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Illustration 11.5"x 7" Prisma colored pencil on illustration board. Cover art for "Intouch Magazine" ( for Dr.Charles Stanley's Atlanta church ministry and worldwide magazine and devotional guide) I created this artwork in the late 1990's.
Some of you may remember that I opened an Ebay store last Saturday and for those that are curious about how that is going I'll catch you up on the latest.
My first 4 items were listed for seven days and the auction closed yesterday with no sales. I had been keeping track with the activity all week and was hopeful about one of these paintings (Garden Reprieve) that was marked "watched" by three persons. Being watched doesn't translate into "interested in buying" but it still felt nice that someone hit some kind of button when they saw the piece. I've relisted the 4 works for auction for an additional week. If there are no sales for this next week, I don't know if these first items will stay in the store, but if so, they will probably be listed with a "buy now" price.
The next six paintings I listed for 10 instead of 7 days, after reading that this would be a good strategy with the listing fee costing 40 cents more per item for the extra 3 days. To date I've accumulated about $35 dollars to list the 10 items and relist 4. This doesn't inclued the Ebay store fee that is free the first month ($14.95/ month). If an item sells, a percent of the sale price will be assessed and PayPal receives a small percentage for their part. When the current auctions end and I relist items or place new items in the store, of course the fees will increase as I go. I'll need to decide how many items are the ideal number for any given time, but for now, I'm just experimenting. If I could sell just one or two paintings a month to cover these costs, it'd be worth the investment to receive the exposure in the market. I'm sure it takes quite a while to get noticed out there and I'm not producing enough to approach galleries yet. Comments are welcome! It's a real blessing that I have other means to pay bills for now! Seriously, I'm glad I don't have that kind of pressure. I love painting without anxiety! The brush is much happier.
I spent quite a bit of time this week on "managing " the store with some very worthwhile tools provided. Tracking daily activity in the store was fun and educational as I was able to see what items were getting the most interest. Stats are also available for number of visits to the store and how many times each item was viewed. The tools also allowed me to see from where each visit came – whether from ebay searches or from my blog or google. I'll list below some of the types of information provided to manage a "basic level" store.
Stats for the time period of Saturday, May 31 to Sunday, June 8:
275 page visits (or item visits)
99 "visits" as described by ebay: " a sequence of consecutive page views without a 30 minute break" per person. (this is hard to believe!)
82 store front visits
Most visited "pages" or items in order of frequence:
Lake Como (both of two paintings) Note to Jennifer!
Garden Reprieve (garden w/ orange bench)
No One's Home ( garden w/bird house and wheel barrow)
Pink Ladies ( camillas in yellow vase)
I had 5 "watched " items, some items watched by more than one person.
Referring Domains (or through what engine did they arrive at the store or page):
20% my blog
Research led me to different articles with tips and rules for using the most successful keywords and titles for listing items. The listing "title" is most important for search engine key words. There is a limited number of characters, so you should leave out any unnecessary words as "and" & "the". Your name is not as important as words that describe the item unless you are a "known" artist that customers will google or place into ebay's search engine. The title of the painting is useless, such as "No One's Home". My listing title for this piece is as follows:
King: original oil painting 8x7 garden scene/bird house. Another example of how to get more "hits" with search engines, is keep it simple. For example, when I first listed a painting of a villa on Lake Como, I titled it as "Lake Como villa". A better way to list the same information would be to list as " LakeComo/ villa". When the words are separated with " / " the search engine can find all paintings of Lake Como and not just the ones with a villa. My reasearch was ongoing during the week and I got much practice in revising my listings. They were all revised in numerous ways before it was done and at 10 listings quite a few hours were spent.
This just in! I recieved an email (via ebay) about payment options from an ebay shopper. I'm not sure why she wouldn't know from my store info what those would be, but I'm glad to get an inquiring email!!!! Updates to come.