Any smart way of doing this? I am starting the rather daunting task of building my own site. Finally.
I am used to the very basic interface of Blogger and whilst I have swiftly picked up on the basics (theme installed, familiar with categories, posting, etc).
I have a few widgets, is there a handy plugin or anything for posting Amazon products in the style of those blogger boxes?
At current I can only think of text links and image links, self-made.
Any assistance would be much appreciated.
I've used Amazon Autoposter for my bellydancing DVD review blog.
For my purpose, it's a great plugin because I can enter a keyword or phrase, then it will find all the products and create a separate post for each one, complete with a thumbnail, the description and a link. It will even schedule the posts!
All I have to do is remove the description and write my review, and I'm done.
The downside is that it doesn't include the price or a "buy now" type button. I still can't decide whether that's a bad thing or not - without the pricing, it's less obvious that my blog is mainly aimed at selling Amazon DVD's!
I have just come across 'Amazon Autoposter' in the plugin search, is this what I need?
WP-Zon & PHPZon are good plugins.[paid]
Wordpress amazon connect is free with revenue sharing option or paid with per site license.
I used connect & wpzon on my blogs. WPZon is good in terms of features imo.
I think I just grabbed a plugin that allowed me to add HTML code to my sidebars, etc. I'll look up the name of it if you're interested. I figured that way I could easily switch between Amazon, AdSense, et.al.
I like Amazon Niche Store
Its also pretty easy to place the contextual widgets directly into your template code w/o any plugins at all
@skyfire - I am going to try and keep it as low cost as possible until I prove to myself that I can attract the traffic, my previous domain acquisitions have almost exclusively been failures I did check this one out on Market Samurai, so my fingers are firmly crossed, but I will wait to see if the traffic converts before shelling out money. Thanks though.
@lrohner & Sunforged - You have both now effectively volunteered to take an email from me in the next week or so asking more about your suggestions , it has just taken me two hours to effectively set up categories in a hierachy, I'm not sure that you know who you are dealing with here! I am an 'own host' virgin This could take me a while... but I will succeed! I don't even know how to add AdSense yet... but with just 1 blog post as of yet, I won't be needing to worry about that just yet!
Check out LiveWith Richards suggested plugins
http://makecashwriting.com/writers-spot … e-content/
I use quite a bit more than that but its a good start
I just had to jump in and say great picture of the family, Josh! I'm glad I got to see it during this limited time...
You said it was a wordpress blog. May I ask if you mean it's a free wordpress blog on the wordpress site, or if it's your very own site with your own hosting?
The reason why I ask is that if you use a wordpress blog on the wordpress site, they don't like affiliate links in them. I had one with just a few links and they deleted it!!!
Which is why I always recommend you use your own hosting and own your own site. If it's your very own site than put whatever you want on it.
I myself hardcode everything in the sidebars. But there are many cool plugins to use in here:
Yes i bought a 1 year hosting package with bluehost, with the domain included. I installed wordpress directly from the cpanel, and then figured out how to install a template (before discovering that I could have just done this from the admin panel )
Going to take some getting used to, but finally made the necessary jump. Think this will be a slow burner though, I am concentrating on my Hubpages for the Christmas rush
Ahhh, good for you. In time you will find your web site post will rank higher than your hubs, or any article written on an article site for that matter.
Then you can keep 100% of the profits and build pages of affiliate items. I'm not knocking hubpages, many make good money here. I'm just stating the fact that if your good you can make more with your own site, but that should be a no brainier.
I could not help myself offering my little value suggestions here.
My first pick for amazon ads would be wp-amazon. We just need to add some html code in our template and then we can select custom field and add amazon products. Though we can't manually add them. It is more like a search function of amazon. Thissoli uses this and the page will look like this:
http://www.thisisfreelance.com/articles … r-reviews/
And as Sunforged has already mentioned Amazon niche store would be my second choice. We can display niche store.
And to insert individual products from amazon directly into post,just like we do at hubpages, you can try "Amazonify". It also the option to display ads as Omakese link and you can decide whether you want your product to the right or left.
I hope that helps!!
Thank you for your input, I have now found a way of putting Amazon in my post. I can't remember which plugin it was, in fact I think it was just called 'Amazon In A Post'... but that is perfectly sufficient
Ryan, You don't need a plug-in to put Amazon links in your wordpress blog. But you do have to do things in a certain order so that wordpress doesn't eat your Amazon links.
Put your post together, insert all of the links that you need, then go to html view and insert your Amazon link and amend that link as needed in the html view. DO NOT go into the visual mode again. Publish your hub. If you need to rewrite, go directly to html view and edit there and republish. If you go to visual view, wordpress eats the code and you have to return to html view and re-insert it.
I use as few plug-ins as possible in Wordpress because there are so many problems with them.
(As lrohner would say, you're out of time out.)
It is a good idea to limit plug ins in order to keep site speed up and to limit conflicts during all the inevitable upgrades.
I wouldnt put Amazon in that category though - with a good plug in you can just use short code or browse within WP for the ASIN, you never even need to open your Amazon affiliate dashboard.
You also can get more detailed control of the styling to better integrate with your site.
I don't have to go to the dashboard. I just have that nice toolbar at the top of the amazon page. I click "link to this page", it spews up the code and I put it in the wordpress post.
You can change some of the formatting right there. It just doesn't seem to warrant a plug-in. I've had soooooo many problems with wp upgrades and plug-ins fighting with each other. It's just a lot of effort, where my time can be spent elsewhere.
Just wanted people to know plug-ins aren't always necessary.
But that ebay thing Oli was talking about - might have to take a look at it. Ebay ads are driving me crazy in WP.
It probably depends on the level of integration you desire, my sites are highly stylized and customized,, amazon widgets stick out like a sore thumb.
But I focus much more on ebay , my amazon integration is really just intended to make the lower prices on ebay more desirable. If you more often than not hand select products it may not be a time saver.
My favorite (no plug in needed) is to stick the contextual ad code between the post and comment section of my templates.
It loosk great and I am not involved in any way.
But for in post integration I really prefer the ease of short codes when it comes to ad management, Have you used a plugin that integrates short code?
for example for wpzon mentioned above [wpzon keywords="citizen watch"] , Do you use CJ also? http://www.wpnicheground.com/
wp-amazon ads is very good, and it also has an ebay alternative.
You can get a plugin that enables iframes, which in turn makes it easy to use Amazons standard widgets. I however decided against using that on my open article directory since it leaves your site open for malicious code. (I have a growing number of authors writing on my site so it would be difficult to monitor every single persons activity.)
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