Friday, March 28, 2008

Significant Category Changes Coming To Ebay in April

So after the announcement 2 weeks ago that Ebay would be moving the affiliate program in-house Ebay throws affiliates another curve ball. More significant category changes. About 2 week ago Ebay surprised affiliates with category changes. With no notice many affiliates where completely taken by surprise. And to throw salt in the wound some of the new categories wouldn't work with some script's. Took us more than a week to sort out some of the issues that came with these changes.
Hopefully with the advance notice given this go around the changes will smoother. Keep your eye on these links and we suggest anyone these changes may affect sign up for Email updates from Ebay Developers Site.
The category structure will be updated in early April based on feedback received from the eBay Community and from experts in the affected fields. The April update contains some significant changes for Business & Industrial, Cell Phones & PDAs, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden and Musical Instruments. If you sell in these areas, please be sure to take a look at the new category structure on Seller Central . Books, Coins & Paper Money, Consumer Electronics, Sporting Goods and Toys & Hobbies also have minor adjustments as detailed below.
Updated Categories: Business & Industrial - significant changes
Cell Phones & PDAs - significant changes
Health & Beauty - significant changes
Home & Garden - significant changes
Musical Instruments - significant changes
Books - removing
Magazine Subscriptions, according to new company policy.Coins & Paper Money - updating year categories in US quarters & dollar coins
Consumer Electronics - adding DJ Gear & Stage Lighting section
Sporting Goods - adding categories for Climbing Holds and Equestrian-themed
Jewelry & Accessories, and moving
Disc Golf to Outdoor Sports
Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop - updating year categories in Cards
Toys & Hobbies - Adding Pokemon TFG and Control Line & Freeflight categories
Good Luck

Monday, March 17, 2008

Ebay is Dropping Commision Junction

The title says it all. Get ready for big changes Ebay Affiliates. There are 100.000 of us. First Ebay decides to implement huge category changes this week and now this.
Strait from the horses mouth.
We are excited to announce eBay’s new global affiliate platform: the eBay Partner Network.
"The new platform will go live on April 1st, 2008 PST, at which point eBay will no longer be running its affiliate program through Commission Junction. Beginning April 1st, affiliates should register with eBay Partner Network and migrate their links from CJ to the new platform.
While CJ and ValueClick have been valuable partners to eBay throughout the years, we’ve decided to give our affiliate community a customized experience. eBay will continue its partnership with ValueClick’s technology division, Mediaplex, for ad serving, tracking and other custom projects.
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. Please note that there will be no changes in the pricing structure as part of this transition. 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
The eBay Partner Network and Commission Junction will run in parallel for one month through this process, so please plan to complete your migration by May 1st, 2008.
You can receive an additional 5% bonus for all traffic tracked through eBay Partner Network in April 2008 for specific countries (bonus applicable to traffic sent to and US, UK, Australia, Canada, Italy, India and Spain eBay sites). The sooner you migrate, the more you’ll earn! Just:
Register with eBay Partner Network on April 1, 2008
Confirm your registration, and obtain your new identifiers
Update your links with your new identifiers
Reminder: Please plan to complete migration by May 1, 2008
Programs that will transition to the new eBay Partner Network platform starting Apr 1st:
eBay Australia
eBay Belgium
eBay Canada
eBay France
eBay Hong Kong
eBay India
eBay Italy
eBay Netherlands
eBay Singapore
eBay Spain
eBay United Kingdom
eBay United States
Programs that will NOT be affected and will continue their relationship with Commission Junction:
eBay’s Tradera AB
Reseller Marketplace
Media Marketplace "
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eBay Stores
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Revenue Sharing, High Ranking Back links

