How to Determine What Earned an eBay Commission from Your BANS Site

I like knowing what I sold on eBay via my Niche Stores, but Commission Junction doesn't make it exactly clear how to go about getting this info. I keep seeing people trying to find out this info on the Build A Niche Store members forum, so I thought I'd throw up a quick writeup that I could point people, 'cause I'm that nice a guy and all, you know... :)

Step One: Log into your Commission Junction account

Pretty self-explanatory. If you can't figure this one out, you've got more problems than how to find what you earned a commission on... ;)

Step Two: Run A Report

Select 'Run Reports' from the top menu:

Finding What Was Sold, Step Two: Run Reports

Step Three: View Pending Commissions

Along the right side should be a few boxes with the latest stats. Under Pending Commissions, click on your latest commissions:

Finding What Was Sold, Step Three: Check Latest Commissions

Step Four: Find the daily commission you're interested in

Select the commission you're curious about:

Finding What Was Sold, Step Four: Find Daily Commission

Step Five:

Finally, we get to were CJ decided to hide the meaty details -- in the Excel version of this report. Your guess as to why is as good as mine, so no, I don't know why either. Select the Excel format and Submit to download:

Finding What Was Sold, Step Five: Get the Report in Excel Format

Step Six: Find the eBay Item Number

The column titled 'Order_ID' (P here) gives us what we are looking for -- the eBay item number. It is the second number in that column (300173673592 in this example):

Finding What Was Sold, Step Six: The Elusive Item Number

Step Seven: Search for the Item Number

Go to eBay, and enter that number in the search box:

Finding What Was Sold, Step Seven

Step Eight: A Coupon? You don't say...

And finally, there we have it. The commission came from this item:

Finding What Was Sold, Step Eight: The Holy Grail?

Be prepared to find some oddball stuff. That seven day cookie gives people all sorts of time to find weird things on eBay! :)

Hope that was useful!

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Quick Niche Store Building

Amazingly, a few people who don't know me personally notice this site. Why I don't know, especially considering I post about once a year... ;)

But a couple of you do, and you emailed me about how I went about building those sites I mentioned in last post. The big honking banner in the upper right of this post is the answer. Build A Niche Store aka BANS is an ultra-simple way to put up a bunch of eBay affiliate sites in no time.

For instance, my latest, the Nikonos Cameras store took me about 4 hours total to throw together, from keyword research to graphics to content creation to ad layout to going live. And honestly, a more than healthy chunk of that was tweaking the header image to look the way I wanted it (what can I say - I'm a little obsessive about things like that).

Yes, the BANS software does cost $97, a not unsubstantial amount if you're living on the edge like many. But for those 97 bucks, I can build an essentially unlimited number of sites (Have you ever looked through eBay? You can buy just about anything there. Ideas is one things I am not in short supply of!) The only additional cost to me is whatever another domain name is going for at the time, from a couple bucks for an .info to maybe $8 for a .com per year.

So far the last two weeks I've cleared over $150 from just one of those sites. And see no real reason why I won't see at least similar performance in the future (and likely better as the search engines better index the sites). I haven't touched the site since I put it up, so you won't see me complaining about that performance one bit.

The remaining sites? Not doing quite that well yet, but they've all made enough to pay for themselves already, so anything going forward is pure gravy. Besides, they're so new they barely appear in Google yet, so I expect nothing but better performance going forward...

If interested, grab a copy the BANS software, ask as many questions as you want in the very active forums (and feel free to drop me a PM - I'm Sean there), and see what you can come up. But be warned -- building niche stores can be addictive!

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