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What is happening with eBay Partner Network?



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What is happening with eBay Partner Network?

I signed up a while back to be an eBay affiliate but I never really got around to marketing anything. I recently made some purchases from eBay for the first time so I could check the quality of the goods and do real, honest reviews... however now that I have my first product I went onto eBay Partner Network to find out how to get started and get my affiliate links and this message comes up.

What is happening with eBay Partner Network?So should I be concerned? I can't quite figure out what is going on? Is anyone here an eBay affiliate, can you tell me what is happening and how I can promote eBay products now?

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idealmike

Yeah no, it is nothing to worry about. It is saying the same thing on my EPN dashboard too. It is just reporting that they have suspended Half.com who are sort of an eBay partner site for buying/selling books/DVDs/games etc. You used to be able to list Half.com's stuff in your site the same way as you can list eBay products in your site using the generated code. You still can do so, but you wont be paid for any clicks/sales earned through that. TBH anything that's for sale on Half.com can be found for sale on eBay anyway so no biggy. What is happening with eBay Partner Network?




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Lynne

Ok thanks Mike, so then where can I find all my affiliate information to promote products? I am so confused because I can't seem to access any information. It seems like everything is being blocked for me. Perhaps there is a problem with my account? I got the email saying my account was approved and no other correspondence saying there was a problem.

Maybe I am just not understanding how it works.




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Everett

Yes, as Mike already stated don't worry about it. It's a slight loss, but I truly wonder how much sales you are able to get there anyways. I have had zero luck in the past, and it's not surprising that they are suspending.




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Lynne

Well I might just have some luck Everett. I want to target pretty girls dresses. They are so cheap and cute. I ordered some for my daughter to try out and so I could take my own pictures and videos. I am like ready to start promoting them. Well except for the little problem of the suspension notice.




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idealmike

I hear you. EPN has a very slow page load time at the best of times! They do eventually load though? Anyway what is it you'd like to do specifically? Because EPN can be used in many different ways. I presume show eBay items on your blog with your EPN affiliate link right? If so, for that you can just visit the Tools section where you can get and do such things as;

  • Bookmarklet Tool
    Lets you create bookmarklets in your browser for your campaigns for quick access.
  • Link Generator
    Lets you generate a link for a specific eBay item or even search results or to your own or another eBay store etc.
  • Creative Generator
    Basically the same thing but you are given an eBay logo / banner for the creative which is just a banner.
  • Custom Banner
    Lets you create a banner that is full of custom products from keywords/categories or store etc.
  • RSS Feed
    Lets you generate an RSS feed which you can put on your site or pull info from it etc.
  • API
    Lets you plugin to their API which lets you do anything you want, in any way you want basically.
  • Promotions and Sales
    Shows you all the latest promotion and sales that are hot or trending right now on eBay.

That's pretty much all you'll need. You'll have to create a campaign first though. First thing first before you can use these tools. The best thing to do if you're new to EPN is check out the EPN help page. There you will find the EPN User Manual. Which explains all these tools in much greater detail and everything else you wanted to know about EPN and using it on your site. There are also some EPN forums as well which are a part of the eBay community forums. Where you can also find some further discussion on the rather jarring account suspension notice that EPN put up. The things they do sometimes is brought into question but you have to roll with the punches with EPN.

I use EPN but I use it with phpBay WordPress Plugin from phpbay.com. I think I may have already told you. But it lets me add anything I want to posts, pages or categories etc with a simple shortcode and you can highly customize how the item or items show and what they do and don't show etc as well. Unless you know how to use their API, you'll be forced to use their creative generator tools and they aren't the most SEO / people friendly and are a bit clunky and bulky how they work. They haven't changed much over the years unfortunately.

But you'll have to go that route unless you know how to use their API. That's what phpBay Plugin does from phpbay.com which I use which lets you do all this easily just using shortcodes in posts/pages. You can create some really clever sites using phpBay. What is happening with eBay Partner Network?

Hope this helps!




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Lynne

Thanks Mike, please tell me more about what you know about the suspension notice? Yesterday I managed to finally get to that page that shows the link generator and other tools but when I clicked on the link generator I got a suspension notice! This is upsetting to say the least right? Now I am not sure of the way forward and I wonder why they never emailed me a suspension notice.

Perhaps it is because I haven't bothered with promoting them yet?




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idealmike

As said, that's the thing about EPN. The guys that run/manage the place are a daft bunch. That message is completely jarring and has been making people think that their actual EPN account has been suspended. That's not the case, the message is a bit jarring but it's simply telling you that Half.com service has been suspended from EPN and not your own account.

There's nothing to be upset about though. Don't worry! It's not your account that's been suspended. The suspension notice on the Link Generator page for Half.com is showing on ALL pages for all tools. Even the reports tab. It's ridiculous on the face of it but I'm guessing they really want to make sure everyone knows about it by making it a global message that appears on all pages and not just your dashboard.

You have not been suspended and has nothing to do with whether you've promoted them or not. It is simply saying Half.com is no longer working with EPN. If you're only going to be using and listing eBay products then you can completely ignore that message if you don't even use Half.com! What is happening with eBay Partner Network?

What is it you'd like to do exactly Lynne my esteemed colleague? What is happening with eBay Partner Network?




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Lynne

LOL Mike, I just want to get my main affiliate link for eBay and then how to get my affiliate link for specific products that I want to promote.

Thank you for letting me know about that stupid suspension notice. How silly is that?




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idealmike

I see. So for that you would want the Link Generator Tool. Go to it, wait for it to load. Choose which eBay program you want to use (Ebay.co.uk or eBay.com etc). Then you just tick the "Item ID" button. Then paste in your actual item ID (you get that from the item you're viewing and want to link to on eBay). Then click the Generate button and bang! Hey presto you have your link. What is happening with eBay Partner Network?
What is happening with eBay Partner Network?




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Lynne

Thanks Mike, I've bookmarked this discussion for next week when I want to try again. Thanks again for your help and patience.




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dropshiptraders

Can anyone help me out with epn banner, I just can't get it to work, I'm using the custom banner generator tool, when I drop the generated code into the banner manager on my zen cart store it just shows the code in text form and not the banner.




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vinaya

I was ebay partner on hubpages until it disabled ebay partner program. Then I applied for ebay partner for my website. Ebay did not approve my website because of the domain extension (it was an xyz domain). Later, I applied again for a dot come website, however, I have not heard anything from them yet. I will have to check what's happening with my application.




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vinaya

Update
Looks like ebay is not accepting partners from my home country. Ebay is also not accepting websites that have small traffic.
By not being able to use ebay, I have lost a good income opportunity.




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