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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

RSS feeds, Part 2 of 4 (What are RSS feeds? In plain English)

I was planning on explaining the readers and how to use them. Instead, due to high demand requests to explain more about RSS technology in plain English, I decided to include this video explaining in “Plain English” for my beginners readers everything they might want to know about RSS. I think it’s a great video.

Enjoy it and leave comments of what you think.

Next: Part 3 and 4 will be about different kinds of readers and simple steps to setup readers, also how to use RSS for your marketing plans.

RSS feeds, Part 1 of 4

I get asked a lot from my students, what is RSS, what are feeds. My answer normally is: RSS stands for (Real Simple Stupid) ofcaurse that’s to make them laugh only.

RSS stands for, and that’s the real meaning: (Really Simple Syndication) it also have different names like: RSS document, feed, web feed, or channel.

And it’s alive, or at least I hope so. And we will go through that in part 2 of this article.

As per Wikipedia here is what RSS means:

“RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. It contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually.

RSS content can be read using software called an “RSS reader,” “feed reader” or an “aggregator.” (Wait for part 2 of this article) The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed’s link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds.”

There is a universal logo for RSS feeds that you can see it as a small orange box with the letters RSS inside. Also there is another universal icon (very similar to the one you see on this site top right corner).

In a nutshell, a “feed” is a summary of Web content that is updated on a regular basis. It is a way for users to keep informed of a Web site’s latest changes. The feed format that’s most popular now is Really Simple Syndication (RSS) 2.0 .

Coming up soon: In parts 2,3 and 4 of this article, you will learn of what RSS readers are and how to use them, then how to market your business using RSS technology.