This is a completely unsolicited review of phpBay Pro WordPress Plugin (but it does contain affiliate links).
According to the Wired Studio's website, phpBay Pro enables web publishers to quickly and easily add keyword rich Ebay auction listings to WordPress or php driven sites to generate serious affiliate revenue in a matter of minutes!
If you've been reading my blog for the last few months, you know that I have been trying to understand the best way to monetize the internet. To learn about this while actually doing something useful, I have been running a blog containing cochlear implant information called CochlearWorld.com. That site has provided a playground to try things out — but my real goal there is to provide helpful content. I am saving the greedy internet stuff for other sites.
As a part time internet entrepreneur with a day job, I am interested in monetization strategies that don't require tremendous amounts of ongoing maintenance. This pretty much rules out blogs, which definitely need daily loving and care. One thing that did appeal to me was niche stores. These require little upkeep to generate residual income. And they scale well — you can have 1 niche store or 100.
While researching niche stores, I ran across phpBay Pro by Wired Studios. They offer several products, but I am specifically interested in the phpBay Pro WordPress Plugin (for more information on why, see Build Niche Sites with WordPress). Basically, there are at least two great ways to use this plugin. You can embed auction items in posts, or you can created entire pages of auction listings. I decided to try this out on my testbed site CochlearWorld.com, and boy was I impressed. First, I tried to embed an auction item in an article: Invisible Cochlear Implant. Instant success. Second, I created auction based pages: Cochlear Implant Auctions. Bingo! The software worked as advertised (and plays very well with Adsense).
Wired Studios' product boasts several important features:
- Simple installation takes minutes to get up and going
- Keyword rich results adds SEO value to your content
- List auctions from specific categories
- List auctions from specific vendors
- Mask outgoing Ebay links
- First Class support in case you have a question or need help
From my point of view phpBay Pro delivers all of this and more. Specifically, the support is over the top – outstanding.