You Can Still Make Money With ShoppingAds aka AuctionAds

 Make Money With Shopping Ads

I don’t see many bloggers or affiliate marketers talking about making money with Shopping Ads aka AuctionAds any longer. And in fact, I just had Blogging For The Money leave a comment a few days ago letting me know I’m the only one he’s encountered making more than a couple of dollars per month with them.

I don’t make that much money with ShoppingAds, but it is a little and in affiliate marketing, every little bit ads up. Last month (February) I made $103.54 with Shopping Ads and in January I made $222.95 and the truth be told, I hardly do anything to promote them, but I have found a little secret that seems to work pretty well.

Here’s how I do it:

You can link directly to eBay in classified ads by using Auction Ads. I get 50% of my traffic, but earn 90% of my income from Shopping Ads by placing ads on USFreeAds.com.

You can place free ads on this classified site, but they are absolutely worthless because you can’t put a direct link in them. It’s a bit misleading with the name, but to take full advantage of USFreeAds.com, you need to get a Premium account for $9.95 per month. With this kind of account, you get to place as many ads as you want, they can be as long as you want and can contain as many keyword links as you want. Right now I’m running 162 ads on the site and every one has a direct link, several going to eBay through ShoppingAds.com using their url converter.

I have to warn you though, expect little to no results with USFreeAds.com for the first month because where you get the real results with this technique is by getting your ads indexed in Google. And it takes at least a month to get your first ads indexed, so anything you get before that is gravy.

Now that you know the basics, here’s exactly how I work the USFreeAds system to earn money with Shopping Ads:

In looking for a particular niche to exploit, I look for a category that has very few featured ads. Featured ads appear at the top of all other ads and cost between $12 and $50 depending on how long you run them (From 2 months to 1 year). If you are thinking of putting an ad in the Home Business section of the larger Business Opportunities section, don’t. There are literally hundreds of Featured ads there and the chances of yours being seen are slim to none unless you write killer copy that gets indexed by Google, but it’s best to just stay out of those overly exploited categories.

The reason I pick a category with few featured ads is because you stand a better chance of your regular ad appearing on the first page of ads for that category and having it get indexed quicker if it does (that’s what you’re looking for). After picking a niche and finding a category to advertise in, I write a nice, non spammy ad using the keywords you would expect to see in that niche and I always use a picture in the ad. Ads with pictures get 5 to 6 times more views than ads without. For a stretch of a few weeks, I was placing 5 to 10 ads a day, but only put up a couple a week now.

After placing my ads I will watch to see which ones get the most views and then convert the very best ads to Featured ads. I usually run a featured ad for 3 months at a cost of about $18. The reason I use Featured ads is because you can add a redirect that brings your visitors directly to the url you place in the ad, instead of going to the ad itself. The benefit of this is when your ad gets on the front page of Google and someone clicks it, they go directly to eBay and completely bypass your ad.

Now, you have to monitor this because using the redirect causes Google to not index the content in your ad. So what I do is turn off the redirect (simply edit your ad) and let the ad get indexed in Google again for a couple of weeks and then turn on the redirect and enjoy direct traffic to eBay from Google for a couple of weeks. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

Like I said near the beginning of this post, I hardly work this system at all now, but it has produced more than $400 in income for about $80 in advertising expenses since December of last year. I’m sure if I put more time into it and placed more ads, it would produce better results. It is a little involved, but once it incubates for a couple of months, it starts to work better and you can almost ignore it like I do or spend more time with it and see what happens.

You can sign up for a Premium account with USFreeAds.com here.

If you aren’t already a member, you can sign up for ShoppingAds.com here.


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17 Responses to “You Can Still Make Money With ShoppingAds aka AuctionAds”

  1. Hey thanks for the tips, I’ve never tried something like that. But come to think of it I can think of one or two similar free ads sites I might give this a try on…

  2. Alan,

    Posts like these are exactly why I’m subscribed to your feed. Not many affiliate markets are willing to divulge such tricks of the trade. This is a tactic people would pay for in an eBook or something.. Grade A post, yet again.


  3. would you recommend fo someone to build readership before putting many ads on a blog? P.S. I’m giving away $50 on my blog if you would like to mention it for your readers.

  4. natespost,

    Yes, it’s probably a good idea to get a few readers, before you try to put up ads. You might want to also think about removing your Feedburner count. I didn’t put mine up until I was over 150 readers. Sometimes a very low count discourages people from signing up.

  5. Guy,

    I am thinking of doing an ebook kind of summing up the best posts, but it will be free. I’ve been disappointed in many of the ebooks I’ve purchased and I don’t want to disappoint readers of Affiliate Confession. If readers don’t like my ebook they won’t have spent any money on it.

  6. I have been using shoppingads on my site for a bit. I get a click through rate of .1%. It stinks. I’m removing them soon.

  7. Affiliate marketer always go on high paying network ads, it seems that auction ads doesn’t pay well. I guess… :)

  8. @Alan, on March 5th, 2008 at 3:24

    That’s very generous of you. Any idea when you’ll release it? I’d gladly write about it on my blog.


  9. “…letting me know I’m the only one he’s encountered making more than a couple of dollars…”

    She. I’m a she. But this is still awesome info. Thank you!

  10. Blogging for the Money,

    Oh goodness, I am profusely sorry for that. Please, please forgive me.

  11. Guy,

    The ebook is probably several months out. It will happen, but it’s only in my head and not really in a good solid outline yet, so it will be awhile.

  12. That’s a neat idea, but really time consuming when starting off.

  13. Using FreeAds is a good idea. But why would you want to use the ShoppingAds site when you can link directly to an ebay auction with commission junction? You won´t have to pay ShopppingAds their cut or deal with their AWFUL tracking.

  14. custodio,

    It’s my understanding that with ShoppingAds they pay out at a higher rate than you’d get with Commission Junction because all of their advertisers act as a single entity earning those higher commissions.

    Plus, I’m not sure affiliates are allowed to link directly to eBay from a third party when using CJ. I thought we were supposed to go through our own site first. Please correct me if you know differently.

  15. If you’re already a ShoppingAds user, or considering becoming one, you should check out emptyspaceads – turn your website’s empty space into cash (a product I left my full-time job at Microsoft to build), which allows you to put ShoppingAds units in your website’s empty space. After all, when was the last time you made any money from your site’s empty space? Better yet, you don’t have to give up any existing ad units to run emptyspaceads. Keep what works!

    We hope to add more ad networks soon! You can also create your own TextAds, ImageAds, and even HTMLAds that can promote your content, your products, or your services. I invite you to try it out and send your honestly brutal feedback. Thanks!

    -David Parkinson, emptyspaceads founder

  16. This is a really creative technique – I’ve looked at the Shopping Ads popup in TLA before, but I’ve never known quite what to do with it. Thanks!

  17. That’s true. i made over $50 last month and got another couple of $$ this month.
    I’m using different techniques. I’m using blog post and linking to ebay auctions. I decided to use the CPA than CPC.
    I’m glad found this article. Great! I’m not alone.

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