could be counted in the hundreds. We h...
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Posted on: 11/04/2012
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Boost your craft listings online - Bookmarking via Twitter


Social media networking is now so important that it is almost essential to belong to one. There are now lots to choose from but of course the most dominant are Twitter and Facebook. For anyone who makes craft items to sell and lists them online, then one of their best FREE marketing tools is to b...
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Posted on: 09/01/2012
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How to make handmade candles in your own home


Thanks to Crafty Candles for this image. Working with wax as a hobby can be fun and profitable, as they can make beautiful, yet inexpensive gifts at anytime of year. Candle making is not difficult for a beginner to learn as it only requires little creativity and some spare time. No great skill is...
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Posted on: 11/01/2011
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Selling handmade gifts online can make you money.


Selling, at the best of times, is difficult. Even when you are an expert. By its very nature, selling handmade goods is even more difficult because of the small scale of the operation. To make a success of selling anything, all the tools available must be employed to the best advantage otherwise sal...
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Posted on: 23/12/2010
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Handmade news, Your Art and Craft News And Articles - WANTED!


We are seriously looking for handmade news and comment to add to the news area to keep the handmade market up to date and make it more interesting for the general crafting community in general. Our aim is to make this a serious hub for all manner of content that will be of interest to artists and cr...
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Posted on: 17/12/2010
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Sell Your Handmade Crafts Online


This is an article written for press release and updated in Dec 2012. 2012 update: There has been a massive rise in the number of people making and selling handmade crafts and rather surprisingly, this has also been matched by a similar increase is sales. A large company specializing in handmade ...
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Posted on: 01/02/2010
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MyOwnCreation - Bookmarking


The explosion of bookmarking sites in recent years is highlighting the importance of spreading the word about the sites you visit. For people who add their handmade gifts to sites like MyOwnCreation in an effort to sell them ought to seriously consider bookmarking their own items on social networ...
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Posted on: 31/01/2010
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New! Members Control Panel


We have just added a new control panel to the MyOwnCreation website which we are sure will allow all members to contol their listing much more easily. The control panel is currently in BETA testing but should work correctly in all instances. Known problems will be added to this newsletter so memb...
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Posted on: 02/01/2010
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Make money from your art and craft skills this Christmas.


Christmas is nearly with us again and the search begins for gifts as usual. But this year it's different! There is a credit crunch and money is tight. Handmade goods provide very good quality and are generally cheaper than on the high street. Could buying handmade goods off the internet be the answe...
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Posted on: 11/10/2009
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Selling Handmade Gifts and Crafts in the recession.


The recession has caused many people to look to their own skills in order to make a few extra pennies to help make ends meet. Making things by hand and selling them was the norm right up to the 1950's when consumerism started to take a hold on our society. Since then, it appears that it is easier to...
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Posted on: 09/08/2009
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Business Opportunity for you!


This website and the internet business behind it is FOR SALE. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT REMAINS FULLY OPERATIONAL AND IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. We are looking for a genuine buyer for the MyOwnCreation website as we find we no longer have time to do the site justice. There is fantastic p...
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Posted on: 11/01/2009
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Items now get listed on Google!


From mid July, all new items listed on MyOwnCreation will also be available for viewing in Google searches. We have now released the individual record for each item to the Google database and people searching for items will be able to access the details directly. This will have a two fold adva...
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Posted on: 28/07/2008
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FREE Craft Fair Diary listing service starts.


In a continued effort to attract more members and customers to the MyOwnCreation website, we have started a new, FREE service. The Craft Fair Diary. The diary is free for anyone to add details of an event that they either know about or are organising. There is no restriction on the size of the...
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Posted on: 19/05/2008
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Juleswap joins MyOwnCreation


We are pleased to announce that Juleswap, a website dedicated to the sale of handcrafted jewellery (www.juleswap.co.uk) has now joined with MyOwnCreation. The union of these two sites has been welcomed by the MyOwnCreation team who expect to see a larger slice of the arts and crafts market. This wi...
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Posted on: 25/04/2008
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New Wholesale service started.


We are very pleased to announce that we have started a new service for shops and other card sellers to buy handmade greeting cards in bulk at wholesale prices. There is little difference to the way a seller has to list an item which remains much the same as it always was. There is just a simple t...
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Posted on: 20/04/2008
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New Credit System goes live.


After a short delay, the new credit system has finally gone live. The introduction of the credit system was brought about by 'observations' from members that the need to transfer to the PayPal site each time they bought an optional extra was inefficient and time wasting. The new system allows mem...
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Posted on: 25/10/2007
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Handmade Cards for Christmas


Do you make Handmade Greeting Cards? Then get ready for Christmas by listing as many as you can on this site. Handmade Cards are growing in popularity and always in demand at Christmas. We want our selection of handmade cards to be the very best on the web because the wider the selection, the mor...
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Posted on: 03/10/2007
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July Stats


As expected, things are slowing down slightly over the summer months. July shows decrease in visitors but not by as many as expected. In contrast to that, the number of live records has continued to grow. A live record is one that is 'Approved' and in date (not expired). Live at end July: 997 ...
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Posted on: 09/08/2007
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Site Stats - June


June continued to see an increase in the traffic to the site dispite it being the holiday season. There were also a number of issues related to image loading which have now been overcome. These are the stats for June from our matrixstats server: Searches : 9053 Sessions :...
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Posted on: 06/07/2007
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Latest News - July


MyOwnCreation - July Newsletter The new image loading system is working well (thankfully). We did eventually identify that it was some rogue photographs that were the culprit. Someone had managed to load some non .jpg images which do not work well on websites. There are still quite a few peopl...
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Posted on: 06/07/2007
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Website Updates


We have been busy adding little features to the website to help improve it and make things easier. Most of them will have gone un-noticed but there are some which will be worth pointing out here: 1. We now have a PREFERRED PAYMENT option in the EDIT area of each item. Once completed, this will be...
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Posted on: 19/06/2007
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Site Stats


To help advertisers make up their mind we have decided to put together some interesting facts and stats about MyOwnCreation: Launched Feb 2007. Total Sessions Served 14990 Average Hits Per Session 18 Average Page Hits Per Session 3 Average Session Duration 213s Average Transfer/Session...
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Posted on: 23/05/2007
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New service for MyOwnCreation.


We have started a new service on the MyOwnCreation website to keep everyone up to date with news and events. Are you having trouble loading your image? We have noticed that there has been a high number of items added without an image. This is obviously very impractical as potential buyers will wa...
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Posted on: 21/05/2007
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