Ok, so I was a bit rash… Big Business – I hear Ya…

MeYesterdays announcement banning any linking of any sort did not kill eBay as a Business Venue...

eBay will continue to build its association with Big Business - What was I thinking?

  • Big Business does not care about little links in "me" pages...
  • Established sellers with existing profitable websites will not notice
  • Buy.com, Sears, Circuit City - everyone already knows where their website can be found... They will not revolt

But what about the little guy?

What about the small seller who is just starting a website?

Or the small sellers with no website but has thought about starting one after gaining name recognition on eBay?

eBay is the Mt. Everest of traffic for most small sellers.

The me page, and links from it can only help these new merchants become established, create name recognition, develop an audience, build a reputation.

So, yes, I hear the comments from established PowerSellers that these links really do not matter to them, and I suppose eBay has heard you say that as well.

But did anyone ask the small sellers?

If you are a small seller... Do you care? Are eBay Me Page Links Helping Your Business?

I want to know... I want to hear from you... Tell me your story.

Comment below...

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0 Responses to Ok, so I was a bit rash… Big Business – I hear Ya…

  1. Jordi May 20, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    I’m a small seller on eBay and can tell you the amount of traffic I get from the link on the Me page is pretty insignificant. I get more repeat buyers coming from the leaflets I put in every package I dispatch. So this policy is not a game-changer at all for me.

  2. John (3rdpo) May 20, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    Thank you for that post Jordi, traffic is the same on the ME page for ALL sellers not just big vs small. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing!

    john

  3. Scott Pooler May 20, 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    John,

    I notice you do not even mention your “me” page in your listings. How would you expect to get traffic to the me page? The little “me” at the top of your eBay name?

    Without driving traffic to the me page, you consequently will derive no traffic from the me page….

    It’s all a moot point now…

  4. John (3rdpo) May 20, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    The ME page was supposed to tell people about ME, hence the name. At some point this got turned into, “the ME trying to drive customers off eBay page” LOL

  5. Michael Weinstein May 20, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    One thing I have noticed is a major drop in traffic to my core listings. Period. Will I notice a drop in website traffic? Maybe, maybe not. But I know I get much more website traffic using general SEO tactics than I get from ebay.

    Also…a link to our website from our ebay about me page kind of made us feel more legitimate among the vast sea of larger sellers on ebay. I guess that is gone……Thank you ebay!

  6. Henrietta May 23, 2008 at 4:31 am #

    I was a small seller, my logs show I got ten to fifteen hits a month from my about me page since February when I closed my eBay store. Doesn’t sound like much but 100% conversion is good.

    With the dramatic drop in listing visibility and sell through rates this year on eBay I have been making more by not listing on eBay than I was when listing and not selling but paying all the fees.

    When I was selling on eBay I always put a discount coupon & flyer in each package for the website, same product, more choice, lower prices and never ever had one redeemed. Go figure.

  7. Scott Pooler May 23, 2008 at 7:14 am #

    Henrietta,

    Yes, eBay is not the place for everyone and it seems more and more people like you are finding it really is OK to sell online outside of eBay.

    Nice website you have there at 200 West Main – ever think about adding your own blog to that site?

    Scott

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