Tips on Using BagTheWeb
Here is a list of tips for using BagTheWeb for your sale:
1) For editing, don't use Internet Explorer. It won't let you see the photo cropping dialog box correctly. It seems to work fine otherwise. Use Chrome, Firefox or Opera to get the full functionality of BagTheWeb.
2) If you advertise your sale on any other estate sale websites, you can post that on your bag. PLUS you can add in all the stuff the other sites don't give you space for... and it's FREE!
3) If you have all of your web presence in one short URL, it can make it easier to convey it through social media like facebook and especially twitter, which limits posts to 140 characters. It also makes a nice "dashboard" or portal to your web presence. This can be useful for yourself, your staff and especially your potential customers.
4) If you're going to use craigslist to advertise your sale: Go to craigslist and search on something that is in all your ads, such as a phone number, address etc. When the search results appear, use the "Bag-It" bookmarklet to send the search to your bag page. When users click the link, they will see your craigslist posts in real time. Make sure the search term is EXACTLY the same in the ads or it won't work on anything not matching the search query. You can set this up prior to posting your craigslist items. Use the same procedure. Only difference is that you won't see any results from the search. You can still bag-it now and it will automatically find the items you post in the future.
5) If you are selling some of the items online, you can create as many links as you like to sites like Etsy, eBay, Ruby Lane and others. You might want to put all you online sites under the "Bag links" section. Put all your photos, videos, online ads etc. under the "Webpage links" section.
6) You can see an example of linking to a local coffee shop and other businesses on the Castle Rock Mercantile bag page: http://www.bagtheweb.com/b/E7Kxc0
7) Are you an appraiser? What is your expertise or your passion? Create bag pages to as many subjects as you can think of. Here is an example of a bag page devoted to early film star William S. Hart: http://www.bagtheweb.com/b/6cElTC. These links can be used again and re-linked to future sales. Idea: To save time on future sales, you can leave all your ongoing links (facebook, twitter etc) in place and just edit the specific sale details by changing text in the top section, removing old links and bagging new ones. Since the URL stays the same you wouldn't have to edit external links created for your previous sale.
8) BagTheWeb works best (by far) with flickr for showing photos. It's the only site that will create nice big images on your bag page. All other sites give you much smaller photos and a few more mouse clicks to put on the page. Flickr is a FREE service http://www.flickr.com. Photo Tip: Portrait photos will appear larger than landscape. This is because flickr photos in BagTheWeb are mainly limited by width and not as much by the height. When cropping smaller images from other sites, using a tall skinny crop (portrait) will make it appear much larger than a short wide crop (landscape).
9) Anything online that has a URL can be sent to a bag page. A few examples: Online newspaper articles or ads, web links that relate to items in your sale, website to any local businesses, online map to your location with driving directions (Google, Mapquest, Yahoo etc.) and more!
10) One nice feature of BagTheWeb is that the page URL address will always stay the same. This means you can post it in various places on the web and not have to find them again to edit with a new link. Example: A direct link to a craigslist post will soon go to a page that says expired/deleted. Instead you could post a link to your bag pages never changing URL and people could then find your current craigslist posting, PLUS your entire web presence.
11) You can create different levels of bags. A top level bag can have multiple 2nd tier levels of posts or bags that are place under the "Webpage links" section or the "Bag Links" section.
Here is a sample of top level: http://bagtheweb.com/b/eLPDu2 The 45+ links under the "Bag links" section are the 2nd tier. These represent areas. Under the areas you will find the 3rd tier of individual stores. Be sure to include links, so people can get back to your top level. For an estate liquidator that does multiple sales, you could create a top level of your company information and links to your web presence etc. Then create bags for each different sale and post them under one of the sections. They could go under "Bag links" and then use the the "Webpage links" section to link to your web presence sites. You could reverse it, but websites won't go under the "Bag links" section, so it's more limited in what you can post there.
12) Posts like this one can contain one image. See example below from Aladdin's Antiques in Bellingham. See more here: http://youtu.be/FDBP8uBBzWk
13) If you submit a bag URL to put our main page well in advance of your sale, you can make all the changes you want later. This includes any changes you want to make during or after the sale. The headline text of your bag page and the first couple sentences are what flow through to our your link on our main page. When you change these areas, you will see it immediately update on our main page.