Update August 2009
Sadly, EPN rule changes no longer allow direct affiliate traffic from a “3rd Party Site”, like Blogger, to eBay as of August 1st 2009. This is unfortunate because this was such a good way to promote products and eBay. I’ve converted my previous Blogger EPN product blogs over to a different monetization, most of them to Chitika.
UPDATE: Please see my BANS vs. Blogger article for an updated template.
I’ve been playing around with the eBay Sniplets over the past few days just to see what could be done with them. I talked about them some in my previous post, Adding an eBay Sniplets to a WordPress Blog. In this article, I’ll be taking a quick look at placing them in a Blogger blog.
The Minima Template
I selected Griz’s favorite Minima template a modified it as he described in his helpful tutorial, How to Change Width of Blogger Blogs. I did widen it a little more than he said in his article since I wanted extra space for the Sniplet widget. However, once I posted I noticed another problem. By default, the Minima template puts a border and a 4 pixel spacing on all pictures in the post area. This made the eBay Sniplet look quite ugly since it added borders to all the pictures and spaced them out. So, I had to edit the style sheet part of the template to remove the border and spacing. If you want to do this yourself, look for the following code in the template you’re using, “.post img” and change it to “padding:0px; border-width:0;“.
If you want to download the template I’m using so that you don’t have to modify any HTML yourself, here it is: Minima Template for eBay Sniplets.
If you want to see how this template looks, here’s an example I put together: Fender Duosonic.
There are probably some additional enhancements to the template that could be made. If you have any suggestions or thoughts on using Blogger with eBay Sniplets, please leave a comment.
Here’s why you don’t link to your real niche sites on your flagship blog and one of the major problems with using Blogger vs. self-hosted WordPress or BANS:
Dear Blogger user,
This is a message from the Blogger team.
Your blog, at http://fenderduosonic.blogspot.com/, has been identified as a potential spam blog. For an explanation of what spam blogs are, please see Blogger Help: http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42577
You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog.
The Blogger staff got around to lifting the block on my Duosonic site today which is good news. It seems that the number of generated links in the actual post text set off the automated alarm bells and got the blog blocked. I’ll be trying a few new Blogger blogs with the Sniplet widget handled in a different way to see if another template method avoids the blocker bot better. I’ll do a new, short, post about that later.