Maybe I'm doing it wrong. I'm not charging for anything except a 5% final value fee to the seller. And when people sign up, they get a $5 credit to pay for their first $100 in sales. I thought 5% was very competitive compared to Amazon and Ebay, especially with no fees for listing, featured auctions, etc.
I even listed one of the "buy now only" auctions on Google Shopping so it appears if people search for that particular product. And I had a shirt made to advertise my site that I've worn to several conferences that are related to the niche I am targeting.
One possible problem is that I have the word "beta" prominently displayed on my site so that instead of complaints when people run into errors, they give me helpful error reports and suggestions. I've wondered if the "beta" is scaring people off, though.
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Thread: Any successful sites out there?
30-03-2012, 06:53 PM #11
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- Utah, USA
31-03-2012, 09:54 AM #12
I used to use WeBid for a nich auction site and the nich that I had is big, my nich was the radio market catering for anything RADIO from a small handheld AM radio to a full blown SDR a CB to HAM and every thing inbetween, my site catered for anything RADIO and was the only Radio only auction site on the internet, I ranked between 1 -10 on all majour search engines including google, I was listed on all radio related forums and other radio related sites.
When I finaly allowed my domain http://www.theradiobay.com to run out after three years of running it the site had over 3000 members and it was growing, however I never had a single one of those members post an item for sale, all the site ever had on it was my own auctions that I used to post regularly to keep the site looking busy and none of those items sold.
The reason for this is because there are categories for it already on ebay Electronics > radio Equipment people would rather pay to list on ebay than on any other site because they know that thier item will be seen by almost the hole world and they know they will get a bidding war start on thier item hence they get top dollor.
Like I said above, In my opinion and through experience you wont make money because of ebay, it dont matter how many items you have on the site or how many search engines your listed in or how much you fill up your site with mock auctions.
It could work if you have loads of money to advertise on TV, radio an in magazines and newspapers then you may start making a bit of money.
One only has to google the term "Powered by WeBid" and look through the results to see that most of the sites that run WeBid have either closed down or have nothing listed.
I dont wish to put people off using the script but I am saying if you are intending to make any serious cash from it then think again.
Last edited by nay27uk; 31-03-2012 at 01:22 PM.
31-03-2012, 10:56 AM #13
maybe if we could make some sort of combined webid system so when user search in our site they got local hits for the current site and if item not found alternative hits from other webid sites.
we could also make some sort of combined register so user just register one place like they do in facebook,
so user register in our site and if is sent to other site it remembers userdata, customer just have to agree for each sitte that its the current site rules etc.
and we could have some site system. where we can control what sites we want to allow
Last edited by Dahlsvarehus.com; 31-03-2012 at 11:40 AM.signatures are for idiots
02-04-2012, 06:25 PM #14
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- Apr 2011
- Utah, USA
I'd be happy just to have my site pay for itself.
There is at least one auction site that besides ebay that is doing well, but I guess that's because they're specializing in something ebay doesn't allow - aquarium fish. It's using a different auction script, and it's been around for a really long time. It's also completely free (but accepts donations and has advertising).
There was another site that was doing well alongside ebay that was in the same niche I am in, but they closed down a few years ago due to decisions made by their parent company which I don't think were related to how the site was actually doing. I was hoping to take their place, and the people I talked to that used to sell there said they'd be interested. But I guess it is a combination of taking too long to replace it and a lack of marketing funds that is the problem.
In a way, it's probably a good thing that I don't have much traffic yet, as I'm still working on making the site work correctly. Perhaps with time things will improve.
On the plus side, I'm halfway to earning enough through Adsense to actually get a check...
03-04-2012, 09:39 AM #15
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
02-10-2012, 08:37 PM #16
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- Oct 2012
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.
02-10-2012, 09:01 PM #17
02-10-2012, 11:40 PM #18
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.If you like my work on the themes and mods i made please donate to help support for more free themes and mods.
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 0.20 USD If your item sells at uBidzz.com.
04-10-2012, 11:17 AM #19
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- Oct 2012
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.
04-10-2012, 04:56 PM #20
Think webid start whole new concept.
no need to have lots of members.
everyone can buy domain and open there own auction site.
so why sign up paying fees to some company
All can sell there own stuff, like advanced garage sale.
and customers just surf the net for what they need as normal and go in start bidding.
ok to stay in topic.
Powered by webid
i found one site that was active after few minutres surfing
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