eBay Affiliate + WordPress + phpBay = $232.30 net in 7 days

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I, like so many others, have heard a lot about the eBay affiliate program, both good and bad. I've been an affiliate for several years, although I had never done anything with it since my interests lay in other areas.

But in late November I decided to give it a shot, since I really didn't have anything better to do at the time. Because I wanted to use WordPress, I looked around for a good plugin to display eBay auctions and purchased phpBay Pro. I could have used the free version of the plugin, but I really liked the features of the Pro version so I went ahead and purchased it.

I spent a few minutes getting to know how the plugin worked, then went ahead and setup this site: Discount Wii Shop.

As you can see, it is nothing special, just the basics. My total time invested in the site: ~3.5 hours.

I then put $200 in my Adwords account specifically for this site.

The site went live on November 28th, and in the last 3 days of November it earned $89 net.

On Dec 1 and Dec 2, I paused my Adwords campaign because the CPC was too outrageous due to it being Black Monday (avg CPC $6.00).

The Adwords Campaign was resumed on Dec 3 with $165.39 remaining and ran through late in the day on Dec 7. Commissions continued to trickle through for the next few days, for a 7 day total of $232.30 net.

Here are a couple of screenshots, the first being my eBay report for 12/3-12/9 and the second being my Adwords campaign report.





I'm not putting this up here to brag, or to ask for kudos. I just want you to understand that the money is out there for the taking...

If you'll just take action.
#affiliate #days #ebay #net #phpbay #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author cliffmaster
    I have been with ebay and phpBay for almost 2 years now and all I can say is that I have made thousands with it.
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    • You are right, TelZilla and cliffmaster. There is lots of money to be made with this program, you just have to find the right niche.

      The key to the PPC side of it is that you MUST choose keywords that are going to get you hungry buyers. That means that your keywords have to be targeted.

      For example, if you were selling Wii, you need to be bidding on keywords such as "buy wii console" or "cheap wii bundle". I always use double quotes to get my ads to trigger when those exact words used in Google.

      Best of all, I finally made the $40 ACRU tier so life is really good right now.

      Glad to hear others are doing well with this program!

      -Brad
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
        Right on brother. I love my WP-eBay-phpBay sites! I haven't even used Adwords and they make money. A nice passive income stream. Sure nothing to retire on but it's nice trickle. Especially since after the first initial setup it's hands-free.

        BTW-that's one of the main reasons I got your very cool theme. Always looking for sweet themes for my eBay niche stores.

        Your post has inspired me to deal more with AdWords and PPC. I gotta stop being chicken about it.

        My sweetest commission came from someone who bought a car and my site was an archery site! But they must have ended up buying a car while still with my cookie and I got the commission. Hint: I'm now setting up car related sites.
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        • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
          Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

          Right on brother. I love my WP-eBay-phpBay sites! I haven't even used Adwords and they make money. A nice passive income stream. Sure nothing to retire on but it's nice trickle. Especially since after the first initial setup it's hands-free.
          That's one of the reasons I finally decided to get it a test. Passive income.

          BTW-that's one of the main reasons I got your very cool theme. Always looking for sweet themes for my eBay niche stores.
          And I appreciate that

          Your post has inspired me to deal more with AdWords and PPC. I gotta stop being chicken about it.
          Just remember to use "" and/or [] for your keywords, set it up for search only, avoid the content and partner networks, and you should be fine. I wouldn't bid all that much either. If you have good content, some original articles, your quality score should be fine.

          My sweetest commission came from someone who bought a car and my site was an archery site! But they must have ended up buying a car while still with my cookie and I got the commission. Hint: I'm now setting up car related sites.
          I've considered it. I've got several car related domains just sitting around gathering dust...

