Are you struggling with an invisible Etsy shop? Did your Etsy shop seemingly get sucked into a black hole and disappear for all eternity without a trace?
Probably not, but that’s how it might feel. If so, don’t worry! This is more than likely a very solvable problem.
If your Etsy shop has seemingly disappeared overnight, it may have fallen out of the index. What that means is: you did nothing wrong, this is a fixable problem, no one is out to get you, Etsy isn’t evil, technology fails sometimes.
Oh, and it also means you are not discoverable in search. That sounds sucky, and it is, but this is temporary!
How to Know if You Have an Invisible Etsy Shop
To find out if your Etsy shop is not being indexed, copy one of your listing titles ENTIRELY.
The whole thing.
The ENTIRE thing.
Make sure it’s the full title.
Okay, you have the full title, correct?
Great, now paste that into the Etsy search bar.
If your item doesn’t come up, your shop probably fell out of the index. If you DO see your item returned in search results, the problem you are likely facing is a lack of optimization. Let’s loop back on that shortly.
What to do if you are dealing with an invisible Etsy shop:
- Remain calm.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org from the address associated with your account.
- Let them know that your shop needs to be indexed and leave it at that. Please keep it simple.
- Be patient.
- Know this is not the end of the world. It can and will likely be fixed.
It’s uncommon, but it’s possible. Don’t panic if you have an invisible Etsy shop. Just follow the above steps and keep it moving! No time for drama. You might want to make sure your site / any sites you own are indexed in Google as well.
If your shop is just not getting traffic from search, that’s a problem of optimization! Full Etsy shop optimization includes but is certainly not limited to being search discoverability.
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*This post is written and published by The Merriweather Council. The Merriweather Council is not affiliated with Etsy Inc. Etsy is a trademark of Etsy Inc. We write about Etsy, from our own experiences, not for Etsy.