Etsy Hyperlinks! What’s It All About?

So what’s a hyperlink, what does it have to do with me an how can I use it to get more sales? A hyperlink is basically text with a link that a reader can activate by directly clicking on a highlighted word, phrase or image which sends them to another location.

If you don’t have links in your product descriptions, you are missing out on an opportunity for longer customer engagement. It’s a no brainer and such an easy thing to implement into our Etsy product descriptions.

So what are the benefits?

  • A customer is engaged and keeps them in your shop for longer.
  • Encourages them to look at products they may not have normally searched for.
  • Answers their questions without them even knowing that had any questions they needed an answer to.
  • Directs them to other items in your shop that are part of a set or collection.

We need to start thinking about our Etsy shops as virtual shop fronts where buyers can come and go, explore, buy and visit again. The longer a customer stays in your shop, the more likely they are to make a purchase. It’s all about making suggestions, giving them a direction and making them feel comfortable in making a purchase.

Here are just a few creative ways you can use a hyperlink in your product description.

1. SHOP SECTIONS

Add a hyperlink at the end of your description showing the other shop categories in your store;

“For Bracelets, click here __________________”

“For Crochet Patterns, click here__________________”

“For T-Shirts, click here__________________”

“For Earrings, click here__________________”

You can also use a hyperlink to direct buyers to other like products. If they are already looking at an item and liking what they see, they may also like other similar items in your store;

“For more Bracelets, click here __________________”

“For more Crochet Patterns, click here__________________”

“For more T-Shirts, click here__________________”

“For more Earrings, click here__________________”

2. RELATED PRODUCTS

If you have products that are related or a part of a set or collection, let your buyer know.

“If you like these earrings, here is the matching necklace__________________”

“If you like these invitations, don’t forget to purchase the matching thank you cards__________________”

“If you like this cushion cover, you might like other cushion covers in the same collection__________________”

3. UNRELATED PRODUCTS

If you have a shop that sells different types of products, you could create interest with a buyer and suggest they have a look around;

“If you like my bracelets, I have a wide range of handmade crochet bags in my shop as well__________________”

4. SHOP HOMEPAGE

I have this hyperlink in all my item descriptions. It encourages a buyer to go to your home page where they can get an overall feel for your brand and all the products you sell. They can also Favourite your shop so they will see future products listed and shop updates;

“To see the full range of products in my shop, click here__________________”

5. FEEDBACK PAGE

If you are proud of your customer feedback, then let a potential customer know how much past customers value your products and services by sharing your review page;

“See what other customers are saying about their purchases__________________”

6. MORE THAN ONE SHOP

Let your customers know about other shops you manage on Etsy.

“I also sell craft supplies at my other shop__________________. I would be more than happy to ship purchases from both shops together.”

7. SHOP POLICIES

Most buyers will not automatically read through your detailed shop policies. You can make sure they read through your policies before they make a purchase if this is important to you. This will hopefully solve potential problems that may arise or give them customer important information when purchasing from you.

“Please read through the policies before purchasing this item__________________”

8. SOCIAL MEDIA

There are already links to the more popular social media platforms provided by Etsy on all your listings if you have set up the links. You could also provide additional links to your Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Newsletter directly in your description as well.

“Let’s get social. Follow me on__________________”

“Sign up for my newsletter to receive future coupons and promotions__________________”

So how do I create a Hyperlink?

You can copy URL’s (the web address that appears in the search bar at the top of a web page) for any link you want to create. If you want to create a link to your Etsy Home Page, go to your Etsy Store and copy the URL which you can paste into your description.

If you want to copy a particular item, follow the same process by going to the specific item you want to create a link for.

If you want to create a link to a store category, once again, follow the same process by going to your Etsy Store, selecting the category you want to create a link for, like a customer would when searching, and copy the URL.

The same process can be applied to social media platforms, blogs and newsletters. If you can search for it, you can copy the URL and paste it wherever you want in your detailed descriptions.

But don’t just stop there. You have probably noticed that some links when copied are long and unsightly and take up a lot of space. But never fear, there is a free website Bitly.com where you can copy the long URL and it will give you a shortened version which you can copy and paste into your description giving your descriptions an air of professionalism and neatness.

Now, let’s not get too carried away!

I have given you some great ideas on how you can use hyperlinks in your descriptions to create engagement and interest. But just remember, too many links may only confuse and overwhelm a buyer and you may actually lose them altogether. Choose the hyperlinks that would best enhance the shopping experience for your customer and are more likely to convert sales. You could ask yourself, is there a question you get asked over and over by customers or is there a section, product or upgrade that you want a potential customer to see?

And Finally

I hope I have given you some new inspiration to adding some additional resources to your descriptions and maximising your sales potential by capturing a customers attention and keeping them engaged.

