We’ve received a few emails recently saying things like “how do I get a plug like Frooition did?” If you have a product designed for eBayers, TameBay is a great way to get yourself seen by PowerSellers across the world, and better than that, to get our knowledgeable readers to talk about you. Inspired by Mashable, here are a few tips to increase your likelihood of being here.
- Be different This is absolutely reason number one. There are a million scrolling galleries to cross-promote your eBay listings. There are a million “off the peg” ecommerce website builders. There are a million photo editors. Do something different. Do something amazing.
- Be individual Tip: if you ever send me an email that begins “Dear Blogger”, I will delete it unactioned. But not before I have forwarded it to a few people mocking you. “Dear Sue & Chris, I’m a long-time reader of TameBay, and I particularly liked that post you wrote yesterday on…” will get you a long, long way. 😉
- Be open to criticism I once received
an emailseveral emails from a company offering me an incentive in return for “positive blog coverage”. Have confidence in your product: don’t *require* positivity. If you’ve made something good, positivity will happen; if you’ve made something that just doesn’t work for eBayers, don’t you want to be told about that?
- Be part of the community AhTXT.com got this right. Sign up for the forum. Talk about stuff that isn’t your product. Be a human being. When you do talk about your product, ask questions rather than making a pitch (“how do UK mobile phone contracts work?”). Result? We like AhTXT.com.
- Bring your fans If you have eBayers already using your product, ask if they’d be prepared to talk about it. This is especially important if your product has a steep learning curve; someone who can talk from experience about using it, is always going to be more effective than me going “well it looks like a good idea but I really don’t have time to test it right now”.
- Put your money where our mouth is Buy some advertising. Give our readers freebies. Run a competition to win your product. Do something other than demand free coverage.
- Be honest Advertising is good. We’re all here to advertise in one way or another ( 😀 ). But pretending to be your own customers bigging up your product in our comments or on our forum is the quickest way to get yourself marked as a spammer, and then I can promise you, we’ll never have a good word to say about you. Honesty is the only policy.