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Tue Aug 14 2007 22:52:10

Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program

By: Ina Steiner

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While I'm familiar with eBay's affiliate program, I wasn't really aware that PayPal had an affiliate program, beyond the original referral program it had long ago (before eBay acquired the online payment service). But a reader asked about it, so I thought I would share the question - along with the answer from PayPal - here.

Question (8/6/07):
"Ina, I don’t know if this is something you’d write about, but do you know why eBay closed down their PayPal affiliate program?"

Answer from PayPal spokesperson (8/10/07):
"We've been testing a program with Commission Junction for the past few months. We didn't see a lot of demand for the program, so it didn't make business sense to continue it. However, we are committed to partner programs at PayPal. We still have our merchant referral bonus program, and we're investing in improving that functionality. I'll of course let you know when we have more to discuss there."

Out of curiosity, I dug up what must be the first article in AuctionBytes-Update about PayPal, from the February 20, 2000 issue  (the eighth issue!). At that time, PayPal bragged it had 140,000 total users.





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Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program   Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program

by: Sue @ TameBay

Thu Aug 16 13:19:54 2007

It's hardly surprising they didn't get much interest: the only time the PP affiliate program paid out was for brand new sign-ups. How many people don't already have a PP account these days?!

Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program   Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program

by: christine austin

Sun Aug 19 16:34:58 2007

i have been trying to pay for 4 items with holyclothing on ebay it redirects me to your site , then will not let me pay

Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program   Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program

This user has validated their user name. by: Bidofthis.com

Tue Aug 21 23:12:53 2007

You should add a This Month in Paypal -or- eBay history section and repost/link old articles perhaps relevant to today...

just thinking out loud

Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program   Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program

by: Jason Yun

Thu May 14 15:32:07 2009

Would of been nice to have. Everybody seems to have an affiliate these days.

Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program   Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program

by: Mike

Sat May 16 19:56:29 2009

You would be suprised about how many people do not have a paypal account!



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