One good way to attract users to your marketplace is with a quality content blog about your marketplace's subject area. By focusing on the subject area of the niche that your marketplace serves, people can stumble on the content and be directed to your marketplace.
This article focuses on adding a blog, but it can with a bit of adaptation also be used to add a forum or another page to your marketplace.
Can I create a blog with Sharetribe?
Sharetribe does not provide a built-in way to start a blog. Instead, we recommend using a third-party blogging platform and linking to it your marketplace site.
Sharetribe does not offer built-in blogging capabilities because we want to focus on building a great marketplace service, not a so-so blogging platform. There are lots of fantastic blogging platforms at your fingertips - and many of them are completely free!
If you only want to have a few static content pages, you can add up to four pages to your Sharetribe marketplace. You can access them with the "About" link from the top bar.
What solutions can I use to create a blog?
We recommend WordPress, a very mature and popular open-source blogging platform. You can either host it yourself or use the hosted version they provide. Other good options are Medium, Ghost or Tumblr. Drupal and Joomla can be a good fit if you need more advanced functionality or customization and have some technical skills.
How can I link to my blog from my marketplace?
You can host your blog wherever you want and simply link it from the top bar in your marketplace. To set it up, open the "Top bar" tab in your Admin panel (Design> Top bar).
You can also mention it in the Welcome Email or your About pages. If you are using your custom domain, using a subdomain for your blog is a good idea. For example, you could set it up like this:
- www.yourmarketplace.com: your marketplace, hosted at Sharetribe.
- blog.yourmarketplace.com: your blog, self-hosted or hosted at WordPress.
- forum.yourmarketplace.com: a forum, built with another third-party tool.