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    Thats great news theolyoak sounds like you chose a good nich.
    I wish you all the best in your new endevours.

    What gets me is the likes of ebay keep advertising on the TV here in the UK. WHY THE HELL do ebay need to advertise? everyone already knows about it.
    Seems like another case of the rich trying to get richer

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    So at the end, nobody has a website that is getting bids? This gives me the idea that it is more for developers than for marketeers. Am I right? I posted already posted that I am looking for a good auction script for auctioning large amounts of potatoes. Having a f*ck up, means it can cost me up to 250k.

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    Dutch The resons that other auction sites dont do well is because of the one people already know and seem to love called somthing bay

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    To make a successful auction website you have to market, publish and Advertise the website to help draw people to the website and it also helps if you have item for sell on the website to help draw people to the website and to keep them coming back. ebay started off the same way and the same with most other website but then over time they do start loosing customers because people get board with it or it is starting to cost to much so people move on to the next big thing in till that dies.
    Free Auction Setup, Extra Category, Relist, Subtitle, Up to 20 Pictures, Reserve Price, Bold Item, Highlighted Item, Buy Now and much more. There is a Final Price Fee of 0.15 USD If your item sells at uBidzz.com.
    Current Project: ubidzz.com
    Test account info: User:tester Password:tester
    You are more than welcome to check the site out and report back any problems.

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    I have worked for the largest online auction house in Europe. They auctioned for bankruptcy and overstocks, so not like eBay that you have a lot of sellers. When you have a bankruptcy or overstock you can start auctioning from that place. (Marketing itself isn't the hardest part, getting the good stuff to auction is the hard part.) When you have good (exclusive) stuff to auction, you set a couple of advertisements in local papers for a day that people can take a look. You provide people with the lot-number and off you go. You only need 2 people to drive up 1 price.
    It is all about getting the attention and holding it.
    Last edited by DutchDandy; 04-10-2012 at 11:19 AM.

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    Back to the topic. Are there any websites that use WeBid and are active?

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    yes i'm active with my website... but for my opinion you have to work on a good way or idea to find your market. then try to apply this or correct.

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    I've got a successful webid auction site which is attached to my specialist forum for pigeon racers. In four years we have auctioned racing pigeons off and raised over £100,000 for charity. I also run private auctions and charge 10%-15% which I keep to pay for a dedicated server.

    Webid has always been very reliable, but I would now like to upgrade the look of the site to something more modern (still using webid).

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    While am still building and testing my webid site, i do own a company that sells both online and offline - So when it comes to having products, that's not a problem for me.

    What most people whom want to start an auction site should do, unless your wanting to stick to a niche market, is find distributors in your country that supply products to wholesalers or retailers. You do not need to be a registered company, as they accept sole traders too and that's what those of you that do not have a registered company actually are - Sole traders! I originally started out as a sole trader and i got accounts with distributors no problem, though at first it was pay per order before the distributor would ship the goods to my customer. Also to start with, turn the damn Counters Off, because as soon as they see you only have 10 sellers then any big sellers on Ebay or other sites will leave your site, and same with people looking to buy. So its better they do not know how many members you have. Only put the counters on when you have lots of members.

    Simply search, for example, furniture distributors on Google and same for other specific items. Then sign up with the distributors and they may either give you a credit account (if your a registered company with trade references) or a pay per order account.

    Distributors provide you with their price lists and product images, so you know what the cost of the product is and therefore know what prices to list it on your auction site for. When listing on your site create a username where you can put all of 1 distributors items listed under, and then create another username for the next distributors items and so on. That way you have each distributors items under 1 username and it looks like you have loads of sellers and loads of items on your site.

    Once you have done that, and Google has started sending people to your site, that's when its time to start thinking about marketing, not before (unless you want to fail). After all there is no point marketing a site that has low traffic, as many of you have found. It is content that drives traffic, not marketing as all marketing will do is simply bring people to your sight who will click a link in an advert and browse a couple of pages, see there is no content and kiss you goodbye. They will remember your site too in a lot cases, and when you finally do have content on your site and are advertising again, they will see the advert and think, oh yeah i remember that site it had hardly anything on it. You do not need that kind of Bad reputation when your only just starting - So whilst marketing on the likes of facebook or Google adsense is good for drawing people to the site, if you haven't got the content, then marketing can and will be your own worse enemy and will stop your site being a success. If you haven't got the content, then you have nothing worth marketing, as the site it self is not worth anything, its the content on the site that gives the site its value, and its the content your marketing not the website itself - Its that simple! There's no point marketing an empty and content-less site as doing so is the equivalent of advertising a boring empty space!

    So, Marketing + No content (listings) = Failure, end off!
    Whilst, Marketing + Lots of Content (Listings) = Success and solid foundation to continue to build on that success!

    So never market your site or advertise it, till after you have the content on the site (at least 1,000 listings active, easiest way is to list them via CSV to SQL). Yes submit the site to search engines as they'll pick up your listings as and when they crawl your site.

    One very handy tool we need on for Webid is something similar to Oscommerce Mod called Easy Populate, which enables you to download from the admin page, a CSV file of the Auctions active on your Webid site in the same format that is accepted by Google as a data feed for Google shopping. Though this would also need Webid to integrate the Item Condition Mod. Then all we would have to do is simply make minor changes to the CSV files content and upload it to Google data feed. Just update the feed the each week.

    Sorry for the long post, just wanted to share my expertise whilst ensuring everyone will understand the importance of only marketing their site only when they have enough content (listings) on their Webid site that's worth marketing.
    Last edited by SurgerySupplies; 13-12-2012 at 11:59 PM.

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    Dahlsvarehus.com - I like your idea of joining sites or sharing of auctions items, I think the approach needs to be based on collaboration and logistics that is my intention although looking at the posts on here I am concerned that there may be a wall coming to greet me !

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