eBay affiliate link changes
March 18th, 2008 by estreet

Prepare to take action in April.  All of your eBay affiliate links must be changed, but there is nothing you can do right now.  You have to wait until April 1 to get your new links.   http://affiliates.ebay.com 

 Commission Junction used to run all of eBay’s affiliate program. Then just a year ago we changed our eBay affiliate links to eBay’s “rover” servers. That put eBay in charge of the tracking clicks, purchases and redirects to the proper eBay pages. CJ.com was still responsible for reporting and payments to the affiliate.

Now the eBay Partner Network will run all of the affiliate program functions starting April 1, 2008. I hope eBay improves the consistency of the program. Some of the weaknesses of the current program are:

1. errors in reporting purchases

2. variable reporting times each day

3. having to download a spreadsheet to view the actual items purchased

4. inability to log into CJ.com

From April 1 to May 1, the CJ and eBay programs will overlap. Switch early to get a 5% bonus for April sales.

You can receive an additional 5% bonus for all traffic tracked through eBay Partner Network in April 2008 (bonus applicable to traffic sent to Half.com 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.


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2 Responses  
Jake writes:
March 18th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I think this is a good thing in the long-term. I hope and would expect that it reduces affiliate tracking errors and make the program more manageable by eBay (fewer entities/companies involved should= fewer problems).

estreet writes:
March 19th, 2008 at 11:35 am

It should help with eliminating delays. They say they will streamline the registration for multiple countries which will be really nice.

But there will be no independent body overseeing the program. No checks and balances to ensure proper reporting. What could possibly go wrong with giving eBay infinite power over affiliate payouts? ;-)


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