Well for the last several posts here have been geared towards promoting Niche Stores and Blog's. Why stop now ? I'm on a backlink roll. If you are new to Internet marking or not you will find this usful. Recently I was introduced to Qassia by some Internet friends. It took me a few days to get back to it, but once I did I began to see the incredible uses for the site. I'll try to explain just how it works. Qassia is a user based revenue sharing and link exchange. The way the revenue sharing works is you input you Adsense ad code in your profile and when your site or article appears the ads on the page are yours. By that I mean you get all the revenue from the Adsense ads on the page. 100%. Qassia says they never even handle the money. Great concept. By simply putting your code in the ads the revenue go's directly to your Adsense account. How do you get users to see your ads ? Participate its that simple.
Though money is nice our goal is to get quality backlinks to our sites. The way you do this is by adding "Intel" or information. By adding Intel you are paid in Qassia cash points. Once you have a certain amount of cash your site and page links are moved into high traffic parts of the site. When adding Intelligence and articles you get a high quality Do-Follow Link. You can also add other links to each Intel that will contain the No-Follow tag. The validity of the No-follow tag has come into question by Web Masters over the last several months. The No-Follow tag may not be as bad as once thought. That's another post.
Another way to earn Qassia cash is to review others Intel. Every Intel go's through this process. It adds authority to there site which intern gives your back link strength in the search engines.
It is very important that you only ad original content. All your content is reviewed by fellow users 10 times. If it is duplicate content copied and pasted from another site they will know and your article or Intel will get very few votes or even get you band. This is the very reason the site has so much strength.
Sign up is simple and the learning curve is fairly fast.
Go to Qassia and find out for yourselves. I personally see lots advantages to the site and plan on becoming a heavy user. I love gardening so I'm writing articles about my garden.
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Friday, March 7, 2008

Working With Build A Niche Store Empire

Today I want to talk about Build a Niche Store Empire by The Niche Store Builder. Mark H. the owner of the site has brought 12 of his fellow BANS members together to show how to build niche stores that make money. After all that's why we are here. To make money. With the methods the group is using even the most novice Internet Marketer can build Niche Stores and succeed.
Mark has become one of the BANS Guru's since he started using BANS in August 2007. He has been involved with the Internet and Computers for many years. He has helped many users succeed.
As a guest blogger I feel privledge to be asked to join the group. I started using BANS around the same time as Mark did, but with absolutly no experience with software.
The participants will and have built stores and posted the results and progress for all to see.
My stores that I have built to date for the 12 week course are
All we ask is that folks following along is that they don't copy our stores and that they stay on the sites and visit for 30 seconds to avoid a high bounce rate in Google.
If you are Building Niche Stores or considering it ,this is the place to learn.
This blog has many tools and tricks to help you with your endevers. I encourage you to look around. You will find many proven methods and free tools to help you succeed. Good Luck
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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Using Stumble Upon And Free Stumble Upon Exchange

If you haven't used Stumble Upon or Stumble upon Exchange you need to read this. Stumble Upon is the hottest social bookmarking site on the web. Stumble users have reported getting 1000's of visits to there web sites and articles within 24 hours of submitting a site. As you can see at the bottom of these pages there are many bookmarking options. Stumble is just one of them, but it's the hottest now.
With the method I'm going to show you can increase the amount of Stumbles you can get simply by Stumbling other Stumble upon users.
First you want to sign up for Stumble if you already haven't. Download the StumbleUpon Toolbar and your ready. Then go to Stumble Exchange and sign up.
Once you have signed up you will have 5 points. This will allow you to add your first site for others to Stumble. Once you have added your first site you then start to Stumble other users sites and earn points. When you Stumble someones site a new window will open. Click the thumbs up icon on the Stumble Toolbar then close the window. When you have done that you then claim your points by sending a quick message to the site owner informing them you Stumbled there site. They will then verify it and you get you point. The more points you have the more your site is presented to others to Stumble. Stumble Exchange works on the premise of activity. The more active you are, the more Stumbles you receive. A good trick is to Stumble users that are online at the time. There is a option to just Stumble users on the site at the time.
Now go get some Stumles
UPDATE: I wrote these instruction simply by doing Stumble Exchange for myself. The instruction are based on what I did to get started. Thats it. They are not re-writen from someone else.