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eBay Partner Network Has a New Website

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You may have noticed that eBay Partner Network has a new look, along with some new resources to help you find, share and earn from your passions. We’re making continuous updates to features and functionality, and appreciate the feedback we’ve already received from you. In this episode of EPN TV, John talks about some of the current highlights of the new site.

Here are a few of our favorite things:

Earnings Calculator

If you’ve been curious about potential earnings in categories you might not yet be promoting, check out the new earnings calculator on the homepage for a sample of what you could expect, based on average commissions on popular products. We’ve started with some of eBay’s best-selling products, and we plan to add more in the future.

Bookmarklet

When you log into the Publisher Portal, you’ll see that we’ve begun to add features to provide you with new ways to drive and optimize traffic. For example, click on Campaigns to try our new bookmarklet tool, currently in beta. It’s simple: Drag the bookmark icon from a campaign to your web browser’s bookmark folder. Then, when you find an eBay page to share, simply click the bookmark to see a popup with your affiliatized link.

Mobile-Friendly Reporting

Though it may not be apparent to the naked eye, we’ve updated the underlying system that our website is built upon. This allows us to increase stability and paves the way for the introduction of new tools and resources to improve your experience with EPN. For example, we’ve implemented a responsive design and eliminated Flash in our reporting section so you can view reports on any device, at any time.

We’re currently moving forward with additions to improve the site and to address the feedback we’ve received from you. If you have a feature you’d like to see added or if you spot something that isn’t working as expected, please send us an email at epn-cs-english@ebay.com.

EPN TV: John Toskey Talks Global Expansion into Australia

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In this episode of EPN TV, John Toskey highlights the reasons why affiliates should jump into the Australian market. If you’re not yet thinking about the opportunities down under, now is a good time to start. Why Australia? To start, Australia has a strong economy and a sizable ecommerce market, with more than half of consumers regularly shopping online. Its residents are tech savvy, with 80% smartphone penetration. And perhaps most importantly, the eBay brand is strong: eBay is the #1 most influential retail brand, and the #2 most influential brand overall – behind only Google!

So how can you take advantage? First, make sure that you’re approved to promote the Australian market through EPN. Second, set your links and banners to geo-targeting, to make sure you’re sending your users to their relevant local site, such as eBay.com.au. Finally, dig in to see which products and brands are popular in Australia, and determine which of these might appeal to your audience.

Are you currently reaching visitors from the land of Oz? If so, we’d love to read your tips and insights in the comments section below.

All You Need to Welcome Spring

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With Spring in full swing, eBay is running several sales and events to celebrate the season of sunshine, sports and celebrations. Right now is the perfect time to encourage your visitors to declutter and start fresh. Whether they’re looking to refresh their homes, wardrobe or wellness, eBay has everything to help shoppers spring forward. Below are just a few of the sales we’re currently running: Spring Cleanup

Revamp Your Look

Work It Out

Fun in the Sun

There’s no better time than now to inspire your visitors to celebrate the season. Direct them to eBay’s Spring deals page where they’ll find everything they need to welcome Spring!

Spring into March: Half.com Coupon Code

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Earlier this month, many celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday, “Read Across America” Day and “World Book” Day. Keep the momentum going and encourage your visitors to immerse themselves in a good read this spring. For a limited time, Half.com is offering a 10% discount code for book purchases and rentals. Details:

  • 10% off book purchases and rentals on Half.com for registered users
  • Valid: now until March 31 at 11:59 PM PT
  • Restrictions: Minimum order $50. Maximum discount $25. One time per user.
  • Coupon codeSPRING10

We hope you take advantage of this promotion! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below.

March Madness: Game Time

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The sun is shining and spring is in the air, which means March Madness is right around the corner. College’s best basketball teams will face off for a spot in the championship game going down in Houston, Texas, on April 4. Whether your visitors are casual basketball fans or hardcore enthusiasts, right now is the perfect time to get them thinking about how to win big. Get in on the Madness

Passionate fans looking to experience the insanity live can head to eBay for tickets to the big showdown. Those unable to make it to Houston can still get in on the hoop hype with eBay’s wide selection of gadgets including big screen TVs, home theater necessities and media streamers from brand names including LG, Sony and Samsung.

 Put your Party Pants on

Whether your visitors enjoy watching the game or simply love a get-together, eBay has everything they need for a game day party. With a variety of kitchen appliances, grills, drink and barware to choose from, guests will be sure to have a happy belly. Those looking to get a little competitive themselves can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor gamesfoosball and beer pong make for a fun time.

Rep Your Team

As college basketball’s best go at it in exhilarating matchups over the next few weeks, fans will want to represent their team. Luckily, we’ve made it easy for them to shop by school and size. Encourage your visitors to shop our large inventory of shoe and fan gear where they’ll find t-shirts, jerseys and hoodies. We also have welcome mats, license plates, decals and more to help amplify the fandom.

No matter what your visitors need to experience the excitement of college basketball, eBay is where they’ll find it. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @ebaypartnernet for more madness-related deals. Good luck!

Questions? Leave them in the comments below.

Roll into Savings: $100 Off Discount Tire Direct

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As we look ahead to some sunshine, drivers may be looking to switch to warmer weather tires. eBay is currently running a limited-time promotion on tires and wheels through Discount Tire Direct. Encourage your visitors to check out the selection of tires from Cooper, GoodYear, Nankang and other popular brands. Below are the details: Promotion Dates: Now through March 16

Free Shipping? Yes (Continental US Only)

URL: Discount Tire Direct

Coupon: $100 off $400 on tires from Discount Tire Direct

Code: CTIRES316

We hope that you take advantage of this great promotion and direct your visitors to big savings on motor accessories.

