What happened to kekoa64?
Feb 28th, 2008 by estreet

eBay Pulser Kekoa64 went NARU yesterday afternoon, Feb 27.


He’s a smart guy. He doesn’t need to use illegitimate marketing tactics to build a successful business. Look at how well Robert Kiyosaki does selling the same product, “How to get rich on passive income.”

Best wishes to Kekoa!

Cool Color Picker
Feb 28th, 2008 by estreet

I’ve been busy working on a new user interface on my eBay banner maker site. There are a lot of color pickers out there, but Farbtastic is exceptionally nice looking, easy to use and fully functional. I just hope we can put it in a popup without any problems.


You gotta love people who publish their code for others to use. Generosity like that enables the average person to become a web developer.

Nice job, Steven Wittens! http://acko.net/dev/farbtastic

eBay Pulser Glitch?
Feb 20th, 2008 by estreet


I track the top 20 items on the Pulse in the Everything Else category. This chart shows a glitch that started on Feb 13 at 12:45 pm PT. I subtracted the starting number of watchers so you can compare them on one graph.
It only affected these four listings:

56,730 Watchers – $19,464.44 Just SLAMMED into My Paypal Account – guide from MysteryGiant

83,185 Watchers – LEARN HOW MY GIRLFRIEND & I MAKE $100+/HR IN OUR GUIDE! from Kekoa64

15,061 Watchers – POWERSELLER secrets ReVeALeD Make $1600 Per DAY likeMe from the.rich.boy

14,944 Watchers – POWERSELLER secrets ReVeALeD Make $1600 Per DAY likeMe from the.rich.boy

The glitch started at the same time for each listing. Only a few watchers were added during the flat period. The number of watchers jumped up 4 to 8 hours later. Then each listing started incrementing by 10 to 20 watchers again.

I don’t think it was an eBay reporting glitch because then they all would have restarted at the same time. It could have been an issue on the Pulsers’ server or with the eBay weakness that they exploit to get watchers.

That’s all for today. It’s been pretty busy lately.

eBay commissions unusually low this week – Are they right?
Feb 20th, 2008 by estreet

eBay ran a 20¢ insertion fee sale on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

This sale has a pretty large impact on eBay commissions as reported by Commission Junction. The low commissions are noticeable 5 to 7 days after the insertion fee sale because that’s when the eBay items will end.

For example, the commission on this eBay item was just 25.5¢.

Lot of 3 Older Christopher Radko Ornaments


Commissions are 1/2 of the total fees charged to the eBay seller. The total fees for this item should be much higher than reported $.51.

The math for a $17.49 sale:

$.20 insertion fee
$.92 final value fee (5.25% * $17.49)

Total fees = $1.12.

So how why does CJ only show fees of $.51? It must be a special condition of the fee sale. {shrug}

Not good!

Google Street View
Feb 15th, 2008 by estreet

My mom and I went to Chinatown in Chicago yesterday. It was a belated Chinese New Year / Valentines occasion. I googled the Double Li restaurant at 228 W Cermak and to my surprise I saw -> the Google Street View for Chicago!

Street View is available wherever you see blue outlines on the street map.  It’s great to see an actual 360° view of where you want to go because you can read the signs.  I found the nearest parking lot and could almost make out the hourly rates on the sign.   


 Here’s my first house in Westmont, IL.   


Smiles!  Michelle

Feb 11th, 2008 by estreet

First, I don’t use Black Hat techniques. Now on to the post…

One of my blog posts was linked to in the Black Hat World forum: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/6113-ebay-cookie-stuffing-listing.html

The entire forum contains very interesting discussions on Black Hat techniques and scripts.

My blog got about 100 hits from BlackHatWorld.com. What’s noteworthy is the location of the visitors. A lot of visitors came from Eastern Europe and Asia. When I see Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Pakistan and India, I think “PHP developer”. That’s because when I need to outsource a programming job, that is where I look. I think the off-shore developers PM the forum contributors who need scripts written.


Black Hat World forum info:

  • Threads: 7,232
  • Posts: 55,910
  • Active Members: 3,695

This is a pretty active group. Each member has posted 15 times on average.


“White Hat” SEO techniques, like those found on SEOmoz or Shoemoney, optimize business results while building long term relationships with major advertisers and platforms.

“Black Hat” involves deception. “Black Hat” techniques are usually against the Terms of Use for an affiliate program, PPC program or search engine guidelines. People using Black Hat techniques will be stopped if they get caught. So it’s a short term stategy.

And again, I’m purely into White Hat. I’ve always had a long term outlook. There’s nothing wrong with optimizing results if it’s within TOS (or in the grey zone).

How to View the Most Purchased Items on eBay
Feb 8th, 2008 by estreet

Which items sell the most on eBay?  It’s important to know what’s selling because it tells you how much you can sell.  So before you invest time and money in a niche, check out how well other sellers and products are doing.

