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.
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 : https://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