In the course of my EC dropping today, I came across an interesting post on Lofty Matters about a WordPress plugin that would allow me to host auctions right here on my blog. It’s called WP Auctions Gold, and at first blush looks pretty exciting.
I should mention that I’ve tried selling my art on eBay. That was a huge flop. I’ve tried selling my art on ArtByUs. Again, no sales.
This is a plugin I’d actually have to <gasp> pay for, but the price isn’t outrageous. They say that with their RSS feed, potential bidders would be directed to my site from theirs. That would be good, because while there are those among you who do stop and read and even comment, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people who just drop and run.
I’ve got the plugin page bookmarked and will be thinking about it. Any potential source for selling my art ought to be carefully considered, after all. If any of you have thoughts on the matter, please feel free to chime in!
That definitely sounds like a nice plugin, especially for a site like yours. If the price is reasonable, it may be a very good investment.
I’ve seen artists hold auctions for their work on their blogs (mostly on MySpace blogs) by simply having people place bids by commenting.
“They say that with their RSS feed, potential bidders would be directed to my site from theirs. ”
Before you buy, check out their feed and if people really do get redirected to the artists’ site- it will definitely be worth whatever the cost then.
Would love to see how it works too and if it gives a more legitimate feel than just having people place bids via commenting.
@Lady Rose… my biggest concern is OMG, another widget on my site. I’ve come to feel a certain loathing for widget in my card-dropping adventures around the blogosphere. LOL But if it’s a passive little thing like the Entrecard and Etsy ones, I could live with it.
@Peggy… my biggest problem with running auctions through comments is that it seems like a lot of work. And I’m inherently lazy. I’d have to get myself a secretary to deal with it. hee hee
@Entrepreneur… Excellent idea! How the heck do I check out their feed, though? For a geek, I’m woefully lacking in knowledge of certain areas of teh Internets (but I obviously know about LOLcats, which are a vital part).