          LOL, I've got to get more time...is it possible to squeeze an extra 2-3 hours in a 24 hour day? I could definitely use it.
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          • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
            Originally Posted by TelZilla View Post

            Just remember to use "" and/or [] for your keywords, set it up for search only, avoid the content and partner networks, and you should be fine. I wouldn't bid all that much either. If you have good content, some original articles, your quality score should be fine.
            I'm going to try it this week! I'm going to put a $100 to try it out. What do you suggest...should I try it on my best site? Figuring if it's making money already with SEO that it should fare well with PPC traffic or pick one of my so-so or newer sites?
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            • Profile picture of the author Sipboy3000
              Thanks for this info. I just purchased this software about two weeks ago and have yet to use it. This post has inspired me to get to to this ASAP! I will post later with any success if any.
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              • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
                Originally Posted by Sipboy3000 View Post

                Thanks for this info. I just purchased this software about two weeks ago and have yet to use it. This post has inspired me to get to to this ASAP! I will post later with any success if any.
                It's a simple business model that works. With all of the stuff available on eBay, there are literally thousands of niches that you could easily target. I wish you the best with it.
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                • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
                  I too like the Wordpress+Ebay niche sites. You might want to consider using yahoo PPC to drive traffic too. I have found that clicks are cheaper and sales are just as good. If you can find a good group of buyers that only cost 5 cents to get them there, then you've got a good niche.

                  Also, I used to use Php Bay (free one) but found something more powerful in Wordbay (also free). Lots more features then phpbay, including many feature that the paid version of phpbay has. the only thing I wish it had is zip code targeting, but other than that its great.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
                    Hey Darryl,

                    I was wondering did you send the traffic to specific landing page or a specific page/post or just to the main page i.e. domain.com?

                    Thanks!
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                    • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
                      Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

                      Hey Darryl,

                      I was wondering did you send the traffic to specific landing page or a specific page/post or just to the main page i.e. domain.com?

                      Thanks!
                      Since I didn't want to put too much time and energy into the site, I just sent all traffic to the home page. I don't necessarily recommend doing the same thing. It would all depend on what your particular niche is on whether or not it would pay off for you to do so.

                      Only testing will tell.

                      You could easily setup a campaign with targeted keywords and ad copy for each individual page/post. Honestly, I could have gotten more targeted traffic doing it that way, and a better conversion rate, but I was being lazy.
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                      • Originally Posted by TelZilla View Post

                        Since I didn't want to put too much time and energy into the site, I just sent all traffic to the home page. I don't necessarily recommend doing the same thing. It would all depend on what your particular niche is on whether or not it would pay off for you to do so.

                        Only testing will tell.

                        You could easily setup a campaign with targeted keywords and ad copy for each individual page/post. Honestly, I could have gotten more targeted traffic doing it that way, and a better conversion rate, but I was being lazy.
                        If you take the time to send sets of keywords to a targeted landing page, you will see your quality score and conversions go up.

                        When I was linking my adwords groups to the home page, my quality score was around 6.

                        When I replaced the link with a targeted landing page, my quality score went to a 9!

                        I've never had a 9 before so that was pretty amazing I thought.

                        It does take more time to do this, but it is well worth it!
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                  • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
                    Originally Posted by xlfutur1 View Post

                    I too like the Wordpress+Ebay niche sites. You might want to consider using yahoo PPC to drive traffic too. I have found that clicks are cheaper and sales are just as good. If you can find a good group of buyers that only cost 5 cents to get them there, then you've got a good niche.
                    And in this case, less is more. Less money spent on advertising = More money in the bank. I've used yahoo some, but not a whole bunch. After I get my next product out, I may give it another look.

                    Also, I used to use Php Bay (free one) but found something more powerful in Wordbay (also free). Lots more features then phpbay, including many feature that the paid version of phpbay has. the only thing I wish it had is zip code targeting, but other than that its great.
                    I'll have to look at it. When I did this test I pretty much went with the first wordpress plugin that I found.
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            • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
              Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

              I'm going to try it this week! I'm going to put a $100 to try it out. What do you suggest...should I try it on my best site? Figuring if it's making money already with SEO that it should fare well with PPC traffic or pick one of my so-so or newer sites?
              That my friend is entirely up to you.

