An initial review of AuctionAds

By | June 30, 2007

EBay has an affiliate program that is worthwhile to explore in the sense it offers good payouts depending on the final auction bid and would be good for a shopping or review based site.
But all this while, people who were not US based couldn’t join eBay’s affiliate program due to eBay’s longstanding refusal to accept anyone outside of the US although they do approve UK and some other “English speaking” countries. Not a bright policy I would imagine.

Then comes along AuctionAds early this year… a concept of displaying eBay auctions via their RSS feeds, in a nice Adsense like format.

According to AuctionAds:

When your site’s visitors click on an Auction Ad listing and take an action on eBay you earn cash. Actions are defined as a Winning Bid, a Buy-it-Now or a confirmed user registration. AuctionAds is committed to paying out a minimum of 100% of eBay commission revenue. See eBay’s affiliate program for details on the payout.

AuctionAds appears to solve the problem for those who are unable to get approved by eBay due to not being US based. The short steps are just to:

  1. Sign up with AuctionAds.
  2. Log into your account, generate a piece of code based on a keyword
  3. Place the code on your website and you’re done. You can place as many as you want.
  4. You earn a commission from the cut that eBay receives whenever someone buys something on auction with eBay. Payments are via PayPal.

Can I really earn anything from AuctionAds?

The money you can make from AuctionAds can be good, BUT it depends very much on the keywords you have chosen when generating your code, and the type of site you have. What I’ve learned so far is that consumer electronic products are the major draw here, and AuctionAds tend to do well for this category.auctionads.jpg




In general, most kinds of consumer goods can do well. However, if your subject is some eclectic or intangible topic, I’m afraid AuctionAds won’t perform very well, or the targeting will be way off.

How to adjust the keywords in AuctionAds?

Now, the key is to look at the eBay website itself. Search the categories and you will see what are the keywords to use. The keywords need to be from the keywords in the eBay directory, otherwise you’re gonna end up with a bunch of Nintendo or Ipod ads.


Here, by clicking on any category, you can drill down the categories right into the subcategories until you find a suitable one. Remember, source your keywords from the eBay site itself and you should get ads with current auctions.

I’m still testing AuctionAds and this is what I’ve learned so far. Keywords and content are the main criteria. At any rate it is one of the easiest programs to sign up for. Why not give AuctionAds a go, and see if it works for you?

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