Announcement Regarding eBay-Branded Gift Cards

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We wanted to inform you of changes being rolled out regarding eBay gift cards, and to let you know how these changes may affect your affiliate promotions. Beginning March 6, 2016, eBay will no longer count sales of eBay-branded gift cards within checkout metrics, as they will no longer be counted as revenue-generating items for eBay. What this means for our partners is that you will no longer be able to earn affiliate commissions by driving sales of eBay-branded gift cards after March 6.

While no other merchant gift cards sold on eBay are affected by this change, you should be aware that gift cards in general can result in little to no affiliate commissions based on eBay’s revenue on these products. Because we want to make sure you are maximizing your affiliate earnings, we also want to remind you that products which earn little to no affiliate commissions include items sold by charities, extended warranties, and occasionally items sold on eBay Stores with seller fee promotions.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please leave them in the comments section below. Thank you for your continued partnership.

My Big Weekend Savings: 25 February – 1 March

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As we roll through February, it’s time to dive into our next My Big Weekend campaign with the potential to boost sales. Starting 25 February, some of the most popular products in our hottest verticals such as Electronics, Home & Garden and Fashion will be on sale. We’ve highlighted some of the top deals below and for a full list, direct your visitors here. Electronics

 Fashion

Home & Garden

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To help you promote this event, we’ve provided a variety of creatives that you can find here. Use these eye-catching visuals to encourage your visitors to shop the My Big Weekend page where they’ll find a wide selection of deeply discounted items. These deals will end on 1 March at 8 AM, but be sure to check back on our blog frequently as we’ll add more about different sales and events.

Questions? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll get them answered for you.

Red Hot Deals for Your Valentine!

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Lovebirds around the globe look forward to Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14. The search for gifts typically peaks two weeks prior to the holiday, so now is the perfect time to play cupid for your visitors! Here are some of the top gift ideas that you can use to spark a flame. For the One Who is Always Plugged In

Whether your guests are shopping for the seasoned techie in their life or someone who’s looking to upgrade their gadget game, eBay has a wide selection of electronics on sale. Shoppers can save big on tablets, laptops, cameras, cell phones and more from names like Apple, Canon, Sony and Samsung.

For the One Who Loves to Try The Newest Dish

Encourage your visitors to find their way to the tummies and hearts of the food lover in their life with popular kitchen essentials. eBay has a variety of bake ware, cookware, and large and small appliances at up to 50% off.

For the One Who Loves Wine

Anyone who enjoys a glass or two of wine is in luck – eBay is offering up to 30% off wine – red or white – take your pick! Sweeties looking to step it up a notch can also pop some bubbly with his or her special someone.

For The One Who Always Sparkles

For this romantic holiday, jewelry is always a safe bet! eBay has savings of up to 50% on necklaces, bracelets and rings with a variety of stones to choose from including diamonds and pearls. In addition, eBay has great deals on watches for him and her from designers like Calvin Klein, Omega, Michael Kors, Movado and more.

For The One Who Loves Music and Movies

Inspire your visitors to tug at their sweetheart’s heartstrings by highlighting eBay’s inventory of musical instruments from brass and drums to guitars and keyboards. If they’d rather just let the music flow on its own, they can save up to 30% on CDs, vinyl records.

These are just a few suggestions for how to spread the love! There are even more for those with decadent and discerning tastes, those who love the outdoors and more. Direct your visitors to our Valentine’s Day landing page where they’ll find tons of great gift ideas for their loved ones.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Big Game Party Gear

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The most anticipated game of the NFL season is less than two weeks away, with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers facing off for the championship title. This year the top two teams will duke it out on Sunday, February 7, so now is the prime time to fuel football fandom by highlighting some of the deals below. Get in on the Action

Hardcore fans will want to make their way to San Francisco to watch Peyton Manning and Cam Newton battle for the championship title. eBay has lodging options and tickets to the big game for sale, in addition to stadium gear. Your visitors can pick up portable grills, coolers, outdoor tables, lounge chairs and much more for the perfect in-person experience.

Throw the Big Party

If your visitors can’t make it to the Bay Area, they can still host an unforgettable viewing party for friends and family. eBay has plenty of essentials, including glassware, cookware and coolers to get the party started. Those who don’t want to spend the game in the kitchen can order standard game-day grub like pizza or BBQ with gift cards from a variety of foodie faves.

Don’t forget about the ultimate stadium feel by shopping a wide selection of themed décor and home entertainment. eBay has a variety of big screen TVs, and surround sound speakers from popular brands like Samsung, Sony, Vizio and more.

Represent Your Team

Any true fan will want to represent their team for the final game of the season, so direct them to shop eBay’s big selection of fan gear and collectibles. They’ll find everything from caps and beanies to t-shirts and hoodies as well as memorabilia. Whether your visitors are cheering on the Broncos or Panthers, they’ll be pleased with the number of ways they can support their team!

Sales for football related items tend to increase leading up to the big battle for the Lombardi Trophy, so start promoting now to make the most of the hype. No matter what team you’re rooting for, you and your visitors will all be winning with these great deals!