We’re Going Mobile!


This week the eBay Partner Network Team is in New York City at Affiliate Summit East surrounded by some of the brightest, most-innovative minds in the affiliate space. In that spirit, we couldn’t think of a better time or venue to share some exciting news: on September 8th, the world’s most publisher-friendly network (that’s us by the way) is launching ePN Mobile!

Buyers are increasingly shopping from the palm of their hand for every type of product imaginable. We figure that if we’re noticing impressive mobile adoption here at eBay, you must be seeing it from your users as well. So, we’re rolling out ePN Mobile to help you take the next step!

What does this mean for you?

Starting September 8th you will see a new feature in your reports that breaks out mobile traffic from classic (non-mobile) traffic. This will help you understand how your users are shopping and allow you to optimize accordingly. Any traffic you drive to eBay’s international mobile web properties can be monetized and added to your reports.

What do you need to do?

  • You will not need to make any changes to your existing affiliate links.
  • You do need to register your domain. You will not be paid for traffic that occurs on a mobile device from domains that have not been registered. This is an important change to our terms and conditions.
  • Please take a moment to review the new Network Agreement and Code of Conduct terms.

As you can tell we’re very excited about this announcement and are thrilled to be able to share it with you. If you have questions or comments, we have opened a thread on the boards which we will respond to leading up to the launch. We look forward to chatting with you in the coming days and weeks about how we can advance your mobile initiatives.

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  • LTD Investments

    You need to let people know what is considered a mobile site. Is it anytime a person browses to your site on a mobile phone and you have no code to display the site different on a mobile than if they surfed on a laptop/desktop? Or is it when you have it coded to display different when on a mobile device? Or it for the .mobi TLDs?

  • Roger Smith

    I’m confused … you say we have to register our domains, but the web page has us enter a URI. And, it complains that http://www.domain.com is a duplicate of domain.com when they are two separate domains.

  • NN

    *You will not need to make any changes to your existing affiliate links.
    My websites on any given domain have mobile switchers in place. Visit my site on a desktop you get served the desktop site, visit on a mobile device get served the mobile site- all on the same domain. So, if a visitor is using a mobile device and clicks on my links it should take them to ebay mobile, correct?

    *You do need to register your domain. You will not be paid for traffic that occurs on a mobile device from domains that have not been registered. This is an important change to our terms and conditions.
    My domains are already registered. So, there is nothing else I need to do?

  • michael perea

    I, too, am confused. If you know my domain (i.e. http://www.domain.com), and you know that I have affiliate links on my domain, what does it matter how someone is viewing the domain?
    Why do I need to “register” what is already apparent? Unless, of course, the thought process is that “this is a new channel”. Of which, I would respond this is an existing URL with an existing domain name, only viewed (most likely) through a different browser. That stated, it still utilizes the same protocol (HTML) and same code to be viewed.
    we are not utilizing a different port are we?

  • Ivka Adam

    Dear LTD Investments,

    You don’t need to have a mobile site to get paid for mobile traffic. As long as you’ve registered your domain, you’ll get paid for any traffic that occurs on a mobile device. So, if one of your users accesses your full site on a mobile device and clicks through to eBay, that will count as mobile traffic.

  • Ivka Adam

    Dear NN,

    To answer your questions…
    1. If a visitor is using a mobile device and clicks on my links it should take them to ebay mobile, correct? Yes, that’s correct. We detect and redirect if a user to mobileweb.ebay.com if a user is on a mobile device.

    2. My domains are already registered. So, there is nothing else I need to do? Yep, you’re done!

  • Ivka Adam

    Dear Roger Smith,

    By registering domain.com you’re covered for http://www.domain.com, X.domain.com, y.domain.com, and so forth and so forth….

  • Lucille

    “You are required to do this in order to get paid on any traffic you drive on a mobile device. You can find the “Domains” page under the “Account” tab. ”
    I just applied, do I get to see this when approved? My account “etchel” in eBay when I use it will not allow me to put a password and though I click on request password reset, I never get the email. So I signed up with another email address not associating my ebay account.

  • Ricky

    Dear Ivka,

    How does this apply to Apps (iPhone apps, Android apps, etc)?

    Regards,

  • Daniel

    Dear ebay partner network:

    I has registered your partner and confirmed my domain success.
    But my cann’t login and reset my password. Anyway, i try many times and change my email address, it still cann’t receive my reset password.

    Why? could you help me?

  • Ivka Adam

    Dear Lucille and Daniel,

    Our Customer Support team can help you out: https://publisher.ebaypartnernetwork.com/PublisherHelpPage?page_id=epn.general-inquiry.

    Ivka

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