OnlineAuction.com - Rummage Sales and Internet Radio Shows...
As some of you may know, I have been co-hosting a segment on the ebay & Beyond Basics to Business Internet radio show & Podcast hosted by Dave White. The show is recorded live every Saturday between 10:00 AM and Noon EST.
Last Saturday ( April 19, 2008 ) the show focused on the OnlineAuction.com Internet auction website with interviews of the CEO of OnlineAuction.com Chris Fain and a selling member of the site Karen "callmemomo" Hammond.
OnlineAuction.com, also known by the acronym OLA, has grown steadily for some time and seems to be in a great position to capitalize upon the recent upheaval within the eBay sellers community. OnlineAuction.com currently has over 13 million items listed for sale on the site.
The sellers on OnlineAuction seem to appreciate the feeling of community and the relatively low fee structure. They say OnlineAuction.com is a better place than eBay for them because selling on the site is "fun again" just as they remember eBay selling from years past. The goal of this Rummage Sale is to draw more traffic from the Internet and compete more closely with eBay.
Karen is one of the grass roots organizers of an event called the OnlineAuction.com Rummage Sale. The Rummage Sale has been organized by individual sellers on the site and not by the site itself. The OnlineAuction.com management is fully behind this groundswell of involvement from its sellers and they endorse the Rummage Sale which will be launched May 1st.
The idea is to attract more attention from buyers to OnlineAuction.com's sellers products by getting hundreds of sellers to agree to list at least 10 items of significant vale for a starting price of .99 cents each.
My Blogging Idea...
During my segment on eBay & Beyond, which followed both Chris Fain and Karen "callmemomo" Hammond, I presented an idea to the OLA listeners of the radio show. My idea, which admittedly came to me on the fly, is that if each of the sellers who has committed to selling 10 items for .99 cents in the Rummage Sale (over 290 sellers) were to promote the event outside of OnlineAuction.com by each member starting and using a free WordPress blog, the event might gain more of a groundswell of buyers.
If each seller would create a blog and on that blog they would list all of the the items they would offer for sale in the Rummage Sale on OLA, then I believe the sale would be more successful. Each seller would also create more traffic for their items listed in the sale and they could use the power of blogging to promote themselves and the community of sellers involved with this event.
Karen "callmemomo" Hammond, in my mind, must be a very proactive seller because she has already launched her WordPress.com blog. Karen had never published a blog before, but she is now an official part of the blogoshere with her new WordPress.com blog - Callmemomo's Weblog.
Stop by and encourage Karen in her blogging adventure. If you are a seller involved in the Rummage Sale on OLA, why not follow Karen's lead?
Start your own blog - show people what you sell, tell them why you sell, explain what is special about what you sell, then tell your readers where they can find your products. Content is king, content brings traffic... without traffic you just have a pretty listing. Drive some traffic to your listings with a blog.
It can only help.