eBay Affiliate Program: Made My First Sale on HubPages!

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How to Make Money on HubPages Using eBay!

On April 22, 2012 I wrote a hub about getting my first HubPages Ad Program payout. On that hub, I explained that I added ebay capsules to my product hubs to accelerate my earnings. Today I checked my ebay sales report page and found that I made two sales from one of my hubs less than a week after adding an ebay capsule. I am writing this hub because I promised to give regular updates on my progress and explain what I did.

For those of you that don't know, I make money online. I guess you can say I work from home even though what I really do is create hubs, lenses and sites that sell other people's stuff. Best of all, I never touch the merchandise or service. I am a busy mom to 7 kids, so it's very convenient. I have been making money from HubPages through Amazon sales and Google Adsense. This month I decided to accelerate my earnings on HubPages by increasing my page views and ebay sales. I did a lot of reading and analyzed the actions of the top Hubbers. I took action and started seeing results immediately. Here are the most important things I learned from my research

How to make ebay sales on HubPages

  1. Products should be relevant to the topic of your hub.Here's what I noticed after reading tons of hubs. Some hubbers are writing hubs and then placing random products on there. If you are writing a hub about fishing, add an ebay capsule with your favorite fishing pole, bait hooks or tackle box. Don't throw on an ebay capsule with an ipad, HD TV or other high priced ticket item. You're not going to make a sale.
  2. Share your opinion on the product in your ebay capsule. Write as if you're telling your friend about how great this particular product is. There is a reason you own it or want to own it. Be specific and honest. Don't sound like a salesman.
  3. The placement of the ebay capsule is important. The page should look clean and seamless. You don't want to clutter the page with ads. You can use amazon and ebay on a page without making it look cluttered by adding other capsules with photos or polls.
  4. You don't need to use all six ebay auctions, sometimes less is better. You can use one or two auctions, especially if the other four auctions show the same product.
  5. Try to be as specific as possible when using keywords. It's better to have no auction displaying to have another unrelated product that displays because of one keyword in your description.

I'm very excited about this new ebay income source. I learned the hard way about the importance of creating multiple streams of income. I will never depend on one site for all of my income again. Google algorithms change constantly and I've been effected by the actions they took against Squidoo and PayPerPiost several years ago. For this reason, I try to have passive income from several sources. If one gets hit, I'll just add more content to the others to sustain the revenue. It's better than starting from scratch.

I hope you enjoyed this hub. Please, share it with your friends and family by email, twitter, facebook, pinterest or your favorite social media site. Don't forget to subscribe, so you don't miss my next hub. I am in the process of writing another hub to help you create several streams of revenue. ;)

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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

that is just wonderful! I applied for the ebay affiliate program through hubpages but haven't heard anything. guess it was a couple weeks ago. Can I try again, you think?

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@wetnosedogs You might want to ask the staff at hubpages before applying again. I applied though HubPages because I am too lzay to apply using one of my own sites. I want to give it a try here first here, to see if it's worthwhile. I came to the conclusion that it is! ;)

Thanks for leaving a comment.

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Eric Calderwood 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for the hub tips. I am thinking about applying for the ebay affiliate program myself. I'm just waiting to get some more experience with the other programs I'm signed up with first. I don't want to sign up for too many things at once and then get so confused that I don't do anything.

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@Eric Calderwood That is very wise. It's important to get one income stream up and running well, before starting on the next. Thanks for joining the conversation! ;)

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Don Simkovich 4 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Yea! I made one eBay sale in Jan or Feb after I switched to the HP Ad Program. I guess it would be best to write specific product-related hubs to make eBay work its best.

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@Don Simkovich Yes, that's the best way. On the other hand, there are plenty of books that can be recommended when writing on a subject. There are creative ways around it too. Such as offering prints of a location, if you're writing about a travel spot. ;)

Lloyd D. Thompson 4 years ago

supermom_in_ny, Thank you for the guidance. I for one need all the help I can get. Lloyd.

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@Lloyd D. Thompson You are very welcome. I have written a lot of hubs about my amazon sales, blog earnings and more. You may want to check them out because I reveal how to do exactly what I do to make money online. Try them out and let me know your results.

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moneytoplist 4 years ago

I have over 1,000 pageviews and no ebay sale so I decided not to use the ebay capsule in my new hubs. I will see later how will the old hubs with ebay ads perform.