              Although I'd probably test both to see what happens. Make sure you do split testing on your ads, but only change one thing at a time. Always go with the best performer, and then split test again.
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      • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
        Originally Posted by nichewebstrategies View Post

        You are right, TelZilla and cliffmaster. There is lots of money to be made with this program, you just have to find the right niche.

        The key to the PPC side of it is that you MUST choose keywords that are going to get you hungry buyers. That means that your keywords have to be targeted.

        For example, if you were selling Wii, you need to be bidding on keywords such as "buy wii console" or "cheap wii bundle". I always use double quotes to get my ads to trigger when those exact words used in Google.
        What's funny about the whole thing is that I didn't put a whole lot of effort into my keyword list. Of course I use "" and [] for keyword/phrases, but I only used the keywords suggested by Google's keyword research tool. I wanted to make it as simple as possible. BTW, those were two of the keywords that generated decent traffic.

        Best of all, I finally made the $40 ACRU tier so life is really good right now.

        Glad to hear others are doing well with this program!
        That's awesome. I had 8 ACRU's during the 7 day period above, but was only paid $1 each since I had just started. An extra $320 during that 7 day period would have been very cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelmac
    I've flipped many ebay- affiliate-wp blogs on Ebay but never considered actually keeping or making blogs myself and monetize them with my phpBay-Pro plugin and adsense, in partnership with my ebay affiliate program!

    What a klutz!!!

    Darryl, i've no experience of ppc but could drive traffic using articles.

    Thanks for an inspirational post man. Bingo, just got another income stream

    Best,

    Michael

    PS Have you considered a WSO on the subject?
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    • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
      Originally Posted by michaelmac View Post

      I've flipped many ebay- affiliate-wp blogs on Ebay but never considered actually keeping or making blogs myself and monetize them with my phpBay-Pro plugin and adsense, in partnership with my ebay affiliate program!

      What a klutz!!!

      Darryl, i've no experience of ppc but could drive traffic using articles.
      VRE (Virtual Real Estate) is the key to a strong passive income stream. I believe keeping the producers and flipping the "under-performers" would be a good business model to follow. But it's up to you.

      Thanks for an inspirational post man. Bingo, just got another income stream
      I'm glad you got something out of it.

      PS Have you considered a WSO on the subject?
      I guess I could put something together, I'll put it on the list. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Meanna Blog
    This is ace. I was just about to set up a bans site on a niche that i've been looking into, but phpbay looks much slicker.

    Congratulations on taking action. To me, this is 99% of the reason people succeed...
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    • Profile picture of the author Spark
      Originally Posted by Meanna Blog View Post

      This is ace. I was just about to set up a bans site on a niche that i've been looking into, but phpbay looks much slicker.

      Congratulations on taking action. To me, this is 99% of the reason people succeed...
      hi guys,

      i have waiting to try BANs once i have my id ready for ebay. However i saw this topic. So would like to know which are the better one? Let's say you are only able to fork out money to get either of this...

      Can anyone give a pros vs cons for these 2 products? Since they are actually quite the same [Driving people to ebay]. Appreciate someone can help me out on this. Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author TeamGlobal
        Originally Posted by Spark View Post

        Re: BANS vs WordPress
        Can anyone give a pros vs cons for these 2 products? Since they are actually quite the same [Driving people to ebay]. Appreciate someone can help me out on this. Thanks!
        I was about to try BANS when they first came out but decided to go with WordPress based sites because of the incredible flexibility of WordPress...SEO...thousands of themes and plugins...ability to grow site on autopilot, etc. The capabilities of WordPress seem to grow daily.

        All The Best,


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        • Profile picture of the author Spark
          Originally Posted by TeamGlobal View Post

          I was about to try BANS when they first came out but decided to go with WordPress based sites because of the incredible flexibility of WordPress...SEO...thousands of themes and plugins...ability to grow site on autopilot, etc. The capabilities of WordPress seem to grow daily.

          All The Best,


          Tony
          Ic, thanks!
          But does Wordpress able to use xsitepro to do website? Hmmm..perhaps i might throw the idea of using BANs, was lucky to research the product first before purchasing it. Didn't know that they have been slap by Google till yesterday..whew...

