Custom Amazon Associate Store $99
Sometimes being a click happy and easily distracted web surfer pays off. I was over at 43 Folders a couple days ago looking for productivity tips and I noticed the little store link waaaaay down at the bottom of their home page. If you click into the store at first you are presented with a directory of topics…nothing too special, but if you click into one of the categories you come to a pretty nifty looking store, that has cool features like a shopping cart, “live” prices and sales and product reviews. Are you thinking this sounds a lot like Amazon? Well it is!
It’s the Associate-O-Matic instant Amazon store for your website. I spent last night installing the Smart Money Shop [update: I've closed the shop] and, I’ve got a ways to go with customization and tweaking, but overall I’m pretty happy with it.
Here are the features that I’ve discovered so far:
- Free and Paid versions
- Use for one or many sites
- Configurable to match your site’s look and feel
As far as ease of install it gets about 6.5 out of 10. You’ll need to be a slight techie to set permissions on the files when you upload them to your server. They do have good instructions on their site [ Associate-O-Matic ].
The part I really like is that it allows you to customize the set of products that you pull from Amazon. So for example I created a Rich Dad section [natch] by choosing Amazon’s book category and sending the keyword “Rich Dad”. I could create a Business Books category using the same method. One of the things that I don’t like about the way 43 Folders has it set up is that have the whole Amazon catalogue in their store, which I personally found confusing. I think products that are related to the site topics are better for the visitor’s experience.
The one you see running on my site is the full version, which they allow you to test drive for free for 30 days. At that time I will need to pay the $99 dollars to buy a license or get downgraded to the free version. The free version takes 1/10 of your sales and puts them under Associate-O-Matic’s Amazon ID, so probably better to pay for the full version.
Another huge bonus with the paid version is that the license allows you to install it on as many sites as want as long as the Amazon ID associated with the installs belongs to you. So if you have 5 sites…that’s $20 per site and you can have a customized store with a related product set for each site.
A great idea, that’s been well executed and I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out.
[update: I've closed the shop]