Last week in the Kiss Club someone shared this very interesting post about how to make money with Amazon. In the article the guy made some very interesting suggestions that made a lot of sense. One of his suggestions was to look at the competition on the first page and see what their sites looked like. Then build that type of site.
I am currently working on one of my niche sites and when I looked at the competition they all had a storefront on the homepage of the site. Well, heck, that looks cool, but I had no idea how to do it!
Thankfully my fabulous Kiss Club members and friends did. I’m going to walk you through how to build a store on your blog… (and it’s pretty dog gone easy!)
Step 1. Log into your wordpress dashboard and install the TinyMCE Advanced plugin.
You can do this by just searching for that plugin and installing it through the search area or you can download it to your computer and then upload it to your dashboard ~ the search is probably the easiest.
Step 2. Add the table icon to your text editor.
This video covers steps 1 and 2:
Step 3. Open up a page or post where you want your store front or product display to be.
Step 4. Add a table to your post/page.
I’ve found that 3 across works pretty well the wordpress themes I’ve been using. (mostly twenty ten theme). If you want multiple rows of products just figure out how many you want and enter that number. I also like to have a row specifically for a link to the product ~ so that doubles the rows I’m going to want. (see the next video)
Step 5. Collect the product images and affiliate links you will be using on your page.
It will go much faster and easier if you’ve collected all the things you’re going to use in your storefront. You’ll need images of the products you’re going to show, as well as your affiliate link to the product. I like to set up a folder for each website so I can add the images all in one place, and then I open a new text doc in the folder to add all the links to the products. Make sure to make a notation of which link goes to which product.
Step 6. Fill in your table with the products and links.
You’ll need to click on the little tiny spaces of the table to get started. Once you’ve in the table, click “add image” and upload one of your product images. Add your affiliate link in the add image area and then add to post.
This will make the table open up a little bit so it’s easier to do the next cell. Go to one cell below the image and add a link to the product ~ or category page if that makes more sense. You can use your text editor to change the font size, center the words and create a link.
This video will walk you through steps 4, 5 and 6.
Step 7. Rinse and repeat.
Continue filling in your table. If you want to feature different categories of products add a subhead with the title of the category and then add in another table.
This plugin makes quick work of creating storefronts and can even create featured products in posts etc. Here’s a couple examples of the different ways this can look:
BestPet Strollers ~ this site uses the plugin to create an entire store front on the homepage.
TinkerBell Toddler Bedding ~ this site uses it through the page to feature different products.
It’s very versatile, and it can be frustrating, because if you try something and it doesn’t come out the way you want I haven’t figured out where the “undo” button is and I’ve had to start over. That’s why it’s a good idea to have all your info and images somewhere easy to access. (It takes a LONG time to go back and forth every time you mess up getting the code again ~ yes, personal experience!)
Good luck, and please share how you used tables with us ~ I’d love to see!
If you have any questions please feel free to ask (I’ll do my best to answer, but this is new to me too!) If you want to get in on this conversation and other incredibly helpful conversations, join us at the KISS Club.