How can I tell that eBay isn't showing my listings other than the fact that views are one-digit or non-existent? Easy, when I am not signed into eBay and look at my listings as if I was a potential buyer, eBay's added on "see what other people are looking at", "frequently bought together", "more from the same seller", "similar sponsored items" do not show up.
When they do show up on some of my listings, it shows how out-of-touch eBay is with actually trying to sell products. They would rather have one "similar sponsored item" in a space that could hold six (read five opportunities missed) than show something from a seller that is not paying more on top of more!
I sell vintage jewelry in the vintage category. Why would .99 cents product from China show up as "similar"?
Why would bracelets, necklaces and earrings show up at the bottom of my brooch listing?
Since when and in what universe should vintage jewelry items have the ridiculous "frequently bought together" direction?
It is obvious to me that eBay is adding and making changes to these types of suggestions at the bottom of listings. Also obvious that as these changes are taking place, they are affecting the visibility of the listings that they are being added on to.
And on a totally different topic...why is "Start a collection" still showing up on "My eBay" landing page? This was a sore spot for me when eBay dumped "collections" because I actually used them to my advantage.
How many months ago did collections go away? Why would this still be "live"? Can't they fix anything.
PS: eBay IS directing searches to specific categories without letting sellers know.
As with my prior letter to you, I had someone else with a different computer type in "WWII pin" in the eBay home page search with "All Categories". Once they hit "search", the category automatically switched to "pins".
I just finished listing 3 WWII pins in the "homefront" category, meaning anyone conducting a WWII pin search will not see my listings. (collectibles, militaria, WWII, original period item, United States, Homefront).
I always assumed that most listings for WWII pins were pins worn by military personnel, like division insignia pins. Homefront pins consist of just that, Sweetheart Jewelry, Victory Pins and the like, worn "at home".
I'm super annoyed that this major change has taken place without letting those of us who sell, list our items where they are going to be seen!
I guess I am going to have to go back and switch my listings to what eBay is not telling me where they should be. Another WTF eBay moment that is affecting sellers and buyers alike.