Are you an eBay seller? If you are, your goal is probably to make as much money as you can by selling products on eBay. Unfortunately, there are now thousands, if not millions, of individuals who are doing the same thing.
This is a lot of competition!
However, even with competition, you should still be able to make a profit when using eBay, particularly if you can devote a little time to extra marketing of your listings. What do we mean by marketing your listings?
Simply listing your items on eBay is enough to get those eBay items exposure within the eBay marketplace. But you may want to think about taking it a step farther. There are a number of different ways that you can go about extra marketing of your eBay items without having to spend any money.
One of the best ways to market your eBay items is by joining the eBay Community Discussion Boards – or Discussion Forums as they call it on ebay.com. When you talk with other eBay Community members your eBay ID is displayed whether you start a discussion topic or respond to an ongoing discussion.
On ebay.co.uk, there’s a View Items link alongside the person’s eBay ID which takes you straight to the listings of the person who’s entry you’re reading on the Discussion Board. With ebay.com, you click on the eBay ID which takes you to that person’s MyWorld page, which contains a link to their listings.
If you contribute to the eBay Boards or Forums you will find it is not uncommon for other members to click through to your listings. This may be out of curiosity, but if your entry is really interesting, helpful, or both, you will get a number of eBay members viewing your listings.
Another relatively easy way to get extra exposure is to contribute to forums outside of eBay. There are forums and message boards on just about any subject you can imagine. If you locate a forum which is connected to the type of products you offer on eBay, you can contribute to the discussions on that forum. The benefit is that most forums allow members to have a signature attached to their forum comment and which can contain a live link. This live link can be, for example, to your eBay Store/Shop, to an individual category page of your Store/Shop or to an individual listing page.
Here are a couple of directories of forums to get you started:
http://www.big-boards.com/ – shows those forums with the most numbers of members
http://www.theforumfinder.org/ – probably the biggest directory of forums
Another very simple way to promote your other eBay items is by including a “please checkout my other eBay listings” link on all your item description pages. As with the marketing tactics mentioned above, this is easy to do and is free.