As I am an Etsy Seller, most of my posts are geared to Etsy Success although any of my guides and tutorials will be useful for if you use other platforms to sell your products. You can visit my Etsy Store at Rhinestone Mumma

If you are interested, here are some additional guides and tutorials worth a read.

Psst…these are hyperlinks!

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If you want to join our community Extreme Etsy Sellers For Serious Buyers we would love to have you on board. We are always discussing ways to improve our Etsy experience and grow ours sales.

Have a great day 🙂

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Instagram Product Tagging! What’s It All About?

Ever been browsing through your Instagram feed and come across the little shopping bag logo in the bottom left hand corner of image posts. When you click on the image a box pops up with the details of the product and the price and just like magic, you can be transported to their website to purchase the product? Yes, I know you have and you want to be able to do that too.

Instagram Shopping Tag LogoRead on to find out the step by step guide to how you too can apply the shopping tag to your images without having a Shopify Store or any of the other selling platforms (although you can apply this same strategy to other selling platforms on Facebook) and drive more traffic to your website, online store and Etsy products.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

There are a few things you will need to do to qualify for the shoppable feature on Instagram.

  1. You will need to set up an Instagram Business Account.
  2. You will need to have a Facebook Business Page . Most of your will already have a Facebook business page set up for your online business. Make sure you have selected the shopping template which will give you access to the Shop tab.
  3. Your business must sell physical goods that comply with both Instagram and Facebook policies.
  4. Your Instagram Business Account Profile must be connected to your Facebook Business Page. This can all be done when you set up your Business Account in Instagram.

Many of you will have already set up a business account in Instagram and have a Facebook Business Page so you are halfway there.

FACEBOOK

Setting up the Shop tab for your page

If you don’t already have the Shop Tab activated on your Facebook page, follow the steps to get it set up.

From your Facebook Business Page click on Settings on the top right of the page

Facebook Business Page Settings

Then click on the Templates and Tabs section

Facebook Business Page Templates and Tabs

From here you can select a template for your page. If you sell products, opt for the shopping template. The Shop tab should automatically be applied to your tabs but you can add this in this section. You can also rearrange the order of your tabs here as well

Facebook Business Page Templates and Tabs Page

Adding products to your Shop tab

You have set up the Shop Tab for your business page and now all you have to do is add products to your shop. This is where you can upload images, a title (which is what will appear on your Instagram images), a description and most importantly, the URL link to your website, online store or Etsy Shop.

Click on the Shop tab from your Facebook page

Facebook Business Page Shop Tab

From here you can add products and create categories

Facebook Business Page Adding Products

Not only can people that visit your Facebook Business Page shop with you but all the products you add to your shop can be tagged in your Instagram posts with a clickable link back to your Etsy Store.

This is an example of the window that will open where you can add your product images, title, price, description and shop link

Facebook Business Page Add Product Window

Once you have added the product to your Facebook Business Page Shop, you are ready to tag your products.

INSTAGRAM

You can add the Instagram Product Tag to any of the images you have already uploaded to your Instagram page by editing them and adding the tag. You can also add the Product Tag when you upload new images.

Instagram post showing the clickable Product Tag and the next step after clicking the tag

Instagram IMage With Product Tag          Instagram IMage With Product Tag Next Step.jpg

From here a potential buyer only has to click the View on website tab in the second image and they are taken directly to the product on Etsy. It’s that simple.

Adding tags to your Instagram product images already uploaded to your page

To add the Product Tag to your Instagram Images that you have already uploaded to your profile, follow the 4 simples steps below.

  1. In the top right hand corner of your post, click on the three dots … and select edit. Click on the black tag box with a white cross in the bottom left of the image.
  2. Click on tag products.
  3. Click on tag products.
  4. Tap the product in the photo to tag products.
  5. Select a product to tag. All the products showing in this catalogue will be products you have uploaded to your Facebook Business Page Shop.

Once you complete these simple steps, your images are now ready to go with a clickable tab directly to your products.

Adding tags to your new Instagram product images when uploading them to your page

It is pretty much the same as adding a Product Tag to your already existing images.

You will notice when uploading your images, adding your caption and assigning your social media platforms there is a section Tag Products. Click on this and follow the same steps above.

Instagram Image Adding The Tag Step 5.png

So that’s it. These are the steps you need to take to start selling and looking like a pro.

AND FINALLY!

As I am an Etsy Seller, most of my posts are geared to Etsy Success although any of my guides and tutorials will be useful for if you use other platforms to sell your products. You can visit my Etsy Store at Rhinestone Mumma

If you are interested, here are some additional guides and tutorials worth a read.

Instagram Marketing and SEO in 2018

Pinterest! What’s It All About?

Etsy SEO! What’s It All About?

How To Get More Etsy Sales

Etsy Hyperlinks – What’s It All About?

If you want to join our community Extreme Etsy Sellers For Serious Buyers we would love to have you on board. We are always discussing ways to improve our Etsy experience and grow ours sales.