While you could certainly attempt to do the affiliate marketing thing by relying on just a single affiliate program, that’s probably not the best course of action. You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again: don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Why is it, then, that so many would-be affiliate marketers focus their energies solely on the affiliate programs offered by eBay and Amazon? There are more opportunities out there, but it can be so time-consuming to hunt out just the right products to fit your chosen niche.
Reportedly helping you to not only seek out these great products, but also to populate your affiliate website with relevant content and videos is a helpful program called StoreStacker. The idea is that it is completely integrated with eBay, Amazon, Clickbank, Overstock, eBay, and more, effectively making “affiliate marketing easier, faster, and infinitely more profitable.” Here is my review.
Setting an Affiliate Website on Auto-Pilot
Now, we all know that it is perfectly possible to create a website from scratch, targeting whatever niche that you’d like. That’s all well and good, but it can also be incredibly time-consuming. Those of you who have been doing the affiliate marketing thing for a little while may also be familiar with scripts and software that can pull product lists from a single source, like the eBay affiliate program. That’s how AuctionAds got its start. Even with this latter strategy, you can be quite limited.
The key difference with StoreStacker is that it draws products from several sources simultaneously. Furthermore, every link is automatically converted into a masked affiliate link with your account information. This ensures that every outbound link has the potential to make you money and, at the same time, your affiliate IDs remain anonymous.
As it stands, StoreStacker can work with eBay, Amazon, Clickbank, Overstock, Regnow, and HotelClub. That’s for pulling the products based on your chosen keywords or keyword phrases. You can literally create thousands of product pages in an instant. The other half of the equation comes from YouTube and RSS, allowing you to populate your affiliate site with relevant articles and YouTube videos as well. Regular updates will encourage Google to send its spider bots to your site more often. That’s a definite SEO plus.
If you’d like, StoreStacker can be used to build a new affiliate website from scratch. Alternatively, it can also be integrated into your blog or installed into a subdomain.
Video Killed the Radio Star?
To gain a better understanding of how StoreStacker works and exactly what it does, the developers have put together a short video explanation.
Note that after you have setup your StoreStacker-powered affiliate website, it can effectively run itself, automatically getting updated with new products, new articles (via RSS), and new videos from YouTube. John always said that passive income is the best kind of income. They say that with StoreStacker, you can set it and forget it. And yes, a single license can be used on as many websites as you’d like.
Control Panel and User Interface
The developers tried their best to make StoreStacker as intuitive as possible. That’s why when you enter the main administration area for a StoreStacker-powered website, you will be shown the basic navigation at the top and a site preview below.
The navigation at the top is meant to be followed from left to right, just like how you read. Follow those steps in the provided order to setup and edit your affiliate site as you see fit. The settings menu is equally intuitive with drop-down menus and simple fields to fill out. This is where you decide on the length of descriptions, which template to use, and number of products to show on each page.
Integration Will Cost You
At first glance, StoreStacker looked like it could be a pretty powerful tool for all the affiliate marketers out there, because they could literally set up hundreds or even thousands of niche affiliate stores selling all sorts of targeted products from a number of different affiliate programs. After taking a peek at the purchase page, however, I found that there was a bit of a catch.
You see, the core StoreStacker software can be had for $97, offering you an unlimited domain license. The catch is that this core software only includes integration with eBay, Amazon, and YouTube (they’ve got a typo on the buy page too). If you want integration with ClickBacnk, RSS, RegNow, Overstock, or HotelClub, the associated plugins come at an additional price of $25 each. It’s also unfortunate that the StoreStacker script will not work with GoDaddy or Yahoo! hosting. That’s something they’ll definitely need to overcome.
All this said, StoreStacker sounds like it could pay for itself if implemented correctly, because it stacks the odds in your favor. The user interface is straightforward and StoreStacker could save you tons of time by finding all the relevant products for you. The developers are also working on additional plug-ins for more integration, so be prepared to fork out an extra $25 when you need those too.