Blog Profitz is a brand new affiliate marketing tool which uses WordPress to automatically create content using RSS feeds, YouTube videos and The Content Club. It then lets you integrate thousands of products using affiliate programs such as Amazon, eBay, Clickbank and PayDotCom.
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Blog Profitz is unlike many of the other affiliate marketing tools available which use WordPress. Whereas most affiliate scripts use a standard WordPress plugin or a bridge to integrate products from eBay and Amazon, Blog Profitz instead does it all for you online. That is, you don’t need to download a script and mess with settings, you just need to input your blog login information in the Blog Profitz dashboard.
It’s worth noting that Blog Profitz also works with WordPress.com blogs. This is a nice addition though I doubt many people will use it as you can only put advertisements on WordPress.com if you choose their VIP Hosting option. Also, if you have the cash to pay for an affiliate marketing tool like this, you will no doubt be able to afford to host your own blog.
The first thing you need to do is decide on whether you want to add products and content to an existing blog you own or to a fresh installation of WordPress. Personally, I would strongly recommend working with a brand new installation as you don’t want to be messing about with a live site i.e. what if you set it up incorrectly and accidently add thousands of products to your main blog!!
So my suggestion is to play around with it a little on a new domain or a test area of your site until you are familar with how it works (it won’t take you long).
There are basically 3 things you need to do add content to your blog :
- Enter your affiliate information
- Enter your blog information (login/password details etc)
- Set up your posting rules. This is where you determine what products, articles and videos are pulled to your blog
The first time you enter this information might take a while, just because you don’t readily have the info there. However, once you know how to use the system, adding content to other blogs or creating new content will be a breeze.
I will walk you through the creation steps to give you a better idea of what is involved 🙂
Step 1 : Enter your affiliate information
The first thing you need to do is enter your affiliate information. In total there are 10 affiliate sites you can use : RegNow, Affiliate Bot, Amazon, Click2Sell, Commission Junction, Hotel Club, PayDotCom, OverStock, eBay and Clickbank. Additionally, this page also lists the RSS, YouTube and The Content Club plugins however you do not need to enter any details here.
The affiliate area is very quick and easy to update. However, I think there needs to be a little more help for users. As it stands just now, the page just asks for your affiliate ID but there is no detailed explanation of where you can find that ID on the corresponding site. It’s a minor gripe though I do believe that a small guide showing you where you can find your affiliate ID would help those unfamiliar with the affiliate site in question.
Blog Profitz was designed to make the creation process quick and easy. As they put it you should “Spend Your Time Marketing, Not Monetizing”. They have definately achieved this with the way they have set the affiliate area up.
All you need to do is enter your affiliate ID for affiliates you are using once. You can then integrate products with your affiliate code on all your blogs, whether you have 1 blog or 200. This will no doubt be an incredible time saver for people who are using the script on more than one blog however I think that it restricts the service greatly and makes it less flexible.
For example, it will hinder those who want to use the site to target different markets. eBay and Amazon both have dedicated affiliate programs for each region. So you could use Blog Profitz to integrate products from the Australian eBay and Amazon stores but if chose to do this you could not integrate products from the American, Canadian or British stores on your 2nd blog.
I do appreciate why Blog Profitz chose to set it up all like this as it will speed things up for most users. Though I’m sure there are a lot of people out there, like me, who would be keen on testing the waters in a few different markets. Hopefully this is something they address in the future 🙂
Step 2 : Enter your blog information
It only takes a minute to add your blog details. You just need to quickly enter :
- Title : The name of your blog
- Type : This is always set to “WordPress Blog”
- XML-RPC Url : This file is in the root of your WordPress blog. For example : http://www.yourblog.com/xmlprc.php
- Login : Your blog login username.
- Password : Your blog password.
- Title template : Determines the title of your product on your blog.
- Post template : Lets you change how the product is shown on your blog.
One thing to remember at this stage is to click the ‘Get Categories’ link whenever you add a new category to your blog. This updates your blog info and lets Blog Profitz know that you have updated the number of categories to choose from.
