If you’re into affiliate marketing, you have no doubt heard of EPN or eBay’s affiliate program.
When I joined the program years ago, it was being run by Commission Junction and was the best program around. Tracking was pretty much dead on and you could always count on them making up for any inconsistencies in reporting.
Then a few years ago, eBay brought the program in house and the bottom fell out. Major tracking issues started and to this day continue. All EPN ever says is its seasonal and when they do admit to an issue they issue a token make good that no way nears what was really lost.
I find it hard to believe that a large portion of affiliates experience seasonal missing clicks on the same days. Who knows how many thousands of affiliate dollars have been lost since they started the EPN program not to mention the magic voodoo Quality Click Pricing payouts.
What’s happening is they were never ready to bring that many affiliate accounts in house and their tracking has not worked since day one.
So, if you are looking at getting into affiliate marketing you might want to look at some of the others first like Linkshare, Commission Junction, Adsense and others and only look to eBay as a last resort since chances are they will lose a good portion of your sales anyway.