This is day 9 of my quest to build an e-commerce website. On my previous post with this series, I registered the domain name of the e-commerce site – by the way it’s shopisa.com. You may read the whole article in this link.
Today, I want to update you on the things I worked on the site between the third day until to date – as of writing this article. But before that, I want to share with you the link to my interview blog post with Mr. Benj Arriola simply because I don’t want you to miss that great article. I received an overwhelming appreciation in Facebook, Twitter and Google+, but as for myself I give all the due credits to Sir Benj.
Let’s go day 3 to 9: WordPress CMS and plugins Installation
Eymard commented and asked on my day 2 post “I wonder why you choose WordPress and not a custom coded site for your e-commerce platform.”
My simple answer may not be the best – but WordPress is the only CMS platform that I am familiar of. I know for sure that there are great e-commerce platform out there (custom coded/package), but then again I’ll start with what I have.
In addition to that, I have been researching some cool products/software related to creating e-commerce site – which I will be listing further in this article.
WordPress CMS installation: checked!
For the plugins, let me quickly roll out my list:
- Akismet – this plugin protects a site from spamming blog comments
- All In One SEO Pack – Optimizes a blog for a more search engine friendly site
- Backup Scheduler – this plugin creates a backup of the entire site (database, folders, and files)
- Broken Link Checker – from the name itself – it checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
- CommentLuv – this plugin encourages your readers to leave a comment by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment.
- Contact Form 7 – this is a simple contact form manager
- SEO Smart Links – it provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more
- Thank Me Later – this simply sends a “thank you” email to your visitors who commented on your blog post.
These are the primary plugins installed on the site. I’m sure I will be adding more along the way.
Further with the plan…
For the first time, I am exposing my business plan to world. This business model may not be new to some, but for the sake of those who don’t have an idea – here it is.
On the image above, it starts with Amazon Associates. So the products sold on shopisa.com will be coming directly from amazon.com and these products will be stored in the site’s database. In order to do that without complicated coding, I purchased a plugin from codecanyon.net called Amazon eStore Affiliates Plugin. This amazing plugin simply blows my mind away.
The plugin itself is a custom theme for the store so it can be installed as default theme on WordPress. It imports Amazon products through advance search & bulk import or via CSV import (bulk upload). Imported products in the site can be automatically synchronized hourly, ones or twice a day. Or you can update them manually – real time.
The next step in the business model is driving visitors to the site. This can be done through search engine optimization or through social media networking/broadcast.
Once the potential visitor lands on the site and chooses the product(s) to purchase, they will be directed to amazon.com with their shopping cart. If they decide to purchase the items, they will pay directly to Amazon. Every successful sale corresponds to a commission. The more products sold, the better the site profit!
Another investment for the business
I mentioned earlier that I have been researching for software what will help me run the business. Let me introduce to you another golden discovery. Although Amazon eStore Affiliates Plugin can automatically import products to the site, it can only queue up to 10 items at a time. Obviously, it will be time consuming if I’m attempting to import thousands of products to the site.
Zon ASIN Hunter is an Amazon ASIN Scraper. ASIN stands for Amazon Standard Identification Number. Simply put – all products in amazon.com are coded with 10-digit identification numbers. Zon ASIN Hunter scrapes all these IDs based on your category and then exports them to CSV file. The CSV file can then be used to upload bulk products which is a feature of Amazon eStore Affiliates Plugin.
How much did I invest all in all so far?
- Domain Hosting: Free
- Domain name registration: $12.95
- Amazon eStore Affiliates Plugin: $25.00
- Zon ASIN Hunter: $29.95
- Total of $67.90
My task tomorrow is to start importing products from amazon.com to shopisa.com.
Let me know if you have questions. Feel free to drop your suggestions.
Link Wrap Up
- My Quest to build an E-commerce Web Site - The ultimate goal
- Day 2: My Quest to build an E-commerce Web Site - Domain name registration
- Day 9: My Quest to build an E-commerce Web Site - WordPress & plugins installation/ purchase and installation of Amazon eStore Affiliates Plugin/ purchase of Zon ASIN Hunter.
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