Are you looking for another way to monetize your WordPress blog?   Back in November 2008, I wrote about a new premium WordPress plugin called Auction Thumbs.   After that post was published, there seemed to be a lot of interest in this type of product.  This seems to be because people are quickly discovering they can make a lot of money online by doing nothing more than simply sending traffic over to eBay for relevant auctions!  In this post I will be discussing a similar WordPress plugin which has actually been around for over two years now called PHP Bay Pro.

PHP Bay is an eBay affiliate script that comes in two forms.   The first is a stand-alone API version which allows non-WordPress PHP based websites to quickly and easily add eBay keyword based content advertisements to their website.  The second version is the one which will apply to our readers, and that is the easy to use PHP Bay WordPress plugin.

PHP Bay Pro lets you take advantage of the 80 million auctions on eBay by adding relevant auctions to your WordPress blog.   When users click on the auctions, they are taken to that auction on eBay.   Then once people buy ANY item on eBay, you earn a commission, even if it wasn’t what you referred them for.  In fact, you get commission for any auctions won over the next 7 days by that person.   If that wasn’t enough, if someone signs up for an eBay account within 7 days of clicking on your eBay auction link, you also get a very nice commission (can be as high as $40.00 I believe, but usually around $15.00 each).

Here is the feature list you get with PHP Bay:

  • Earn revenue through the Ebay Partner Network or other popular programs like PepperJam, Mediaplex, TradeDoubler or Affilinet!
  • Add keyword rich Ebay items to your php based web site that encourage impulsive buys!
  • Easily Integrate into any New or Existing WordPress Blog!
  • Thousands of free WordPress templates available across the web to create virtually any type of site!
  • Not Javascript based! Auction listings are 100% pure html based creating additional targeted content for your site!
  • List auction items regionally from 17 different countries!
  • List items by postal code (zip code) for localized results.
  • List items from specific Ebay categories.
  • Listings displayed in language and currency of selected country.
  • Listings displayed in rows or specified number of columns for a Web 2.0 look and feel!
  • Access to our active members only forum that offers a tremendous value in how to get more out of phpBay Pro, strategies, tips and tricks and much more!
  • Use on as many sites as you own! phpBay Pro is not limited to one domain. It can be used on one, or hundreds of sites with one license!
  • Comprehensive user manual with illustrations, in PDF format, for both the WordPress version and the API version, that will walk you through, step-by-step, to install and get working quickly with phpBay Pro!
  • Upgrades are free for the life of the product! phpBay Pro is nearly two years old with three major upgrades made with suggestions from our user base!

If you are considering buying this WordPress plugin, make sure the topic your WordPress blog(s) covers will convert well on eBay.  Product based websites which cover something that is often bought on eBay seems to convert the best (electronics, pictures, etc.).   If your blog covers free products or some sort of service, chances are using a WordPress plugin like this won’t be worth your effort and will annoy your readers.

If you decide you’re interested in PHP Bay Pro, it looks like it is currently available for $79.00.  I believe they used to have a free version as well, but I’ve not been able to track that down so they may have removed it since I bought my copy of this plugin last year.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  • http://voucherfrenzy.co.uk James@UK Deals

    There was another plugin called WPBans written by a guy called Casey (not sure of his second name) that was around for a while. It looked pretty good but then disappeared for some reason.

  • cooiky

    it just makes it easier to make an online store.

  • http://www.MobiDhoom.com MobiDhoom.com

    It help me alot to increase my earning using on my blog to referring people about ebay products.

  • http://www.mikemeisner.com Mike Meisner

    I have this plugin, and have used it for a few sites.

    I ran into a problem/warning to users though. Perhaps you can help. As you know, it’s an affiliate based script, so you need to join Ebay’s Commission Junction affiliate.

    I was rejected and many people are complaining about the same. How am I to use this great, and I do mean GREAT, tool to my advantage? I’m also a member of pepperjam’s network, so would that allow me to start seeing some revenue? I sadly see traffic flowing to the cheesy site I built and wonder what can be done….

    Thanks, and good write up too.

  • http://defaultprime.com SuperMario290

    Thanks for the link, I’m definitely going to use that to help make some more cash from my blogs! :D

  • http://www.kune.fr Mat_

    The lite version is there:
    http://www.phpbay.com/products.html :)

  • http://www.dotmainname.com Deca

    I’ve been declined by ebay :(

  • http://kyleeslick.com Kyle Eslick

    @ Mat – Thanks for digging up the link I was looking for! :mrgreen:

    @ Deca – Really?!? I didn’t even realize they screened applicants. Was there an explanation with your denial?

  • http://atniz.com Atniz

    This is interesting. I have seen a blog showing ebay items in their post. But it is in the content section. I don’t know whether we can alter this or not. But, $79 is too expensive for me. I hope they can offer some free copy here.

  • http://kevinboss.net Kevin Boss

    I tried the lite (free) version and found it’s not even worth bothering with. You can’t choose a price range and you can’t exclude or get really detailed with your listings.

  • Joanne Truwell Ebay marketer

    I have been using the lastest program out for building Ebay websites My kind of Magic Ebay affiliate website builder not only does it create geo targeted ebay listings just by entering keywords but they have a free blog network and a seo training course with over 30 videos.

    An authority network of hundreds of sites for members to use.

    And the results are terrific people are earning money very quickly with the system despite in only being released just over a month ago.

  • Recep

    OMg, just checked the bought members sites, l loved it, but its pretty some much for me to try, hmmm, l think l can use it it the future featured blogs l may need a product previwiew from my posts.
    thanks for this post.

  • http://www.angrezy.com angrezy

    Yeah really a cool product, i seen that it has got different pric range starting from 0-100$.
    Worth to try those who already has affiliate ID of Ebay.

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  • http://113tidbits.com/ tony greene

    If you;re not already an approved EPN affiliate you will have a hard time getting in.I’ve been using PHPBay since 2007 and have made a decent residual income by basing my listings on products that are being searched for organically.