Etsy Doubles Photo Slots

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Copywriting | 4 comments

Etsy Doubles Photo Slots

You read that right! If you were paying attention yesterday, Etsy announced they are doubling the amount of photograph slots on their product listings for shop owners. Classically, each listing has the option to upload up to five photographs. Including proper photography was actually part of the Etsy algorithm for optimizing your listing and now that it’s doubled, sellers are left wondering if they are at an automatic disadvantage if all TEN slots aren’t filled.

So, what’s the deal? Did Etsy really just put EVERYONE at a disadvantage?

I don’t think so.

To be fair though, we don’t know yet. It doesn’t make sense to me to panic over the addition of yet another change. Considering everyone is experiencing this photographic roll out, the likelihood that it will prevent you from selling is pretty low at this time. However, I will say that it would probably be a smart investment of your time to start filling in those extra slots in case they do become part of the SEO algorithm. Instead of falling into the trap of uncertain, muddled dread, let’s look at what we do know and go from there.

On July 11th, 2017, Etsy writer Taylor Combs published the following article:

Showcase Your Products With More Images and Larger Image Sizes

She summarized the following three changes:

1. More photos:

Now, when you create a new listing or edit an existing listing on Etsy, Etsy Studio, Etsy Wholesale, or Pattern, you’ll have the option to add up to 10 photos. With five additional spots for photos, you can show off even more aspects of your products and give shoppers additional details about the variations you offer.

2. Bigger sizes:

You can also upload larger photos—we’ve increased the maximum size you can save from 1500 pixels to 3000 pixels.

3. Improved zoom:

We’re updating the zoom tool on listing photos so when you upload larger photos, your customers can see every detail.

My advice is to remain calm, keep an ear to the electronic ground (or just follow this blog), and keep doing what you do best: Crafting. Changes will come and go; it’s how you swim in the waves that defines your ability as an entrepreneur.


  1. 9-19-2017

    Too many pictures for me…there is only so many way to take a photo of a bar of soap. Other items I could see using 10…i.e. Jewelry, furnishings clothes , vintage…but soap???!!! I had a hard time with 5 🙂

  2. 7-13-2017

    I thought I was seeing things yesterday when the extra slots appeared in one of my shops….I kept closing it out and re-opening the listing, thinking my computer was playing games. Then, I realized it was not my eyesight or computer games, but the read deal…Now to update all of my listings with more pictures….Fun…Fun!

  3. 7-12-2017

    I’ve felt that 5 weren’t enough, but 10 seems like overkill…we’ll see!

  4. 7-12-2017

    Just another change. I’ve been on Etsy since 2008, one thing I’ve come to expect is change. They believe the changes they make are for their benefit and maybe for the benefit of the sellers and buyers.
    They want to make money and maximize their profits, just like any company. Now that they are publicly traded they are going to be changing a LOT of things.
    Fasten your seat belts and get used to the changes for that is one thing that wont change.

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