-- WATCHCOUNT.COM NEWSLETTER --
-- Issue #005 : July, 2009 --
- How many people are secretly watching your favorite eBay items
Wow! Tons ('heaps' for our UK visitors :) happening around here at WatchCount.com, so let's get going...
-- Site News --
You may not have heard of the eBay Developers Program
, but they're the eBay department that allows 3rd party developers like ourselves to interact with the eBay platform and provide services to shoppers and sellers that extend beyond the eBay website itself. Well, the big news for us these days is that we received eBay's esteemed 2009 Star Developer Award
! I traveled to Sunny San Jose California last month to receive it and was able to (finally!) set foot on the eBay campus. http://WatchCount.com/news-archive.php#eSDA09
We're happy to admit that we finally joined the 21st century and opened a Twitter account
. Follow us! We'll keep you posted on interesting, funny, or odd eBay finds that turn up — that many others are watching for good reason. We may also slip in some occasional site news and other happenings. Rest assured that, like this newsletter, our tweets ought to be infrequent; so please take a moment to jump aboard and follow us! http://WatchCount.com/go/?link=Twitter
We've been doing a little housecleaning on WatchCount.com of late. You might notice a less congested menu bar that now sports drop-down menus. Moreover, if you visit us with Safari or Chrome browsers, things more generally ought to look a little tighter and cleaner across the site as well. On the functionality side of things, for our Basic Search you can now detect item types by eyeing the relevant label: "Past Sales" refers to Fixed-Price (BIN) items, while "Bids" of course refers to Auction Format listings. Of course, simply clicking on the item title or photo will give you the full scoop.
Have you ever run a search on WatchCount.com and wished for a quick way to eye the listings alongside similar results on eBay? Now you can. For keyword-based searches you'll see a link at the bottom of the search results that says "See your search results on eBay instead"; a simple click will take you to eBay in a new window, saving you a step by showing you real-time results based on the keywords you'd already entered at WatchCount.com.
WatchCount.com has been receiving some good press lately. Skip McGrath
did a generous write-up (again) of us in his recent newsletter, and Marlene Gavens (aka The Savvy Seller
) invited us to speak with her on a recent podcast. A little closer to home, eBay Partner Network
(aka 'ePN', another eBay department) interviewed and blogged about us.
We're busy programming some new, added functionality for WatchCount.com — actually, it's one of our most requested new features. While we're not quite ready to spill the beans just yet, we expect to be beta testing the new feature in about a week. As a newsletter subscriber you're invited to get in on the private beta and play with the new feature before it goes live. Just get in touch with us and we'll apprise you of the details as things move along: http://WatchCount.com/contact.php
Will you be at the Affiliate Summit conference in NYC next month? If so, give us a holler and we'll see if we can connect.
-- WatchCount.com Tip --
If you're a collector of baseball paraphernalia, for example, you might be used to searching WatchCount.com using certain keyword phrases to locate your items of interest. While you may be familiar with using wildcard ("*") searches, and negative ("-") keywords, here's a syntax that not many people know about.
You can ask WatchCount.com to return search results that are "any 2 out of these 3 words". Just follow this example (without quotes): "@1 baseball autograph card" will return items that include 'baseball autograph' as well as 'baseball card' (and 'autograph card') in their titles, with the words in any order.
You can also extend this concept to "any 3 of 4 words" using the '@2' prefix: "@2 rare vintage baseball card". Moreover, this quirky, but sometimes handy, search syntax also works on eBay itself.
-- Visitor Q&A --
Kerry, an eBay seller, writes:
"I just copied and pasted the HTML for the WatchCount.com Widget
and all I get is the Dynamic "Watch This item" button... The watch count portion does not appear."
This is a common question. A minor limitation of the WatchCount.com Widget is that it won't appear in your listing until your listing is fully live. So, when you see it absent while revising or previewing your item, know that it'll appear after you hit the Save/Submit/Revise button.
(Don't yet have our Widget in your eBay listings? http://WatchCount.com/widget-info.php
-- What are Others Searching For? --
(*) Reborn baby dolls
continue to be a very hotly searched item on WatchCount.com. These dolls are each individually custom made by specialized and dedicated artists and have an uncanny resemblance to real live babies.
As an example of the allure of Reborn dolls, consider this now-closed eBay auction, item 320382609173
(just paste this number into any eBay search box). This auction sports intense bidding activity of over 700 bids — and with a final sale price of over US$3,500! Even more amazing is that all of those 700+ bids came from a mere 11 determined bidders. Wow!
You can see the current Most Watched Reborn dolls live right now:
eBay US: http://WatchCount.com/?ec=e2781#serp
eBay UK: http://WatchCount.com/?ec=e5985#serp
eBay Australia: http://WatchCount.com/?ec=e5785#serp
We come across specific searches on WatchCount.com that seem to be far more popular in one country than other eBay sites. Converse sneakers
seem to be a fave in the UK recently: http://WatchCount.com/?ec=euk7839#serp
-- What's Most Watched Right Now? --
As one might expect, Michael Jackson items
continue to be quite popular on eBay and accumulate high Watch Counts:
eBay US: http://WatchCount.com/?ec=e5009#serp
eBay UK: http://WatchCount.com/?ec=e2134#serp
Taking a step back from pop culture, it's not difficult to stumble upon interesting hidden niches while cruising around either eBay or WatchCount.com. Apparently there's a market for collectible German World War II helmets
Thanks for reading, and we'll see you again next issue.
PS Follow us on Twitter! We'll let you know about funky/funny/wild/interesting/strange eBay items that everyone's got their eyes on: https://Twitter.com/watchcount/
PPS Remember to visit www.WatchCount.com
each time you sit down to begin your next eBay shopping or selling session. :-)
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What is WatchCount.com?
offers a collection of helpful tools and services for eBayers, including unique marketplace search capabilities unavailable on the eBay site
. Sellers can avail themselves of automatic listing enhancements, while both buyers and sellers find it helpful to lookup Most Watched eBay items
in real-time to better help them frame their buying and selling activities on eBay. An official eBay Compatible Application, WatchCount.com is certified by eBay
for use with the eBay platform.
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