Etsy And Me: How Do I Shorten My Shop Links?

by Catherine Jeltes in Studio Bits
Have you ever been browsing through Etsy and notice that some sellers have cute, short, clickable links in their item descriptions instead of cumbersome links that go on for two lines?  They look something like this:
My first thought was “I LIKE those.”
My next was “I gotta do that.”
And then “How do I do that?”
It took a bit of stumbling around in both Etsy’s forums and Google, but I finally found out how:
This amazing website–and yeah, it’s free!–will shorten any link into something more manageable.  Simply paste any link into the box at the top of the home page on bitly, click the orange box that reads “Shorten”, and voila…the site provides you with a unique, shortened link you can copy and paste anywhere.
If you include links to other sections of your Etsy shop within your item listings, it may be best to keep a list of those frequently used links handy to quickly cut and paste into new and existing item descriptions.  Since I have prints of various sizes in my shop, my favorite way to address this issue is to list all of my print sizes and bitly links in my Etsy shop announcement:

GalleryZooArt’s Shop Announcement

Artist Catherine Jeltes | Still Life Botanical Flower Photography | Coastal Decor Prints Beach Art | Abstract Landscape Paintings | Fine Art Giclee Prints

For prints in a specific size, you may go to my Choose Your Print Size Gallery: or use the following direct links:

♥ 5 x 7 or 5 x 5:
♥ 8 x 10 or 8 x 8:
♥ 11 x 14 or 11 x 11:
♥ 18 x 24:
♥ 16 x 20:
♥ 20 x 24:

Canvas Gallery Wrap Prints:

♥ 8×10 or 8×8 CGW:
♥ 11×14 or 11×11 CGW:
♥ 16×20 CGW:

This allows me quick access to copy and paste my shortened links wherever needed, as well as having them in one place for my customers.
I encourage you to take advantage of  I’m sure you’ll find it’s quite worth it!

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