If anyone ever thought that the eBay No Active Content introduction will go smooth, well.. Now we get the formal approvals it is not. Means listings are being removed from marketplace, in some case with an email bearng not-so-nice Subject in your inbox:

“Your eBay selling privileges have been temporarily restricted: Inappropriate Links”

Not nice at all.

We understand eBay wants to make sure everyone works by the rules, and we fully support this! With that, after implementing dozens of new templates and trying different forms of implementations we know the following:

  • There is still no formal solution for the Youtube videos when Replacing Active Content on eBay.
  • These are the recommendations are sent when your listing is removed from eBay:

First of all, please ensure to upload the video in YouTube and follow the below steps:
– Click the Share link under the video.
– Click the Embed link.
– Copy the code provided in the expanded box.
– Check the box that says “Use old embed code.” If you don?t do this, the video won?t work.
– Paste the code into your listing description text box in Details section underneath HTML tab.

This would be nice if it wouldn’t be disabled on YouTube somewhere in 2014… 🙂

  • Direct links are still considered violation even that are included in the list of approved websites in eBay’s Links policy.
  • Our latest interesting thing to find out was that eBay wants all href links to have target=”_blank” on their <a> tags. This even makes sense as it means that the browser tab with the eBay site stays open.

So probably the best solution for now is: Remove videos from descriptions for the next few weeks, watch other sellers sacrifice their accounts in search for better conversion rates, get things clear, return videos. And stay calm and optimistic! 🙂