Using eBay to Monetize Your Squidoo Lens
Time for another amazing video from PotPieGirl! I get a lot of questions about how to add an eBay RSS feed to a Squidoo lens that has YOUR eBay (ePN) affiliate link embedded in it. Many of us are eBay affiliates and would prefer to use our own eBay affiliate link on our Squidoo lenses. These RSS feeds are really attractive to your lens readers because they get to SEE what is currently available as far as the product they are looking for. Adding your own eBay RSS feed is super easy to do! Instead of TELLING you how to add the eBay RSS feed, why not just SHOW you?
Adding an eBay Affiliate RSS Feed to a Squidoo Lens
Author Edit – August 2009
Do not use this technique on your Squidoo lens or any website that you do not own. Ebay Partner Network has changed their policies to reflect that no affiliate traffic can come from websites NOT owned by the affiliate.
End Author Edit
First off, in order to do this, you need to be an eBay affiliate. The eBay affiliate program is called the eBay Partner Network and you can sign up here – https://publisher.ebaypartnernetwork.com. You can go to that url and learn all about the eBay affiliate program for your location, their payment details, and all that good stuff. They pay me monthly via PayPal and it’s one of my favorite affiliate programs.
Here’s my short and sweet video walking you through the steps to create an eBay affiliate RSS feed and get it on your Squidoo lens:
Easy, peasy – Right?
You can use the RSS feed generator at ePN to refine your search in MANY ways. You can isolate your feed to only show one seller, only products that offer free shipping, and on and on and on. eBay makes it very easy for you to give the reader exactly what they are looking for.
Feel free to play around with it and get comfortable with the feed generator. It’s cool stuff…. great for the readers and can add a little more money in your pocket each month, too.
Lately I have been hard at work on a project that has been a true labor of love. About two and half years ago, my kids cousin, Jonathan, was killed in a car accident. Not only was Jonathan family, he was also one of my son’s closest friends.
The word “tragedy” does not even give this event justice on any level.
Jonathan is survived by his mom and dad (Kim and Bruce), his brother, Richard, and sister, Maggie. Folks, this family is what Richard calls “a miracle family” – and I couldn’t agree more.
I met up with Bruce, Kim, and Richard at my son’s wedding in May. They are so awesome! Bruce, Kim, and I got to talking and they told me about a foundation they were creating in Jonathan’s memory.
They are offering scholarships thru the Jonathan Cox Memorial Scholarship program that awards kids free money for college NOT based on grades, or academic achievement, or sports, or community involvement. The scholarships are awarded based on a simple 500-word essay about “What My Faith and Family Means To Me”.
Not only that, but this family is also reaching out to other families and businesses that would like to create their own scholarship for a loved one or for a cause. It’s tough to figure out how to start your own scholarship fund – and there is a ton of red tape and paperwork involved. Bruce and Kim want to ease that burden for others and get their desired scholarship out there and running for them. Those wanting to start a scholarship will be able to do so on their own terms with their own criteria…with whatever name they want to give it.
As I listened to Bruce tell me what they were doing, it was all I could do to NOT jump up and down and BEG to be a part of it. Thankfully, I didn’t have to beg, and they gave me the honor of creating the website for the Foundation.
Thank you Bruce, Kim, Richard, and Maggie!
They keep thanking ME, but I’m here to tell you… I am honored to be a part of something so great.
I’d like to introduce you to the Faith and Family Legacy Foundation – http://www.faithandfamilylegacy.org . I hope you take a look around, read the family’s story here, and read their mission… and if you feel so inclined, send them a donation and become a Faith and Family Legacy Foundation sponsor.
Above all – if you know a family or a business or organization that would like to start their own scholarship in memory of a loved one (or for ANY reason), please send them to the Faith and Family Legacy site. Bruce and Kim will help them and turn their dream of a scholarship fund into a reality.
Thank you for allowing me to speak about this. I have hundreds of websites, but this site, BY FAR, was the hardest to create – but it means more to me than everything I do online combined (and then some).
They are amazing people and I hope that they can help an amazing family in your life.
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Ok, that’s all from me today. I hope the video helped you out and you can now easily get your eBay affiliate feeds on your Squidoo lenses.
Have a great day!