I have updated almost 40 pages of listings to ensure that all my listings are spam free.
I made a conscious decision when I started with Gameflip to do something different and provide Buyers with a good deal more information to inform their decision.
I largely sell games so I provide a Full Price on Steam, a Rating on Steam, a Full Description of the Game, a List of Key Features, a Link to the Game Listing on Steam, Installation/Activation Instructions on Steam and top and bottom of the listing I post my Shop Name. I also post an image with my shops banner and Instant Delivery displayed on it.
Most listings are about 4-5 lines but mine has about 20 - 25 Lines in it.
During this very arduous task (which isn’t finished ) I have continuously reviewed where my listings have been placing when I carry out a search and have noticed that they almost invariably place in the last 5-10% of all listings. I have revisited them to see if this has changed and still see nothing of note in this department.
So, I am interested to know. Is the listing eternally ruined if it was flagged for stuffing/spamming, is a user punished for providing too much information in the listing (quite a lot of the listings around the bottom have more information and the ones at the top have 4-5 lines maximum) and/or what is the algorithm for listings? I have 800 + Positive Reviews but there are alot of Sellers displayed above me with less.
I disagree with biasing the listings displayed purely on Ratings, it is anti-competition, favours the Spam-Merchant 1-3 Day Sellers who have already been established on this and multiple other platforms.
At this rate If I keep being buried, in some cases several pages behind the top listing, I am going to have to consider abandoning Gameflip. I will give it a few weeks to see if I somehow climb the listings or my sales pick up but I would have sold a few items a day and averaged about 130 sales a month (which is nothing really but a place I was happy at) but in the last 3 days I have literally sold nothing.
I do not want to have to post only the name of the game in the listing information like many other sellers nor do I think that sellers should have to intentionally gimp their own listings to be displayed more favourably on a search return. I also don’t want to become a loss leader in the hope of stimulating sales when I am already listing my games below G2A prices as a rule of thumb.
Interested to see the view of others, your experiences so far and the thoughts of Gameflip.