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EGay classified ads - links inside of your ads

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by dirtysecret, May 28, 2009.

  1. dirtysecret

    dirtysecret Regular Member

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    Is this allowed or not?

    My Google research reveals tons of conflicting info. It seems that egay itself doesn't come out one way or the other.

    What is people's experience on this?
     
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    i'm pretty sure you can. i have seen them and noticed they are in the classified section and outgoing links were there. i think they are allowed only in that section.

    do you sell ebooks through the classifieds?
     
  3. dirtysecret

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    I don't currently do anything through classified ads, but I do sell stuff on ebay (physical items - not digital stuff).

    However, I recently had some of my listings removed due to VeRO violations. So I wanted to make sure that I don't break anymore rules or my account will probably get banned. I know you can get back on egay even after banning - but its a huge pain in the ass to hide who you are.

    the listings that you saw with links - do you remember if the lister's account had any history?
     
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    longdrv4u Newbie

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    If you look at the sellers other items he has 18 CPA offers
     
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    longdrv4u Newbie

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    Here is the rules for selling digital products on EBAY

    http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/selling-digital-items.html
     
  7. 195471

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    I've used links in classified ads several times before (and as recently as two weeks ago) without any problems. Ebay isn't clear on what they allow/disallow in terms of classified ads, and I don't think they care too much what people do with these ads because they're a good source of revenue for them at nearly $10 a piece plus extras. If they were to crack down on their use, then they'd lose a lot of money.
     
  8. dirtysecret

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    That's a natural assumption that I'd be looking to sell digital products, since that's what most use classifieds to do.

    However, I was merely looking to use it as a way to get traffic to my websites. I have a number of lead capture pages where once the lead is captured, it's downloaded by offline "brick N mortar" businesses. They pay me a fixed rate per month to use my sites, and generate most of the traffic to the sites their selves through their own local offline advertising, but that's very expensive and I'm looking for a way to add some leads to their lead flow through less expensive online methods.

    The trouble is that the leads have to be close to an area where I have a paying customer. There's really no way for me to target that well online.
     
  9. 195471

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    Have you tried geo-targeting people with AdWords and Google Maps? MSN adCenter? Kijiji? Craigslist?

    How about SEO (like keyword+city)? I'd recommend taking a look at ukescuba's method if you haven't already:

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...ds-amazing-18min-detailed-video-tutorial.html
     
  10. dirtysecret

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    Thanks for the suggestion.

    Unfortunately, the product that my clients sell is something that no one thinks they want/need. Hence, it is sold through high-pressure in-home sales demos.

    Because no one (avg. consumers) think they need what my clients sell, no one's really on the internet searching for it - the search volume is very low.

    That's one of the reasons they need my service in the 1st place, so I find myself in a catch-22:

    I can make money because no one searches for what they sell - however, I also can't think of a way to help support their offline advertising with online stuff because no one is searching for it in the 1st place.

    I'd be like casting a fishing net over dry land - you can't POSSIBLY catch anything if theres nothing there to begin with.
     
  11. 195471

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    If no one is searching for what your clients sell, then this product may be a good candidate for the AdWords Content Network. As with Search, you can geo-target. Since this is the type of product that people don't think they want or need, it sounds like more of an impulse-buy type of product.

    In the "G3t M0ney from G00gle" course, there's an example of a guy who was trying to sell some kind of unique boating accessory. The problem was that no one knew that such a product had been invented and therefore, no one was searching for it. But when he started advertising it on the Content Network, his sales took off.

    I've gone through the above course, and there's some really good information in it about how to properly use the Content Network. There's a coupon code to get it for free in this thread:

    Code:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/75829-get-money-google-perry-belcher.html
    Hope that helps. :)
     
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    Have you done well with these? Do you have a squeeze page type set-up or an actual ad? Is the ad like a Craigslist ad or an ad like the one mention on this thread? Do you promote your own products or affiliate products?

    I'm currently reselling stuff but also have one ad as an affiliate. No success so far with the affiliate product. I've created the ad like a sales letter though and it's promoting what I think its an awesome 'you'd be dumb not to get this' deal. Yet no sales. Go figure??
     
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    I've done okay but not great with classifieds. With one ad I put up following the method from ..Q.. I got 2 conversions of a free trial offer. I didn't put an optin box, it was just a pre-sell for the free trial. I don't recommend copying anything from the merchant's website, as my listing got removed for "copyright violation".

    So far I've promoted only affiliate products, mainly free-trial weight loss products. I could be wrong, but it seems that people on ebay aren't interested in the free trials, but they will buy the same bottle of pills at full price (which I learned from looking at the completed listings). I don't get it.
     
  14. dirtysecret

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    LOL. Welcome to marketing. The more selling/marketing you do (I've been selling offline in-person & on the phone for years) the more it baffles you.

    People make some (IMHO) seriously fucking stupid decisions - choices that make no logical sense.:rolleyes:

    It's only after you STOP expecting people to behave rationally that you can call yourself a professional.
     
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    That's quotable. I'm going to put it up on my wall. :)