Well, I didn't mean to start writing "How To" posts about Etsy, but alas, here we are, my second this month.
Did you know that when you send a link to your own client or potential customer that Etsy is marketing Other Shops to your client before they even get to see your listing???
This is a quick blog post that will show you how to work around this sneaky function. It's a fairly simple, though highly annoying, process to ensure that your clients stay with you, where they meant to be in the first place...
Let me start off by saying, I am a loyal and reasonably successful Etsy Seller. I dutifully use the hashtags #keepmaking #etsy #etsyseller etc. etc and regularly go down the rabbit hole of explaining tips and tricks to potential newbies. I have earned hundreds of free listings from people who have taken the leap to open an Etsy Shop after picking my brain. I offer some helpful things to consider before you get started on Etsy in my Our Maker Life Guest Blog Articles, please feel free to check them out!
I'm not writing this post to bash Etsy or even to offer my opinion, I only seek to offer guidance on how one could control what their client or potential customer sees when they provide a link to their own shop and listings.
Ok, so here's the scenario, we have all been there, someone messages us asking for info. We go into our Sell on Etsy App or into Shop Manager online and we find the listing that applies. In the App we touch SHARE, online we click Manage and then Share and Copy the link provided. Then we pop back over to the message to our client or prospect, paste the link and wait for the sale.
Here's an example:
I send this link to my client, copied from my Sell on Etsy App:
Here's what they see:
See those listings at the top, right under You May Also Like??? Notice that None of them are my Mama Knows Luxury Shop???????
Here's what you have to do to fix it:
1) Paste the link into a notepad or a word document, something that will let you edit it.
2) Right after .com or if you are in Canada or another country, after your country tag, .ca in my case, add a Forward Slash, followed by your shop name, all one word.
3) Now copy that url and send it to your client.
Here's what my client sees with that link:
As you can see, the You Might Like section is gone!
Is it easy? Heck yeah!
Is it annoying? Yeah, kind of.
Is it worth it? I think so!!
You might want to go looking around at all of the places you have embedded links and update them :)
I hope you found this helpful!!
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