There’s more than one way to skin a cat and there’s more than one way to make money online with Ebay. Just about everyone on the planet is familiar with Ebay and they know you can use the site to sell your antiques and collectibles. But most aren’t aware that you can also become an Ebay affiliate and earn money just by sending interested buyers to Ebay. You don’t have to have anything to sell, you don’t have to worry about shipping and handling, all you have to do is watch the money come in.
Many Internet Marketers are familiar with affiliate marketing, a marketing method whereby bloggers and webmasters earn commission from sales they generate with their sites. Ebay has affiliate program, too. And when someone uses your affiliate link to buy something on Ebay you earn a percentage of the Ebay transaction fee. If they’re new to Ebay, you can earn even more money when they register with the site.
It’s not as simple as it sounds, though, so don’t expect to get rich over night. Successful affiliate marketers will tell you it takes a lot of hard work to build a site that makes a lot of money and Ebay sites are no exception.
How to make money as an Ebay affiliate
Before you can apply to become an Ebay affiliate you’ll have to have an established blog or website. By established I simply mean it can’t be just a bare domain. You’ll have to have content and at least some traffic coming in so Ebay can see you’re serious about your business. There are a lot of marketers out there who’d like to be affiliates but Ebay can be pretty choosy.
To set up your blog or website you’ll want to do the research and choose a profitable niche, just as you would with any affiliate program. There are millions of items available on Ebay – and there are already millions of Ebay affiliates.
After you’ve set up your site you’ll need to fill it with some keyword rich content so you can start attracting targeted traffic. Put some Google Adsesne ads on your site so you can start earning some money but avoid using any other affiliate programs until after you’ve been accepted as an Ebay affiliate. Ebay will check your site before they approve you and sometimes, if the see other affiliate products, they deny your application.
You can choose to promote individual items that you find on Ebay but because auctions come and go so quickly your best bet is to use a plug-in or app or software that automates the Ebay listings on your site. That way, all you have to do is provide content and you won’t have to worry about adding and deleting listings all day long.
Don’t forget, you also earn $25 to $35 every time one of your visitors goes to Ebay and registers for the first time. So make sure you include some compelling content that makes them leap at the chance to visit Ebay!
Make money online as an Ebay vendor
If you’ve never sold something on Ebay, you have to try it. At least once! It’s a rush watching that auction clock tick down the last few seconds. And it changes your life when that money hits your Paypal account. If you’ve never made money online before you can make it now as an Ebay vendor and you’ll be addicted for the rest of your life.
These days there’s a lot of competition on Ebay and Powersellers rule the site. You can become a Powerseller, too… or you can lose your shirt. Here are some things to look out for when you’re selling on Ebay:
Shipping charges: Don’t let those ‘Free Shipping’ banners fool you. It costs a lot of money to send a bowling ball from one side of the world to the other. Offering free shipping looks good to the buyer but if you don’t include it in your markup you’re going to go broke really fast.
Spill your guts: If there’s a chip in that coffee mug make sure you show it in your picture and tell about it in your description. Never, ever mislead your Ebay buyers. You’ll be banned and bashed all over the site.
Protect your Feedback rating: Your Feedback rating is everything on Ebay and everything you do can effect it. Go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. Use sturdy packaging for mailing out your items, answer question, honor refund requests. In short – If you want to make money online with Ebay, you’ve got to bend over backwards to keep the buyer happy.