FAQs - What are AuctionBytes Classifieds & How Does It Work?
What are AuctionBytes Classifieds?
AuctionBytes Classifieds is an affordable classified ad service where you control the listing. You can sell individual items and choose to include a PayPal button in the ad, or you can advertise your auctions, Web site and storefronts! Paid advertisers will have a Classified ad listing for One Year. During that time, you can go in and change your ad any time.
What Can I Advertise in My Ad?
You can advertise individual items in your AuctionBytes Classifieds ad. You can also promote any of your selling venues - such as auctions, storefronts, brick & mortar stores or Web sites. Use a classified ad to promote your business, service or sell individual items. You can purchase as many AuctionBytes Classifieds ads as you like, they cost $25/year and you can modify them anytime.
How Much Does an AuctionBytes Classifieds Ad Cost?
You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, which will expire with no further obligation. If you choose to purchase an AuctionBytes Classifieds ad, it will cost $25 for the entire year.
How Will Buyers See My Ad?
AuctionBytes Classifieds is prominently displayed on the AuctionBytes.com home page. Buyers can search or browse AuctionBytes Classifieds ads. We also advertise paid AuctionBytes Classifieds listings in the AuctionBytes NewsFlash email newsletter on a rotational basis! Paid AuctionBytes Classifieds ads will also get 125x125 banner rotation on the AuctionBytes home page!
How can I track the effectiveness of my AuctionBytes Classifieds ad?
All AuctionBytes Classified ads have counters, so that you can see how many people have viewed your listing. There are several ways that you can track who is coming to your Web site through the AuctionBytes Classifieds. You may want to set up a special email address that only appears on AuctionBytes Classifieds. If you own your own domain, you might create an email address such as email@example.com. You can set up an AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo! account with the same type of name. If you have access to the logs on your own Site, you might also consider adding a query to the link to your site in your AuctionBytes Classifieds ad. For example: http://www.mydomain.com/?abc. That will mark any requests with the ?abc query as coming from your ad. You will need to have access to your logs to count them.
Are there tools that track how many visitors go to my Web site after viewing my AuctionBytes Classifieds ad?
There are special tools that can track the effectiveness of outside advertising on your own Web site to find what ads work best, for example, Web Trends. Some of these tools are free and some cost money. You should talk to your Webmaster to see what he/she recommends.
Why aren't more people buying things from my AuctionBytes Classifieds ad?
Experts say you should always test, test, test your marketing efforts. You can try different headlines to capture people's attention. You can try different descriptions, or try selling a different item! But remember, just because you don't get sales doesn't mean people are not viewing your ad. You should use some of the methods described above to track the effectiveness of your AuctionBytes Classifieds ad.
How Frequently Can I Change My Ad?
You can change your ad as often as you'd like. Change the description, upload a new image, change contact information or even change category! You will have a password and can edit your ad yourself any time, as often as you like.
Can I list an ad in more than one category?
You can list your ad in only one category, but you can change the category at any time. If you want an ad in more than one category, you will have to purchase multiple ads.
How to Purchase an AuctionBytes Classifieds Ad
How do I purchase an AuctionBytes Classifieds ad?
In order to purchase an AuctionBytes Classifieds ad, you must first register. Go to the registration page:
and enter your name, address and email address. Create a User Name and Password Make sure you choose a secure password, one that incorporates both capitals letters and lower-case letters, and numbers. An email will be sent to you confirming your registration and pointing to the link where you can set up your AuctionBytes Classifieds ad. (IF you already registered, see the next question.)
How much does an AuctionBytes Classifieds ad cost?
An AuctionBytes Classifieds ad costs $25 for the entire year.
How can I pay for an AuctionBytes Classifieds ad?
AuctionBytes Classifieds ads can be purchased using PayPal, Money Order, or personal check. If you're paying via PayPal, click on the PayPal button on this page and follow instructions. If paying by check or money order, click here and follow the instructions on that page. Listings paid for by check or money order will be added within 5 days of receiving payment.
I forgot my password, what do I do?
You should check the email we sent you that contains your User Name and Password. If you can't find it and you forget your password, go to http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/class-login.pl?ForgotPasswd and enter your email address. We'll send it to you again.
The screen says my image upload was successful. Why isn't my image showing up in my ad?
There may be several reasons that your image doesn't show up. You may be trying to upload a file that is not compatible with the AuctionBytes Classifieds program. Only GIFs and JPGs may be used in ads. 200 pixels high x 200 pixels wide and less than 70 kilobytes. Also check to make sure that your image has an extension at the end of the file name. The program recognizes .jpg .jpeg and .gif file extensions
Why does my image look distorted or fuzzy?
If your image is fuzzy or distorted, the most likely reason is that you've uploaded an image that is smaller than 200 pixels wide. The software resizes smaller images to fill a window 200 pixels wide which can stretch out the pixels in your image and reduce its quality. To ensure the best quality image, reduce your picture in your image editing software to 200 pixels in width and less than 70k in file size
How do I add a link in the description box?
You may add a link in your description by using the following HTML tags:
<A HREF="Click'>http://www.mylink.com">Click Here</a>
You must replace the URL within the quotation marks with the URL you are linking to. Instead of "Click Here", you can use any phrase you'd like within the tags. You can add several links within your description. Be sure to keep your links on separate lines, so that they're easier to read. Use a <br> tag (break tag) at the end of each link to start a new line.
<A HREF="Click'>http://www.mylink.com">Click Here</a><br>
<A HREF="Click'>http://www.mylink.com">Click Here</a>
Can I have more than one ad in the AuctionBytes Classifieds?
Yes. You can have as many ads as you'd like. Each AuctionBytes Classifieds ad is $25.
Why does my image look so bad in the Home Page 125x125 banner?
The image that appears in the AuctionBytes Home Page 125x125 banner is a thumbnail of the image that you placed in your AuctionBytes Classifieds ad. Because the image is reduced, the optimal image should be 'squarish' in shape. Long, narrow images will not show up well in the Home Page banner.
What are the "Featured Ad Line" options for in my control panel?
The Featured Ad Line options allow you to customize the text that appears on the Home Page 125x125 banner. Each line allows you to enter 18 characters to describe your listining. If you opt not to enter any text in these boxes, the text on your Home Page banner will read, "AuctionBytes Classifieds Featured Item."
Can I place a link to my ongoing eBay auctions in my AuctionBytes Classifieds ad?
To link to your auctions, you'll need to use these HTML tags before and after your link:
<a href="Click'>http://www.url-to-my-eBay-auctions">Click here to see all my eBay auctions!</a>
You'll have to find the actual URL to you eBay listings and insert it within the quotation marks in the first tag. You can also ad any text you'd like to be visible as the link by adding that between the opening tag and the closing tag.