How to Add a Counter to a Selling Page on eBay

By Morgan O'Connor

eBay bids are a promise that you will follow through with a purchase.
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The number of bids an eBay auction receives in the first few days sometimes does not accurately represent the interest in the item. Some people, for example, might wait until the last day--or even the last few minutes--to bid. On the other hand, a complete lack of bids on an item that should be popular may mean that people are not finding your listing, perhaps because of a mistake in categorization or a misspelling in the item's title. With eBay's counters, you can see how many people have viewed your item, even if none of them has bid.

Step 1

Log in to your eBay account and click the "Sell" option at the top of the screen, then click "Sell an item" on the drop-down list that appears. Click the green "List your item" button.

Step 2

Follow the prompts until you reach the "Create your listing" page. Click on the "Switch to form with more choices" link near the top of the screen, then click "Continue" when eBay asks if you are sure you wish to switch forms.

Step 3

Scroll about halfway down the page on the form with more choices. You should see a "Visitor counter" section with a drop-down menu. Click on this menu and select from the choices. You can either have no counter, "Basic Style," "Retro-computer Style" or a hidden counter. The hidden counter will simply say, "Thanks for looking!" when people view your auction, but you will be able to see the number of views.

Step 4

Fill out the other information required in the form. Click the "Continue" button, then follow the prompts to finish listing your item. The listing will include the counter you selected.