          Hmmm one more question, wordpress doesn't really need to pay anything [Just like blogger,etc] only if you wish to have your own domain name right? Can i use Xsitepro to integrate into wordpress or is there any website that have alot of wordpress themes to use from? appreciate someone can help. Thanks!
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          • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
            Originally Posted by Spark View Post

            Hmmm one more question, wordpress doesn't really need to pay anything [Just like blogger,etc] only if you wish to have your own domain name right? Can i use Xsitepro to integrate into wordpress or is there any website that have alot of wordpress themes to use from? appreciate someone can help. Thanks!
            There are thousands of themes available for WordPress. Just use google to find them, or go to WeblogToolsCollection.com. You wouldn't need xsitepro to edit them. It's been years since I even looked at xsitepro, so I can't even remember how to use it.
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            • Profile picture of the author krislisa
              Perhaps, Telzilla is right about ebay affiliate program. It just a matter of how you work for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
      Originally Posted by Meanna Blog View Post

      This is ace. I was just about to set up a bans site on a niche that i've been looking into, but phpbay looks much slicker.

      Congratulations on taking action. To me, this is 99% of the reason people succeed...
      After using phpbay to set up this site, I can tell you right off, it's easy, you can integrate it with thousands of different WordPress themes, and it is profitable.

      I honestly did this just to see if it would make money, and I spent literally no time researching it. I just figured that since the Wii is popular, it would be a good product to promote, even if it is saturated.

      Granted if I decide to build more of these sites, and I probably will, I'll definitely spend some more time researching the niche to target.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chiayee
    hmm.. you made money with eBay? I hate you.



    </end of joke>

    I see there's great potential with eBay but somehow they won't let me(and other non-US affiliates) in.

    Glad to you see u are making profit with it, be sure to utilize eBay pulse !

    CY
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    • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
      Originally Posted by Chiayee View Post

      hmm.. you made money with eBay? I hate you.



      </end of joke>
      What is really funny to me is that I just did it as a test, fully expecting NOT to make a profit.

      Sorry they won't let you in. I think it's a pretty decent passive income stream.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
        I built one site with BANS then I found phpBay and never did another BANS site. I love Wordpress. Google loves Wordpress. And I have thousands upon thousands of awesome Wordpress themes to choose from most free to boot!

        BANS sites all looks like BANS sites. Plus Google already slapped them down hard. Of course a thin site is a thin site but BANS is under watch with Googs. That's not to say they won't do the same with phpBay and the others but like I said I haven't touched BANS since phpBay.
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  • Darryl,

    Your theme breaks on Firefox 3.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
      Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

      Darryl,

      Your theme breaks on Firefox 3.

      Mark
      Strange, I use Firefox 3, it's what I develop on. PM me the details, I'll look at it.

      UPDATE

      I think I know what it was if you're talking about DiscountWiiShop, it was the big banner I added in a float. It's removed, and should look alright again. LOL I didn't check anything but the home page. Too funny. I wonder how many sales I missed because of that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Spark
    Hi guys,

    As a starter to become IM, my main objective is to focus on ebay [As i have done a few sales so i have more confident using ebay..haha..] Anyway would like to know if i am interested use eBay Affiliate + WordPress + phpBay method. What are the things that i should buy first as i am in tight budget..

    Example:
    1. Getting phpBay pro then get a free hosting from wordpress
    2. Using phpbay trial [Lite Version] but get a hosting for wordpress
    3. using phpbay trial and free hosting for wordpress but getting domain name for your wordpress.

    Can anyone help me on this? Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
    @krislisa - Everything is work unless you enjoy what you're doing. I enjoy learning about and trying new things when it comes to marketing. It's what I do, and it drives my wife nuts. But she still cashes the checks for some reason...

    @Spark -

    pick a niche
    get a domain
    get hosting - I use Hostgator
    use phpbay lite until you can afford to buy the Pro version.

    create the site, and advertise, using as many of the free methods as you can, such as article directories, web directories, social bookmarking, etc. Search this forum for more ideas on advertising your site.

    Then build a second site, and a third, etc.

