Is the eBay affiliate program any good?

Is the eBay affiliate program any good?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Discussion' started by Dean, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys and gals, I have been seeing a lot of eBay affiliate ads around and was wondering if anyone has tried them and if they are any good?

    Does it take a lot of conversions to make good money, like the Amazon affiliate program?

    Any good points or bad points shared will be appreciated.

    Cheers, Dean
     
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    Muzzamil Active Member

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    Amazon pays very little commissions which is about 4-8.50% and I believe ebay pays about the same because Amazon and Ebay are each other's competitors. And yes you would have to make a lot of sales and conversions to make any profit. Good Luck!
     
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    I think it must be ok, the owner of Digital Point made millions off of them. Of course some of his methods got him in trouble but none the less it is probably ok.

    You don't get a very high commission, so you would need lots of people going through your affiliate links to make good money.

    Just my $.02. ;)
     
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    Is it hard to get approved by Amazon? I read somewhere that it is hard to get approval.
     
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    I didn't know ebay had an affiliate program. I can't seem to find the affiliate page on their site. Where can I find out more information on it?
     
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    Maria Marketing Active Member

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    I did not know that there was an ebay affiliate program. I have not seen any information on it before. I wonder if it is just in the US of if they have one for UK residents also. I am going to have to check into it.
     
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    eBay affiliate program is far much lucrative than Amazon. I had used the ebay partner networks for my previous tech blogs and it it converts very well. I had made some good money from it. But later I move on to IM niche. So, I am not using it right now. But I highly recommend it.
     
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    ulterios Well-Known Member

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    I have never used the eBay affiliate but used the Amazon affiliate program and never made too much money from it. Maybe i'll give it a try based on your input. Do you think that the eBay affiliate program will work with other niche's besides tech or is that the main one that will do well. I have one tech blog and the rest are in different niche's.

    Thanks for the info Vishwa, I always value your thoughts and input. :Thumb:
     
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    I used eBay affiliate program before, it's not bad, I haven't used it in a while. They might of made changes to it after the split up with PayPal. I used to be able to buy certain items below cost. Affiliate Program + Credit Card Rewards + Ebay Bucks (5x). You could actually make money buying silver/gold below spot and reselling it locally.
     
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    Did you use it on a website or blog of yours or did you promote it other ways? I'm just curious as to how well it would work on a site itself.

    Well that's pretty creative. I wonder how many other people have gotten that idea and tried it out. If you had a lot of money to use you could make a real nice profit I bet.
     
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    I used to own a baseball forum, what I did was I targeted my eBay ads per block you set up. You can say this ad block show auctions using the words "Baseball Cards" on another add blocked I would show "Baseball Balls and bats" another will be "Baseball t-shirts"

    So members of my forums will see Baseball cards, balls, bats, shirts for sale on eBay. The ads were so pin-point perfect to the forums interest. The auctions change daily, so it's never displaying the same items over and over again. Some of these items can sell for a lot of money and if you're making 6% of the sale or whatever it is now, it can be a big sum of money, plus whatever other shopping they do on eBay.

    In the gold/silver communities this was a big deal, everyone did it. You'll see AMEX come out with but this "Gold Bar" at spot offers. If you know anything about gold and silver, you can hardly ever buy anything at spot price, you always pay a premium to spot. eBay use to toss the 5x rewards out which is (10% back on the purchase price) + 1.5% back by paying with your credit card another 6% back with the affiliate program. Paying 17.5% less then spot price.

    When you go to sell Precious metals, if it's in bullion form like a bar or coin, local dealers will pay you close to spot, spot, or even over spot depending on the item. Keep in mind, these dealers have to pay a premium also, no one sells under spot (Why would they?)

    So you'll order 20 coins from AMEX on those special sales day, head to your local dealer and sell them 20 of your old coins yours replacing. And keep the 17% (20 ounces x 1300 x .17) = $4400 profit in a 20 coin transaction. You're income was limited by your bankroll.

    Since the price of Precious Metals changes all the time up/down, you have to have inventory on hand in order to secure the profit. You can't wait the 1/2 weeks for delivery, the price can move to wipe out your gains or you can make a ton more. I take the no risk approach.

    Then eBay got a little smarter, they removed the Ebay bucks rewards from "Bullion Coins" category. But you can still find coins listed in other categories, etc. Now, since the ebay/paypal split, I haven't gotten a 5x Reward, just the measly 2% ebay bucks.

    Anyway, it's good to be well versed in several areas, so you can apply everything you learn across the board and take advantage of opportunity when you see it. No one really comes out and spells things out like this for people, until it's no longer viable.
     
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  12. Dean

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    WOW! That is very ingenious! Figuring out a way to capitalize off the system and make good money from the precious metals is very, very clever. I use eBay all the time and have for as long as I can remember and never thought about doing that (or I would have). That is quite the system you had there.

    I have to say, and I don't say it often, that I am very impressed with that kind of thinking and being able to make money like that using such a creative and forward thinking system. Very, very clever! :Thumb:

    Cheer, Dean.
     
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    I never really did much looking into ebay's affiliate program myself but I have seen their ads around in a few places. There's a motorcycle / off-road forum that I have been to that I have seen the eBay affiliate ads around but I really didn't know how well they worked. If the owner is getting 6% from parts for motorcycles then that could really add up.

    Thanks for the information, i'll have to check this one out and test it out on a couple of my sites to see what it does compared to other revenue sources. You are full of all kinds of good useful information, thanks! :Thumb:
     
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    I think the payout is different per category, it's been a while since I used their affiliate program. Ebay charges the seller different amounts per category. I'm not sure how much the payouts changed since the ebay/paypal split. Before EBAY has the luxury of offering more $$ because they were making revenue on both sides. Now they only get revenue on one side (It's a good possibility the payout isn't as much as it used to be.)
     
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    ulterios Well-Known Member

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    I believe that you are right and the payout is different for the different categories. Since you mentioned that I remember hearing that somewhere a while back.

    Thanks for all the information that you have shared with us here, it helps and we all appreciate it. :)
     
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    I never tried this program before but I know that where I live there are a lot of ebay sellers so it might be a good one to try. Does anyone know if this program works in just the USA or does it work around the world too?
     
  17. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

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    I was looking on their affiliate pages and didn't see anything about location being a requirement so I think it is probably open to most locations. It should at least be available to countries that have a dedicated eBay branch for their main selling site.

    If I see find out for sure I will post back with the info.

    Cheers, Dean.
     
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    Cool, thanks. I'll check into it more when I am ready to start marketing that kind of thing.
     
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    I haven't used it myself but I see all kinds of sites that have it on them. Ebay has a huge amount of different things that people are selling so it should be good to go on any type of website no matter what the site is about.
     
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    I was looking at this not too long ago and was wondering this same thing. Since ebay is a big website and sells billions in merchandise then I think it would be good. I just wouldn't know what the best way to promote it would be.