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June 4th, 2015, 06:51 PM #1Which content management system (CMS) do you prefer?
Just curious what everyone is using. I used Joomla on my first project. Although I liked it, I found it kind of difficult to integrate with the Amazon Affiliate Store. Next project, I think I will be moving away from Amazon and Joomla, possibly to Wordpress and CJ.
June 4th, 2015, 08:55 PM #2
Why would you limit any one site to products from just Amazon or any one network's merchants?
All of my sites promote the best available niche products from a variety of merchants, regardless of network, though with the caveat that some networks are significantly better than others and a preference to stay away from merchants, as much as practicable, who have chosen those bottom-end networks.
June 5th, 2015, 12:10 PM #3
My plan was to combine sources for my first website, then I ran across the amazon astore, which allows you to embed your custom store in your site. It streamlined the whole process, and looked decent, so I went that way.
CJ's version of the same thing looks even nicer in my opinion, but (I believe) visitors are redirected to another site to make the actual purchase. Was thinking I'll experiment with it because I can build a site relatively quickly, have it look nice, and source from multiple merchants.
Is there a way to create a "store" that allows you to sell from multiple merchants/networks?
June 5th, 2015, 12:21 PM #4
I prefer hand coding individual product links but it is very time consuming. Thus, in recent years I've gone to some of the third party datafeed aggregators fairly extensively. For building shops with products from multiple merchants across a variety of networks, the best by far is Popshops. I used to like Sellfire also but their customer service went from very good to non-existent and numerous bugs, especially with their WP plugin, were never fixed causing extensive problems so now I say stay away from them. Golden Can is also pretty good but does not provide the specific product options PS has, and they are in practice much more expensive.
June 5th, 2015, 01:02 PM #5
Wow, didn't even know third party datafeeds existed. I really like the look of Popshops, but they are wanting a monthly subscription fee or a chunk of your commission. I think if my website started earning a decent amount, it would definitely be worth it, but I like the idea of using CJ's feed to test the waters. I should say, this is only my second affiliate site, and I'm trying to keep the costs as low as possible because I still don't know what I'm doing.
Something else I'm probably going to do differently this time around is implement a really nice theme. Was drooling over the wordpress themes on themeforest last night. Can anyone give some advice on what type of theme I should be looking for? I'm confused if an eCommerce theme would be best or maybe just a blog-style theme, because I'm not actually selling products directly.
June 5th, 2015, 01:10 PM #6
1. PS used to have a free 10-shop option, but that was before Rakuten bought them, so they may have dropped that.
2. I like the free WP 2010 and 2014 standard themes.
June 5th, 2015, 02:21 PM #7
Cool, I will check out those themes. Thanks for the advice... Think I'm going to like WP.
June 5th, 2015, 03:19 PM #8
Example: The photography blog in my sig is on WordPress and uses the 2010 Theme.
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