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Fri Dec 28 2012 13:14:28

WatchCount Offers New Keywords Tool to Replace eBay Pulse

By: Julia Wilkinson

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If, like me, you miss eBay's Pulse, you may want to check out WatchCount's new keywords tool. "In a nutshell, it's meant to replace the former eBay Pulse tool that showed top search phrases per category," said WatchCount.com Founder Jake Becker. 

"Our tool does just that, with a few bells and whistles that Pulse never had." An  example - for US Coins -  is at: http://www.watchcount.com/searches.php?cc=US&bcat=11116&ac=amdr#serp. Becker says though WatchCount usually makes eBay tools aimed at buyers, but this latest one "intrinsically has more of a seller bent to it, being that it's meant specifically to fill the vacuum left by Pulse."

In the US Coins example, the keyword list also shows a list of related "alternative" keywords for each keyword, such as "silver" for "1996 silver eagle."

Also, for those who also miss wildcard searches on eBay: "under the radar" somewhat is WatchCount's new WildCard workaround. To use, on the WatchCount.com home page,  enter your search terms with wildcards/asterisks as you normally would, then click the "Show Me...!" button. "Before our Most Watched Items search results, you'll see a notice and SPECIAL LINK – that link will take you to eBay and show you your wildcard search the old fashioned way, processing the wildcard syntax as you intended it – the way it used to be!" according to WatchCount.

Another tool buyers, sellers and collectors can use is eBay Power Search, the first in EcommerceBytes' new Online Seller Tools portal, created by WatchedItem.com founder Michelle Waldorf. EBay Power Search lets users seek eBay listings that others are "watching," and also allows them to use the wildcard search functionality to find misspelled words, or a portion of a part number and save time. You can read more about eBay Power search here.

Do you miss the eBay Pulse and wildcard search features? Do you think you'll find this new alternative tool useful, or is there some other tool you'd like to see for eBay? Post a comment here!




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