How I earned 60,000 FREE listings on Etsy (and so can you)

Many of you will know I have had an Etsy shop for several years, but did you know there is a way to get all your listings for free on Etsy?

Shop owners, especially new ones, probably don’t bother trying to earn free listings on Etsy, but if that’s you – seriously, do this now to ensure you can make the maximum money in your shop.

When I began this tactic, I honestly thought perhaps a few sellers would use my link and guide when they started selling on Etsy. Perhaps I would earn a few listings when they used my link to open a new shop here and there. Little did I know I would earn enough listings to keep my selling fees at zero for years to come.

Lets’ begin

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Get your first 40 listings for free on Etsy!

You can gain 40 Free Etsy listings by using a referral link when you open your shop.

Click this link to earn 40 free Etsy listings when you open your first Etsy shop.

If you have already opened a shop, it is impossible to gain the 40 free listings for that shop. It only applies to new shops on Etsy.

How to earn free Etsy listings?

As an Etsy shop owner, you will have a link within your Etsy shop to share with your audience, friends, colleagues, and anywhere you like. This link is called your referral link on Etsy.

When someone clicks this link and goes on to open an Etsy shop – they will receive 40 free listings.

In exchange for this, Etsy will also grant you 40 free listings.

By my calculations, I’ve referred at least 1500 people to open an Etsy shop. In real terms, this is worth 12,000 dollars. Not bad.

Now it’s worth mentioning that the likelihood of using all of those free listings is very remote. Unless I suddenly start selling everything for 1$.

Hmmm, I might do that.

Goes away to think about this!!

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How you can share your link?

Log into your Etsy account

Once you are logged in – copy the following URL

This will take you to the Etsy page, where your referral link is displayed.

Copy the link and start sharing.

You can view this link to find out How the Policy works for free listings on Etsy

Where can I share my free listings’ link?

Here is a list of places I have placed my free listings’ link to gain maximum exposure. Remember, if you have more than one shop, – you might want to spread your link over several places and use both shop links. So you can earn free listings within each of your Etsy shops.

Your shop link is generated when you are logged into Etsy – so make a note of each link for different shops. You don’t want to have 50 in one shop and 7 in the other.


Because the credits are non-transferable and non-exchangeable.

Here is a list of places where I have shared my link and succeeded.

  1. In blog posts such as this, especially blog posts that help you Open an Etsy shop
  2. On my social media, even on Instagram – you’ll be surprised how many people open shops spontaneously
  3. In my Etsy profile, such as shop news or my information
  4. In my listings, on listing images and also as text within the descriptions.

In case you were wondering – where is my link and the screenshot of my free listings as of today.

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image of etsy show listings

New Etsy shop owners should read the platform’s fees and payments policy — it is essential to familiarise yourself with your chosen platform before opening a shop. You must see if the policies are agreeable or do not align with your expectations. The first thing you need to check is the listing fee.

Your product listings are essential to your Etsy store — how many items will you need to grow and maintain sales? By being aware of the Etsy listing fee, you get to plan the initial budget breakdown of your store correctly.

Can You List On Etsy For Free?

All listings fees are payable – at the moment it is 0.20C, however, you can earn free listings so you never have to pay this fee. Refer to this guide from Etsy and earn free listings. It would be best to build connections with the people in your community — refer Etsy to aspiring shop owners. Before anything else, the person must open the Etsy store before you both receive the free listing. Don’t just blindly share — look for people planning to open a shop.

How Much Does It Cost To Start a Shop On Etsy

Etsy is undoubtedly a low-cost eCommerce platform — perfect for aspiring and young entrepreneurs. Some additional charges also need to be considered when you open.

Etsy won’t let you on their platform for free. However, these fees won’t be an issue if your store becomes a top seller. You can find a more in-depth breakdown in your Etsy payments account.

Other Etsy fees to consider :

  1. Listing Fees
  2. Etsy Transaction Fee
  3. Advertising and Promotional Fee
  4. Etsy Ads Fee
  5. Offsite Ads Fee
  6. Subscription Fee
  7. In-Person Selling Fee
  8. Payment Processing Fee
  9. Shipping Fees
  10. Regulatory Operating Fee
  11. Pattern Fees

Click this link for the complete Etsy’s fees and payments policy guide.

You can also refer to this blog post to learn about starting an Etsy shop. Furthermore, the guide will help you determine if your country also needs to pay sales tax.

Using Social Media platforms

Where else can you connect with a large number of audiences online? That’s right! On social media platforms — you can do free promotions without hassle. It’s a bonus if you have a considerable amount of followers. Do a practical, encouraging post on why they should start selling on Etsy. However, you must ensure that your social media posts won’t be a page full of promotions. Followers might find it annoying and less relatable.

You might encourage them with these reasons why you should sell on Etsy.

Etsy continues to prove that they are a budget-friendly online marketplace. One of the best things about the platform is that it connects sellers to work with each other. The Etsy community is one of the best things the platform has introduced to its sellers — connections are essential in the marketing industry.

It may be a small fee, but it helps the platform give the best accommodation for sellers — and potential customers. Sellers are responsible for paying a particular fee to keep the business going, and Etsy will return it with innovative features and an even more friendly user interface.

I hope you enjoyed this post on how I earned over 60,000 free listings on Etsy (and you can too).

Make a note of your free Etsy listings link and share it with your audience. Anyone using your link to open a new Etsy shop will receive 40 free Etsy listings from you. Etsy will also grant you 40 free listings in your shop to use when you create a new listing or renew an old listing. This method has earned me over 60,000 free listings in one shop.

Thanks for reading today.

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