Category Archives: eBay Promotions

My Biggest eBay Project Since 2008

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In February 2008 I started working on my eBay course that was delivered online by video, it took me about 6 months to launch it back then, we had so much success that we got an offer to sell the entire site with all materials for a lot of cash, that’s when we sold WAHOL.com (stands for Work At Home OnLine). I had a blast creating the course and enjoyed answering questions, the best thing about it was not the amount of money I made, but it was the success of my previous members, and I only sold it after everyone got what they wanted from it. Only 2 years later the company that bought it was almost out of business due to some none related bad investments, I offered to buy the domain back and they agreed.

Ever since I sold it, I had extra time to work on my other ventures, affiliate marketing was a big thing and I was making a decent income with very minimal work, as well as continuing teaching my eBay classes and selling of course.

I have been working with my team on a new eBay course all build from scratch, sharing everything I learned throughout the years. My past clients will tell you I have always over delivered information (good useful info that is), and I can tell you that I really get a lot of joy of seeing results, in fact, I tell everyone how proud I am of their progress.

Today, I am launching my course!

Though everything is completely different from what it was 8 years ago, I made sure I include everything I know that will either start you a business from scratch or expand your business, whether you already sell on eBay or not, this course is for everyone.

Throughout the next 2 weeks, I will share more details about it, but I can tell you now it is completely worth it.

The official cart open date is Tuesday October 27th, and it will close down on Sunday November 1st.

I have a few tiers launching this course, including beta testers, email subscribers, affiliates and JV’s, and then we have a huge ad campaign including online, newspapers and possibly TV spots. If you want to keep up to date, you can do 1 of 2 things:

  1. You can join my periscope if you download the app and follow 1LX. (Psssst… I will be scoping today at 3pm EST).
  2. Sign up for the mail list on the right side of this article.

I will have a few short classes that will be extremely useful for free during the 2 weeks launch, the 2 methods above are the only 2 ways to get the free classes notifications.

I can not tell how truly excited I am about this, it’s going to be awesome 🙂

Announcing the BIGGEST eBay class of 2013

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Good news: Alex will be conducting his 5th eBay classes live in NYC this July.

This will be the extended version of the May test class, extended means more information and more support!

Want to make extra money from the comfort of your own home?

Want to expand your business?

You can by becoming an eBay seller! Learn the basics of selling on eBay and you can have freedom and money at your fingertips.

In this 3-hour class, given by a Certified eBay Education Specialist you will be trained on the ins and outs of selling on eBay.

You’ll learn everything below:

•Do research and create listings
•Improve your listings with better descriptions and photography
•Set pricing
•Open and use a PayPal account
•Monitor your listings
•Complete transactions

eBay is the perfect portal for you to sell whatever you desire, whether new or old and Alex will help you do just that. He is a trained and Certified eBay Education Specialist for over 11 years and brings both knowledge and expertise to this field. His first item he sold was an entire RV Camper, can’t beat that, so come and learn from the best!

Sign up below to get the super early bird special discounted price:

eBay Partner Network (Updated) #WIWG #2

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Formally known as the eBay affiliate program, that was once ran by affiliate giant CJ.com, The (relatively new) eBay Partner Network program is a way for affiliates to make commission by driving traffic into non other than, eBay.

Towards the end of April 2009, the program introduced many new tools making life much easier on the eBay Partner Network site.

When eBay first started their in-house affiliate program, I was lucky to be part of the eBay developer community, I understood RSS linking (and made tons of easy cash integrating it with Twitter and TwitterFeeds as I explained in a 4 hours class on my online  school of making money at wahol.com), I also knew flash, AJAX and PHP, therefore, I didn’t have to wait for the support team to fix bugs or any programing issues from their side, instead, I fixed it my self and started making money instantly. Some of you guys will remember seeing the biggest banner I had on this same blog for eBay shopping. That was a big part of my income from this blog.

Now with the totally renovated user interface on the eBay Partner Network site, links, banners, RSS feeds, flash and other apps (Like the facebook app) is much easier, in fact it’s so easy, you will be done setting it up in seconds (Also tested with an 11 years old kid by his mom to see how easy it  is) Thank you Ashley from wahol.com for this info 😉

Here are the recent changes in the program or as they call it (upgrades):

  • New functionality for the Link Generator tool
  • The ability to link your eBay account with your eBay Partner Network account
  • A new way to calculate earnings per click (they are now calculated as earnings per one click vs. per 100 clicks)
  • New business model descriptions (to help us provide you with better customer service tailored to your model when possible)

The upgrades were released on May 1st. However, there was some bad news for some partners.

They have also announced that as of July 1st, there will no longer accept 3 business models in the programs, that includes: tier-2 paid search, ad networks, and sub-affiliates.

For that, I will say: BOOO to the network, this means that some third party apps (facebook or mobile apps) will not have the benefit of making a commission based on second tier, and that really sucks in my opinion, but, after all, it is eBay playground, and to be honest, I don’t think eBay needs affiliates to drive traffic to the site any more, but… That’s only my opinion 😉

If you like to sign up and make some cash go ahead and sign up at: www.ebaypartnernetworkblog.com

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Skype 4.0 is out!

