How to Really Make Money on Ebay

Marketing on auctions is nothing new. Although Ebay is the most popular auction site on the internet, plenty of auctions sites have sprung up because of Ebay's success.

Many people are quietly making thousands of dollars per month marketing their products on Ebay. What isn't really well known is the number of people who are making thousands of dollars every month through the Ebay affiliate program.

Ebay offers one of the most generous affiliate programs on the internet, paying up to 65 percent per transaction. Not only can affiliates make more money by recommending the program, but they can also make a lot of money from people buying and selling on Ebay.

To get started with Ebay, you first need to join the affiliate program. You can do this by either joining through Commission Junction or Mediaplex.

Once you've joined, then you'll need to decide what you want to market. Ebay has plenty of tools to help you decide, like categories, as well as wishlists, marketplace research, and Ebay trends.

Some of the services offered here are free, and some of them are paid. You will need to decide if you want to spend money on these tools when finding your niche.

Once you've decided on the segment of products you want to market on Ebay, then you need to decide what type of site you want to build.

You can buy scripts that will make it easy for you to sell various segments of the Ebay marketplace. This is probably the easiest way to get started.

You can also use the affiliate center at Ebay to help you with building your site. Again, Ebay has a lot of tools to help you make these decisions.

Ebay's affiliate center offers everything from RSS feeds you can integrate into your site, to the Editor Kit and Product Kit. Be careful here though. Although RSS feeds are search engine friendly, javascript is not. Javascript will make your website dynamic (the content updates automatically), but the search engines can't read it. It won't help your search engine rankings.

Once you've built your site, then you need to market. How you market your new site will depend on which internet marketing techniques you believe will be the most effective for you. You can start by optimizing your site for the search engines and then submitting to the search engines.

You can also use free classified ad sites like Craig's List, as well as US Free Ads.

If this seems like too much, you can also search Ebay and simply buy websites outright. How you decide to build your business from Ebay is totally up to you.