Though there are a large number of free WordPress plugins available to meet most WordPress blogger’s needs, generally speaking, when you are looking for a quality affiliate marketing plugin, you’re going to need to browse through the premium WordPress plugins available.
In today’s post I want to introduce you to a new premium plugin named Auction Thumbs. For people that maintain a WordPress blog which discusses products that convert well on eBay, this plugin might be very profitable for you!
How Does Auction Thumbs Work?
If you’ve ever used BANS or another software to build an eBay niche store that takes advantage of eBay’s affiliate program, then you’ll have a general idea how this plugin works. Auction Thumbs allows any WordPress user to fully integrate eBay’s affiliate program into their blog in just a few minutes.
Simply activate the Auction Thumbs plugin, enter your eBay campaign code (you can generate one in your eBay Partner Network account), and select where you want to place your ads. With this plugin, you can easily display your eBay ads in any/all of the following places: display a gallery of thumbnails, display pictures below each post, or as a widget in your blog’s sidebar! By default, thumbnails will immediately show up in the footer of every current and archived post on your blog upon activation, but it comes with a fully configurable admin panel so you can control everything from the WordPress dashboard.
The plugin will then display relevant auctions (it matches the tags assigned to your post with eBay’s inventory) and when someone clicks on it, they are taken to that eBay auction. Of course that is only the beginning, as a 7-day cookie is placed in their web browser and you get a percentage of EVERYTHING that person buys during that time.
The author lists the following features which are included with the purchase of Auction Thumbs:
- SEO-friendly links (no rover links)
- Displays within page, post, and sidebars automatically, blog-wide
- Display can be suppressed at the individual post and page level
- Gradiant configurable color background
- Smooth-scrolling user page navigation
- Configurable, no-distortion thumbnail image sizing
- Fit or Fill thumbnail images
- eBay listings configurable to top or bottom of post
- Powerful database cache that reduces server overhead and greatly speeds pageviews for your site visitors. No calls to eBay for each pageview!
- Supports 15 eBay country sites, including language, currency and product categories
- Filter by eBay category
- Filter out specific sellers’ inventories
- Display items from one or more specific sellers (great for promoting your own items).
- Listing Type filter (auction items, store items, etc.)
- Sort order setting
- Min and Max price range
- Min and Max bid count
- Display items with bids first
- Configure default settings and all current and archive posts and pages will instantly have eBay listings
- No coding, script or shortcode configuration
- Widget-based sidebar configuration
- No .htaccess modification required
- Automatically pull post tags to use for eBay listings keywords (optional)
- Country-specific search category wizard
- Tabbed administrative interface
- Color picker to visually choose background color
- EPN custom ID text for reporting purposes
- Category wizard to pull live country-specific categories for fine-tuning product listings
- Debug Mode to aid in fine-tuning settings
- Embedded mouseover help for all configuration fields
- Customizable thumbnail border color
- Cache clear button
- Cache contents count display
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- SEO affiliate links with 301 redirect
- Multiple Campaign number fields for granular performance tracking (sidebar, post, post link)
- Default settings propagate instantly for all posts in the blog archive.
- Passed the eBay Compatible Application check
- Member of eBay Developers Program
- Included in eBay Solution Directory (pending)
Where Can I Purchase Auction Thumbs?
If you decide you want to purchase auction thumbs, it normally only costs $79.00, but WPHacks.com readers can use promo code “wphacks” to receive $15.00 off, meaning you can use this plugin on unlimited sites for only $64.00!
To give you an idea of this plugins potential value, when I purchased BANS a few years ago (costs $97.00), I made that investment back in under a month and a half. Everything after that was pure profit and is still providing steady income today. I’ve been using Auction Thumbs for a few days now on my video game blog and my book review blog, where I expect this plugin to convert well, and expect more of the same success as I’ve enjoyed with Build a Niche Store.