I posted this before but I guess I selected the wrong category as I didn't get any responses from Hubpages admins...
So I've decided to try to sign up for an EPN account again, this time using the Hubpages domain - problem is that the instructions given by Hubpages doesn't match Ebay's actual process.
The problem starts once I get to this step:
"After a few more self explanatory questions, an email will be sent to you with a link to activate your account. Click that link and you'll be taken to a Web page that confirms that your account has been activated."
Ummm, no - Ebay doesn't send me a link to activate my account; they send me an e-mail telling me to confirm my domain, which I can't do until I get an EPN ID number, which I seemingly can't get until I confirm my domain... Needless to say, I don't see how this is going to work. Everything from that point on in Hubpages' guide doesn't have anything to do with the way that Ebay requires people to activate their account as far as I can see. I take it the guide is outdated?
Licketysplit, the process of signing up for eBay has changed and we are working on updating HubPages. Sorry for not responding to your concerns sooner. If you are still trying to confirm the HubPages domain, please see my post here.
Hi Fawntia - thanks for your response and for the other response with the suggested steps. I tried the steps you mentioned but was given the following message: The activation code you entered does not appear to be valid. Typically an eBay activation code consists of 22 alpha-numeric characters followed by '=='. Please enter a valid code before proceeding.
I pasted the unique identifier that they gave me which was 22 alpha-numeric characters with == at the end. I think I missed the 72 hour window and that might be why I got the error message that I did but I couldn't figure out what to do with it until I saw your post today.
Also, today I got a rejection email from them (so sad )
I pasted it below in case you haven't come across it before...does this mean that I can't get sign up to be an ebay partner? Any suggestions or help that you or any other hubber can provide is greatly appreciated! Thanks for your help!
Message from eBay:
Thank you for applying to the eBay Partner Network. We regret to inform you that we cannot accept your application at this time.
Like many other affiliate programs, eBay Partner Network has a thorough application vetting process to ensure a good fit between a potential affiliate and the goals of the network. There are a number of reasons why your eBay Partner Network application may have been declined. Some of these include:
* You are not in compliance with the eBay Partner Network Agreement and/or Code of Conduct.
* The stated website that you plan to promote us from is non-functioning or inaccessible
* The quality of your stated website is not in line with our network standards
* The information you submitted in your application (contact information and your description of how you plan to promote eBay Partner Network) is incomplete or unclear
* Your business model or stated website does not appear to be one that would attract eBay buyers (the eBay Partner Network does not currently provide commissions for bringing eBay sellers or listings to the site)
* Your business model involves re-directing traffic directly to eBay from display ad networks or paid search (no longer allowed per our Terms and Conditions)
* Your business model involves a sub-affiliate model (no longer allowed per our Terms and Conditions)
If you feel that your application deserves a re-review, please forward any additional information that you would like us to consider to our Customer Support Team. It is not necessary to submit an additional application with a different email address. Requests that contain no new information about your promotional methods will not be reconsidered.
A2shley, you probably had an extra space at the end of your activation code, so we thought that you entered too many characters. It's a bug that will be fixed soon. Sorry about that!
Unfortunately, eBay has been rejecting a lot of people lately. If I were you, I would continue writing hubs and reapply after a few months after you have written more hubs. At that point, we should have the eBay sign up process fixed on our side, and I expect that eBay will be more likely to accept your application.
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