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Managing multiple platforms to sell your handmade goods takes a lot of administration. Learn how to import your products from Etsy to your Madeit store to reduce your admin time and spend more time making.

14 September 2018

More Craft & Less Admin: Import Your Products from Etsy

If you’re struggling to manage multiple platforms, you’ll be excited to learn that Madeit now has an Import feature that allows you to upload your Etsy listings rather than recreating them from scratch on both platforms!

Today’s blog is a quick instruction on how to use this feature to reduce your admin time, so you can spend more time making.

Managing multiple platforms to sell your handmade goods takes a lot of administration. Learn how to import your products from Etsy to your Madeit store to reduce your admin time and spend more time making.

1. Export your active items from Etsy

First things first, you need to export your Etsy listings into a .csv file. To do this, sign in to your Etsy Shop Manager, and select Settings > Options from the left-hand menu, as shown below.

Export your Etsy listings from the Store manager

Then click on the Download Data tab at the top of the screen and click the Download CSV button in the Currently for Sale Listings section.

Click Download CSV from the Download Data tab

Your file will automatically download to your computer’s default download location (on Windows computers this is usually C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Downloads (replace the text in [] brackets with the username you use to sign in to your computer).

2. Import your listings into Madeit

Now that you’ve got your data out of Etsy, it’s time to upload it into your Madeit store.

Sign in to My Madeit and click the Import Items option from the My Store menu on the left of your screen as shown below.

Click the Import Items option from the My Store menu

On the ‘Import from CSV File’ page, click the ‘Choose Files’ button.

Click the Choose Files button

Navigate to your saved file and click ‘Open’

Open the CSV file you exported from Etsy

If you’d like your new listings to automatically relist each time they sell, tick the ‘Auto relist’ checkbox. If your products are one of a kind or limited availability, leave this box blank.

Choose to Auto Relist made-to-order or readily available products

Click the Import button to upload your listings.

Click the Import button to upload your products to your Madeit store

If you have a lot of products this could take a while, and you’ll see a notice appear once the upload is complete.

3. Edit and add your items to your store

Your imported items will be saved as drafts so you will find them in your Saved Items in the left menu of My Madeit.

Uploaded products can be found in your Saved items

A word about SEARCH engines…

Search engines like Google penalise web pages that have the same data as another page. This means that if your product descriptions for an item on Madeit and Etsy are exactly the same, Google will treat both pages as copies and they will NOT show up in Google search results.

To avoid this issue, editing your descriptions by tweaking some of the wording, reordering paragraphs etc. will protect both your Madeit and Etsy stores from being penalised in search results.

So, before adding your new items to your store, you should edit each listing to ensure that:
• you freshen up your descriptions and titles to ensure they’re a bit different from those on Etsy
• your main images are cropped well as out image layout is different to Etsy
• that your product descriptions don’t direct traffic to your Etsy store, but to the relevant page of your Madeit store

Hopefully this new feature will save you some administration time when managing multiple platforms!

At this stage only Esty listings can be imported, but we can look at expanding this feature to other platforms in the future, so if you’ve got a private website or other platform you use, let us know the platform in the comments so I can prioritise the most popular platforms for future upgrades.



Words by:
Madeit Editor, Louise
Editor,

Louise (a.k.a. “Mrs Madeit”)

Wordsmith, art & craft enthusiast, and grand-visionary.

  • ChristinaLithgow

    HI - you wrote Your file will automatically download to your computer’s default download location (on Windows computers this is usually C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Downloads (replace the text in [] brackets with the username you use to sign in to your computer).
    I can't find where to do that!??
    thanks,
    Christina

  • madeit

    Hi Christina. I meant that your default download location on a windows computer will include the username you use to sign in to your computer, rather than the actual word 'username'. Eg. If you sign in to your computer with the username 'Christina' your file will most likely be saved to C:\Users\Christina\Downloads so once you've downloaded your file, this is where you should navigate to, in order to find it. You can change the default download location, but how to do this will depend on what device and browser you're using. If you're having trouble, drop me an email support@madeit.com.au and I can try to guide you through it. Lou

  • CaroThorntonArt

    That was so helpful!! Thanks a lot

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