One good way to attract users to your marketplace is with a blog that has quality content about your marketplace's subject area. By focusing the subject area of the content on the niche that your marketplace serves, people can stumble on the content and be directed to your marketplace.
This article focuses on how to add a blog but can with a bit of adoption also be used to add a forum or page.
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.
The reason why Sharetribe does not offer built-in blogging capabilities is that we want to focus on building a great marketplace, not a mediocre 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 pages of static content, 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. Other good options are Medium, Ghost or Tumblr. If you need more advanced functionality or customization and have some technical skills, Drupal and Joomla can help.
How can I link to my blog from my marketplace?
You can host your blog wherever you want, and simply link to it from the top bar in your marketplace. To set it up, open the "Top bar" tab in your admin panel. You can also mention it in welcome emails or your about pages. If you are using your own domain for your marketplace, using a subdomain for your blog is a good idea. As an example, you could have the following setup:
- www.yourmarketplace.com: your marketplace, hosted at Sharetribe.
- blog.yourmarketplace.com: your blog, self-hosted or hosted at Wordpress.
- forum.yourmarketplace.com: a forum, using another third-party tool.