Sooo, I started a forum thread on etsy to organize allll the ways that we can promote our shops outside of etsy.
Thank you everyone for sharing and commenting!
Here is the organized list, feel free to add your comments, I will update the list every once in a while for new ideas/sites to promote!
Enjoy and happy promoting!
1.Twitter - a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages. http://twitter.com/
2.Facebook - a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. http://www.facebook.com/
3.Flicker - an online photo management and sharing application, where you can show off your favorite photos and videos to the world. http://www.flickr.com/
4.Blog - a tool that enables you to easily share your thoughts,photos,videos with the world. You can publish your blog with: http://www.blogger.com/home
http://wordpress.org/ and more..
5. We love etsy - A social network for people who love Etsy. Create your own page and share your photos, videos, blogs, join groups, post on the forums and more..http://etsylove.ning.com/
6.Google Base - a place where you can easily submit all types of online and offline content, which will make it searchable on Google. http://base.google.com/base/?gsessionid=FzW7TUeBZbXmpLdn6jnqmw
7.Craftgawker - a gallery where anyone can showcase their art, crafting and photography skills.
(Read this helpful forum thread about craftgawker:
8. Leave a business card trail wherever you go. Give your relatives/friends your business cards and let them spread the word about your shop.
(Read this forum thread : http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6036202 )
10. HotFrog – An online business directories which helps customers find businesses and businesses to find customers. http://www.hotfrog.com/
11. Picasa - a software download from Google that helps you organize, edit, and share your photos. It's free, and easy to use. http://picasa.google.com/
12. Yammi – Where you can add your shop to their directory http://www.yaami.com/add-shop/
and a place where you can plug an item http://www.yaami.com/add-plug/
13. Trunkt - A site that features collection of beautiful art. You can create your own portfolio and submit photos, but you need to be accepted by trunkt. http://www.trunkt.org/
14. Soopsee - where you can turn your etsy shop into a website http://www.soopsee.com/
15. Adding your URLs to your email signature
16. Advertising on a popular blog
Feel free to add more!
Thank you :)