Adsense Alternatives: Using The eBay Partner Network

Adsense Alternatives: Using The eBay Partner Network


Not a lot of people know that eBay has an affiliate program so its surprising to even more people that it can be used as a valid alternative to using Google Adsense! But eBay is not your normal marketplace or online store, its an auction site and that will both help you and hinder you at the same time. There are many pros and cons of using this system that I could talk about, but I will try and stick to the main reason for using it or not...

Auctions Often lead to amazing bargains


Things I like about the eBay Partner Network...

Let's face it, most of us are looking for a bargain these days and eBay is a great place to get just that. Love them or hate them, sometimes there can be real savings to be had especially when it comes to auctioned goods so simply showing people the low price times go for is often more than enough incentive for them to make a bid. By promoting the right items at the right time you can make some SERIOUS money from this program, but it will require some time and effort on your behalf.

A report showing the drop in sales


Things I Hate about the eBay Partner Network...

Sadly the truth is some people hate eBay and the number of people who do far outweighs those who hate Amazon which makes the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program a much more appealing Adsense Alternative.  But worse than that is the 24-hour cookie policy. Given that most people will try and "snipe" the auction and auctions can be up to 30 days long your tracking cookie is well gone by the time they buy anything! (most the time anyway). Sure, eBay has a lot more "Buy it Now" items than it used to, but still, the bulk of its existence is made up of auctions that are often 3 or more days old.

My personal opinion of eBay Partner Network...

I was personally using this network on a few blogs for years, but ever since the 24-hour cookie policy came into force my earnings plummeted drastically. But changing to a more social media focused strategy I have recently seen earnings get a lot higher thanks to the ability to target auctions that are under 24hrs old. With so many ways to market with the eBay Partner Network its not something you should overlook, especially if you have a focused social media following. Sure, its a lot harder to make money from it these days, but with the right strategy you can see a much higher CPC than even Adsense can offer, but it will also require a lot more work, time and effort to do so.

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