If you’re like a lot of photographers, you’re always on the lookout for ways to generate additional income from your website or blog?
One option I’ve looked at a lot in the past is a shop of some sort, but it’s always been something that gets really complicated, really fast. It takes a lot of time to find and import products, write descriptions, find and resize photos, keep prices and specials current… and so on…
Well the link below goes to a brand new package that I recently came across and so far it actually looks pretty good. It seems to cover all the essentials and then some, and best of all, it does it quite quickly and easily.
I’ve just set up my first iiStore ‘Hub’ to test it out, and as promised, it took about an hour to install, configure and import some products… it’s definitely not ‘finished’ by my standards, but it is fully operational. Pretty impressive really and I’m planning the next install already!
It’s basically a WordPress Theme packaged with various plugins and templates so you can turn any WordPress installation into a complete affiliate store… in record time.
- It imports content directly from AliExpress, Amazon or eBay… or all three… including text, photos, prices, specials, reviews and more
- They are physical products, so you can put together a product line of specific interest to your audience…
- And they’re affiliate products, so payment and delivery is taken care of. You direct visitors to the store, they shop, you get paid.
They’ve built in a couple of ‘auto content creation’ tools to help your blog rank in the search engines, plus there’s a load of bonus training and tools included when you reach the members area to help you increase your visitor traffic.
All in all, it’s a very handy tool and I can see myself setting up quite a few of these … maybe even one or two on every blog we operate over time if the sales materialise. It is new, so we’ll have to wait and see on that one.
Anyway, I’ll post an update in a week or so when it’s had a chance to run a while.
Meantime there’s a generous launch special going on right now, so I thought I’d post this immediately so it will go out with the weekly update… just in case anyone’s interested!
A couple of points if you’re considering this…
In hindsight, for my test run, I probably should have created a new WordPress installation in a sub-folder rather than replacing the whole site. My original posts and pages are all still there, but it’s going to take a bit of work to tidy it all up again.
ie. http://mydomain.com/store/ would have been better for me.
There’s a few options/packages available depending on how many stores you think you might build. Right now they are all much the same price but that will change shortly, so don’t leave it too long if you’re interested.
There’s a few ‘Upsells’ on offer after you purchase. I tend to ignore those but I know they annoy a lot of people… so if you just want an easy option to add a store to your website(s) just scroll to the bottom and click on through!
I was tempted to upgrade and grab the extra ‘themes’ but looking at the default one included, I think that will work fine for most people. There’s an option to build multiple stores though… so depending on how big you want to work this, it might be worth check that out!
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