Ebay Affiliate Program

Ebay affiliate program

The 21st century is one that is packed with job opportunities but which are highly competitive and to be able to withstand this pressure, you need to have unique skills from the rest. That is why more and more people are turning to online jobs such as affiliate marketing because these never seem to be full.

There is enough room for everyone and what matters here is the ability of the person to market, generate traffic, and on top of it all, make sales for the company or the program that he/she is working with. Of the numerous platforms out there, the e-bay affiliate program is one of them. Read on to find more information about it.


Brief overview of the eBay affiliate program

eBay is one of the leading e-commerce corporations not only in the US but across other parts of the world, and it competes with some of the top multinational companies such as Amazon. It has its headquarters in California, San Jose to be precise and it facilitates its sales through its websites.

Today it offers services across thirty countries and to enable it to reach all its consumers, and even more, eBay created the program so it can provide a platform for those who would like to make money online through affiliate marketing. The eBay affiliate program is an in-house network which enables its marketers to make money by offering its products which they now post on their websites and even social media pages.

The marketers get a commission every time a new customer uses the ads from their sites or any other online programs and makes a verified purchase. Also, the affiliates get a commission when they send referrals who either register on the eBay network or bids.

In a bid to increase the money-making opportunities for their affiliates, the eBay affiliate program recently announced to the public that it will now be paying its members for every click made to eBay from their websites depending on the traffic that they help create to the company’s official website. By doing so, the eBay affiliate program will be replacing the traditional cost per lead method and thus attract even more affiliates.


How to join

To join, your first step is to apply just like you do with any other program, and if you get approval, you now have free access to eBay’s publisher portal where there are numerous text links, banners, and buttons among many other tools which you add to your website.

You can do so by either copy pasting or use their API tool which is more advisable because besides helping you add the banners, it allows you to create more customized ads. The eBay affiliate program enables its affiliates to make the most out of it thanks to the following reasons below.

• As mentioned earlier, eBay operates in about thirty countries, and it also boasts global recognition thus it has a broad customer base which affiliates can use to their advantage

• They offer a vast array of products which you can promote ranging from sports and fitness, home and décor, health and beauty products among many others. That offers affiliates the chance to work in areas which best fit them and thus make money and at the same time enjoy doing so

• 200% Referral and also plenty of seasonal bonuses

• There are many tools available on the eBay affiliate program which help the marketers promote their listings, and this varies depending on their competence. For instance, the link and widget generators help those who are still at the beginner level and as they advance they can take up better tools such as API.

If you would like to apply to become an eBay affiliate, you can click here.



No matter what you do or where you work, even if it is your passion, it all comes down to one thing; the money you are making, and the eBay affiliate program seems to understand that quite well because it pays quite attractive commissions.

Theirs range from 40% to 80% which is quite high in comparison to other affiliate marketing programs. Nonetheless, it is important to note that it varies depending on the goods you are dealing with and also on the revenue that eBay earns and not on the sale price. Affiliates are only eligible for it if the customer using their banners, text links or any other ads from their website purchases within 24 hours.

That is one of its downsides because not all clients purchase within the time limit. All the commissions are paid for a monthly period via PayPal if they meet the minimum $10 goal. However, they can access and track their sales and statistics through the program’s publisher portal.


Summary of the pros and cons of the eBay affiliate program


• Diverse collection of goods which you can select from and a broad customer base makes it possible for every seller to make money

• Enables the use of social media so those who are active and have a large following on this platform can also benefit and at the same time enjoy their lifestyle

• High commission rates

• Excellent communication between the management of the program and the affiliates

• Many tools to help members monetize their websites


• Requires one to have a website or social media page that has sufficient traffic

• The payments are unpredictable because even if a client clicks and makes a purchase later than 24 hours, it will be of no benefit to you


All the best,


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14 thoughts on “Ebay Affiliate Program”

  1. Dave

    Hallo there,

    Thanks for breaking down things about eBay affiliate program and how to benefit from it. I have a question about it that I would like help with from you.

    I tried creating an account with eBay with a website that brings in about 2,000 worth of traffic per month, and they rejected my request. What do you think is the problem?

    1. It could be a number of reasons. A big reason is location. I’m not sure where you are based out of, but ebay only allows affiliates from certain countries. Paypal is not accepted in all countries, and because eBay pays their affiliates via Paypal, they can only have affiliates based in countries that accept Paypal. I hope this helps.

  2. Dave

    Hi Ed,

    I am in a country that accepts PayPal and I have been paid by other affiliate programs via PayPal many times, which is what makes me wonder why they would reject me.

    Could it be that they limit the number of affiliates they accept in certain countries? Because that is what I think could explain why eBay rejected me as their affiliate.

    Waiting for your response. Thanks.

    1. Hi Dave. I don’t know if your site falls into the category, but eBay will sometimes reject your application if you have too much advertising on your site. My suggestion would be to take down the ads temporarily, and reapply to eBay. See if that works. Good luck!

  3. Sharon May

    Hello Ed, getting approved on eBay is now pretty much instant and is open to anyone who want to do it. Payments are not at all fast, and that’s if you get any. I have faced many difficulties with eBay partner network, what happened me has happened to many of my friends, and to many others around the world..just google it and you’ll see. I reckon that anyone claiming to make money as an eBay partner are lying or they’re paid by eBay to promote it…that’s just my thoughts any how!

    1. Thank you for your comment Sharon. I wrote this article a while back. By the sounds of it, some things might have changed. I will look into it. Thanks again.

  4. DerrAd

    Hello Ed, 

    Thanks for the comprehensive information on ebay affiliate program. What requirements need to be met for one to be able to apply for ebay affiliate program? 

    I want to be sure because some affiliate programs have stringent rules and list of things to meet in order to be eligible. I hope ebay doesn’t have long list. 🙂

    1. Since I wrote this post a while back, eBay has loosened the requirements to be an affiliate. Now it is basically just sign up, and start promoting.

  5. Stratos K

    Ebay seems like a nice alternative to those thinking at joining Amazon affiliate program. In my eyes these two look very similar so I was curious if someone that is on the fence why to choose Ebay over Amazon. I know that commissions vary depending on the goods but since both companies work on many different countries I was wondering if there is some real advantage of Ebay that I don’t know of.

    1. Thanks Stratos. You don’t have to choose between one or the other. Be an affiliate with both Amazon and Ebay. Good luck with your site!!

  6. Taetske

    Good Morning Ed,

    The Affiliate program of eBay sounds very nice with a lot of things other comapnies do not have.

    On the downside that you only have a timeframe of 24 hours makes one think. What will happen if you already have Google Adsense and Amazon on your website? Does it get too crowded and or are they in conflict with each other?

    You also mention that your website needs a lot of visitors. As I do not know what is considered a lot of visitor by eBays standard I wonder. Probably my website might still be too young. Looking forward to your answer in case you know about this particular point.

    Regards, Taetske

    1. It looks like eBay has lightened the requirements since I wrote this post. You should be good with just signing up, it doesn’t look like there is much of an approval process now.

  7. mark kabakov

    Ed, Hello! Your eBay affiliate program overview gave me extra strength and confidence. Those changes of eBay program  and high commissions (which you report) are very attractive, and the flaws seem insignificant. 

    You wrote honestly, clearly and in detail. 

    Questions arise in the process of registration and in the initial period of work. For myself, I see the task of arranging my site to create and increase traffic. 

    Thank you for the updated review of the eBay Affiliate Program. 

    I will include it on my mailing list. Mark

    1. Thank you Mark. Good luck with your site!

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