eBay Dropping CJ.com: Now What Build a Niche Store?

By Ian Fernando

So I received some emails about eBay dropping CJ.com and eBay creating their own in house affiliate system. Now, this sucks because what does this mean to all those software developers that created their affiliate store around the CJ.com affiliate system and especially the ones that bought those store scripts? There maybe frantic cries on this issue because of the big switch over. I know programmers that might have created their own are probably like ARGH DAMN!

This new in house system should help better help their affiliate with reports, since CJ.com did a poor job on their reporting system. I am even confused on their reporting system.

The eBay in house system is now called the Global Affiliate Platform, not sure if it is the official name. I know they are going to have their system up and running April 1st, according to their blog.

We are excited to announce eBay’s new global affiliate platform: the eBay Partner Network.

The new platform will go live on April 1st, 2008 PST, at which point eBay will no longer be running its affiliate program through Commission Junction. Beginning April 1st, affiliates should register with eBay Partner Network and migrate their links from CJ to the new platform.

But do not worry, CJ.com and eBay affiliate system will run hand in hand for about a month - so the official cut off will be May 1st 2008. So do not worry programmers and other eBay affiliates, you still have time.

I bought BANS and it did real well for me and now I am a little mad about this switch over but excited as well. There are already several blogs speaking about this topic as well. Shoemoney has been telling eBay to drop CJ.com:

...what was the 1 biggest thing they could do to improve the affiliate program? My answer: Drop commission junction asap. He inquired more and I gave him reason after reason as to why CJ was a really bad partner for them. From our bad experiences in tracking, reporting, signingup (we have horror storries that I dont even want to say) basically lets just say it was very difficult to work with them.

But for me this should be easy as the people at Build a Niche Store are going to get this settled and fixed. I received an email prior to this and they are going to work on this issue! Great people! This is good for me because I can just sit and wait for the new script to be uploaded and I can just re upload and over write everything. I just need to think of what to do with the current traffic going there on a daily basis, hmm redirect to amazon?

This news has started a net wide panic amongst eBay affiliates and we wanted to let you know that we are aware of the transfer and that BANS will be updated as required.

Basically there's no need to worry.

The only problem and I kind of feel bad for the BANS team is because they just came out with a great new system, BANS 3.0. Now it is being changed. Now, I want to know what is going to happen to all those other software developers that created their own system. I wonder how they are taking it, especially the plugin for WordPress. It is a good thing Build a Niche Store is recognizable and is working to help their members!

Ian Fernando
Involved in the internet space since 2002 and have been through the ups and downs of this online industry. I am a traveling digital nomad, media buyer, online strategist, and many more online titles.

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