Tea Trade offers unique domains for free [8 Sept 2011] An update on Tea Trade
It says 36 items are listed for sale, but it won’t display more than 12, and when I click “next,” for page 2, nothing happens. Possible bug?
Just joined….looking forward to all my new friends!
Here is an update on the latest information from Teatra.de (updated 6 April 2011)
Teatra.de went online in early February and response so far has been terrific. Currently, the Teatra.de blog network is home to 17 active tea blogs. One of the blogs, Sororiteas, boasts well over 2000 posts. Some of the blogs on the network are brand new, such Art of Tea, Tea Devotea’s Tea Spouts, and the Tea Inform Bureau written by our Russian friend Mason from Moscow. Other blogs, like Sororiteas, Sir William of the Leaf and Lahikmajoe Drinks Tea are blogs from other blogging platforms like WordPress.com or Blogspot. These blogs have either moved entirely or are mirrored from their other locations. These bloggers are enjoying more exposure, comments and interaction with each other and the tea loving public.
The marketplace is doing well and performing according to our expectations. As of this writing, there are 56 products available from 14 different sellers. This is a small amount compared to the volume the marketplace can support, but there have been new products added every week since it went online. We have processed 11 transactions with a total sales volume of $135 dollars. Our most successful seller is Rachel Carter with her great mix of tea samplers, followed closely by Anne Downen, also known as Liberteas, one of the Sororitea Sisters.
You can continue reading this here: http://blog.teatra.de/2011/04/06/state-of-the-trade-and-successful-selling-the-marketplace/
And a special thank you goes out to all of our sellers and bloggers who have participated and helped us establish Teatra.de in these very early days. We are certainly looking forward to some very interesting times ahead!
Yay! This is so exciting and I am so happy and proud to be a part of Tea Trade. I have learned new things and made new friends. I have even been rather successful in the market place which only drives my love for tea and tea people even more. Thank you Tea Trade and everyone that participates and spreads the word. I can’t wait to see where we are 2 more months down the line.
I am just so excited and had to share. Especially since Tea Trade was my source of support and encouragement.
I’ve been considering signing up at least with a blog to start. Not sure about selling the teas I blend myself at home. But we’ll see.
We would be thrilled to be the home of your new blog. Even without a blog, having an account on Teatra.de gives you the quick and easy ability to comment on other’s blogs and participate in other ways around the site and network. A blog isn’t necessary and we would love to have your voice as part of all the commenting and writing that goes on.
You can sign up now and start a blog later on (and we are here as your personal tech support to help you get your blog started and setup!)
Here is an update on the latest information from Teatra.de (updated 25 April 2011)
Another exciting blog has joined the Teatra.de network. iPlaytea.com, migrated onto the network from the Blogger platform and brought with it over 70 posts dating back to June 2010.
iPlaytea is a good example of how flexible and adaptable the Teatra.de system is. We worked with the author, Jonathan, as he worked to customize his theme to have the look and feel he wanted. In addition to migrating his blog, we also helped Jon keep his domain name to ensure that he is still found easily by his readers.
iPlaytea is a fun and interesting blog, featuring photography, art, music and other interesting bits that Jon finds fascinating. We are glad that he is here to share his thoughts and ideas with us. We know that when we browse his blog, that we are certain to find a great song or beautiful photography to admire.
You can see iPlaytea here: http://iplaytea.com
May 23, 2011
teaquestions.org is a new website powered by the Tea Trade Network meant to give anyone, new tea drinkers and experienced ones the best and most useful place to ask and answer questions about tea.
We wanted to created a website that had removed all the extras, so sales pages, no databases or anything like that. Teaquestions.org is devoted entirely to asking and answering questions about tea – and nothing else. Sometimes, simple is the best way to do things.
There is an integrated voting system which lets you vote on the best answers to questions.
We know forums like this and others are a great resource for tea information, but sometimes the answers people are looking for get lost in the stack. We set this new website up as a place to easily get in and get answers to questions about tea.
that’s a neat idea! Another site I follow just did something similar on the topic of Shakespeare. I think it could make a neat case study for you to consider. One neat thing they did, which you may want to consider doing, is they pre-loaded the site with some of the most searched for questions online. This way they are capturing some of that web traffic, and also giving potential answerers a starting point. (Not sure if you’re looking for people with tea knowledge to help you, or doing it all yourself…) At the very least, you could put in questions and allow users to vote for the questions they most want to see answered. So not only is there voting for best answers, but also for best/most interesting/most important questions.
You can read more about the concept of Shakespeare Answers here: http://blog.shakespearegeek.com/2011/05/introducing-new-site.html
or go straight to the site at: http://www.shakespeareanswers.com/
That’s a great idea. We knew we wanted to get some starter questions and your suggestion is a great one.
Thanks for pointing me out the Shakespeare site (I even looked at the software they are using to power it, interesting stuff – but alas, not compatible with our software despite its expansive features).
Your comment also point out something else that we need to make more clear, we don’t want to do it all ourselves. Of course, there is an open invitation to all experienced tea drinkers to share what they know. Your comment is a good point that we need to make it more clear. Thank you!
August 24, 2011
We’ve finished work on the new Tea Trade marketplace and are thrilled to announce that it is now open for business!
Our new marketplace is now fully integrated within Tea Trade and sellers have access to a full e-commerce package. Tea Trade members are now selling tea directly from their websites or blogs and their products are automatically listed in our main Marketplace.
The level of integration with the new Marketplace is what we envisioned when Tea Trade was launched and it allows for us to add more feature and options in the future. Getting where we are today, was a huge step forward for both Tea Trade and the online tea community.
Rachel Carter continues to be our #1 seller and you can find her teas at http://iheartteas.teatra.de/store/products/
Thank you for all the support you all have given us and our sellers! We hope you enjoy the new shopping experience at Tea Trade and we hope to make it even better and more interesting in the future with more sellers, more features and more teas!
This is so exciting, I really hope things brings wonderful things. :)
September 8, 2011
Tea Trade has decided to allow all of our users to use their own, unique domain names on their Tea Trade websites, stores or blogs for free, forever.
When we looked around to see what the big blogging networks were doing about this same service, we found that they were charging money for it. We decided that, because it is so simple to do, that we should offer it for free.
If you own your own domain name and want to use it for your blog or website on Tea Trade, then you can now do that for free. Blogger charges money and so does WordPress.com – in fact, we are the only blogging and website network that offers this service to all of its members at no charge.
We want the Tea Trade Network to be the best place to host a tea blog or website, part of doing that is offering great services like this. If you want to have your website be something like MyTeaBlog.com, we can help you!
If you have a tea blog, we can help you migrate it to Tea Trade (where we will host it for free) and also support you in getting setup with your own domain name.