Adding eBay Affiliate RSS Ads To WordPress

I had a user write in the other day and ask how I was using Carp to feature eBay affiliate ads on my WordPress blog.

Well, the process isn't easy. Carp uses php to display an RSS feed as real content, but you can't just add php in the middle of your WordPress post. You have to use a separate plugin for WordPress to execute the php code. What makes this an even more painstaking process is Carp isn't very user friendly. I consider myself a technical guy, but Carp is a pain in the neck to configure and it doesn't come with any eBay affiliate templates.


There is a better option. You can download a free plugin called PhpBay Pro Lite. This free WordPress is easy to setup and use. Here are a few eBay affiliate ads featuring Ipods I created using PhpBay Pro Lite.

No items matching your keywords were found.

The lite version is pretty basic. If you require more options to customize your eBay affiliate ads, the paid version, phpBay Pro for WordPress, is a very affordable option. Here are a few customization options I think you will find useful.

* List items by keyword(s) and category number.
* Works with EPN, TradeDoubler, Mediaplex and Affilinet.
* Support for 16 different countries.
* Display listings in columns or rows.
* Now features paging.
* Geo IP Targeting.
* Specify a min/max number of bids.
* Specify a min/max price.
* Exclude items by keyword(s).
* List items by zip code.
* Find items by a specific seller.
* Mask affiliate links and images with SEO URLs option.

If you are interested in adding eBay affiliate ads to a WordPress blog, I challenge you to find a better option. If you decide to use PhpBay Pro and have any problems setting it up, just drop me a comment. The setup process is pretty simple and if you have experience installing and activating WordPress plugins, you should be just fine.


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5 Responses to “Adding eBay Affiliate RSS Ads To WordPress”

  1. Rohan Says:

    Thanks very much Brent! You’re awesome.

  2. keith Says:

    Dont you have to be a Ebay affiliate in order to make any money from placing these ads on your site?…I have never had any luck getting approved by ebay.

  3. Brent Crouch Says:

    Hey Keith,

    Yeah, you do need to have an affiliate account with eBay in order to get paid for these ads. I’d recommend building a site without any ads and really good content. Then sign up for the eBay program. I think they are getting more picky about the “Made For eBay” type of sites.

    You may even try going to and purchasing a site that is already approved for the program. Then there should really be no reason for eBay not to approve you.

  4. Tony Says:

    Hi Brent,

    I had major problems with ebay’s editor kit. In the sniplet preview it was returning only a few results, whereas doing an actual search on ebay showed more items!

    My question is: does the plugin show ALL the results?


  5. Brent Crouch Says:

    @Tony – You can customize the program to show as many or as few results as you want. Take a look at some of the inner pages of my website to see the plugin in use on one of my live sites.

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