How To Get Approved by eBay Partner Network

By Mark / June 16, 2009

One of the most common threads in the WordPress Goldmine Forum relates to how to get accepted by EPN.

The first thing to say is that don’t take it personally, I’ve been turned down by loads of companies when i applied to be an affiliate usually a quick email get your application reviewed and accepted. The ones that don’t accept you usually come begging once you start to make $$$$. Strangely as soon as I had a $10,000 month On CJ.com some of the the very same companies that turned me down 3 months previously emailed me and asked me if i would be an affiliate…It gave me so much pleasure telling them where to stick their affiliate program.

Right back to EPN

Even if you follow the steps below you will probably initially get rejected by EPN however a few emails asking why your application got rejected and asking them politely to review your site and tell you why it’s not acceptable usually gets you accepted.

Step 1. Find a good niche and create a nice looking blog.

Step 2. Add several pages of good quality UNIQUE and relevant content

step 3. Add your contact details, a privacy policy and a TOS

Step 4. Do NOT Monetize your blog in any way shape or form!!!!!!

Step 5  Do not use privacy on the domain..eBay like to see your contact details if they do a whois check

Now ask yourself..If I was one of the biggest online companies would I like a site like this to represent me??

Now submit your application and expect to get rejected. If you do get rejected send a polite reply asking why. You will probably now get a cut and paste answer…cool we are almost there!!

Now email back and politely point out that you site does not fall into any of the categories mentioned. They will have now run out of cut and paste replies so someone will need to physically look at your site and if you’ve followed the guide above you will get accepted.

Just consider EPNs automated responses as a bit of gentle hazing, which would you rather have affiliates who take initiative and try to get accepted or ones that give up at the first hurdle.

Believe me that it is Worth trying that extra bit harder to be accepted by EPN it is probably one of the best affiliate programs available to you. Especially with tools like Phpbay, Bayrss and excellent and highly recommended Reviewazon (yes you can add ebay items to the posts & also overstock items)

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JoAnn

Insights – that’s what you just revealed. Wow! that’s another great article.

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Joseph Archibald

Okay Mark I think I will give eBay another shot. I suspect its best for me to set up a new site as the ones I have are either all monetized already or have a bit of a mix of fresh content and not so fresh content. Is it the case though (I read this on your forum) your site needs to be over 3 months old? I’ll keep you posted how things go on the forum in due course.
Regards
Joseph

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elise

wow! That is the great eBay Solution!

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Mark

I’ve heard from a member of the wordpress goldmine forum that after they had been turned down they followed the instructions above and got accepted withing 2 days …that included the email back to EPN asking for reasons.

Also I have not got any evidence that the sites need to be 3 months old, I know of people who have told me they were accepted with new sites in the past week

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Don Bistrow

I have only been waiting one week. My site is not a blog but a commerical site with products and oodles of original reference articles that have subtle Google Adsense on them.

The site is about 8 years old and I’m preparing to design the 1st of several affiliate sites with WordPress.

I’m wondering if they will reject my site for any reasons I stated above and will have to reapply via one of new sites as they are developed?

I’ll follow-up with more information as it happens to aid the cause.

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Don Bistrow

P.S. My site is also private on WhoIs because I’ve had inquiries asking for personal information that didn’t seem business related.

I don’t have a brick and mortar store, strictly online, so I don’t think it’s necessary to do business offering more than email communication.

For an affiliate WP site I’ll live it public, however.

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Mark

Don, I’ll be interested to know how it goes…on the face of it you have no chance… but the site is well established so that may be to your advantage

I’ve heard back from several people that they have been accepted using the method above.

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Don Bistrow

Mark:

I was checking email and bingo, I was approved by EPN. I applied Tuesday so by the standards I’ve heard about that’s pretty good.

My one question is this:

With each affiliate marketing site I create do I have to start over with that domain to get EPN approval?

Thanks,

Don

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Mark

Don, well done.. it looks like aged sites are a key ingredient if you have a few things they don’t like.