    Don't quit until you are satisfied with the income you are earning.
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    • Profile picture of the author Spark
      Originally Posted by TelZilla View Post

      @krislisa - Everything is work unless you enjoy what you're doing. I enjoy learning about and trying new things when it comes to marketing. It's what I do, and it drives my wife nuts. But she still cashes the checks for some reason...

      @Spark -

      pick a niche
      get a domain
      get hosting - I use Hostgator
      use phpbay lite until you can afford to buy the Pro version.

      create the site, and advertise, using as many of the free methods as you can, such as article directories, web directories, social bookmarking, etc. Search this forum for more ideas on advertising your site.

      Then build a second site, and a third, etc.

      Don't quit until you are satisfied with the income you are earning.
      Thanks for your fast reply! Hmmm...will do but i might get the bluehost.com since they are able to auto-install plus fast update on the site. Actually i have already thought of 2 niche market. Once i am have my ebay affiliates [How long does it take to registered as one? been waiting for few days..]

      Understand that being IM is alot of hardwork just like any jobs..but once you understand how the whole theory works..woo!
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
        Host Gator has Fantastico as well which means you can auto-install Wordpress. It takes about three clicks.

        Google "host gator discount" and you'll see many discount codes where it's one penny for your first 30 days.

        Use Go Daddy and Google "Go Daddy Coupon" or use this one: oyh3 and your .com domain will cost you around $7.40.

        So if you start with phpBay lite you can have your first site up for less than $8.00! Isn't Internet marketing awesome! Now you still have to put the elbow grease to promote your site but like Darryl said after you build one--get to the next one and so on.

        Use an action verb with your keyword for your domain like Darryl did with "discount". "Shop", "Buy", and "Search" are three of my faves.
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        • Profile picture of the author Spark
          Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

          Host Gator has Fantastico as well which means you can auto-install Wordpress. It takes about three clicks.

          Google "host gator discount" and you'll see many discount codes where it's one penny for your first 30 days.

          Use Go Daddy and Google "Go Daddy Coupon" or use this one: oyh3 and your .com domain will cost you around $7.40.

          So if you start with phpBay lite you can have your first site up for less than $8.00! Isn't Internet marketing awesome! Now you still have to put the elbow grease to promote your site but like Darryl said after you build one--get to the next one and so on.

          Use an action verb with your keyword for your domain like Darryl did with "discount". "Shop", "Buy", and "Search" are three of my faves.
          Really?! That's really worth it. Just want to know about hostgator, i should get the hosting instead of reseller right? [Sorry abt this as i am very new on this..] then install wordpress will do. cool...can't wait to try it once i am ready..
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          • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
            Originally Posted by Spark View Post

            Really?! That's really worth it. Just want to know about hostgator, i should get the hosting instead of reseller right? [Sorry abt this as i am very new on this..] then install wordpress will do. cool...can't wait to try it once i am ready..
            If money is tight go with a shared plan. I think it's called "baby croc". You can host unlimited domains so you can add several domains under the one main account.
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            • Profile picture of the author Spark
              Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

              If money is tight go with a shared plan. I think it's called "baby croc". You can host unlimited domains so you can add several domains under the one main account.
              ic, I intend to get baby plan since it's able to host unlimited domains. Then using godaddy domain names should worth the try. Thanks guys!
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  • Profile picture of the author chillpill
    What a great and generous post.

    I must say I learned a lot from reading this and it particularly AWESOME to see someone who gets that the web is huge place, that there are millions of niches and isn't afraid to actually link to a live example their project.

    Inspiring on many levels and it got me thinking about all kind of new stuff.

    Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author mick535
    Wordpress and Affiliate Products go hand in hand. I am actually using Datafeedr and Wordpress with Adwords ads and I am making around $300 per day across 5 sites.

    All targeted niches, keyword focused. My quality score is 8 across the board. I am only using 25 keywords per site and I am right at $150 per day in Adwords costs. So a clean $150 in profit each day (average).
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    • Profile picture of the author Spark
      Originally Posted by mick535 View Post

      Wordpress and Affiliate Products go hand in hand. I am actually using Datafeedr and Wordpress with Adwords ads and I am making around $300 per day across 5 sites.

