inkFrog offers you hundreds of custom eBay listing templates created by professional designers. You may be thinking, however, that you're wary of selling with a template that thousands of other sellers might use.
Not to fear. It's incredibly easy to make any of the inkFrog templates your own. Here's how.
1. Open the Templates Library and Choose a Designer Template
Evaluate the templates with an eye toward how well each layout fits with your store and product needs. Though it can be difficult to see past colors and images in the samples shown, try to think beyond these—all of the colors and images can easily be changed.
Click on the edit button (it looks like a pencil) at the bottom of a template you'd like to customize, to open it for editing. You'll find yourself in the inkFrog template editor.
2. Start Clicking on Things You Want to Change
Nearly everything in an inkFrog template can be customized.
In most cases, starting with the logo is a good idea. Click on the logo, then click on the pencil icon to edit the image used for the logo.
Add your own logo by clicking, then editing, the template's default logo.
Now either enter the web URL of your own logo, or click "inkFrog Library" to select an image from your inkFrog image library or upload an image to be used as your new logo.
Click "Update" once you've entered or selected an image to update the template with your new logo.
Navigate through the template and replace any other images you'd like to replace in just the same way—click, edit, then select or upload a new image.
3. Change the Layout of the Template if Needed
Our templates are built in rows (horizontal sections), and you can move each row up or down to suit change the order in which items appear in the template.
To reorder rows, either click "Layout" in the left sidebar, then hover over a row and click the up or down arrows to move it up or down, or select "Edit" → "Rows" to see a visual representation of each row that can be moved up or down.
Move rows up or down to affect the overall layout of your template.
Note that if you use the second method, all of the content on the template except rows will disappear as you move them around. Select "Edit" → "Elements" and then "Page" in the left sidebar when you are done, to return to normal editing.
4. Update Text to Reflect Your Needs
Click on any text items you'd like to change, then on the edit button on the right to open an easy-to-use text editor enabling you to customize your text.
To edit text, click on it, then click either "TEXT" or the edit button.
Apart from the title and description areas of the template, text areas on the template are there for you to use to describe your own brand, promotions, and policies.
5. Customize the Look of Your Title and Description
You'll find text areas in the template that look like a product title and a product description. When you click on these, you'll see "PRODUCT TITLE" or "PRODUCT DESCRIPTION" at the upper-right of the editor.
You can update the appearance of these text items as well. Click "TEXT" in the right sidebar to edit these, which enables you to select a color, typeface, and size for each text area.
Don't click the edit button (pencil icon) to edit title or description text areas, since they're to be replaced with the product and description fields from your actual listings. Making changes to these with the full editor will prevent this replacement from occurring.
6. Link to Your eBay Store and Other Products
You'll notice that many images in templates have a tag over their upper-left corner showing "img-1," "img-2," or similar labels. Images with these tags are replaced when you list products with your actual images for each listing.
However, you can repurpose any of the images in the template to link to your eBay store or other eBay products instead.
Select items that should link to your eBay store or to your other eBay products. These should usually be images nearer the bottom of your template. If they are tagged with "img" and a number, click the gear icon, then remove the tag to prevent them from automatically being replaced when the template is used for a listing.
You can make images static by removing the "img" tag from them.
After applying this change, edit or replace image in the same way you modified your logo. Then, select each image again and click "HYPERLINK" in the right-hand column, entering the URLs that shoppers should see when they click on the images in question.
Most of the time, these will be links to other products that you sell or to your eBay store.
7. Hyperlink any Remaining Items and Remove Unwanted Items
Use the text editor to hyperlink any remaining items:
Click on the text you'd like to link
Click the edit button to open the text editor
Highlight text that you'd like to hyperlink
Click the link icon in the editor (looks like a link in a chain) to enter the address that shoppers should visit when they click on the text
Then, delete any remaining template elements you don't want to include in your listings:
Click on the item.
Click the trash can icon just above the item to cause it to disappear completely.
With your remaining text linked and unwanted elements removed from the template, you're nearly there!
7. Save Your Custom Template
Now you have a template with your own logo, images, and links, that also automatically adapts to the eBay listings that you create. When you list an eBay item for sale using this template:
Your listing images replace the template images tagged as "img-1," "img-2," etc.
Your listing title and description replace the title and description in the template, while preserving template text style
You're all done. It's time to save your template and use it.
Click "Save" → "Save As" in the navigation bar. Give your template a name, then select the category you'll be using this template with.
Your custom version of the template, now saved, represents your own brand.
Now whenever you list an item in that category, you'll be able to choose your new template in the listing form.
Finding All of Your Customized Templates
To see all of your customized templates at once, perform these steps:
In your inkFrog account, click "Templates" → "Designer Templates" to enter the templates area.
Click "Private" at the upper-right of the templates page to see a list of your customized templates.
You can re-open any of your customized templates for editing by clicking on the edit button at its lower-left, or delete a customized template by clicking on the trash can icon at its lower right.