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@moneytoplist Thanks for participating in the conversation! I can see why you haven't made any sales. Your hubs are informational. You would make more money through Adsense. I have 9 product hubs and that's where my sales have come from.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Congratulations for making your first E-Bay sale! That's very exciting. I haven't any sales yet on E-Bay and it's nice to see the commission is fairly decent. I just had my first big sale on Amazon and I was pretty excited. Have a great day!

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@prairieprincess Thanks. Isn't it awesome?! I love to wake up in the morning to check all my accounts for my commissions. Do you use other sites? I always encourage writers to diversify.

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Nikki D. Felder 4 years ago from Castle Hayne, N.C.

Thank you! I currently sell my own things on eBay, but am intrigued by the affiliate program especially here at HubPages. This is a wonderful read about your earnings! Nikki D. Felder

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@Nikki D. Felder Creating hubs around the products you sell on ebay is a great way to double your profits. You get an ebay affiliate commission and your normal profit as an ebay seller. Win-win!

Thanks for joining the conversation.


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inevitablesecrets 4 years ago from California

I have been thinking about adding Ebay stuff but i haven't yet. i might now though.

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@inevitablesecrets I encourage you to add ebay capsules to your hubs as soon as you are accepted into the program. It is one more way to earn!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Congratulations. That is an exciting milestone. Can you share what you sold, or is that not allowed? Voting this Up and Awesome.

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@alocsin Thanks for your positive feedback! The two sales were not related to the hub they were purchased through. This happens a lot and I don't mind. People have purchased items that cost over $2000.00 through unrelated Squidoo lenses, which I appreciate due to their high commissions! That's why I recommend adding the ebay capsule whenever possible. ;)

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The Reminder 4 years ago from Canada

I have made a sale on ebay with a good revenue but I did not get any share of the revenue (60/40) and I am still trying to know why.

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@The Reminder You get payments two months after the product is shipped, not ordered. If you don't get it, you should contact Amazon. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!

bigjoeapps 4 years ago

Thanks for the great tips SuperMom_In_NY, I also create hubpages and lenses and really appreciate the fantastic tips that you have shared here.

Oh, and Congratulations on your sales. :)

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@bigjoeapps I'm glad that you found the info useful. Thanks for taking the time to comment here. Good luck on Squidoo and HubPages. ;)

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@napetv Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. :) I show proof becausr I noticed there are a lot of people on the internet writing about making money online, when they haven't made a dime. There are many articles that are full of fluff, but they don't give any real advice. I think most people know that one can make money online. What they really want to know is how they can do it too. Right? ;)

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maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

First of all congrats for earning the kick back from ebay. We all know how hard it is to earn a commission from ebay as out of very few clicks on ebay products 0.0001% gets converted to sales.

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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK

Nice hub. I started with eBay on some of my hubs last month- 5 sales so far and counting- I had wondered how long it would take for payment so you've answered that with your 2 month comment above. I managed to sell a couple of pairs of nice bike tires this month but seem to be doing nicely from the PPC rates that are in place too.

Here's wishing you much more sense. CF

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@maheshpatwal Thanks! You know, ebay earnings here are very low. Squidoo uses a different payout and I earn a lot more over there. Every time someone purchases a designer diaper bag from one of my lenses, I earn a $30.+ commission. I add ebay modules to my hubpages, but will not invest time in creating ebay selling hubs. The hub either has to be informational or have amazon products for me to really make anything from it.

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@CyclingFitness You may be disappointed to learn that you will not earn a chunk of that ebay commission. You only earn cents for clicks on ebay modules. On top of that, you don't earn on every click. I'm not really sure how it works, but I am not really concerned anymore. I earn a lot more using ebay modules on Squidoo.

Good luck!

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JasminRace 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi there, I have amazon partnership, however I have to have adsense to sign up for the ebay partnership, well adsense suspended my account (as they just randomly decide to do) from what i researched it was because a youtube video I added had too many hits to soon....anyway do you know if there is a way of getting an ebay partnership without having adsense? Would signing up to ebay through there site and getting the ID that way work? Your articles are so amazing by the way given me inspiration to stick at this, In the past 4 days I have had 144 clicks on amazon...no sales yet though, but not losing faith! Thanks in advance x

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY Author

@JasminRace You can apply to the ebay program through this site. I have never tried to get my own ebay partnership, so I couldn't give you any advice. You don't need an adsense account to earn money on HubPages. You can use their adshare program. Good luck to you!

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Sonali Singh 3 years ago

Very informative hub. I will also try to get some sales out of my hubpages ebay capsules.

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supermom_in_ny 3 years ago from NY Author

@Sonali Singh Good luckwith your ebay sales!

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