You may or may not have noticed that the 'Lets Shop' category listing on the blog has recently changed.
The new system is linked to Etsy, is quite professional, and is much easier to add to.
First of all, it is done by yourselves. This applies to new and new(ish) members that have joined and have not been added to the categories yet, but members who were on the category list already will benefit by re-applying the new system too.
The old members would appear under the "global" search for all items by the Etsy Ireland team - this search looks for the craftyirelandteam tag, which we all use already.
Everyone would need to update a single item representing their category/categories with the tag "craftyirelandteam1" in order to be included in the new categories system though.
Here's what you do:
a) In order to have your shop listed in the category section of the blog you should tag one item ONLY in your store with the tag craftyirelandteam1 This item should embody your work and represent the category that your shop fits into in the Etsy hierarchy.
If a shop has multiple categories, representative items from one other category should be tagged. No more than two categories are allowed
b) Each shop owner should tag a search using craftyirelandteam1 as the search term will then essentially result in a list of Irish stores that are part of the Crafty Ireland Team, automatically categorised by Etsy on the left hand side.
c) As an example, I tagged a bracelet with the tag, since this represents my main category (Jewellery) and embodies my products in general.
d) Once in a while I have a look through the shop directory & remove empty shops (It looks better to new visitors to have stocked shops. If you’re not shutting down your shop for good, use vacation mode & your shop won’t be removed). If your shop has been removed just send a convo when you start listing again & I’ll add you back on.
e) This is a one-off, for your shop, not to be confused with the tagging in the MAIN THING for each item , as above. Once your shop is listed under the categories, it will remain.
f) It takes 10 mins to 30 mins for your shop to show up in the listings once you have tagged it.
Check it out. I hope you like it.