Step 3 : Set up your posting rules
In this step you need to determine what products and content you want to pull and what blog and category you want to upload them too. You can then determine how often the data is pulled : either every 1, 3, 5, 10, 15 or 30 days.
Setting up what products you want pulled to your blog is very easy. At first glance I thought it would take me a while to complete but many of the fields have already been filled with default values so you only need to change these if you want to pull a different number of products to your site.
The main thing you need to do here is specify the keyword of the products you want to extract and the maximum amount of products to pull. Blog Profitz then runs a cron once a day to extract the data to your blog.
There are 3 ways to add content to your blog with Blog Profitz. You can pull data from an RSS feed, you can pull content from The Content Club and you can pull videos from YouTube.
As someone who regularly adds YouTube videos to his own blog, I like the option to pull videos from YouTube. However, I am not too keen on the other options.
With regards to The Content Club , I have no issue with the site at all, or the inclusion of it. However, just like any free article directory, the quality of the content is not great and the articles are not unique either.
I know a lot of people don’t mind adding low quality articles to their site but I would prefer to write unique articles for my sites. Short term it’s a pain in the butt but in the long term it should bring you in more targeted traffic to your site. Otherwise, your site could end up looking like every other splog out there.
And splogs brings me to my next point. One thing I was a little concerned about what the inclusion of the RSS Plugin. As you know, there are a lot of spammers out there ripping off content from blogs. It’s a problem which all bloggers face, including myself.
So I am always wary of scripts which make it easier for people to rip other bloggers content. I know that a RSS fetch script could be used ethically to pull data from someones own feed and I’m not suggesting that the developers of these scripts are entirely to blame either. However, the popularity of these scripts has definately contributing to the increase of content theft.
Of course, I know that many customers are looking to automate everything, which is why there is a demand for an RSS fetch tool in the first place.
Blog Profitz has went for a subscription model instead of charging a one off fee.
The following subscription options are available :
- Trial : Lets you try it out on one blog for $19 per month.
- Starter : Lets you target up to 5 blogs for $49 per month.
- Intermediate : Lets you target up to 15 blogs for $99 per month.
- Advanced : Lets you target up to 50 blogs for $149 per month.
- Master Blogger : Lets you target up to 100 blogs for $249 per month.
Is Blog Profitz worth it? Well, that depends on a lot of factors. Most of the eBay and Amazon store affiliate scripts available elsewhere on the net charge a one time fee, usually between $99 and $250. Some let you upload the script to an unlimited number of sites whilst others restrict usage to a certain number of domains.
I’m not sure if it’s fair to compare Blog Profitz to these scripts though. I have used a few eBay scripts and Blog Profitz was definately much easier to use. And because it is not a standalone script and is instead powered by WordPress, it gives you a huge amount of flexibility with regards to customizing your site and integrating other applications with it. It also works with 10 affiliate merchants rather than just 1.
Cost is subjective however I personally think the trial price of $19 per month is a cheap way of testing the script. You could try it out for a few months and if you don’t see any returns you could just stop your subscription and sell your site. Though if you do start to see some commissions rolling in you could start a few new sites. And that is where I believe Blog Profitz starts giving you much more bang for your buck. For example, if you choose the intermediate package the cost of each blog comes down from $19 to $6.60.
Even though the more expensive packages are much better value for money, I would still recommend getting the trial package first to see if you like the script. Then, if after a few days or a week or whatever, you can decide whether it’s worth developing a few sites using it.
Customers get support via email, a discussion forum and from Video Tutorials .
In total there are 5 video tutorials. I was particularly impressed with them. They take you through each step of the setup process and go over in detail the parts you migh be unsure of.
The videos cover :
- BlogProfitz Overview
- Affiliate Programs
- Add Your Blogs
- Post your products
- Posting from RSS feeds, Youtube and ContentClub
In addition to the Affiliate Marketing PHD e-book which is being launched at the same time as Blog Profitz, members will also get 5 bonus e-books.