I am a huge fan of Skype and have been for a very long time, since Skype version 2.0 to be exact 🙂

Oprah uses Skype almost every other week since she started using it on her show last year.

Skype 4.0 for windows is out, with a lot of enhancements:
First, you will notice the “Windows Vista” skin to give you the look and feel of a light application.
The software is lighter, they have even removed the Skype Extra manager from running in the background like it used to before.

The new look is 100% redesigned to get you everything you need in one screen, whether standard or compact, you still get an entire view of options in one shot, very cool.

Voice and video enhanced to crystal clear and video calls are still in the same window of the person you’re calling.

Juggling between people and conversation is never easier, they kind of copied the multi-chat window idea from digsby!

One thing Skype is still missing, is the automatic update, I got a notification from my iSkoot app on my phone, but never got it on my computer, so unless you are reading the Skype blog or have iSkoot installed on your Android phone, how should people know that there is a new and improved Skype?

Also as a sneaky addition, eBay (The owner of Skype) is pushing a new FireFox plugin during the installation of the new Skype, the new plugin will dedict items on shopping websites that are available on eBay and will highlight it and compare the pricing on eBay. It’s useful for shoppers that really don’t know how to shop! For me, I uninstalled it soon after I tried it.

The new version will take some get used to time for native Skypees, but it’s worth it, I have been playing with it for 2 days now and I am loving it 🙂
You can download the new Skype here.

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Video interview w/ eBay President & CEO John Donahoe

First of all, I would like to apologize about the big mistake I did while taking this video, and to clarify why, is simply because I snatched this interview as soon as I got the chance, however, my camera was on very low battery and it was set in the previous recording on the zoomed in position, if I have realized that and tried to zoom out before taking the video, I would loose the power and the entire interview in general.
I know it might seem funny, but everyone make mistakes!

In the interview, John Donahoe, eBay’s current president (Who also used to be the eBay marketplaces president for a long time), speaks positively with confident about eBay, urging new users to sign up, buy and sell, even create social networks around it.
I first met John last year at eBay’s DevCon in Boston, briefly spoke to him about his visions and found out that he is not only a brilliant & open minded person, but I thought that he is the man for the job, taking eBay to the next level (In my opinion, this should have been done a long time ago!) and I agree with every move he made since taking over his position 100% (And yes I don’t think that eBay should be just a big garage sale, there is a lot more into it than just that).
John, me and Pierre Omidyar (eBay founder) share the same vision that drove a lot of current sellers away or mad or whatever you have seen in the news latley, but I think that consentrating on eBay’s core business, opening more doors to developers (API’s), and cleaning up the site in general of some of the old rules that brought the company somehow down, is the only way for eBay to become what it’s meant to be since the begining, an online marketplace!
Yes I understand that I might get a lot of comments against my opinion, but I truly believe that if you reialze how much more money you can make though eBay without even selling anything, you will be amaized of what you didn’t know before. All I can ask you is to open your eyes, think outside the box, research on how to become a real player in this game (Not just a big seller) and I guarentee you great profit and bigger bussines than you can even imagin.
Before I leave you with the video, I wanted you all to know that I am including at least 2 months total of eBay training, not only on how to sell, but also a complete work around to make profit in other ways but selling, including the affiliate program, API calls, integration into other applications and similler stuff. (Don’t start going crazy now, I promise that it will be so easy for any one to do it with the least experiance) and will be all for free on the upcoming Online School that I announced here.

Enjoy the video:

New: Guru Of Sales version 1.6!!

Why is it 1.6?
Why not 2.0?
And why now?

First of all, I like to remind you that back in April I only made very little changes since the launch of this blog. We named it version 1.5.
Just recently we added some more changes but it wasn’t big enough to qualify for version 2.0 yet. And in the near future we will have 1.7 or 1.9 whatever it will be, so keep an eye 😉

Recent changes includes the following:

New pages:
http://www.guruofsales.com/services (not to big of a change)
http://www.guruofsales.com/services/ebay-basics-of-selling (This is a local service only)
http://www.guruofsales.com/jobs (As promised before. I didn’t forget)
http://www.guruofsales.com/advertise (To advertise with us)
More pages in the next update.

New categories:
Some of you may know that me and my guest bloggers ran 26 blogs, I joining 5 of them into this blog, also joining most of the other blogs to be sold (Already have 3 offers on the table). In results of that, I added more categories to this blog to reflect the changes.
New categories will involve more than the main purpose of this blog, to include technology (Mainly gadgets) and environment issues like global warming.
In results of the new changes, you will see much more traffic on this blog and we’ll try to keep it all connected. I am also taking this opportunity to announce that some of my bloggers are leaving to be on their own and will only blog here occasionally. So, within a week, I will post for a blogging job opening (Again!) so keep an eye if you’re looking for some extra income.
I had to include this post under all the categories, otherwise, the categories will not show. Take a look near the end of the sidebar to check the new categories.

I would like to thank everyone that worked with me to make all this possible.

Until next time friends 🙂

Make Money with the new eBay affiliate program!