Custom Templates Make it Easy to Maintain Thousands of Listings
You can customize any number of our designer templates any number of times—to build a library of templates that you can use for all of your products and for every occasion.
Best of all, once you begin to use custom templates for your listings, they're dynamically linked. Uou can edit the appearance of multiple listings at once just by visiting your private library and editing the template(s) that they were listed with.
Changes that you make this way will automatically update all of your linked eBay listings, providing a way to quickly and easily tailor and maintain the appearances of all of your listings—with a minimum of work.
What are you waiting for? It's time to get busy customizing your own templates!
Posted on June 15, 2018
Discover inkFrog's customizable templates and learn how to leverage them to make managing the appearance of your listings a snap!
If you're new to selling on eBay, you've probably heard of Turbo Lister, once recommended to new sellers in thousands of books and articles as the way to manage multiple product listings on eBay.
Unfortunately, eBay ended support for Turbo Lister in 2017, and the Turbo Lister home page says that Turbo Lister is no longer offered. You can still find places to download it, but should you?
Here are some key things to think about:
eBay's long-term plan is to retire all support for Turbo Lister
Support for Turbo Lister is now spotty at best
Turbo Lister feels and works like old software that's getting older
The takeaway? If you're not already tied to Turbo Lister, it's not best way of getting off on the right foot any longer. Even if you're just beginning, you need a replacement for Turbo Lister.
inkFrog Is the Best Replacement for Turbo Lister
With the end of Turbo Lister in sight, there's only one real replacement: inkFrog. inkFrog does everything that Turbo Lister did, managing a library of eBay templates, active listings, and past listings for you.
But beyond this, no other Turbo Lister replacement can:
Be used for free—just like Turbo Lister—for up to 10 ongoing listings
Import inventory directly from CSV data files
Offer a compelling combination of ready-made, customizable, and bespoke template options
Support your fulfillment workflow with printable address label and invoice templates
Enable you to provide accounts to your employees and staff as you grow
Provide one-on-one training and support all along the way
This combination of features is found only at inkFrog.
With inkFrog you'll create listings, manage orders, and rely on customizable templates.
inkFrog Grows With You, Year After Year
inkFrog enables you to avoid impractical fees early on, expanding with you even once you have thousands of products and listings live. With inkFrog, you'll:
Start small, paying nothing until you get your business off the ground
Add multiple marketplaces and selling platforms
Add employees and get them working for you in inkFrog, too
Expand your inventory at will, with inkFrog managing an unlimited number of listings
Get personal assistance from day one
Only inkFrog is just like Turbo Lister once was—free at first, yet able to scale without limits—while adding deep support and enabling sellers to synchronize their activity across multiple selling platforms.
Ready to get started on eBay with the best Turbo Lister replacement?
You've found it. Let's get started!
Posted on June 12, 2018
With Turbo Lister facing retirement, you need a capable replacement. inkFrog does everything that Turbo Lister did—but is better in every way.
Over time as you grow, the list of images that you have on file in inkFrog can grow to epic proportions.
Managing your image library carefully may seem like a secondary task, behind creating new listings and fulfilling orders, but investing time to organize your images now can save you loads of frustration in the future.
Name inkFrog Images So That They're Easy to Find
Before uploading or importing images, name them carefully so that they're easy to find later on.
One way to do this is to name each image using a combination of your product SKU number and the view shown in the image. For example:
All of the images above are for the product in your inventory with SKU number 923483, and each view is clearly labeled.
Another popular alternative is to name images using their product the make and model:
This method also enables you to find images quickly and easily, as well as to quickly search for a manufacturer (in this case, "Citizen") to see all images for your products from a particular manufacturer.
Name your images using product SKUs or a make and model.
If you already have a library of automatically-imported images inside inkFrog, you can still use the naming techniques just described. Set aside an hour or two to rename them, following these steps:
Visit the "Images" area of your inkFrog account.
Check the image(s) that you'd like to rename.
Select "Bulk Actions" → "Rename Images."
Enter new names for each image in the list, then click "Save."
This method makes renaming your images for fast discovery a quick and painless task.
If you already have images in your library, you can bulk rename them quickly.
Importing New Images
There are several ways to add more images once you're ready to begin managing listings from inkFrog. In the "Images" area of your inkFrog account:
Click the "Upload" button to bulk-upload images from your browser, or
Select "Import" and then "From Dropbox" to import images from a Dropbox folder, or
Select "Import" and then "From URLs" to import images already stored online
In general, the upload and Dropbox import options are easier to use for larger numbers of images. Dropbox is the best choice for very large collections, since it runs in the background and doesn't require attention. To import from Dropbox, follow these steps:
Create a folder in your Dropbox for your images.
Save, edit, and name your images there.
When you're ready, select "Import" → "From Dropbox" inside inkFrog.
Authorize inkFrog to access your Dropbox account.
Browse to your Dropbox folder.
Either check the box at the top of the list to select all images or select your images one by one.
Click "Import Selected" to import the images into your inkFrog image library.
