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

eBay Pulser Kekoa64 went NARU yesterday afternoon, Feb 27.

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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!

eBay Pulser Glitch?
Feb 20th, 2008 by estreet

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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.

Two new scripting eBay Pulsers
Jan 28th, 2008 by estreet

A couple of eBay Pulsers caught my eye today.  They are not new to the eBay Pulse, but I’ve not charted them until now.   http://www.esellerstreet.com/search.php5?catID=99

Kekoa64 is in the #1 spot.  Then eBay seller, the.rich.boy, is #2.  In the #3 place is UK seller, the-new-easy-cash-system.

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Here’s Kekoa64 (#1) and the.rich.boy (#2) charted over the past 5 days. I think they are running scripts on the same server. Over 5 days, the number of watchers on each listing increases by ~5,500. The difference in watchers between the two listings remains constant at ~901.
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The-new-easy-cash-system (#3) is not running on the same server but it’s pretty much the same script. It has the same start/stop and ramping patterns over time.   This chart is over the same time period as the other chart (Jan 23 – Jan 28).
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 So I guess there are 5 eBay sellers running this script: kekoa64, MysteryGiant, jjfjq (Josh Kulp), the.rich.kid,  and the-new-easy-cash-system.  These are the top tier Pulsers.

Watching Kekoa64, Josh Kulp and MysteryGiant for 24 hours – The mechanics behind the high watcher count
Dec 19th, 2007 by estreet

There are three top eBay sellers featured on the eBay Pulse (Pulsers) who have tens of thousands of watchers on their listings: Kekoa64, MysteryGiant, and Josh Kulp (jjfjq). To have this many eBay watchers on a listing, you need: #1. a way to generate the watchers, and #2. a method to keep watchers on an eBay listing after it terminates.

I made a discovery on #1 – how they generate the eBay watchers. Short story: Kekoa64 and Josh Kulp both added 730 watchers in 24 hours. The watchers were generated by an automated software script (a cron job), no people involved at all!

Long story: I gathered the watch count data for the 3 most watched eBay listings over the past 24 hours using the eSeller Street watcher page. The data was gathered in 15 minute increments and in the Central Time zone.
Kekoa64, Josh Kulp, MysteryGiant

The similarity in Kekoa64’s and Josh Kulp’s watchers should jump out at you. Except for the starting number of watchers, kekoa64 -73,026 vs Josh Kulp -56,275, they add watchers in an identical manner. In fact, not only are they using the same automated script, but I think they are using the same server!

Key points on the Kekoa64 watcher chart and the Josh Kulp watcher chart which match the pink numbers (1,2,3,4) on the charts:

  1. Both listings get exactly 1 watcher every 90 seconds from 6:15 PM until 4:30 AM CT. I double checked that the watchers were added every 90 seconds by sampling the data every minute.
  2. There is a glitch between 12:00 AM & 12:30 AM. No watchers are added between 12:00 & 12:15, but 2 watchers are added every 90 seconds from 12:15 to 12:30. This leads me to believe they are running on the same server.
  3. Both listings remain at approximately the same watcher number (< 7 additional watchers) between 4:30 AM & 12:15 PM.
  4. At 12:30 PM, each listing starts to get 2 watchers per 90 seconds but then slows down to 1 watcher per 90 seconds.

MysteryGiant is not running the script during this period and his chart is completely flat. This is an excellent control case to show that these listings do not get many watchers on their own. His watchers started at 67,602 and ended up just 2 watchers 24 hours later. The next day he started a new listing with 70,937 watchers and incremented it 1 watcher per minute using his own script.

Here’s the watch count near the end of the period taken at 5:00pm Dec. 18, 2007.
kekoa64, MysteryGiant, Josh Kulp jjfjq watchers on Dec 18, 2007

Take a look at the actual listings:

So which URL or link does the software script access every 90 seconds to add a watcher? I don’t know. I think it has something to do with the guest watcher feature and all of the watchers are just guest watchers.

This script separates the top pulsers from the other sellers who acquire watchers using the embedded “MakeTrack” links. The “eBay Pulse code” or “MakeTrack” trick relies on people visiting your listing so that the listing is forced into your eBay watch list without your knowledge. In contrast, the script adds watchers independent from the number of hits to the listings.

You can see the MakeTrack trick in action on http://turnkeywebsites4u.com/. If you visited this site while you were logged into eBay, you are now watching their listing. Look for this HTML code on the page source:
make track trick to get eBay watchers
Link 1 calls the eBay MakeTrack URL which tells eBay to save the listing number in your watched items list. Link 2 does the same plus adds an affiliate cookie to your PC so that they get commissions on your eBay purchases. Of course, link 2 violates Commission Junction/eBay policy in that a visitor must take positive action on your site to get a cookie. e.g. Unless a visitor clicks something on your site, you are not supposed to force a cookie on a PC by using a popup window which is similar in nature to using the embed tag.

Well, that’s a lot to digest for today. MysteryGiant just started a listing with 70,937 watchers last night. That’s the next piece of the puzzle.

Another eBay Pulse manipulator – Kekoa64 challenged by seller jjfjq
Dec 7th, 2007 by estreet

This listing has gathered over 50,000 watchers in 8 days. Kekoa64 has a challenger: eBay seller jjfjq (Josh Kulp) has a few tricks up his sleeves. Perhaps he’s been reading The Puls8r’s paper.

I’VE CRACKED THE CODE! MAKE $1,400 PER WEEK! – ORIGINAL

Josh Kulp Watchers

So how are jjfjq’s sales?

He sold $3,352 in eBooks on eBay from Nov 3-Dec 2, 2007. That’s $100 per day not subtracting the eBay final value fees. His listing claims you can make $1400 per week or $200 per day so supposedly he sells an equal amount off-eBay. His feedback is very good so I guess the buyers are happy with his product.

Josh Kulp has been working at it for a long time and I do think he is knowledgeable. http://www.associateprograms.com/articles/58/1/Soaring-profits-for-Josh-Kulp

Is this a scam? Probably not.
Can an average person make $1,400 a week? Probably not.

Perhaps Kekoa64 or jjfjq is The Puls8r?!?

Update 12/19: Hah! Caught them.

Outstanding paper on how sellers manipulate eBay pulse to gain watchers – Kekoa64 update
Dec 1st, 2007 by estreet

Recall my post on Kekoa64, the eBay seller of e-books on making $100 per hour. I could not figure out how they got 65K watchers on a Buy-It-Now.

This is one of the best, and most well-written papers, on eBay I have ever come across. http://www.oktshun.com/ebooks/Making_the_Pulse_Pages.pdf It’s about how eBay sellers get watchers and manipulate the eBay pulse page.

There are diagrams of tactics and strategies worthy of an MBA course. I don’t recommend duping buyers with these techniques (unless you are a narcissistic, self-centered thug that could rob their mother and sleep well at night). Kudos to mystery person, The Puls8r, for enlightening us – whoever they are.

Here’s a couple of very interesting discussions on kekoa64 FBI scam alert and shartey’s blog.

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