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If You are already an eBay affiliate through CJ.com, then you will need to know about this:

On April 1st, the new eBay self owned affiliate program is opening for new signups, and if you use CJ.com then you will have to change your links and discover the new eBay affiliate network program.

One of the best new features is the affiliate enabled eBay Togo application, something that I (as an eBay community developer) have been waiting for, it’s now here with a lot more new tools and options. And if you are a developer, then you will love the affiliate API portal.

All the great tools and benefits of working with the eBay program will remain the same – access to the Editor Kit and affiliate API, the flexible destination tool, the great payout structure. In addition, the eBay partner network will provide several new features: • Easy global registration to multiple countries simultaneously • New, targeted banners and rich media creatives • New landing page optimization and geo-targeting capabilities • More detailed reporting capabilities for eBay’s programs

I am already playing with the new tools mostly: Flex Tool, Editor Kit, RSS Feed Generator, Keyword Linking Tool and the Product Kit.

No need to worry for the non geeks out there, it’s even easier than before to insert the affiliate links and start making money globally!

Check the new program at: http://affiliates.ebay.com/ and for the new affiliate enabled Togo application go here: http://togo.ebay.com/affiliates/

eBay live 08 registration is now open!

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As an eBay member, education specialist, trading assistant, developer member, PayPal certified developer and Skype developer, You know I will be there from June 16th to the 21st, feel free to join me, whether you’re an eBay member or not, it is the biggest eBay event for buyers, sellers, power sellers and eBay related services developers.

eBay Live! is the biggest event of the year for the eBay Community. Thousands of passionate eBay Community members will get together to network, share tips and ideas, get hands-on experience with new solutions, and learn new ways to succeed on eBay. There’s something for every eBay Community member-from first-time buyer to the most advanced Top Seller.

Here is some of this events highlights:

* The Keynote Address-hear eBay leaders discuss the past, present, and future of eBay at this exclusive event.

* Education-choose from hundreds of classes, labs, and discussions and elevate your eBay success.

* Networking Events-get to know other eBay Community members at Networking breaks, lunches, and dinners to build lasting friendships and profitable business relationships.

* The Closing Gala-dine, dance, and celebrate another enlightening, rewarding eBay Live!

Here is part of the email announcement that I got:

eBay Live! has something to offer everyone, whether you’re new to the eBay Community or a seasoned veteran: -Network with over 10,000 enthusiastic eBay Community members -Learn how to be more successful buying and selling on eBay at over 150 sessions taught by staff and other eBay experts -Hear about the future of eBay at the Keynote Address given by John Donahoe, eBay President and CEO -Have a ball at the Closing Gala, featuring world-class entertainment

I will be speaking at the education specialist training day (exclusive for education specialists) on June 18th, to become and education specialist and be able to attend the training day, you can sign up here: poweru.net

Registration dates and deals for eBay live:

March 14-April 30: $ 75 SAVE $45!
May 1-May 31: $100 SAVE $20!
June 1-June 21: $120  
Saturday Only: $ 75  

And you can register here: eBay live

Hope to see you there. 🙂

Win $10,000 plus an iPhone from PayPal

In an effort to promote eBay Mobile, PayPal is running a promotion sweepstakes between October 15th to November 30th.

As a buyer I like the idea of buying and paying on the go through your mobile phone.

As a seller on eBay I like it even more to know that I will get more exposure through a different platform, your cell phone, and in results will get a bit higher prices for my items.

How to enter:

You’ll be automatically entered, up to once each day, when you pay with PayPal for auction-style listings or Buy It Now products from m.eBay.com on your cell phone.

You will also get a chance on the 5 $100 daily prizes.

For more info go to eBay Mobile page.

eBay is also running a promotion for sellers now until December 12.

Sellers can get free gallery or discounted value pack and gallery plus. For more info go to the promotion page. (This link will expire after the promotion)

Shop Victoriously. A new eBay promotion

Win $50,000!

By now most of us have seen the new eBay TV advertising campaign. If You didn’t then read on and find out where to see it all:

After the very successful eBay huge “It” campaign then (in my own opinion) the not very successful smaller “Windorphins” campaign.

eBay started the new huge campaign just in time for the holidays shopping rush : “SHOP VICTORIOUSLY” is the name.

I saw the first ad “Dog race” of this campaign before a movie in the movie theater and immediately researched it as soon as I got home, from my marketing view.

I think this campaign will attract a new kind of buyers to eBay, as well as pushing some merchandise categories.

You can see all ads on the new great looking site for the campaign here: Shop Victoriously

The site covers a lot on the idea of shopping and winning. You can tell from the scenario of the 4 ads, it reassemble the bidding and winning scenario in real eBay world.

After watching all the videos, there is a true story section, where real people telling their recent success stories on eBay.

Then there is the “Andy & Paul” section of the site, with current and upcoming video episodes speaking about the “7 Principles” of becoming a true winner aside from the words of wisdom and other episodes to become available on a later date.

One more section that will grab your attention: The $50,000 game, which you can win any of the daily prizes or win the $50,000. Well I will leave that up to you and good luck.