I made another sale this morning. That makes 9 items total sold since I joined Bonanzle, which was on March 8. Exactly 3 weeks. My item that sold today was to a "guest"... I wonder if she found me through LJ? ;)
You might be thinking, "you've only managed to sell 9 items in 3 weeks??". But, consider that I sell strictly non-essential items, the economy is in the toilet, and Bonanzle only has just over 40,000 registered users. I have seen many sellers say they've been there for 'x' number of months and have yet to sell a thing. A lot of these people sell the same sorts of things I do. So what makes me different?
Reality is there's no way to know for sure, but I strongly believe it's because I'm willing to practically kill myself by marketing all over the place. Staying active, daily, on Twitter and LinkExchange helps a lot(I get a substantial number of hits from LinkExchange, which is comprised of far more than just other Bonanzle sellers). I use this community to promote, and I use other communities around LJ to promote(I will make a list of these in a new post for everyone else after I'm done writing this one). I joined Plumdrop
and am trying to rack up as many "friends" there as possible(that site also offers a blog feature on your personal page, I've only used it once, though I do see some benefit to it). I keep a selling blog on Blogspot as well, though I admit I've slacked off on it a bit. I did join Facebook, but I don't see it as particularly useful(though perhaps others are getting something out of it). I don't do MySpace or Craigslist, but again others may get some use out of these.
A lot of this is just getting yourself out there and getting seen. It's okay to promote directly on Bonanzle, but remember that you are promoting pretty much to other people who want to SELL things, not necessarily buy. Plus, the "Promote Your Booth" forum is so bogged down with serial promoters that it's pretty much useless. I tried one last time last night to try to promote something there, and it got bumped off the first page before it was even seen, so I deleted it and I won't be bothering with that forum again(unless Mark & Bill do something about the excessive multiple-posting promotions by a handful of the same people over and over and over).
So if you need to know where to start, first start by getting yourself OFF the site. Get on Twitter if you haven't already, and to make life a lot easier(I just discovered this, I know others use it already), download TweetDeck
. It makes Twitter a million times easier to use, and you can be notified in real time of new Tweets/DM's/@replies. It runs in the background while you're online, just like an IM program. USE TWITTER TO PROMOTE. There will be people who get antsy about this, and if you want to keep a "personal" Twitter that you use for just general chat, make a second account that you use for promotions. Despite what some claim, there are A LOT of people who will follow you, even if all you do is promote. To get more followers, follow your followers' followers. Follow the followers of the people you follow. That's a lot of following going on LOL but most people will follow you back.
Don't give up, because it won't all happen overnight. You have to keep working at it, even if it's just a little something here and there each day. Even if all you do, for now, is make people aware that Bonanzle exists, that's a good thing.
Now go sell something. :)
ETA: corrected Plumdrop URL. Sorry about that.