Monday, March 17, 2008

eBay's New Affiliate Program

Here's the official announcement about eBay's new Affiliate Program:

Announcing the launch of the eBay Partner Network

We are excited to announce eBay’s new global affiliate platform: the eBay Partner Network.

The new platform will go live on April 1st, 2008 PST, at which point eBay will no longer be running its affiliate program through Commission Junction. Beginning April 1st, affiliates should register with eBay Partner Network and migrate their links from CJ to the new platform.

While CJ and ValueClick have been valuable partners to eBay throughout the years, we’ve decided to give our affiliate community a customized experience. eBay will continue its partnership with ValueClick’s technology division, Mediaplex, for ad serving, tracking and other custom projects.

All the great tools and benefits of working with the eBay program will remain the same – access to the Editor Kit and affiliate API, the flexible destination tool, the great payout structure. Please note that there will be no changes in the pricing structure as part of this transition. In addition, the eBay Partner Network will provide several new features:

Easy global registration to multiple countries simultaneously
New, targeted banners and rich media creatives
New landing page optimization and geo-targeting capabilities
More detailed reporting capabilities for eBay’s programs
The eBay Partner Network and Commission Junction will run in parallel for one month through this process, so please plan to complete your migration by May 1st, 2008.

You can receive an additional 5% bonus for all traffic tracked through eBay Partner Network in April 2008 for specific countries (bonus applicable to traffic sent to and US, UK, Australia, Canada, Italy, India and Spain eBay sites). The sooner you migrate, the more you’ll earn! Just:

Register with eBay Partner Network on April 1, 2008
Confirm your registration, and obtain your new identifiers
Update your links with your new identifiers
Reminder: Please plan to complete migration by May 1, 2008
Programs that will transition to the new eBay Partner Network platform starting Apr 1st:

eBay Australia
eBay Belgium
eBay Canada
eBay France
eBay Hong Kong
eBay India
eBay Italy
eBay Netherlands
eBay Singapore
eBay Spain
eBay United Kingdom
eBay United States
Programs that will NOT be affected and will continue their relationship with Commission Junction:

eBay’s Tradera AB
Reseller Marketplace
Media Marketplace
eBay Stores
Please also note that eBay affiliates working with other platforms including Affilinet and TradeDoubler, as well as affiliates to other eBay Inc properties like Skype,, PayPal, Kijiji and will not be affected.

More information, including detailed step-by-step instructions on how to migrate existing publishers’ links to the new platform, will be available on April 1st. Please check back with us then.

We’re excited for a successful transition, and the opportunity to grow our affiliates’ businesses through even more innovations, information and communication moving forward!

More Changes at eBay!

More new things happening in the near future -

eBay will have a new check-out system (details in another post)

eBay is changing their Affiliate program. Commission Junction is out, eBay Partner Network is in. Brief info is below; details coming in another post.

The new in-house network, which will launch on April 1, is designed to give affiliates better access to revenue opportunities across eBay Inc.’s global platforms

The new 'safe payment requirements' for PayPal payments start today - March 17th.

Here's the official eBay 'Safe Payment Requirements' announcement with all the details:

"Hi everyone, I'm John McDonald with the US Trust and Safety team. As Jim Ambach, VP of Seller Experience, outlined in his announcement in January, we're making some changes that are intended to make the buying experience on eBay better and safer. As part of this initiative, expanded safer payment requirements are scheduled to go into effect on March 17.

Since January 2007, all new sellers have been required to offer PayPal or a merchant credit card as a payment option to their buyers. On March 17, this policy will be expanded to sellers or items when they meet one or more of the following conditions:

the seller has higher than 5% buyer dissatisfaction rates
the seller has less than 100 feedback
the items are listed in categories with higher rates of buyer complaints, including: Gift Certificates, Video Games, Cell Phones, Computers and Consumer Electronics.

In addition, for a small number of transactions that have a higher risk of buyer dissatisfaction, we may delay the release of funds paid through PayPal. This hold will be placed on only a small percentage of transactions for up to 21 days. Then the funds will be released if there is no dispute. The funds may be released earlier if the buyer leaves positive feedback, or if PayPal can confirm delivery of the item.

Sellers enrolled in the PayPal Money Market Fund will earn interest on any pending funds in their PayPal accounts.

Your payments will not be held if you meet the following requirements:

You have been an eBay member for 6 months or more, and
Your total Feedback score is 100 or greater, and
Your buyer dissatisfaction percentage is less than 5%.
Your average DSR is 4.5 or greater and
Your have received 20 or more DSRs in the last 12 months.

I know that there have been questions among our Community about payment holds. Monroe Labouisse, my colleague at PayPal, explains holds in further detail on his post to the PayPal blog – I definitely encourage you to read it.
For more information about safer payment requirements in general, see the safer payments section of our FAQ."
John McDonaldeBay Trust & Safety

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Registration Open for eBay Live!!

Registration is now open for eBay Live!!

It's in Chicago this year - June 19-21.

Sign up now as the price goes up later.

Early Bird Registration - $75.00 - March 14 - April 30
Final Discounted Registration - $100.00 - May 1 - May 31
Standard Registration - $120.00 - June 1 - June 21
Saturday 6/21 Only Pass - $75.00
Priority Pass - $150.00

Here's the link to sign up: eBay Live!
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