Now that you have created your SEO Keyword List in Part 1, it’s time to start placing SEO keywords into your Etsy shop. Etsy Search and Google Search differ slightly in which parts of a shop/page/listing they look at to get their results. To truly give your shop the best possible chance of being found, you need to know about both.
This post is Part 2 of my Etsy SEO Tips Series.
- Part 1 – How to Create a SEO Keyword List
- Part 2 – Where to put SEO Keywords in your Etsy Shop
When considering the SEO of your main shop page, this is mostly for the benefit of Google and other search engines external to Etsy. On your main page there are 2 key areas to look at first: Your Shop Title and Shop Announcement. To edit these, log on to Etsy then hover “your shop” in the top right corner and select “Info & Appearance”.
Your shop title is the text in grey directly under your shop name. Your shop announcement is the black text underneath it. Google pulls the text from both of these places for it’s search results so we need to pack them with your very best most relevant keywords. However, do make sure it reads like a proper sentence. “ornaments mouse mice handmade gifts etsy felt” is not easily readable to a potential customer, and Google takes notice of the links that don’t get clicks. So pack in the keywords, but form it into a sentence. “handmade felt mice, mouse ornament gifts on Etsy” says clearly what I sell, while using many of my biggest SEO keywords. Customers are more likely to click, which will improve your ranking with Google. Your shop title can be up to 56 characters long, and the first 220 or so characters of your shop announcement will also be pulled by Google. Use up as many as you can.
Here’s how it looks in my shop:
And here is what Google uses for it’s search results.
My full shop announcement still includes the other things that are important about my shop, but those first 220 or so characters are packed with my SEO keywords for maximum effect on Google:
Last up for Google only search results is your shop sections. Google will give searchers results from shop sections too, so make sure you name your sections something that is easy to understand, very searchable terms. It looks very arty for a jewelry store to name their shop sections “for your neck”, “for your finger” & “for your ears” but it’s not helpful to their customers. Name your sections with clear terms your customers would use.
Now on to the areas that both Etsy search and Google use to pull results. These are the keywords within your individual listings. Google is interested in the entire listing title AND the first 200 or so characters of the listing description. When I ran a Google search for one of my listings I noticed it listed the same listing twice, once pulling the title text only and directly underneath it pulling the description text only.
How it looks in my shop:
Etsy Search is also interested in your entire listing titles, but with more emphasis put on the first 3 words of your listing title. I used to put the name of my mice in first. For example “Dale the Dalek Mouse Doctor Who inspired mouse ornament” but this was not getting me the best results. As “Doctor Who” and “Dalek” were much more popular search terms than “Dale the Dalek” once I changed the title to “Doctor Who Dalek Mouse…” the number of times I was found in search for “Doctor Who” or “Dalek” went up dramatically, along with his sales. I now often put the name of the mouse in last in my listing titles.
If you have many items that are similar (for example jewelry) then try experimenting with which keywords you use in the beginning of your titles. You can check your shop stats to see which ones are working well on Etsy search and Google Analytics for what is working well on Google Search.
Etsy Search is also interested in your item tags and materials, to a lesser degree than your titles. So make sure you fill these out with more relevant keywords from your SEO Keyword list.
There is some argument as to whether doubling up your tag keywords is worth doing. I do it with my most important keywords, “felt mouse ornament” appears everywhere, my listing titles, descriptions and tags. I tag “mouse ornament” “felt mouse” and “felt mice” in most of my listings and I might double up on a few others too. Don’t overdo it though, if you have other great relevant keywords then use them. Remember to tag with words that are specific to that particular listing, for example colours are good if you would like to be featured in Etsy treasuries. You can always edit your tags once you see which ones are working in Etsy stats. Please do make sure whatever tags you use are relevant, Etsy will penalise sellers that tag with misleading words, and more importantly you aren’t helping your customers by being deceptive. Make sure it does exactly what it says on the tin and everyone will be happy!
This concludes part 2 of my Etsy SEO Tips posts. I hope it was helpful. Did I miss something important, or do you have a question? Feel free to comment here, I’d love to hear from you.
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