Monday, April 23, 2012

Be Sure You are Following Etsy Rules Regarding Convos

What etsy considers spam
@schulmanArt, Miriam Schulman

8x10 Fine Art Photograph by Alison Uher

One aspect that I love about etsy is the community building aspects of the site, especially the treasuries. I carried this aspect of community over to this blog and for the past year or so have been featuring a different treasury at the end of every post. The treasury related to my post and encouraged etsians to further promote their items through my comment section. To let them know that their item was on my blog I always sent them a convo with a link to the blog, a suggested question to comment on to help facilitate discussion and tips for promotion.

Unfortunately, yesterday I got an email from etsy's trust and safety team. Apparently sending convos to sellers letting them know that they are featured on my blog is considered spam, and against the etsy rules. I still want to continue to help other sellers-- I firmly believe that helping others is the best way to help yourself. I am at a loss right now how to efficiently do this. Today is my first post where I can not convo featured sellers. I will be trying to let them know through the facebook system for those sellers who have facebook fan pages. I am still trying to clarify the rules. The trust and safety team did say you can contact sellers if you have featured them in a treasury so perhaps as long as I use a treasury I created to feature on the blog I can let them now. We shall see...

What do you think of etsy's rule?