Now you can see the top selling items on the eSeller Street search page which uses the eBay API.

This is a really cool example for Mystery Auctions: See Mystery Auctions.  This is the Everything Else category:  See Everything Else

I admit it’s not an easy screen to read.  But it’s handy if you need a list of top selling products. 

Here’s how you interpret the results:
This is a screenshot of the results in the Everything Else category from highest to lowest. 

Listing #1 - This is a classified ad.  eBay counts each “email the seller” as a bid or purchase but they don’t tell me the exact number – thus the “0 bids” in the heading.  This is great because you can’t find this info on eBay.  Who would have known that this is the most contacted Classified Ad in this category?    mostcontactedclassified.jpg

Listing #2,3,4 – These are Buy It Now listings.  Each purchase is counted.  Go the the listing on eBay and click on “purchase history” to see the actual amount.  Again, eBay does not tell me the exact number of purchases.

Auctions are counted by bids.   This number is given to me.

You can change the category or narrow by keywords.  First enter keywords and/or category.  Then click -> 1. find most watched, click -> 2. Highest Bids. 


This is a fanastic tool for determining what is actually selling on eBay. 

eBay UK increases affiliate payout by 15-20%
Feb 4th, 2008 by estreet

The affiliate payout for eBay.co.uk sales increased by 15 -20% on Friday.  Before this, the revenue share started at 25% and the ACRU started at £7. 


eBay sellers pay for the affiliate program with their fees which can run 10% to 25% of a seller’s total sales.  Affiliate programs are considered a cost of sales like advertising, radio, marketing or promotions for a traditional retail store.   

Why is eBay increasing both the UK and US payouts?  Because it’s part of their aggressive strategy to drive buyers to eBay and remain the #1 ecommerce channel in the minds of buyers.  Affiliates are rewarded when they invent new ways to entice buyers to eBay.  Sellers benefit from the increased buyer traffic.     

You can participate in the UK affiliate program if you reside in the US.  Just apply for a relationship in Commission Junction.  www.cj.com   And likewise, UK folks can participate in the ebay.com (US) program.

If you haven’t yet joined the eBay affiliate program, check it out here: http://affiliates.ebay.com

New eBay.com Fees Increase Affiliate Payout by ~25%
Feb 3rd, 2008 by estreet

eBay’s Bill Cobb announced a new eBay.com seller fee structure effective Feb 20, 2008.

eBay new final value fees

I used this fee calculator to see what it means for eBay affiliates. http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/pages/feecalc For an average eBay sale of $25, the total seller fees (Sales Amount) increases from $1.86 to $2.34.

This yields a 25.5% increase in the affiliate payout. The other shoe could drop if eBay.com announces changes to the affiliate payout.  Also, the Final Value Fee amount is reduced by 15% if a seller meets certain standards.

Sellers can recoup some of their fees by promoting their own items through the affiliate program.

eBay.com’s payout is pretty attractive right now. “Sales Amount” is defined as the total fees (insertion, promotion, final value) the seller paid on an item.

ebay affiliate payout

So what does this look like broken down by item? In my Commission Junction account, this sale shows a Sale Amount of $42.22. $21.11 gets paid to me. This is a pretty sweet sale because most are much, much, much lower. ;-)


This sale is more typical and has a Sale Amount of 1.93 ($.97 is mine).


You can view the eBay items on which you earned affiliate payments.
1. Download the Commission Junction report from the transaction reports page in CJ.
2. The 2nd value in the Order ID field/column is the eBay item ID. Paste the eBay ID into eBay’s search field.

Fanmail – Mean people suck!
Feb 1st, 2008 by estreet

I get email.

Sometimes I get, “I disagree with your point” or “Did you know there’s a problem with your site?” (Thanks very nice person, Jake!) Unfortunately, this is not one of them.

StalkerJones is a mean one. He/she writes (and by the way, I’m MW):

MW’s Business model: Ambulance chase, scam people by writing about scams, and hope they click on affiliate links.

You are nothing but an ambulance chaser and it seems that you write about nothing of true value anymore. If you continue to write about the low-lifes that you choose to write about, what does that make you? An ultra low-life.

I know, I know, what you write about may pull in traffic, but if your main concern is monetizing traffic, setup a porn site.

Let’s see if in 2008 you will make a difference in this world, instead of contributing to the downfall of it….

Game on, StalkerJones! This calls for crying a fight name calling a poll.

Please vote for the proportionate response:

1. I haven’t chased an ambulance in months. They are too darn fast to keep up with. I just howl with the sirens.

2. You are not allowed to read my blog anymore until you say you’re sorry. Note to self – block IP address , server50320.uk2net.com until sincerely apologetic email arrives.

3. It’s Friday night. Step away from the computer and head down to the pub for a pint of ale.

4. “Looks like someone needs hug,” said Will Farrell to the raccoon in Elf.

5. It’s 2008? When did that happen?

So there, Mister Crabby Fingers.

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