My First Month on Etsy: Selling Digital Backgrounds with AI

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Starting an Etsy store can be both exciting and challenging, especially when you’re diving into the world of AI-generated digital backgrounds. I didn’t actually reveal my niche in the video, but now you know.

In this article and in the video, I’ll share my experiences from the first month of running my Etsy store, the obstacles I faced, the successes I achieved, and the valuable lessons I learned along the way.

Watch the Video

For a more detailed look at my journey, check out my YouTube video below where I discuss my first month on Etsy selling digital backgrounds:

Getting Started

The idea of selling digital backgrounds on Etsy came to me after exploring various AI design tools. The potential to create unique, customizable products that appeal to a wide audience was incredibly appealing. Here’s how I got started:

  1. Research and Planning: I spent time researching the market, understanding what types of digital backgrounds were popular through the Everbee extension.
  2. Creating Digital Backgrounds: Using Midjourney, I designed created digital backgrounds, focusing on quality usable images, that customers could easily put people or pets into the image.
  3. Setting Up My Etsy Store: Honestly I kinda half assed the store to begin with and then tried to fix it up as I went along. I used Chat-gpt to create compelling descriptions and creating attractive listings.

Challenges Faced

Like any new business, it comes with challenges:

  • Learning Curve: There was a steep learning curve with trying to get Midjourney to produce the backgrounds I was wanting to list.
  • Visibility: Trying to decide if I should pay for ads or just build it and hope they will come.
  • Fear of the Unknown: The biggest issue I’ve always had was keeping the motivation when there is no guarantee it will work.

Successes Achieved

Despite the challenges, there were several successes that made the journey worthwhile:

  • First Sales: Making my first sales was a huge milestone. It validated my efforts and proved that there was a market for my products.
  • Positive Reviews: Receiving positive feedback from customers boosted my confidence.

Tips for New Sellers

Based on my experiences, here are some tips for those looking to start their own Etsy store selling digital backgrounds:

  1. Research Your Market: Understand what products are in demand and how you can differentiate yourself.
  2. Optimize Your Listings: Use effective keywords, high-quality images, and detailed descriptions to make your listings stand out.
  3. Engage with Customers: Respond promptly to customer inquiries and feedback to build trust and improve your products.
  4. Leverage Social Media: Promote your Etsy store on social media platforms to reach a wider audience.
  5. Be Patient and Persistent: Success doesn’t happen overnight. Stay patient and keep refining your approach based on what works and what doesn’t.


My first month on Etsy was a whirlwind of learning, growth, and excitement. Selling Midjourney digital backgrounds has been a rewarding experience, and I’m excited to continue this journey. If you’re considering starting your own Etsy store, I hope my experiences and tips inspire and guide you towards success.

Don’t forget to watch my video for a more detailed account of my first month on Etsy. Happy selling!


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