- Backlink Building for Newbies
- Google Video Marketing
- How to Write Blog Posts That SUCK Visitors In
- Niche Marketing Rockstar
Unfortunately, all of these e-books are white label and their quality is not the greatest. A lot of the content is filler whilst the rest seems to be a plug for the authors site (but aren’t all e-books?).
Additionally, members get 3 wordpress themes to download though I was not impressed by the quality of the themes. After deleting the first post from my test blog area the design of all 3 themes was completely messed up, something which should have been tested in my opinion. You can see their 2nd theme design in action in the test blog I setup to review Blog Profitz.
Even though I wasn’t impressed with any of the bonuses on offer to members, it’s not something which I think potential customers should be concerned about. WordPress has a huge catalogue of free themes and plugins and you can download better e-books for free on just about any subject you can think of.
At one point a few years ago I owned about a dozen Amazon affiliate stores and to this day I still own 2 or 3 ebay auction sites. Compared to the scripts I have used in the past, using Blog Profitz is a breeze and is much easier to configure.
For me, the best feature of Blog Profitz is that it has not tried to do everything. Too many scripts try and be the perfect ‘all in one’ solution. Which means you spend a lot of your time trying to work out to change the design of the site or how you can integrate other plugins with it. But that’s not much of an issue with Blog Profitz as it is simply pulling data to your WordPress powered blog.
And using WordPress means that you have thousands of unique plugins and blog themes at your disposal, most of which are free. This offers the customer enormous flexiblity into how they use the script.
I’d love to see them offer members more options in the affiliate area. I touched upon the issues with only entering your affiliate information once though I’d also like to see them add more affiliate sites to their currest roster of 10. And even though I would rather write unique articles for my blog, I think a lot of members would like to see the inclusion and integration of more free article directories like Ezine Articles.
Although Blog Profitz is not perfect, it is a without doubt a great service and one which I’m sure affiliate marketers would be able to make money from. I recommend trying it out for a month if you are looking for an easy way to pull affiliate products to your site. 🙂
If you would like to know more about Blog Profitz, I recommend visiting their site. If there is anything that you would like to know about the script please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer it. Failing that, I’ll ask the owner Scott to drop by and respond 🙂
Link : Blog Profitz
Meteora Automates Instagram Engagement to Grow Sales
Back before the days of the Internet as we know it today, businesses could usually expect to reach out to their customers en masse in purely a broadcast style format. They’d take out advertisements on television, radio and the newspaper, blasting out a message to everyone and hoping that some sales come in through the door. Even in the realm of direct marketing, the messages were almost never custom tailored to individual prospects. There was no need or desire to connect with customers on a one-on-one basis.
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That has changed considerably in recent years, particularly as it pertains to social media. It is no longer enough for companies to broadcast their marketing messages from atop a soapbox. They have to engage and interact with their audiences on a much more personalized level. They need to connect with them as individuals, but this can be overwhelmingly time-consuming, especially when you start looking at hundreds, thousands, or even millions of users.
That’s where you can take advantage of Meteora. That’s where automation steps in.
Growing Sales Using Instagram
When it comes to social networks, Instagram stands far above the rest in regards to engagement rates. And engaged users much more readily convert into paying customers.
Meteora is designed to “help businesses and influencers grow sales using Instagram.” It achieves this by automating much of the engagement and interaction that you need to have on the platform, all by setting up the parameters for your campaigns ahead of time. You grow your following (which can then convert into real customers) automatically, as Meteora likes, follows and comments on social posts made by the “ideal customer” as defined by your parameters and criteria.
Through your dashboard, you are able to tell Meteora who you would like to target. This can be based on hashtag, for instance, which can demonstrate clear interest in a certain niche or vertical. You can also target based on location, event, or even target based on competitor. If someone already follows and engages with Starbucks, they may be interested in what your coffee brand has to offer too.
How Does the Campaign Work?
The structure of a Meteora campaign is relatively simple and straightforward to understand.
After you provide the specifications for who you would like to target, Meteora can then engage with potential prospects that fit that profile automatically. You will naturally need to grant permission to Meteora to use and post from your Instagram account on your behalf. As mentioned, this includes likes, follows and comments, but it can also include direct messages too. This makes for a much more personalized and active engagement.
