Making money online can be a challenging and time-consuming endeavor, which is why passive income can be so darn appealing. One of the better affiliate programs out there is Amazon Associates, but do you really want to bother promoting single products one at a time?
Helping to automate the process for you is WP Zon Builder, the premium WordPress plugin that serves as the subject of today’s review. According to the developers, this plugin will let you “build Amazon affiliate sites in just minutes.”
How Does WP Zon Builder Work?
Normally, you’d go to Amazon, find the product you want to promote, generate the appropriate ad code, and embed that HTML code on your site. WP Zon Builder significantly streamlines that process.
Installation is a breeze. You simply download and unzip the plugin package, uploading the folder to the plugins directory for your blog, and then activating the plugin from within the WordPress dashboard. This creates the separate sidebar section shown above.
From here, you’ll be able to display Amazon products on your site and they’ll be shown with the product name, price, description, image, and more. This plugin comes with quite a few features that simplify the process. You never actually have to go to Amazon to pull the code; it’s all done from within WordPress. You just need to supply your Amazon ID information.
Works with Six Different Countries
When I first heard about WP Zon Builder, I assumed that it would only work with the Amazon Associates USA program.
As it turns out, it plays just fine with the programs in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan too, though it can only work with one at a time.
Building and Posting from the Queue
Each individual product that you choose to promote from Amazon will generate its own individual blog post. To start, you find the products using the queue-building utility.
You can search by category, choose your sort order, and define your keywords. There are additional filtering options too. After you’ve built up your queue, you can start posting. They can all go live immediately or you can “drip” them out over a time period that you define.
The post layout can be defined within the general settings area, choosing whether you want customer reviews to show up as comments, whether you want the plugin to pull the product description from Amazon, and so forth.
The timed release is very important for SEO purposes, because it will allow your new Amazon affiliate site to be updated on a regular basis. Search engines love “new” content and this will help to show that your site is active.
Looking at the Net Result
I tested the plugin on DotComPho.com to promote the book I co-wrote with John. While the plugin does what it promises, the net result isn’t quite what I expected.
Here is the blog post that I generated using WP Zon Builder. It was good enough to pull the book cover image, the book title, and the current pricing, but it was not able to grab the product description or details. This is with Amazon.ca, so I wonder if the plugin was designed to work primarily with Amazon.com (US).
You’ll also find that the product title looks duplicated, as the top one is the title of the blog post, while the second one is within the post itself. This almost looks like an error, even though it’s not.
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I think that WP Zon Builder is a valuable plugin and its core functionality is very effective. However, it is not without its faults. It wasn’t able to pull the product description for me, for instance, but I do appreciate the timed release capability.
The regular price for WP Zon Builder with an unlimited site license is $69.00. However, you can use coupon code “jcjc” to get a 20% discount. This coupon code is only valid for 72 hours, so buy now. If you’re not happy, use the money-back guarantee within 30 days.