      All targeted niches, keyword focused. My quality score is 8 across the board. I am only using 25 keywords per site and I am right at $150 per day in Adwords costs. So a clean $150 in profit each day (average).
      Wow...Nice...Now the main problem is i am still waiting for being accept as EPN...it's been almost 4 days?! Did anyone wait that long to get approve?

      Will you get any emails before being accept as one?
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      • Profile picture of the author mick535
        When they switched from Commission Junction, it took me about 4 days to get approved.

        Datafeedr has Ebay as part of the datafeeds, but they mostly serve regular site's affiliate programs. the are currently serving something crazy like 1.5 million products through 10,000 affiliate programs.

        It's a great setup. I love it because you are not tied to Ebay and PayPal and you can sell direct without the Ebay hickup in the sales process.
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        • Profile picture of the author stev
          Originally Posted by mick535 View Post

          When they switched from Commission Junction, it took me about 4 days to get approved.

          Datafeedr has Ebay as part of the datafeeds, but they mostly serve regular site's affiliate programs. the are currently serving something crazy like 1.5 million products through 10,000 affiliate programs.

          It's a great setup. I love it because you are not tied to Ebay and PayPal and you can sell direct without the Ebay hickup in the sales process.
          Hi Michael,

          Stefan here from datafeedr.com

          Maybe you're confusing Datafeedr with another service but right now eBay is not part of Datafeedr. We serve right now over 2500 merchants across 11 networks. Members can now choose from 58 million products. And that's just the beginning More coming soon...

          Thanks, Stefan
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          • Profile picture of the author bannor32
            EPN+Wordpress+phpBay Pro has to be the easiest money I've made online. I can set up a site in a couple of hours, write some articles and the traffic comes trickling in. The money soon follows...
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            • Profile picture of the author Jacqui
              Spark - This was in a message I received from eBay last month:

              >> EDIT: I deleted the quote from eBay's message as I now believe I misinterpreted the intent. I'm sorry. I think I'll go back to lurking. << end edit

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              • Profile picture of the author Spark
                Thanks Jacqui for the notice!
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    • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
      Originally Posted by mick535 View Post

      Wordpress and Affiliate Products go hand in hand. I am actually using Datafeedr and Wordpress with Adwords ads and I am making around $300 per day across 5 sites.

      All targeted niches, keyword focused. My quality score is 8 across the board. I am only using 25 keywords per site and I am right at $150 per day in Adwords costs. So a clean $150 in profit each day (average).
      Interesting...

      I'll certainly have to take a look at it. *Rubs hands together - oh goody another new toy to play with*
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    • Profile picture of the author csm
      Originally Posted by mick535 View Post

      Wordpress and Affiliate Products go hand in hand. I am actually using Datafeedr and Wordpress with Adwords ads and I am making around $300 per day across 5 sites.

      All targeted niches, keyword focused. My quality score is 8 across the board. I am only using 25 keywords per site and I am right at $150 per day in Adwords costs. So a clean $150 in profit each day (average).
      Those are great results. I sent you a PM.

      Susan
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      • Profile picture of the author Jacqui
        Spark - I'll send you a pm that includes the entire e-mail I received from eBay. I think I misunderstood the intent.

        Jackie
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  • Profile picture of the author vlabroo
    Thank you for sharing your experience. It is good to know what works and doesn't without having to buy expensive e-book.

    When you do more campaigns you will find out what works and what does not and create a truly duplicable system.

    Good luck

    Virender
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel2010
    This is worth looking into especially the Datafeedr.

    Can this be done successfully without PPC?

    Do I have to apply directly to Ebay now for the affiliate program?

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    Originally Posted by TelZilla View Post

    I'm not putting this up here to brag, or to ask for kudos. I just want you to understand that the money is out there for the taking...

    If you'll just take action.
    Great job, action is the key. This is just one of many, many ways to make money and the key is that you followed through, awesome!
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