This article is part of the Ebay affiliate program guide.
Ebay Partner Network announced that they will now allow affiliate ads on third party websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. They also have announced they will now allow the use of shortened URLs.
Both of these were absolutely not allowed for years. As far as URL shortners go, they are only approving three of them…
Google, Twitter, and Bitly.
The Ebay affiliate program has been seeing less and less restrictions lately.
update – Ebay Partner Network has put up a FAQ about these changes here.
Recently they removed a restriction for domains to be approved in order to receive mobile revenue. Prior to that change you only received compensation for mobile traffic if your domains were approved and verified.
The Ebay affiliate program has been one of my favorite for a while, it simply allows you to monetize things that are difficult to monetize in any other way (example – when was the last time you saw an Adsense ad for star wars figures?).
Ebay has stated it will be more vigilant now than ever about network quality, so I wouldn’t push it too much, but overall this is a great opportunity.
Ebay seems to really be putting their V.O.T.E.S. strategy (stands for Valuable, Open, Transparent, Easy and Scalable) to use.
For those of you who are not approved by Ebay affiliate program, remember you can still promote Ebay products, but you will need to do it through Skimlinks.