While you may be tempted to grow your follower count by any means necessary, that may not necessarily be in your best interest. That is why Meteora leverages artificial intelligence to block fake followers for you. These bots can wreak havoc on your engagement rate, which in turn impacts your discoverability and visibility in the eyes of the algorithm.
This also means that Meteora will only engage with real people and not the bots. This increases your sales ROI over time.
Targeting and Messaging
As you make your way through the dashboard, you’ll find the opportunity to define all those targeting parameters. This is also where you can decide exactly how you want to interact with the audience you describe.
For instance, you can choose whether you’d like to direct message the user who made that post, comment on the post, like the post, or follow the user that made the post. You’ll notice that under the option to follow the user, Meteora will automatically unfollow that user the next day to keep your feed clean.
In the case of leaving a comment, you can write out the comment that you’d like to leave, utilizing macros to personalize the message based on day of the week, the username, the first name, the location or the target. It would be useful to you to change up this wording periodically, so that your comments continue to appear fresh and authentic.
Once your campaign has been running for a while, you’ll be able to review the key data and metrics that come out of that campaign. For instance, you may have chosen to target a number of different fitness-related hashtags.
When you first start out, it can be really hard to say exactly which hashtags will be the most successful in terms of the followers you gain or the conversion rate you achieve. But once that data comes in, you can further refine your targeting options to focus in on the ones that are working the best.
Similarly, the main reporting screen from your dashboard can give you more of a global view of how Meteora has been performing for you thus far. This includes data on the number of followers you’ve gained, how many likes have been performed, how many follows have been completed, how many fake users have been blocked, and so forth. There’s also the live feed of exactly what is happening with your Instagram account at any given time.
Through this automated engagement and your continued refinement of your targeting options, you’ll find that you’ll more effectively market to loyal followers and prospects. Meteora is great for anyone who sells products on eBay, Shopify, Amazon, Etsy or any number of other online marketplaces.
By growing your fanbase, you grow your potential to earn more revenue, particularly by informing these new followers about your new products and deals.
Meteora offers three pricing plans depending on your level of need.
- The basic plan is $49 per month. It includes all engagement types and allows for targeting through locations and hashtags.
- You might opt for the $99 per month premium plan, which is geared more toward “serious social marketing professionals” who desire unlimited targets, event target, competitor targeting, follower nurturing and other advanced features.
- At the highest end is the $249 pro setup with direct message interactions, Google AI sentiment detection, and 1-on-1 target setup with an expert.
Get started today and you’ll be building more relationships and growing your sales in no time.
Sell More with Omnisend: Ecommerce Marketing Automation for Smart Marketers
Email marketing has withstood the test of time. While other marketing techniques and fads have come and gone, email has remained vigilant. It’s still far and away one of the most reliable and consistent ways to reach your current and potential customers, but generic email marketing platforms may no longer be enough for your business. As a smart marketer, you need a more robust and versatile solution, and that’s where Omnisend can elevate your email marketing to a whole other level.
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Let’s be perfectly honest. The reason why you want to be able to reach out to your customers is that you want to drive sales. Brand recognition and site visits are enough. What can you do to actually boost sales figures and improve conversions?
With Omnisend, you gain access to “omnichannel tools for sales-driven marketers that have outgrown the generic email marketing platforms.” So, what does this actually mean? You still get the standard email marketing tools at your disposal, creating and distributing email newsletters to your subscribers, but Omnisend is designed specifically with sales in mind.
If you want to improve your sales figures, you must first gain an understanding of your customers’ shopping behavior. What are they actually doing when they’re on your e-commerce site? Where are the sticking points? Where are the lost opportunities that could be turned around? Omnisend helps you connect those dots with actionable data.
And remember that not all customers are going to be the same. It wouldn’t make sense if you put everyone through the exact same sales funnel. That’d be like trying to use a hammer where a screwdriver is needed. With Omnisend, you get flexible segmentation so that the the messages you send are much more relevant and targeted. Better personalization leads to higher engagement and better conversions. And Omnisend supports both SMS and email too.
