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Wordtracker-like Tool For Ebay?
Posted 21 November 2003 - 12:40 AM
Posted 21 November 2003 - 12:57 AM
Are you trying to "build an ebay business" by finding top searches and throwing up auctions to match, or are you trying to figure out what words people might be using to find what you already sell? If it's the latter, I'd imagine that Wordtracker numbers could still be pretty effective in comparing keyword phrases.
Posted 22 November 2003 - 12:33 AM
I have a hunch that people search a bit differently on ebay, for ex. when I myself do a search on ebay I usually use singular words while when I search the internet I use plural words. I'd like to know if this is common for other people or if it's just me.
Posted 22 November 2003 - 10:35 AM
Ebay is full of little short-hands that just don't seem to apply to search engines, so I'd agree that a separate tool could be useful to sellers. An example, go to ebay and search for 'bbc', you'll get a ton of big block chevy related items. Go to a search engine and do the same search, and you'll get all kinds of things about British broadcasting. This is one I personally search on ebay at least once daily, but would never search using that term at a search engine. And I could come up with others, so definitely, the results would be different than wordtracker.
But at the same time, one of my favorite ways to find good deals on ebay is to browse categories for things that are listed wrong or misspelled. I recently got a screaming deal on a couple Holley carburetors, because they were listed as 'Holly carberators'. I'd been searching for these as 'holley carb' (or 'holley carbs' since I was looking for a pair). Obviously no one searching the way I did would have found this, and not even someone searching for the correct spelling of 'carburetors' would have either. Such a tool, if people used it (and that's an if, granted that some obviously don't even use a spellchecker), could kill my fun here. Although I admit I'd use it myself when selling things - could be a time-saver over my current method of reading ads in my category to see what words are there.
Posted 22 November 2003 - 02:54 PM
Posted 22 November 2003 - 03:25 PM
The response was - yes we know the most popular words/techniques and misspellings, but we aren't going to tell you or make it available to a third party like wordtracker..
They did strongly suggest that you look at the most successful sellers in each catagory and emulate them. They pointed out that a lot of times you can become very successful with misspellings (they used a type of furnature as an example, I can't remember which one, though)
They also suggested that you "optimise" the title of the auction, since it had the most effect on the search.
Hope that helps. Not being an ebayer I didn't have enough background for more in depth questions.
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