Price Comparison Service For Info Product Killer

Going on from my last post, there are still some slots left for the brand spanking new price comparison service.

In this first phase, I’m only taking 80 people and then closing it off.

When it re-opens, the price will double. This trial service is a one month one dollar trial.

There’s also a very special bonus for those people canny enough to sign up in this phase.

This is going to blow your socks off, so close the door and sit down.

The next phase will be to offer a site builder as part of your membership.

I’ll let that sink in.

This will mean you’ll be able to choose a site template, paste in your keywords and some text, set up your comparisons, and the site builder will build a fully SEO’d site for you and FTP it to your domain.

This will dramatically cut the time it takes you to build an IPK site. In fact my estimate is you could sit down, do the market and keyword research, register a domain, source the content, edit your graphics and have your site live in about 60 minutes.

And if I know Paul, he’ll be able to do something about the graphics for you too. He’s been doing some real time graphics manipulation in PHP recently, so I’m sure this is a distinct possibility.

So… As an extra sweetener for the price comparison service, when you sign up to this first phase now, you’ll get the site builder thrown in for free when we build it.

That’s what’s called a clincher I think.

A warning though.

We’re only going to take 80 people in this first wave.

You’ll be getting second “dibs” at it – the first people are already signed up and enjoying the service.

After a few hours of you reading this blog post, I’ll be sending emails out to my other mailing lists until the few remaining spots are filled.

We figure we can just about handle that amount of people in this first wave and be able to deal with any issues that arise as we go.

Once you’re logged in you can read about how it works, and there’s a video or two to follow.

We’re limiting the initial phase at 50% off (forever) to just 80 people. You’ll kick yourself if you miss this.

You can find out all the details and subscribe for a one dollar one month trial here:-

http://www.vendiva.com/subscribe-price-comparisons.php

-Frank Haywood

P.S. If you haven’t already grabbed it, you can get Info Product Killer by going here and then entering promo code FHW777 to get IPK at $79 instead of $147.

By |December 20th, 2008|internet business|Comments Off on Price Comparison Service For Info Product Killer

Info Product Killer Price Comparison Service Now Live

The price comparison service for IPK style sites is now live. You can see it in action on my Jumperoo site.

We have it working with Amazon UK, Amazon US, Affiliate Window (UK) and Link Share (US). The Link Share feed is a bit dodgy as we get it from Link share, so we’ll be looking at ways we can improve that.

If you haven’t already signed up to my IPK mailing list, or otherwise haven’t spotted the message from me elsewhere, then you won’t know that I’m letting those people who signed up for notifications first “dibs” at it.

We’ve opened 80 slots, and we think it’s fair to let those people who have shown an active interest get first shot at getting them.

However, in a few hours if there are any slots left, I’ll post a link to the service sign up page here, and after another few hours if there are any remaining spaces left, I’ll send it out to my general mailing lists.

Here’s the deal.

We’ve set it up as a one month one dollar trial and we’ve also set what we think you’ll agree is a very fair price.

Because you’ll be one of the first people to try it out, we’ve also reduced the monthly cost by 50% and when you sign up you’ll get that price for as long as you remain a member.

Anyone signing up outside this special offer will have to pay the full price right from the beginning, so it’s a good idea to get in now while it’s really cheap and save yourself half the cost forever.

I’m VERY confident that once you’ve tried it out and felt the benefit of having price comparisons on your site, you won’t want to give it up.

If you’re serious about your business, and you’re serious about IPK (why wouldn’t you be?) you’ll see the extreme advantages to be gained by what I’m offering.

And to sweeten the deal, Paul and I have been discussing the next phase after we’ve taken on board all the other affiliate networks.

We’ll be offering this as a special bonus to those who sign up in this first phase for the price comparisons.

I don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you what it is here and now, but make sure you’re sitting down when I reveal it. 😉

Watch out for another post with the link to the service later, and if you haven’t been there already why not go visit the forum and say hello?

http://www.Vendiva.com/forum/

-Frank Haywood

By |December 16th, 2008|internet business|3 Comments

Unofficial Info Product Killer Forum Open

You asked for it, I checked to make sure, 😉 and here it is.

You may already be a member, so you might want to check first.

This forum was in use about 12 months ago by a group of beta testers. If you were one of them then there’s every chance you have a membership set up on the site and you’ll just need to reset your password.

If you can’t be bothered, just set up a new userid, nobody’s going to cry about it.

You can get to our private little IPK Forum by going here.

-Frank Haywood

P.S. If you haven’t already grabbed it, you can get Info Product Killer by going here and then entering promo code FHW777 to get IPK at $79 instead of $147.

