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How To Join Our Diamond Club

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    August 6, 2015 5:52 PM EDT

    If you would like to post items for sale in our Village, this thread will give you all the information you need to become a Diamond Club Member ... DCM for short.

     

     

    Our Goal

     

    Our Village was created to help connect buyers and sellers to the world of AVC (antiques, vintage & collectibles)

    By socially networking in a community setting, our mission is to find and use as many methods as possible ... to spread the word about AVC.

     

     

     

    Why should I become a DCM?

     

    Selling online is hard enough. Promoting your items, no matter what venue you are on, especially if its' your very own website, is very time consuming. There are a gizzilon ways to market yourself on the web. It's simply overwhelming. As sellers, we all need a little help when it comes to promoting items.

     

    This is what motivated me to create our Village. The idea was to create a virtual community, where vintage sellers could collectively promote their items.  

     

    The Vintage Village ... is a Virtual Social Hub for Vintage.

     

    By working with others, you are saving time and energy. Instead of trying to get your items seen all by yourself, you are working with a team of your peers, who all have the same goal as you.

    Our community is constantly growing and we have become a very well known name in the world of Vintage. We have been doing this since 2008.

    By joining our Diamond Club, you can be part of that success. By working together, we can move mountains... 

    As a philosopher once said: "A man who successfully moved a mountain, did so, by moving one pebble at a time"

    You don't need to move a mountain here... just a pebble... :)

     

    Once I become a DCM, how do I list items for sale?

     

    Classified ADs allow you to list one item at a time. Buyers who come to our Village can then search in a variety of ways for items.

     

    Do I have to link to a Venue?

     

    No. If you decide to use our village as a selling venue, all you need to do is provide a dedicated business email or even a link to your FaceBook page.

    If you sell from multiple venues like Etsy, Ruby Lane or EBay, all you have to do is link to the item you are selling there.

     

    How does TVV bring people here to see my items?

     

    There really is no way to calculate all the ways we work on getting people to view our village.There is always some new method for spreading the word. Here are the main methods we use.

    Search Engines: If you sell online, you need to do things to get your items into all of the search engines out there. Everytime you add a listing here, that item gets indexed (found and recorded) by search engines. People looking for vintage, type in words and if your item matches those words, you end up as a result.

    Almost 80% of our views come from organic searches for vintage items. That is a very important area to have a high percentage reading when it comes to SEO. It means ... we are doing a really great job getting your items seen.

    Social Networking: The base of what we do here is grass roots, word of mouth, social networking. We expect each DCM to help with this  ... as the entire point to all of this ... is working as a team. 

    When you list an item, you can then socially share that item ... right from our village. You do not have to go to FaceBook or Twitter or Pinterest etc., to share your items. Just click on a sharing icon and boom, you are done.

    Paid Advertising: Part of your fee goes towards funding marketing ads I take out for the Village. I pay for spots on a variety of blogs and websites and I do paid ads on FaceBook and so on. At one point, we did a two page color AD in Vintage Life Magazine!

    If you take out a sponsor ad, that money goes into my marketing budget as well.

    Social Media Accounts: We have accounts on Rebel Mouse, LinkedIN, FaceBook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest. Several times a week, I randomly pick items to promote on all of these accounts. If you are on any of those social media sites, you can share our items from them as well, increasing our exposure even more. Re-pin, Re-tweet etc., on your accounts.

     

    What Does It Cost?

     

    Because we function mainly as a grass roots community, working as a team to promote each other, that allows us to keep your membership fee low. We ask $30 a year.

    In comparison... you can't rent a table at a high end Flea Market, for a weekend for that amount of money.

    You can't rent a booth at an Antique Mall a month, for that amount of money.

    And in any real world setting where you are trying to sell your vintage, you are only reaching local people for a short period of time and can only sell what you can fit on a table or in a booth.

    For $30 a year ...you are reaching people from around the globe ... rain or shine! :)  

    Another comparison... have you ever done a FaceBook "Boost Post" for $30? Not a bad idea, but keep in mind, you are only being seen by FaceBook users. Plus you only are promoting one lonely item and for a short time frame. FYI: Search engines do not index FaceBook.

    You simply can not find another marketing site or community that will provide you with all of the goodies that we do.

    How Do I Sign Up?

     

     

    Go you your Profile page, and look on the left column below your Avatar. Use this area to sign up as a new member or renew your membership.

    The Pay Pal Button will take you to your Pay Pal account page.

    On the left hand side of the Pay Pal page, you will see a charge summary. Proceed to the check out.

    Your payment will be processed within a 48 hour time frame. 

    When you sign up for the first time, I will send you a confirmation message including instructions, to your inbox here in the village.

    I am here to help you with each step and give you one on one coaching if needed. I won't let you mess up! Promise!

     

    Post any questions you have here. Please note that I will delete OLD posts over time to keep the thread short.


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    This post was edited by Lora - CEO at November 15, 2016 12:28 AM EST
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    July 14, 2017 6:08 PM EDT

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