Little Known Fact about Vacation Mode & Your Etsy Shop's Syndication


Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2010
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Special thanks for flandersfield for sharing this important info with me so I could share it with you!

When you put your Etsy shop in vacation mode your items are removed from Etsy’s syndication feed which removes them from Google’s special Shopping/Product Search (as they should be, since Google only wants items currently available in Google Shopping).

When you bring your shop out of vacation mode your currently listed items won’t be placed back in the feed automatically. You’ll need to re-enable your current stock for upload to get them back on Google’s Shopping Search, see here for OhFaro’s quick tip to enable your items.

All items you list, renew, relist or edit will still be added automatically once you are out of vacation mode, this is just about items you had listed when you put your shop in vacation mode.

There does seem to be another small downside to going in to vacation mode besides your items being pulled from Google Shopping & the hassle of re-enabling:

When the new feed from Etsy was coexisting with the RSS feeds sellers had done themselves, items in the older feeds (RSS done by sellers) were coming up close to the top of the search results and the newer feed (Etsy’s syndication) were coming up later in the results for the very same listings. This leads me to believe that older feeds have a little more weight for better search results.

When you go in to vacation mode and come back out, you delete your old sub-account syndication feed and get a new one which might result in less-good results in Google Shopping searches.

That also means if you’ve bookmarked search results for your old author id, you’ll need to update it with your feed’s new author id when you come out of vacation mode or it won’t show you the items you currently have in Google Shopping.

Warning: There’ve been several syndicated sellers who used vacation mode and cannot get their shop back in to syndication even after re-enabling their items. Admin LisaJune has said that this is not happening to all sellers who have used vacation mode, it’s on an individual basis and that you should contact admin for help getting it fixed–here’s where you can find her post: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6498948&page=16&#post-50567894

I am hoping it’s a temporary bug that the admin will fix, but if you’re only going to need it for a few days it may be better just to put a notice in your shop, avatar and message to buyer for now.

Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2010
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4 thoughts on “Little Known Fact about Vacation Mode & Your Etsy Shop's Syndication”

  1. When I’m busy with fairs I pop on ‘vacation mode’ for the day – there are greater implications for doing this and not realising I need to re-enable everything than just keeping a tight reign on anything I might sell at the fair/need to delete from my shop.

    Thank you, vital information that should have been made clear to us.

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