By |December 13th, 2008|internet business|2 Comments

Price Comparison Update

We now have the price comparison service working with Link Share which is a major US affiliate network like Affiliate Window is for the UK.

We’ve also included the ability to manually add a comparison and affiliate link which is a good stop gap until we get more affiliate networks added. However, the prices won’t automatically update of course, so you’ll have to keep an eye on them if you’re that bothered about it.

I say that because the whole point of this exercise is to steer buyers towards Amazon.

Typically, Amazon have the lowest price including shipping. They will almost always make the sale – Craig quotes a figure of 80% – in fact it’s the good old 80-20 rule if you think about it.

So if you have a couple of manual prices and links for a smaller supplier that are out of date… I say, so what? It’s extremely likely that the visitor to your IPK site is going to click on the lowest price which is almost always Amazon.

If they click any of the other links in curiousity, then they’re going to get cookied, and if they buy from there, great! If not, it will likely be from Amazon, which is where we really want people to go.

Okay?

That means we now have Amazon US and UK, Affiliate Window, Link Share, and the ability to add affiliate links / comparison manually.

The Affiliate Window API (Application Programmers Interface) has also let us add the ability for you to select merchants who don’t stock the item, but who may well do in the future – it’s your call whether you use this or not. In all, the Affiliate Window API is so far the best we’ve come across and is very well thought out.

However, there’s always a few problems isn’t there?

We’ve written to Trade Doubler (UK and US) to ask for details of their API. Apparently they have one, but we can’t find it. We can’t do anything with them until we hear back.

The Link Share API seems to have an intermittent random glitch. Sometimes it works perfectly, sometimes it returns zero results for the same search. We cache everything returned in any search for 12 hours, but it’s not ideal.

It also has a habit of returning bad results with good. So we’ll sometimes get details of merchants supposedly stocking products, but if you click through there’s either no stock or no details of the product on the merchants site.

Not a big deal, but NOT right. There’s not much we can do about dealing with that at our end, we have to rely on the data that Link Share send us.

We’re going to write to them to ask what’s going on, if Paul hasn’t already beaten me and done it.

As we go along and we find new affiliate networks and they have (hopefully working) APIs, we’ll add them to the service.

Just bring it up in the forum.

And as I’ve mentioned the forum, I’m hoping to supply you with the details of that later today.

Just one thing though – it’s NOT a support forum. Any support requests will be closed and / or deleted. The forum is for discussion and sharing and raising issues. I know there’s a fine line between raising an issue and making a support request, and I’ll see if I can’t come up with some guide lines.

Tomorrow, we’ll open the Price Comparison service.

We think it’s as ready as it will ever be, but we have to do a few bits and pieces first to make the site presentable. We’ll do that today and open the doors tomorrow.

Remember I said the other day that it’s a one dollar one month trial. After the first month, the price goes up to the regular price, but you’ll quickly realise it’s worth every penny once you start using it.

At the moment, all prices are 50% off.

It’s a good deal.

More information later today and then tomorrow the service is live.

-Frank Haywood

P.S. If you haven’t already grabbed it, you can get Info Product Killer by going here and then entering promo code FHW777 to get IPK at $79 instead of $147.

By |December 13th, 2008|internet business|Comments Off on Price Comparison Update

Info Product Killer One Month On

It’s been exactly one calendar month since I put up the jumperoo site.

I’m very pleased to say that my recent prediction of hitting the £50 in commissions mark after the first month has been hit. It was looking a bit shaky since Saturday with no commissions earned Sunday or Monday, but then 3 sales yesterday brought in £9.38 and pushed the final total to £51.10 ($75.49).

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To say I’m thrilled and very pleased with that is an understatement.

As I’ve said before, I don’t believe the traffic for this product is exceptional. It’s not really a Christmas toy as such and it’s unlikely that a 6 month old baby would be bugging it’s parents to buy one…

I believe these are fairly typical results for any product when everything is set up properly, but only time will tell.

Other things then now, all associated with IPK. BTW, we’ve been working VERY hard getting this all sorted for you.

#1 – An IPK Working Group

I’ve had a few people ask me about setting up a forum. The way I see it is, for every 1 person that speaks up, there’s another 99 who haven’t, but are interested in the same thing.

I would be more than pleased to find 30 people who are interested in contributing in the way of sharing their results, tips, templates, PSDs, and even back links.

That last one is quite important I believe and to give each other a helping hand, I think it would be a good idea to give a few links on each site to other IPK users. I’m not sure about the best mechanism to do this yet, but I’ll have a think about it.

