Bonanzle is still #4 on the PSU listing count this morning with 1,136,620 listings. Currently there are 27,777 users of those users, 8,208 are Bonanzle booth owners and of those owners, 406 are supporting Bonanzle members. This means that less than 5% of the booth owners are supporting members.
Today when logging in, there is a new front page made up of the handpicked lists. Everything was red, assuming this had to do with Valentines Day. Everything looked new. Now I maybe wrong about this, but Bonanzle was selling Bonanzle as not the shiny new stuff. What just happened here?
Not quite sure what prompted this change of the front page. The old front page was very inviting, The pictures exploded into new ones and changed all of the time. Now it just sits there with what appears to be shiny new stuff.
It would seem to be more of a priority at Bonanzle to make a sellers page. Seem to be spending a lot of time checking and rechecking myself on what has shipped or has had feedback. To much wasted time. What has been paid for and offers that need attention. There needs to be more backend features at this time rather than a new front page.
When I became a supporting member, it was for the future of my business. No supporting members no new servers. Bottom line you can't run a business without money to do so. Not to many sales were coming in, so not to much in final value fees were being paid. The supporting member seemed to be the way to go to insure the future of my business.
As a supporting member there were a few perks. One perk is the Google Analytics, this is critical for me to see where my traffic is coming from. Wasted time is money. Another perk is that your items were twice as likey to show on the front page.
This is no longer a perk for me. I sell Pagan and Wiccan items, there is no chance in this realm that my items will be on the front page. I know this, I am not foolish.
So I did a little checking this morning on the front page handpicked lists. One list has a total of 6 of the 20 items that are supporting members. Another list has 8 supporting members items out of the 20.
So now I guess I need to consider dropping my supporting membership and spending that $24 a month in other areas of advertising. At this time with the economy the way that it is and being a small seller, it just doesn't make good business sense for me to continue to be a supporting member.
It also doesn't make to much sense for a lot of new members to become supporting members. There are less than 5% supporting members of the site and to take away something as small as front page just doesn't seem like a wise business move. Only time will tell........