Category Archives: eBay Tools

eBay Science Data equals HAPPY ME!

This little overdue post is about the eBay 2016 Fall Seller Update. Here’s a screenshot:

ebay seller update

Notice that I pointed the red arrows to my favorite parts? Of course you did.

eBay is finally bringing the data and the science of selling into the light. Not that eBay didn’t have any of this before this seller update, but it’s been kinda hard to get to the data within your eBay seller account before this point. Remember when I talked about eBay’s new Seller hub? That’s when eBay started bringing your seller’s data right in front of you.

I have been an advocate of selling scientifically based on data, whether it’s collected within your account or from the entire eBay eco-system. Many tools within eBay will show you just that, however an extensive source of data can be found through my number one source of eBay data, a company/service called Terapeak.

Terapeak has been collecting eBay data for years, you can check on your own data, the entire eBay marketplace, and even spy on your competition. All in a nice and easy to read data sheets.

I can not even begin to describe the humongous amount of POWER that I have combining both eBay’s own data and Terapeak’s historic data that helps me decide on my next successful selling strategies.

If you are an eBay seller or thinking of becoming one, I highly recommend that you signup with eBay to get their quarterly seller update newsletter.

eBay Seller Hub Is Here

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Over the weekend I received early access to the all new eBay Seller Hub on 2 of my eBay accounts.

If you know anything about me, I am a numbers guy, and eBay Seller Hub is the new analytics and business marketing interface from eBay.

It took over 2 weeks for it to work and analyze all my sales and marketing campaign within eBay (on the back end), however, late Friday night I was able to see the results.

I used to use a few 3rd party services and go to multiple pages within eBay, not any more.

The new free interface aggregate all my sales, traffic, marketing, and it even deducts the fees automatically to show my net sales, not only that, I got super useful insights and eBay even gave me some recommendations that (from my own experience) I know it’s actually good recommendations.

If you do not have it yet, you can request early access right here.

It even breaks down my view by sales trends and country, I am really impressed so far, not only that, they will keep enhancing it though 2016 as well.

Enjoy the new Seller Hub.

P.S. Tomorrow we will be announcing something we haven’t done in almost 8 years, it’s eBay related, and it’s AWESOME! Stay tuned.

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

tier-2 paid search, ad networks, and sub-affiliates

Marsha Collier video interview about eBay business!

As I continue sharing all the interviews that I did throughout the summer, today I am sharing an interview with an author of many books and DVD’s Marsha Collier.
A list of all the books and DVD’s that Marsha wrote or co-wrote is in the widget below:

Marsha is also the co-host of WSRadio’s show: Computer and technology and the creator of the site: www.CooleBayTools.com
Enjoy the video:

I will speak more about Marsha’s impressive work and teachings on the upcoming Online School, so stay tuned 😉

Video interview with HammerTap.com

Well since I am in sharing mood, and to continue what I started yesterday, I wanted to share with you the big amount of videos and photos that I have been saving for quite a while now.
Some of the videos (Started to collect dust 🙂 ) was taken back at eBay live, that includes almost every person that works for eBay or for a third party company, all the way to eBay current president John Donahoe (Coming here soon) and PayPal’s current president Scott Thomson as well (Take a look here at our YouTube previous videos) and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel on YouTube so you won’t miss any upcoming videos.
Today, I am sharing this video interview with Jen Cano, VP of Education for HammerTap, LLC.
Jen is HammerTap’s spokeswoman and is an eBay Certified Consultant as well, I personally met Jen at the PayPal developers scavenger hunt party she was a great help for our team (We won first place out of 28 teams) and she agreed on doing this interview.
Jen is also very well known on the eBay radio at wsradio.com for her weekly report and tips.

For more details about the market research service that they provide, go to: HammerTap.com
Here is the interview:

More videos to come soon 😉

Skype Prime announced major improvements

2 Days ago, Skype announced some major improvements to their Skype Prime service. To explain what the service is, I will simply say that it’s a service that will enable you to charge for voice consulting calls. The way it works, someone will call you, for a service that you have experiance in, they will pay you on a minute based (you set the price) and you get paid through PayPal, and that’s all.
The changes are made to the directory where your services will be listed. Now they have an all new advice and services directory, it’s now fully searchable so it’s easy for customers to find you.
A new rating system, the higher your customers rate you, the higher you will appear in any search results.
They also advertise for it more now so you will start getting more calls.
To start listing your services go here, download Skype and install it (Skip this step if you already have Skype), when you’re online, go to the account menu, click on Skype Prime and follow the easy steps to setup your services. Good luck 🙂

eBay live 08 floor coverage (video 2)



As Was is a full service consulting firm specializing in eBay and online sales, business creation and operations management, marketing, and custom website development. We are uniquely poised to launch and improve eBay and online businesses through listing design, creation and presentation of the seller’s brand and identity, sales and marketing strategies, and other services. We are eBay’s first Certified Service Provider, and are the only company in the world combining over a decade of website and online sales and marketing experience with years of eBay knowledge.

As Was President Debbie Levitt is a recognized expert on eBay, online and offline marketing, online selling, virtual companies, website trends and usability, domain names and associated legal issues. She has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business Startups Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Making Money on eBay” live internet radio show. You’ll hear Debbie a few times a year being interviewed by Griff on his radio show.

eBay live 08 floor coverage video



Thanks to twitter (www.twitter.com/guruofsales) my new friends from RedRoller.com found me at the booth where I was at eBay live and introduced me to their service. The site is www.RedRoller.com and the service (In my own opinion) is a great time saving service for eBay sellers.
Some of the key benefits of RedRoller’s package shipping service include:

* Cost Savings – Save time and money when shipping packages;
* Convenience – Easy to use, One-Stop Shipping system;
* Service Comparison – Accurate information to balance cost of service versus delivery time;
* Know your Shipping Costs – Users know the ‘landed’ cost to ship a package before shipping;
* Automated Transaction Processing – Prints authorized carrier shipping and postage labels;
* Tracking – Ability to notify customers and track all packages from multiple carriers from one central site;
* Reporting – Ability to manage shipping invoices and analyze information from one central site;
* Accessibility – Use RedRoller’s service from any Internet connected computer; and,
* Integration – eBay® sellers can manage shipments across up to 10 eBay accounts through a single RedRoller account.
Here is the video interview. Enjoy:

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://guruofsales.com/services (not to big of a change)
http://guruofsales.com/services/ebay-basics-of-selling (This is a local service only)
http://guruofsales.com/jobs (As promised before. I didn’t forget)
http://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/