Common mistakes Etsy sellers make (and how to avoid them)


Joining any new selling platform can be overwhelming – especially when it’s a platform that has strict policies like Etsy.

Take your worries and throw them out of the window because you’ve come to the right place to help you avoid the most common mistakes Etsy sellers make.

Let’s dive right into it.

1. Getting your Etsy shop name wrong

It might seem awfully obvious but there’s a reason this is on the top of our list. 

Etsy only allows you to change your shop name once

Save that one chance for anything the future might bring and not lose it on something as small as a typo. 

2. Not collecting email addresses

You could make hundreds of sales on your first day selling on Etsy. 

This does not mean you can sit back and wait for new customers to magically appear every day. 

Collecting email addresses helps you promote your other products instantly. Something as simple as a thank-you email can work wonders!

3. Ignoring Etsy policies

It sure is exciting setting up your new Etsy shop and even tempting to go full throttle on listing and promoting your products.

That is one of the most common mistakes a lot of Etsy sellers make who end up regretting it. 

You do not have to know every single point of the policies but at least make an effort to research which policies apply to your business.

4. Using unclear product images

By unclear I mean pixel-wise as well as its purpose. 

Your product image alone should be able to explain exactly what your product is capable of.

You never get a second chance to create the first impression. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your product image.

  • Use professional images with a white background
  • AVOID using black-and-white pictures
  • Include only what the customer will receive; accessories that are not part of the product should not be shown

5. Writing poor titles 

Your title alone gives you a very short window to create an impression on your potential customers. 

  • Avoid writing something short and vague like ‘old vase’
  • Avoid writing something long like ‘great world war II lost and forgotten vintage vase on sale’

Here’s what you can do instead

  • Make sure the first 7 words include a good description of your product
  • Use numerals (3 instead of three)

6. Writing poor descriptions

A common mistake most Etsy sellers make is stuffing their product description with unnecessary keywords in hopes that it’ll help their SEO.

This will ironically make your listing’s rank worse. 

Here are some good pointers that you can follow to write a clear description of your product.

  • Describe the major product features and list product information including size, age and style
  • Keep it short, but include critical information.
  • Include accurate dimensions, care instructions and warranty information
  • Use correct grammar and complete sentences

Now that you know all about the common mistakes and how to avoid them, you might want to take a look at whether you want to sell on Shopify or Etsy (or both).

Run through any trouble with Etsy and having a hard time solving it? Feel free to contact our trusty support team!

Tips to grow the sales of your handmade products with Shopify Etsy sync

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Selling your handmade products require a lot of research and preparations. But, selling those products to the right customers can be really profitable. As you’re selling the result of your manual effort, you are also motivated to pursue a long term connection with the user. So, better seller – customer relations is also ensured.

But, even if you are producing high-quality products and offering the best customer service, you’ll still have some difficulty to find the prospective buyers at first. And you have added complexity, if you are only selling from your eCommerce platform – probably Shopify based eCommerce as it has been growing in popularity, recently.

However, if you’ve already started an account on Etsy marketplace, you’re definitely on the right track. Now you’ll need to start with Shopify Etsy sync process and we’ll guide you through that in this post.

Great News about Bing Product Ads for WooCommerce, Shopify, BigCommerce & OpenCart site owners!

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Recently, Bing made some changes in the specifications of Bing Product Ads feeds. These product feed specification changes will leave many bulk sellers who have listed their products in Bing Shopping confused.

The causal effect of being unable to stay updated with this change made in Bing Shopping can lead to feed submission errors or even more, it could lead to misrepresentation of products in the bing marketplace.

For this reason, we at ExportFeed have taken prompt action to update our free and premium applications that will help you create product feed matching every requirement specified by Bing.

For WooCommerce to Bing product feed, you can get the plugin from here:

For Shopify to Bing product feed, you can get the app from here:

For BigCommerce to Bing product feed, you can get the app from here:

For OpenCart to Bing product feed, you can or any other questions that you may have regarding listing product feeds to Bing, please feel free to let us know.


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When you plan to start an eCommerce site, you are planning to increase your revenue and this requires a lot of effort and preparation. You will also go through a series of crucial decisions.

“Which platform to use for your eCommerce development?”

“Which product niche do you want to tap into?”

“How to most effectively streamline your business process?”

ExportFeed Shopify App Recently Published

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We are pleased to announce the release of our latest version of ExportFeed app for Shopify platform. Working on our mission to help eCommerce site owners to create and manage your product feeds on various high performing merchants, we’ve published this app in Shopify App Store with 7 days free trial as well.

Don’t have a Shopify Store? Get started from here.

With this app, you will be able to create your product feeds by applying filters for category-based products. ExportFeed’s app for Shopify platform users includes the feed specifications for Google Merchant, Amazon Marketplace, eBay, Etsy and other high performing comparison engines and affiliate platforms.

Selling on Amazon with the latest version of List your product feed on Amazon 1.1.3

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Selling on Amazon is worth a lot of benefits. But bulk listing your products will require a sound technical knowledge also, and apart from that you also need the know-how about how Amazon marketplace functions. For that we have prepared the Amazon seller guide also.
Though the guide includes best seller tips and steps to sell effectively on how to sell on Amazon, we have also provided an Amazon seller tool for WooCommerce users – “List WooCommerce Products on Amazon” to complete the package. However, when you download this free version of plugin, please request us for trial license key to check the full features of the plugin.

5X3 Offers & Discounts to Boost Sales of eCommerce Site


Even a recently launched eCommerce can become a really good revenue earning stream. But you need to know how to market it properly and act on those marketing ideas. Now, one of the classic ways to make sales is to provide offers and discounts. I can bet if you are reading this, you have used this trick to promote sales of eCommerce site. But are you aware about the different type of offers and discounts you can place on your site and have you analysed what works best and why? Let’s take a deeper look into the effective discount types here.

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There’s a huge market for designers’ and branded items. A lot of people who care about their looks and style pay huge bucks to set themselves different from others. And the best part is you have the items that they demand – bags, shoes, necklaces, rings and all that accentuate their looks. All you need to do is reach out to those potential customers. Here’s the easy way – promote and sell your boutique apparels to the visitors of

How to get a better product review to boost your business?

Getting some better product reviews for your online business is always a better strategy to help you boost your sales. According to a study, nearly 70% of customers rely on reviews before making their purchase decisions. So promotion with feeds and reviews should get your combined effort. Only relying on feeds won’t help you realize the true potential of your business.

But why is it so? It’s simply because businesses today gains momentum largely because of such reviews.The decision to purchase for modern customers comes only if we could generate a feeling of good product among them. Majority of them even decide to read specifications only after seeing some review. That’s why you should carefully design a strategy for getting some of these!

Boost Business through Comparison Shopping & Affiliate Platforms

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How to sell more? How to increase profits? How to get the highest rate of return on investment from your online business? These are the questions that reside in the back of every online store owner’s mind. Your marketing activities are mostly the answers of these questions. But what if you have missed a part that is more effective and can help you yield better revenue?

Even if you are supplying a product that no one else does, you cannot stay away from competition for long. And when there is competition, you cannot just wait on them. You need to act fast and act smart. Create and implement a plan that you know is effective or at least effective enough.