Walking Through an A/B Test Campaign
You can use Omnisend to set up a fairly traditional email marketing campaign, pushing out newsletters to promote current offers and deals in your e-commerce store. The same is true with an SMS campaign. To take it just a smidge further, I tried to set up an A/B split test. Basically, this lets you send out two different versions of an email to see which one works the best.
After choosing the A/B test from the available options, I was shown this initial setup screen. You can see all the steps of the easy-to-follow wizard near the top. You can choose to perform a split test based on the email subject line or based on the sender’s name. You enter the corresponding information in the fields below.
As of this writing, there are five standard templates that you can use for your email message. Each of these is easily previewed before you select it.
Filling in the content and customizing the layout is performed through a straightforward WYSIWYG, drag-and-drop type editor. Click on any of the elements to customize them, like adding in your own images. In the case of a product listing, the product name, description, current price, and original price are filled out in the right sidebar rather than in the “live” preview on the left.
It only takes a minute or two to design a professional-looking email, complete with branding and a professional layout that looks great on both desktop and mobile. Here’s a quick mockup I put together with some filler text and images. Then, all you need to do is define your recipients, finalize your A/B settings, and send the email! It’s really, really easy to do.
Automation and Workflows
Perhaps one of the more powerful implementations you’ll find in Omnisend is the automation. These are then organized into workflows that you can customize to fit your particular situation. The welcome email is one of the most basic workflows, but you’ll find that something like the cart recovery workflow can be much more powerful.
You have the customer who visited your site, clearly expressed interest in product, and added the item to the cart, but then left without completing the sale. How can you recover that potential sale? With this automated workflow! The workflow is first triggered by the abandoned cart.
After a one-hour delay, the first email can be sent as a gentle reminder to see if they’re “still shopping.” If they don’t come back to complete the sale, a second email is sent 11 hours later as another reminder. After another 12 hours, a third email is sent with a bit more urgency, telling the customer that they should hurry as their cart “is about to expire.”
You can see exactly how many customers have entered the workflow, are currently in the workflow, and have exited the workflow at any given time. An “exit” is defined as making a purchase or receiving the final follow-up email.
Other workflows include an abandoned cart with just one email, browse abandonment, a 3-email welcome drip, and a birthday email, as well as the opportunity construct your own custom workflow.
With Omnisend, you naturally also have full access to launching new signup forms, reviewing and managing your list of subscribers, and going through all your reports to analyze your customer data. There’s also a live view so you can see who is visiting your website in real time and what they are doing there.
Free Demo, Free Trial, and Pricing Schemes
If you’d like to get a handle on how Omnisend could work for you, you can sign up for a free personal demo. This includes a 1-on-1 interaction where you can get a full product walkthrough, asking any specific questions you may have about Omnisend. If you’d rather take it for a spin yourself, there’s also the 14-day trial where you have access to all the benefits with no credit card required.
Once you do decide to sign up, you’ll find that the pricing schedule for Omnisend depends on the number of subscribers that you have. There’s also a 20% savings when you opt for annual billing rather than monthly billing.
Pricing starts at just $8 per month (when paying annually) for the standard plan with 500 subscribers. For reference, the equivalent standard plan for 1,000 subscribers, 2,500 subscribers, and 5,000 subscribers is $12/month, $24/month, and $40/month, respectively. There’s also the free plan (with limited features), and the pro plan (starting at $160/month) with more personalization and scale.
The ‘What the Aff’ Daily Newsletter for Affiliate Marketers
It can be difficult to keep up with the world of affiliate marketing, just like with any other fast-moving industry. There’s always something happening, and these changes and new developments can have an immediate and dramatic impact on your bottom line. What can you expect with the next Google algorithm update? Is there a new Facebook feature you should know about and integrate into your marketing campaigns?