You don’t need to apply for each new account, just set it up within the admin area

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Corky

Thanks for this outline. I was rejected a couple months ago. I had submitted an email asking why, but never had the courtesy of a reply.
I’ve been on eBay sine 2002 or so with 700+ feedbacks and a 100% rating. You would think they might notice that and take it into consideration.
Would sure love to get it going for the Christmas rush…

Thanks for this,
Corky

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Mark

Hi, all. I am just about to apply for the EPN and understand it is really difficult to get accepted these days, I know of 3 other people that got rejected so I do have a lot of apprehension.

I was hoping someone could give me some feedback on the site I have been building over the last 6 weeks or so. http://www.progressive-income-solutions.com. I am applying on the principle that ebay has complimenting educational products to sell that would relate to the content on the site which are mainly books and dvd’s etc. of various investing strategies.I have being making at least one post a day just about.

I will be taking off the adsense adds in the left and right side bars but probably leave the small horizontal listing one at the footer.

Two question I do have:
1) Would I need to have existing links to eBay in the side bars prior to the application etc,
2) Would anyone think I’d need to loose the product review tab that has affiliate links back to 3rd party products.

I would be really grateful for any comments or feed back. Ive been working so hard to get this for.

Many many thanks
Mark

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It’s very very difficult to get approved by ebay now and to be honest I am not convinced it’s worth it any more. The click pricing model doesn’t work for a lot of affilaites. I made $12,000 worth of sales on one day and got about $4 commission! Last year i earned around $3000 in December i’ll be lucky to break $300 this year.

I remove anything that might suggest you were monitizing the site. you will get rejected first time just keep on replying to the emails and they’ll probably approve you

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Mark

Thanks for your reply Mark
Will see how it goes and if anything interesting develops I’ drop you a post

Much appreciated
Mark

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jerome

The first time I tried they told me they couldnt tell me why i was rejected! I havent given up because I am interested in using a piece of software that works with ebay affiliate id and craigslist.

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Wize Time

Is it really worth going through all this hassle when it’s so much easier to get into some great affiliate programs elsewhere? I’d like to understand your reasons for thinking it’s worth it – it doesn’t make sense to me. It seems quite elitist to me that you basically have to have a “clean” site – no competition – don’t they have enough business sense to go to your site and investigate its quality rather than pass judgement because it has monetization on it or not? They must realize that eventually every single person will maximize monetization in one way or another and ebay will only be a very small part of that. I have never, ever been rejected by any affiliate program – only eBay and the irony here is that I sell on eBay and have for quite some time!

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You need to check the date of this post, it used to be really worth it $1500 months were normal… now $150 is a good month. EBay completely messed things up with their changes.

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Greg

I have been turned down twice by ebay, (thanks for this article by the way) and I was going to take your advice and tweak the website I was applying for, take off the adsense… But now I don’t know if it is worth it.

If you went from 25% commission to 2.5% (theoretically)… My question is, Is there another auction type website with an affiliate program that we can use instead of ebay?

At this point Amazon is the only alternative for specific products that I know of… Any suggestions?

Thanks again,

GP

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francesco

Hi.

Could you please have a quick look at my site?

Do you think I have any chance to be accepted by eBay Partner Network?

Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Best regards

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Francesco, ciao!

I think you might be accepted, you can only submit it and then hope/argue with them 😉 it might help to remove the ads before you submit it and then add them back afterwards

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Irving Williams

Hello there Mark!

I am also interested in selling items for the Ebay Partner Network Program……I want to sell various Dodge automotive acessories……I am currently in the process of building my website!…….can you possibly take a look at it and give me your expert opinion on my chances of being approved?……I’ve been searching the internet for someone like you, who has full knowledge of the Ebay Partner Network, and can take a look at my site!
Thank you kindly!

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Mark
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Irving, For both SEO reasons and getting approved with ebay i would add a lot more content to the site, the adverts should almost be an afterthought. I would do articles about various components and maybe articles about how to fit them etc.

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mrsgsii

the thing is how does one reply to eBay (for an argument to support reconsideration of a particular website) when they use noreply email addresses in their rejection emails, just wondering!

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Mark
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The address the emails came from used to be a customer service email

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