Damn It Feels Good to Be an eBay Affiliate

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About 2 months ago I read a post over on EarnersBlog where Stuart outlined the process for creating a WordPress powered eBay affiliate store and was inspired to try it out. The general idea behind it is use WordPress to create a niche store running the phpBayPro plugin ($39 to purchase) and earn commissions through Commission Junction, who handles eBay’s affiliate program. It sounded simple enough and Stuart was convincing enough that I gave the process a try and I’m glad that I did.

Over the past month I’ve setup a total of 2 niche sites running the phpBayPro plugin and WordPress and I’ve found the whole process to be quick and profitable. Below you can see a screenshot of my earnings for the past 20 days.

eBay Affiliate Earnings

I know it’s not a blow you away number like $10,000 or anything, but it’s a modest sum of around $300 over 20 days which averages out to $15/day. But, the best part about this is that I’m making this off of just 2 sites which means each niche store is earning over $150/mo. Over the next 2 months I’m planning to launch and promote another 10-20 of these stores and if I can keep an average of $150/mo per store I could end up generating over $3,000/mo from my niche eBay stores.

What is even better is the fact that I recently developed phpBayAds (eBay Affiliate Ad Units) and I’m starting to generate cash using these ads on a number of websites that I own. I know one of the rules that you always read about making money online is to “never put all of your eggs in one basket”, but another rule that I like to follow is “strike while the iron is hot”. If this process can generate a good income over the next few months then I will maximize this revenue and when it starts to dwindle I will move on to new concepts. Right now it’s clear that the eBay affiliate arena is hot and I plan to cash in on it.

One thing to remember about making money through the eBay affiliate program is that it all hinges on your ability to drive traffic to your sites. The hardest part of creating these niche stores is getting people to visit them. Currently I’m driving around 40-70 unique visitors a day to my stores and as long as it’s targeted quality traffic you will definitely see conversions.

Good Luck!

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    1. 1 Stuart January 23, 2008

      Glad the system is working out for you Erik. I’ve been getting good reports from a lot of my readers :)


    2. 2 Mister Zippy January 23, 2008

      Thanks for providing a great review on your phppro success. I enjoyed reading it.

    3. 3 April - Of Scotland January 23, 2008

      That plugin looks interesting. I’ll need to have a look at the features and compare it to what else is on the market. I do find ebay pretty good at converting so it’s something I’m interested in. Unfortunately I can’t join the US affiliate program because I’m in the UK.

    4. 4 Marc Eilbeck January 24, 2008

      very interesting post erik this is something i am going to look into many thanks!

    5. 5 fak3r January 25, 2008

      This is encouraging, I’ve built my 1st ebay affiliate store, and am looking to add 2 next week. I’ve used WordPress for years, so am comfy config’ing it, doing the SEO and such and I host my own server – the missing key is traffic. Care to share how you’re driving (targeted) traffic in? Or, how much can you expect to drop into Google Adwords to get enough traffic to make a profit? Thanks, I hope to mirror your results soon.

    6. 6 Erik Karey January 25, 2008

      A majority of the traffic is organic traffic from SEO work. I’ve also done some link building using related blogs and forums to the niche I am promoting. Also don’t count out social network traffic, it can bring a good amount of untargeted traffic as well.

    7. 7 Robert January 25, 2008

      Welcome to the eBay world :) I’m currently building software to create niche ebay stores after buying another product and being disappointed in it.

      I seem to have more luck with the stores than I do with the blog approach. Perhaps I’m not trying hard enough though.

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    9. 9 neil strauss January 26, 2008

      Getting 40-70 unique visitors and getting that kind of money is actually very good! eBay niche stores will be definately something I will look into!

    10. 10 Gregg Hawkins January 27, 2008

      Nice Erik, It’s been a whlie! :D Good to see that things are working well for you…keep up the great work

    11. 11 Vlad - Small Business and Web Design January 27, 2008

      Thanks for interesting post. However, I am not really clear how the system works. As far as I understood – it needs people who sign-up and then buy something within 30 days.
      Not sure, always thought everyone and their mother had an eBay account…

    12. 12 yvind January 27, 2008

      Greate post, thanks for sharing. Do you have to have a niche store to implement it?

    13. 13 Paypal2u Bloggers January 28, 2008

      Aha… that’s a good idea. I will try it later on one of my sites… thanks.

    14. 14 Tevin Anderson January 28, 2008

      Those are great results. I keep seeing Ebay success stories. I’m really temped to test it out…

    15. 15 Erik Karey January 28, 2008

      @Gregg – Thanks for the support.

      @Vlad – They do not have to signup for a new account to receive commissions. You will however get an extra $25 per user that creates an account and bids on an item.

      @yvind – You do not need to have a niche store to implement it at all. Have a look at my phpBayAds script that will place ads on your site that are eBay affiliate ads. Also you can add the products onto existing blogs.

    16. 16 Murad January 30, 2008

      I think you are right to strike while the iron is hot, you will have definitely regained your investment if the time ever comes when those sites fail to come up with income for you. So dropping them really won’t be a loss to you.

    17. 17 kidBlogger January 30, 2008

      Congrats on your success. Looks like this will be something I’ll have to look into.

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    19. 19 elliot February 27, 2008

      Please send me some links on how I can start off as well… you have inspired me to do this as well.

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    21. 21 Brad Hart March 4, 2008

      this looks like interesting plugin for people with a lot of traffic.

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    23. 23 Asia'h Epperson June 4, 2008

      $15 per day and in the first month is really good. I think you hit the key when you say it must be targeted traffic. How are the blogs doing today?

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      Could you give an update on how you’re doing now? I started with an affiliate blog a couple of months ago and right now I’m researching other affiliate marketers so I can compare. Latter helps me to know where to focus my efforts and what to realistically expect. Thanks!

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      I’ve set up using their sniplet facility but it only loads one item to your site. What I want to do is set up all auctions from a specific catagory – such as dolls houses, for example – but when I type that in all I get is one item when I want them all.

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      I know they have been cracking down on who they let into the program. Anyone know what the new criteria are and do you have a website sample that fits that new criteria. Any help would be appreciated.

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      I found your read very interesting and nicely compiled. Thanks for enhancing my knowledge about the php BayPro plugin and WordPress. Keep up the good work.

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