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At the same time, your time is understandably at a premium and you can’t spend hours on end every day catching up on every affiliate marketing news stories that passes through the web. You just want the freshest content delivered in a convenient and easily understood way. To that end, What the Aff is an especially appealing newsletter that caters specifically to this kind of audience.
Be in the Know
You may already be familiar with Manu Cinca from his other ventures in the online world. And the What the Aff newsletter is his “absolute focus” right now.
Rather than bombard you with dozens and dozens of lengthy news articles, rather than provide a bottomless lists of links around the web that’ll occupy you for hours without the equivalent benefit, What the Aff is an affiliate daily newsletter with “carefully curated affiliate marketing news, tech, and actionable advice.”
Cinca is taking the time to find and share only the stories that matter the most to affiliate marketers. The newsletter is delivered fresh every weekday to your inbox via email, making for a quick and convenient update on what you need to know about affiliate marketing today. The newsletter is designed to be consumed in five minutes or less, so you can “be in the know” and get on with your day.
Your Daily Fresh Take
The newsletter isn’t “over-designed,” and is instead offered in a lightweight, easy to skim format. Each daily newsletter typically contains about five stories in total; in addition to the title for each story, you’ll also find a convenient highlighted “category” like “Facebook” or “GDPR,” so you’ll know what to expect. That way, you can even focus on the stories that interest you the most and skip the others.
The writing is conversational yet authoritative in tone. The information is presented in easy to understand language, including relevant links as appropriate if you’re interested in learning more. You might learn about finding great e-commerce suppliers one day, Bing Ads artificial intelligence the next, and the psychology behind clicking search ads in another.
Paragraphs are rarely more than a few sentences, making for easily digestible (and skimmable) content. Opinions are backed up by relevant statistics and data, and you are oftentimes provided with actionable steps or guidance for where you can go from here. For example, in learning about clicking on search ads, you’re reminded to “always make sure your ad copy is highly relevant to the users’ search query.” You’re also told YouTube ads, display ads and Facebook ads should be used together “to build the brand awareness” before you start creating “branded campaigns using Search Ads to drive the final push” toward conversions.
At the end of each newsletter is a section called “Poolside Chat.” This is where you’ll find “cool tech, (funny) business, lifestyle and all other things affiliates like to chat about.” Some of this stuff might not be directly related to affiliate marketing but still of interest to people who are in the business of affiliate marketing. And you’ll get some clever memes along the way too.
Tasteful Sponsored Content
While there is certainly a website component to What the Aff (more on that in just a moment), the primary focus is understandably on the email newsletter. What you’ll find with some other websites and newsletters in this space is that they can overwhelm you with all the ads, burying the actual content that you want to read. That’s not at all the case with What the Aff.
Near the top of each newsletter, under the header summary for the day, you’ll find a small logo that indicates the day’s newsletter is “brought to you by” XYZ company. The logo is clickable, so you can click on it to visit the sponsor’s website.
Just before the Poolside Chat section of the What the Aff newsletter, you’ll typically also find a sponsored story that is clearly indicated as such. The sponsored story will relate back to the sponsor (of course), but it’s not just one sales pitch after another. This is tasteful content that may actually be useful to you, just like all the other (non-sponsored) content in the newsletter.
For example, a sponsor of one of the more recent newsletters was STALCO. The sponsored story talks about how you may be paying way too much customs duty if you are importing products from overseas and selling to US customers. You are then told about the Duty Drawback Program and how you can take advantage of it, recouping most, if not all, of your import duty.
The Online Archive
For the greatest level of convenience and ease of access, you’re naturally encouraged to subscribe to the What the Aff newsletter via email. There’s a simple, one-line sign-up form on the main page of the site. You can’t miss it and it’s 100% free.
If you’d prefer to read the newsletters on the web, or if you want to reference back to older issues, the full newsletter archive is also offered on the What the Aff website. Based on my own experience these past few days, the daily newsletter appears to be published in the archive on the same day the newsletter is sent out via email.
In either case, the content you’ll get via this newsletter is highly actionable, decidedly relevant, and well-written without fluff. It’s just the straight goods, in five minutes or less. What more could you ask for?
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