How to Make Money Online Using eBay Widgets
Last year, I started experimenting with eBay Widgets that resulted in a very profitable online money making business. In this article, I will identify the four key steps that I use to make money online with widgets.
Step 1: Choosing the Right Products to Widgetize
eBay has millions of products that you can promote and create widgets for; however, you should focus on a single product or single category of products. You do not want to choose random products because it will be very difficult to promote. But instead, narrow your focus to a single type of product.
For example, you have an idea about promoting yarn sold on eBay. There are lots of colors to promote and different types of yarn such as wool, cotton or polyester blend, etc. I would suggest creating a site about “Blue Yarn,” and promote “Blue Cotton Yarn,” “Blue Wool Yarn,” and “Blue Polyester Blended Yarn.”
Step 2: Choosing the Distribution Platform for Your Widgets
One advantage of using eBay Widgets is that they are easily installed on any platform with little effort. My choice publication platform is Blogger, but this online money making process also applies to using WordPress. Until you become comfortable with this process, I suggest using Blogger since there are no hosting or domain costs.
Continuing with the “Blue Yarn” example, you would create a sub-domain on Blogger with the eBay product you are promoting, that is “blueyarn.blogspot.com.” Don’t worry if the domain is already taken; just add another word to the domain name such as “myblueyarn.blogspot.com” to create a unique name.
Step 3: Creating the Widget Posts
You will need to create a single post for each product that you are marketing in addition to a post that describes the class of products. Going back to our yarn example, you would create four posts in this order: “The Best Blue Cotton Yarn To Use,” “Blue Wool Yarn That Doesn’t Itch,” “Blue Polyester Yarn for Beautiful Sweaters” and a “Blue Yarn For All Uses.”
Next, visit togo.ebay.com/affiliates/create/ to create a “single item widget” for the specific products. If possible select an eBay Seller that has a store since the widget specifies an Item Id and eBay Sellers typically relist the same item. Regardless, after 120 days, the item will expire and eBay will not relist the product. By design, eBay provides you the option of what to show once the item becomes delisted. Simply insert the search phrase of the specific item, or in our case, “blue cotton yarn.”
Make sure that you include your eBay affiliate id so you will get paid. Create a unique campaign for “blue yarn” so that you can monitor your online money making results.
Finally, you will need to write two paragraphs in each post. Include buying keywords like “cheap,” “low-cost,” etc. so that you can direct the reader’s attention to the widget. Insert the widget in between the two paragraphs. Do not distract the reader with other forms of advertising. You want them to go to eBay and buy the product so you get paid.
Step 4: Promoting Your Widgets
Promoting your site is the most important step in this process. Without marketing your site for the proper keywords, your online money making adventure will not be profitable.
If you created your posts with specific keywords such as “blue cotton yarn,” you should be able to market the site with one or two articles that include links back to your site with the proper keywords. Most of these products have low competition in search engines so you should be able to rank well for them.
This simple online wealth creating process of using eBay Widgets is very easy to implement. Typically it takes under 4 hours of work per site to create the content, widgets and to promote it. Results will vary on the products and your promotion capabilities. Many products are seasonal so this gives you 3 to 4 months of lead time to build and promote the site before income starts rolling in.