Make Money from eBay
Make Money from eBay by Selling Products
There are two basic ways to make money from eBay. The most obvious way to make money from eBay is to sell products on eBay. There are many successful eBay sellers who making a living with their eBay stores. But this is like any business. You need customers and you need inventory. So you’ll need to either buy products at wholesale prices to resell at retail prices, or you can buy used items from various places and sell them online at eBay. Read about how a young couple turned their interest in Legos into a full time eBay business that supports BOTH of them full time. You can also get into dropshopping items too. If you are thinking of selling items on eBay for an income, here are some books about how to make money from eBay.
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Make Money on eBay WITHOUT Selling
The second way to make money from eBay is by promoting other people’s products through affiliate marketing, which is what I do. I don’t actually sell any products on eBay, yet I make money every month from eBay sales. How do I do this? By earning commissions from the eBay Partner Network, which is their affiliate program. By building a website around a specific topic, then adding complimentary eBay items onto your pages, you can earn money when someone clicks one of your links, then goes onto eBay and purchases an eBay item. However, it can be difficult to get accepting into the eBay Partner Network (unlike Amazon, which is relatively easy to get accepted if you have your own website).
Luckily, you can still make money from eBay even if you can’t get accepted into the eBay Partner Network. How? By writing pages on Squidoo and Hubpages, who ARE members of the eBay Partner Network, and they share the commissions with the authors who write pages for them. You can add eBay items to your pages, and if someone uses one of your links to purchase an item on eBay, you’ll earn a commission. The website (Squidoo or Hubpages) are the ones who are actually the member of the eBay Partner Network, and they split the commission with you. So you won’t make as much in commissions, but you’ll find it’s easier to get traffic and customers to your pages by being a part of a big network like Squidoo or Hubpages. If you run your own stand alone website, you’ll need to do a really good job of marketing your website to get customers to your pages.
How much can you make when you share commissions on Squidoo? eBay uses a complicated algorithm to determine how much they pay their partners based on the quality of clicks that partner’s website send to them. This means they are looking to see if the click you sent them actually resulted in a sale that was related to the initial click. For cookie lasts for 7 days, which means a customer could click on your link about pink rainboots, go to eBay and not buy anything, but then return 3 days later and buy a piggy bank. Those two transactions don’t seem very related, so eBay won’t pay you as high of a commission as they would if someone clicked your link and then immediately purchased that same item, right then, as a Buy It Now item. Your link, and their click, directly resulted in a sale, so they pay you a higher commission. To make the commission structure even harder to figure out, is that eBay pays Squidoo and then they split that commission with you. I make eBay sales almost every day on Squidoo. And when I finally get paid my eBay commissions two months later, every single page earns a different amount. But I keep track of all this and have determined an average amount of money that I make from eBay sales on my Squidoo pages. You can read about it here: How Much do We Make for eBay Sales on Squidoo