Easy Money with eBay Partner Network – Part 2

by Josh Todd on April 28, 2009

By now hopefully you have had a chance to get your website up and running, and if you are lucky your EPN account might have even been approved.  Now there is only one step left to do: get out there and market your new niche website!  You are going to be marketing this website through Search Engine Optimization (SEO), not PPC.  It is the best way to get free traffic to your website and keep it going for months and years to come.

It’s really not too tough, because the search engines are going to do all of the heavy lifting, you just need to make sure that your site is in the best position to get indexed.  The first thing that you want to do is make sure that you have a keyword list that you are targeting.  You probably came up with a decent list when you were researching what niche you wanted to create your website in, but if not, now is the time to create it.  You just need 20-30 keywords that are centered on your main keyword and slight variations of it.  For example, if you were selling Nike Running Shoes, your list could include Nike Basketball Shoes,  Buy Nike Shoes,  Best Nike Cross Trainers, Nike Air Jordans, Nike Socks, Nike Sports Shoes, etc.

Once you have your keyword list, you are going to put those keywords in your Meta tags.  You also want to make sure you write a good two to three sentence Description of your site to go in the Meta tags.  This will be the text that appears in the search engines under the link to your website.  You want to write something that gets people to click on it, such as “Get the cheapest prices on Nike Running Shoes on the planet.  Our list is updated daily, check it out today!”

The next step is to get some inbound links going to your website.  The easiest method is going to be to submit your website to free directories and social bookmarking websites.  The higher the Page Rank of the site, the more juice it passes on to your website.  Adding these links can be a little time consuming, but we are going to stretch it out.  You do not want to go out there and submit 100 social bookmarking links the day after you create your website, this will almost certainly get you penalized or “sandboxed” by Google.  I prefer to let the domain sit for a week or two and then start adding the social bookmarking links in groups of 3-5 per day, just like a site would grow through word-of-mouth or natural backlinks.  If you don’t want to do this grunt work yourself, you can hire someone to do it for a fair price.  This is definitely the way to go if you are cranking these sites out.

The next step is possibly the hardest one: wait.  It takes some time to get these sites indexed and ranking, but if you’ve done your research properly it should not take very long at all to get on to the first or second page of Google for your main keyword term.  Once that happens, the clicks will start coming in to your EPN account and with those, come commissions.  You are not going to become a millionaire with this method, but I have personally followed these exact same steps and made anywhere from $50 to $300 per month from a single one of these sites.  Once you have the first one done, crank out another one!  The key is volume.  $300 x 10 websites = $3,000 for month, and you are 100% profitable because there are no PPC costs.

Now go make some money.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tip Jar April 28, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Seriously man, this is great info…especially for n00bies.

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Nanotech April 28, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Yeah man, these work, I know a guy who has a network of these (around 280 sites) and banks around $35,000-$40,000/month with Amazon and Adsense. Pretty cool stuff!

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Stancje May 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Nanotech – I just wanted to see your comment 🙂 $50-$300 is quite good for a single site. Particularly if you live outside US and it's quite cheaper in my place. Maybe not the gas prices but everything else is not as expensive.

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Sensual photography May 13, 2009 at 9:18 am

Custom scripts ask for Ebay Custom Id when setting up Ebay Affiliate information. I can’t find it on the eBay Partner Network.

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Josh Todd May 13, 2009 at 11:53 am

There are 2 ID numbers that you get when you sign up for eBay Partnet Network. One is your Affiliate ID number and the other is your API key. You will need both to setup your McJiffy site.

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Odchudzanie May 19, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I made like $50 from it this month. It's not the best result but mixed with other stuff I'm doing it adds up to a pretty nice income.

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Protein Powder Blog June 10, 2009 at 9:20 am

visit charity shops for little trinkets that can be picked up for about 10p and then go from there.

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Pendana November 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm

What does it take to get accepted by Ebay partner network? I was rejected with no explanation.

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Josh Todd November 9, 2009 at 3:30 am

I'm not sure why they would reject you. I applied before I even had a functioning website built for it and they approved me. If you email them they should get back to you in about 48 hours.

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