So, I’ve decided to set up a working group if I can get enough interest. If you want me to do this, then please “vote” by clicking the link at the end of this post and signing up.

To help this along, today I’ll be starting the process of contacting everyone who bought IPK via my affiliate link. I’ve downloaded the details from ClickBank and I’ll be sending out a manual email inviting everyone who’s also interested to “vote” by signing up.

When I feel there’s a decent amount of confirmed interest, I’ll get the ball rolling. 😉

I’ll also use that mailing list to let you know as soon as the Price Comparison is completely working.

And on that topic, I’ll just answer a few things now that came up in the lost blog post.

#2 – Price Comparison Trial

It’s not a free trial. :)

Okay it effectively is as it’s going to cost just $1.00 for the first month, and you can choose which of three plans you want to go with.

I apologise if it sounded like a free trial I was offering. I was careful not to say free and I think someone else did and the wrong impression was made. Now corrected.

But the good news is it will be half price for all the early takers. Make sure you choose the program you think will suit you best depending on how seriously you’re going to pursue the IPK methods.

Sadly, some people only put up a few sites and then drift off to do something else.

Like many income streams, you need to treat putting up your IPK sites as a JOB. You have to imagine there’s a big fire-breathing boss sitting a little way away from you and he expects you to put up a site a day. He’ll relax if you can put up two sites a day – he certainly expects five a week.

But after you’ve put up 50 sites, he’ll leave off a little and you’ll have some breathing space.

That’s the best way of looking at it and the best advice I can give you.

Take it seriously and work at it and you’ll do well. None of this is really hard and it will work out for you as long as you put the time in.

#3 – Other Affiliate Feeds.

At the moment we have Amazon US and UK working plus Affiliate Window (UK based). This is because I’m in the UK…

We looked at getting Trade Doubler up and running, but it’s going to take Paul a little more effort than the first three. This is because Amazon and Affiliate Window have APIs that Paul can use to get product and merchant data as required, in fact he said Affiliate Window’s was excellent.

But Trade Doubler only have a feed and so this is going to take more work and we haven’t yet agreed how we’re going to do it. I said grab their entire database every day, but Paul isn’t so sure we can do that.

I guess the same issue will arise with other affiliate companies who only supply an XML feed. We’ll have to address them all in the same way.

One thing I can guarantee you. Whatever method Paul decides on will be the best possible way of doing it. He’s very thorough and will examine all available methods before opting for the correct one.

As for US affiliate companies, we weren’t sure which ones we should target first. We thought maybe Commission Junction should be next, but we were really waiting for someone to point us in the right direction.

So thanks to Greg R for letting us know that Walmart and Toys R Us use LinkShare for their affiliate scheme. I’ve signed up with LinkShare and we’ll target them together with Trade Doubler as the next feeds we look at. We’ll add others as we go, based on feedback from you.

#4 – WordPress.

Yes the price comparisons should work fine with self-hosted WordPress blogs.

The process works like this.

A) Set up a comparison in the members area and download a snippet of PHP code.
B) FTP the code to your site and create a cron job or run it manually each day.
C) The first time you run it, it will create a snippet of HTML and another snippet of PHP code.
D) Use a PHP include to display the HTML snippet where you want the comparison to appear.

All your affiliate links in the comparison are cloaked and point to your domain rather than the target site.

If you’ve set up a cron job, then each day, the PHP code mentioned in A) and B) will update the HTML in C).

So it should all work with WordPress too, as all you’re doing is embedding a little bit of HTML into your page. The other bits work outside WordPress. At some point I’ll test this out.

#5 – Expansion.

While this system is designed to work with single products and create price comparisons for them, I can’t see any reason why we can’t later expand this into something bigger and give you the ability to create entire auto-generated price comparison sites.

We won’t even start to look at that though until we have a handle on all the various affiliate company feeds. So that will be in the new year some time. 😉

And speaking of the new year, we’ll also be looking at an automated site builder service. Fill in the placeholders, upload your images, fill in the FTP details, and publish. But one step at a time eh?

Finally, that link. If you want to vote for me to set up a working group, click the link below and join the mailing list. When I get enough subscribers to that list, I’ll sort it all out.

Tell your friends if you really want to get this ball rolling. 😉

http://www.vendiva.com/ipk/

-Frank Haywood

Update: I’ve just had a bit of a chuckle to myself as there’s a new PDF in the IPK members area called “IPK Xmas Bonus – Last Minute Shopping Profits”. There on pages 5 & 6 is an example all about the jumperoo.

Is he talking to me? 😉

By |December 10th, 2008|internet business|7 Comments