Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How to Make an Etsy Treasury

Okay, so you’ve decided that you want to make a Treasury. Maybe you want to participate in the Team Treasury Challenge. Maybe you feel compelled to help promote friends/fellow team-members. Maybe you haven’t made a Treasury since the Treasury East came about earlier this year. OR, maybe you just have never made a Treasury and you have finally decided to be a part of that Treasury-making fun!

So now what do you do?

1) Get to the Treasury homepage. Wherever you are on the Etsy site, click the big orange Etsy logo button in the top left-hand corner of the page. This will take you to the Etsy home page if you aren’t already.

2) Scroll down. On the left-hand side of your page you should see a light grey box of “Categories”. Below that is another light grey box of “Ways to Shop”. In the “Ways to Shop” box you will see a blue treasure chest next to a blue-fonted “Treasury”. Click on the treasure chest OR on the word “Treasury”. This will take you to the Treasury homepage. Feel free to browse through a few Treasuries to get a “feel” of what’s popular, get some ideas, or just to see how other people put there Treasuries together.

3) Create a List. On the right-hand side of the page, there is a blue button that says, “Create a List”. Click that button.

4) Enter your title, description and tags. Remember if you are participating in a TTC, you need to enter the appropriate tags. You can include more tags if you want, but at minimal you are required to enter the tags per the TTC guidelines. Otherwise, make sure you at least enter “Teamcac” as one tag so other TeamCAC members can browse for team Treasuries.

5) Find your items. Normally, I open up my “Favorites” in a separate window (you can do this by right-clicking on “Favorites” and selecting to Open in New Tab or Open in New Window). Another fantastic site that I use is PicClick, which can be found HERE. Using PicClick, you can easily search for TeamCAC items by color r theme by simply typing in the search bar: “teamcac red” or “teamcac Christmas”.

6) Add your items. First, get the item’s listing URL. To do this, simply copy the URL in the address bar on the item’s page and then paste it in the “Listing URL” box on your Treasury page.

7) Arrange your items. This part can seem most frustrating as items sometime seem to move without your command. However, just remember that if you click and hold on an item to drag it to another spot, all of the items behind it will move up to take the next place in line. You can play around with this feature for a while until the Treasury looks just how you want it to look. Then click the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the Treasury list and VOILA!

8) Promote. Some people think completing Step 7 is the end of the Treasury road for them, but oh, indeed it is not. After you’ve made your Treasury, it’s time to PROMOTE! First, click on each item and contact the owner of the item to inform them you’ve included them in your Treasury. (Don’t forget to provide them with the link!!!) Next, post your newly made Treasury in the Discussion pages of our forum. If the Treasury is for the TTC, post it there. If it’s not, post it in the “Show off Your Treasuries” page of our team discussions. Also remember that you can post it on your Facebook Fan Page, blog, Twitter, in the Etsy forums, EVERYWHERE!

*It’s also good to click and comment on other people’s Treasuries. It’s the give and take of the Treasury world. J
*According to Etsy: If you want your Treasury to be included on the Front Page (FP) of Etsy make sure...
1) You are diverse. No more than one item per shop.
2) Don't include items from your own shop.
3) Make it beautiful.


1 comment:

Sarah and Jane said...

Thank you so much for writing this article. I am blessed to have been honored on many Treasuries, but always wanted to know how to reciprocate by creating my own Treasuries.

Well written!