Import large numbers of pre-named images from your Dropbox storage.
Organizing Images in Folders
For very large image libraries or in other circumstances in which more organization is needed, you can also create folders for your images in inkFrog. To create a new folder, follow these steps:
Visit the "Images" area of your inkFrog account.
Click the folders drop-down list (on the far left).
Click "Manage Folders."
Click "Add new folder."
Enter a name for your new folder.
Click "Add folder" to create a new folder with this name.
Click "Add new folders" in the "Manage Folders" area to create folders.
Once you've created a new folder, move images into it by following these steps:
Check the image(s) that you'd like to move.
Select "Bulk Actions" → "Move to folder."
Select the folder to which you'd like to move the selected images.
Click "Move Images" to move them.
With these techniques, you can manage thousands or even tens of thousands of images and keep them well-organized, easy to group, and easy to find.
Finding Your Images
If you've used the SKU or make and model method(s) for naming your images, they're easy to find inside inkFrog. Either from the "Images" area of your inkFrog account, or in the "Add Images" view as you create listings, do the following:
Enter the SKU, make, or model for the image(s) you're looking for.
The list of images shown will be filtered to include just those with matching SKU, make, or model information—so that you can quickly find and edit them, file them elsewhere, or include them in your listing.
When your images are well-named and organized, they're incredibly easy to find.
If you've named your images well, you'll always have exactly the images you're looking for, available just by entering obvious product information that's a part of your listing workflow.
Keep Your Images Organized Going Forward
Using one or a combination of these techniques, you can keep your inkFrog image library organized and easy to search.
It's a small investment in time early on that will pay dividends later—as your listing volume and product line grow!
Giving a third party access to your eBay selling account is no small thing.
After all, you're on the hook for any listings that you create, sales that you make, and messages that you send—so it's only fair that you want to know exactly what InkFrog does when you try it out.
Here's what you can expect.
Your Listings Will Be Imported
After you sign up, which involves connecting your eBay account to inkFrog, all of your eBay listings will be imported and made available to you inside your inkFrog account.
You'll find current listings under "Listings" → "Live"
You'll find sold listings under "Listings" → "Sold"
You'll find unsold listings under "Listings" → "Unsold"
You'll find scheduled listings under "Listings" → "Scheduled"
You'll see a bucket of all imported listings of any status under "Listings" → "Library"
You'll see all of your listing images in the "Images" area
Importing your listings doesn't change them or alter their status in any way on eBay; inkFrog is simply also making them available to you inside inkFrog.
Your eBay listings will be imported into inkFrog and categorized shortly after you sign up.
A Banner Will Be Added When You Create or Edit Listings with InkFrog
From the start you'll have be able to create new eBay listings or edit your existing eBay listings using inkFrog.
A small banner will be added to the bottom of any new listings that you create or existing listings that you edit, to show shoppers that you're able to provide the enhanced levels of customer service commonly associated with inkFrog sellers.
Users who upgrade to a paid inkFrog subscription can disable this message in the "Settings" → "Marketing" area of their inkFrog account.
You'll Be Able to See and Manage Your eBay Activity from inkFrog
After singing up, you'll find that you don't need to do anything else to be able to track and manage your eBay sales activity from inside inkFrog.
Your inkFrog dashboard will import your activity and immediately begin to display metrics.
Your inkFrog dashboard will automatically track your sales and sales totals. The statuses of your listings—live, sold, unsold, paid, shipped, and so on—will automatically be updated in the "Listings" area of your inkFrog account.
You'll also see and be able to respond to new messages from the eBay message center using inkFrog.
You can also start using inkFrog for your messaging right away.
inkFrog Will Enhance Your Seller Communication
By default, after you sign up inkFrog will begin to send nicely formatted messages to your buyers:
When you make a sale (confirmation email)
When you ship a product (tracking email)
These messages add professionalism to your selling activity and shoppers generally appreciate them. If you'd like to see samples or disable them, you can do so from within the "Settings" → "Marketing" area of your inkFrog account.
Kick the Tires and Then Get Rolling
So that's it—everything that will happen when you try inkFrog—but of course that's a lot. As you can see, inkFrog has been designed so that when you try it, you hit the ground running
Your library of listings and images is automatically imported and begins to track your eBay activity. You can immediately respond to eBay messages from within inkFrog. And your seller communication is improved for you unless you choose to disable it.
You can still manage your sales from eBay, for example by using Seller Hub, but you can also start testing the same workflows in inkFrog right away, so that you can see just how much inkFrog will improve your effectiveness.
From there, you can begin to try new inkFrog templates, creating listings with inkFrog, connecting your other stores and selling channels, and customizing your inkFrog configuration and workflows.
Now you know what happens from the moment you sign up for inkFrog and connect your eBay account. Sound good? Then what are you waiting for? Try it today!
Posted on June 07, 2018
If you're new to inkFrog, you may be wondering just what it will do once you've given permission to access your eBay account. Here are the details.
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