Offers & Needs Marketplace
The Offers and Needs marketplace is live! Enterprises that subscribe and upgrade to Active status (see below) are now able to post Offers and Needs in the marketplace.
Offers are anything community members have to share: products, services, events, etc. Needs are anything community members are looking for: team members, volunteers, materials, financing, etc.
Subscribe & Support
Good Market is set up as a not-for-profit social enterprise, which means there are no private owners. There are no ads, no equity investors pushing for returns, and no exits. The future sustainability and direction of the Good Market platform depends on the community members that use it.
If you want Good Market to continue and expand, please consider subscribing to cover your account costs and supporting to contribute to further development and outreach.
When you subscribe, there is an option to contribute more than the minimum subscription amount. These supporter payments cover the costs of small-scale entrepreneurs, farmers, and artisans who cannot afford to subscribe, contribute to further development of the platform, support translation and outreach costs, and help expand the movement.
Improved Visibility in Search
When software development started back in 2016, the initial team used a subdomain structure for profile pages, which has affected visibility in search. Google and other search engines see about 10 pages when they look at www.goodmarket.global, but there are actually more than 11,000!
The last release fixed this issue by changing the web addresses for all profile pages. For example, Hatch changed from hatch.goodmarket.global to goodmarket.global/hatch. The old addresses automatically forward to the new ones. Now that this change has been made, it’s possible to do more with search analytics and improved SEO for each country.
Help Center Updates
The Help Center has been updated with more screenshots and video GIFs. Visit info.goodmarket.global to learn how to send invites, earn points, download resources, update profile pages, subscribe, add offers and needs, and more.
On September 11th, there was a server account issue that affected all images on the platform. The software team was able to recover everything through the end of April, and Amanda has been manually adding logos and photos for community members that joined after May. (Big project!) This was a one-time issue. Everything has now been transferred over to Good Market server accounts and additional backup systems are in place.
If you added photos to your profile between May and September, please check your page and make sure everything is included.
The software team is currently working on:
• Lists: Featured community members at the top of the home page to encourage exploration and discovery
• Chat: Help chat, enterprise chat, and group chat to support connection and information sharing
• PWA: Progressive web app functionality to make it easier to add Good Market to a mobile home screen (already possible), manage notifications, and use the site offline and in low signal areas.
Future development plans are based on feedback and input from Active community members. Have ideas? Get in touch.