March 6th, 2007
Blogging News, Business of Blogging, General

AuctionAds is another new way for bloggers to make a little more money on the side. AuctionAds consist of eBay auction ads on keywords chosen by the blogger or publisher. Although the service was launched today and there is little information on how much one could earn, AuctionAds promises to pass on almost all of the revenue to the publisher of the ad. I thought of this service as an automated eBay affiliate program that pays almost as much as that program but has less hassle. TechCrunch has a quick rundown of the business details on AuctionAds and since AdSense does terribly on this blog, I figured I would try them out. You can see the ads on the sidebar. Another interesting fact from their FAQ is that you may run these ads alongside Google AdSense and they do have an affiliate program.

If you are trying them out, I would love to hear what you think. Also, if there is any past experience with eBay affiliate programs and revenues, I would love to know. (disclosure: none of the links on this post are affiliate links, one of the owners of AuctionAds also advertises on this blog)




  1. Lloyd Budd (15 comments.) says:

    Mods and cables for my XBOX hmmm, don’t see the connection to this post nor the rest of content on this site. Context matters.

  2. Mark (386 comments.) says:

    The ads are not contextual. I was going to choose remote control cars and airplanes, but went with the electronic stuff. Let me add some RC stuff too.

  3. Ajay (209 comments.) says:

    The ads can be made contextual with the right stuff. I’ll write a tutorial for this soon.

  4. Andy Beard (1 comments.) says:

    Ajay you will have to wait for a code update first. The Keywords don’t currently work the same way as Chitika.

    They are taken randomly and not based on a priority order, though ddn will most likely be changing that soon.

    I have written a lot about the advantages of this over using standard Ebay affiliate links, such as International affiliates being able to target the US market, improved cashflow, Geo-targetting and convenience of Paypal payments.

    It should also be noted that it is quite possible you will earn moer from this program fraom the same traffic.

  5. Ajay (209 comments.) says:

    Hi Andy, are you behind the team at auction ads?

    Well, I’m thinking of just feeding the keywords as you supply them and not with some priority. Guess it won’t be totally contextual, but it will definitely help?

  6. Andy Beard (25 comments.) says:

    I exchanged some emails because my comments system was proving difficult for some unexplained reason and the random way keywords are used is just one thing that came up.

    I wrote quite an extensive review rather than a product announcement.

    I am still thinking about the best way to use it with UTW. It could be a case that it should be handled in a slightly different way for accurate targeting.

  7. Dougal Campbell (35 comments.) says:

    I’d be curious to find out how ActionAds perform compared to Adsense and Text-Link-Ads. Without going into details, I’ve been really happy with TLA so far, but I’m just in my first month, so we’ll have to see if I continue to get sponsors over time.


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