Dear eBay Queen:
I really don’t think I’m cut out for eBay. I cannot figure out how I can get higher up in search results! I have some really great items for sale: striped vintage tumblers, 1950’s glass ball pitchers, beautiful vintage Napier rhinestone jewelry. It seems like NOTHING I sell is even being LOOKED at! What can I do?
Do you have any idea how I can be moved up higher in the eBay Search rankings? What are some of the things that would put me closer to the top of search?
There could be a few things that might affect the way you are being seen through eBay’s “Best Match” search. Best Match is eBay’s default way to search. Here are a few things that move your items up in Best Match searches:
• Detailed Seller Ratings
• Being Top Rated Seller
• Offering Free Shipping
• Giving Works to Charity
Things that will knock your listings lower:
• high shipping charges
• your detailed seller performance rating
Newly listed items get a temporary bump, so don't list your items as Good until Cancelled, if you are listing them in your store. 30 day listings are better for store items, and then relist them so that they get that temporary bump when they are renewed.
Just to be clear: things like being a Top Rated Seller, Offering Free Shipping, Giving Works to Charity -- do NOT factor into the ordering of search results when the shopper selects any sort order OTHER THAN Best Match. This is why every chance I get, I will tell eBay buyers, or even when chatting with strangers about eBay’s Best Match. I tell people to never use Best Match, (almost everyone says, huh? sort order?) That gives me the opportunity to tell them how eBay picks what items I see and don’t see when Best Match is selected. Best Match might be a fair way to reward good seller behavior, but for people looking for specific, vintage items, it's like wearing fogged-up goggles in an antique mall.
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