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My previous article showed how to get started with affiliate marketing. If you watched the videos that were included you were introduced to several different types of affiliate programs. One such program is the Ebay Partner Network (EPN).
Every day millions of transactions are completed on eBay where just about anything you can think of is bought and sold at auction. As an ebay affiliate you can earn a commission for referring buyers to the hundreds of thousands of products being sold. In addition to earning commissions from ebay sales, you can earn an additional premium for each new eBay customer that signs up (currently $25).
With the ebay partner network there’s no need for you to set up your own auctions, no need to maintain an inventory, no shipping of products, or the dozen other tasks required to sell physical goods.
How does it all work and how can you get started today?
One method is to search the thousands of eBay categories for a product that’s selling well. Then you build a small web site (don’t worry, I’ll tell you how in a minute) that displays those products. When someone clicks a link on your site they are taken to that product on eBay where they can place a bid and buy it. If they are the winning bidder or buy the product you earn a commission.
EPN supplies you with everything you need to track and monitor your commissions. There are also a number of “creatives” available to use such as banner ads, custom text links, and data feeds for displaying products on your site.
If you’ve tried applying for the eBay affiliate program but have been turned down, check out this post I made about how you can get accepted into the program: Become An eBay Affiliate
Ok, what about the web site thing?
If you don’t have a web site right now that’s not a problem either. One of the easiest and fastest ways to get your own ebay affiliate site up and running is to create a self-hosted WordPress blog and add affiliate links to it. Your blog can contain individual product reviews, product comparisons, or several pages of product listings.
One way to add products to your blog is with an easy-to-use WordPress plugin called phpBay. I use this plugin on several of my own “niche” affiliate sites. You can built a complete “store” on your blog with phpBay.
phpBay creates an instant eBay affiliate site populated with auction listings for any of the thousands of products in hundreds of categories. You simply find an eBay product category that matches your niche and add a simple “short-code” to any page and your site is ready to start earning commissions.
And, you’re not limited to commissions from just eBay. Your site can be monetized with Google AdSense ads, affiliate links and banners from other affiliate programs, or even Amazon products. There’s a plugin called phpZon for building an Amazon affiliate site or adding Amazon products to your eBay site.
To get started you will need to sign up for the EPN affiliate program, obtain a domain name, set up a hosting account, and install WordPress. Then you’ll need a theme (or template) for your blog. WordPress.org has hundreds of free and paid themes to choose from. You can have your business up and running in less than a day.
The Ebay Partner Network is one of the fastest and easiest ways for you to get started in affiliate marketing. To find out more about EPN, phpBay or phpZon, just click on and of the links in this article.