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My Journey To Rank A Price Comparison Site With Affiliate Links

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  1. spurge0n

    spurge0n Junior Member Premium Member

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    My first journey.

    About me: I'm a software developer by trade, so the technical stuff is almost second nature to me.


    What We Have Here

    Here's what I've done: I've created an automated means to import various vendor feeds into a WooCommerce database. This means I can import thousands of products with just a few clicks. Currently, I import products from Amazon, eBay, and some Commission Junction Vendors.

    I also import product attributes, so people can filter out the products that they don't want to see. I've put a filter on my website.

    The website itself, as mentioned previously, is a WooCommerce website that appears for all intents and purposes as an e-commerce website. However, when someone clicks on one of the products, he or she is taken to the affiliate site.

    The idea behind the website is to show people the best prices for the items in my niche. By default, the sorting is done by price, low to high. So, people can see an Amazon product compared side-by-side with an eBay product or a product from one of my CJ vendors.

    As of now, there are over 11,000 products imported into the WooCommerce database. I use a Java application that I've written to read the feeds from the vendors, then I import that data into the MySQL database that WooCommerce uses. The Java application is rerun every time that CJ gives me a new feed, plus every night for eBay. For Amazon, I have to wait every few days because that import is a beast.

    Believe it or not, that was the easy part. The hard part is ranking.


    Harder Than It Should Be


    Seriously: The learning curve for SEO is approximately the size of the St. Louis arch. But I'm determined to give it a go.

    I've got my Tier 1 Web 2.0 sites warming in the oven as we speak. They were created with FCS Networker (outstanding support people, by the way). I'll be hitting these Tier 1 links with links produced by GSA SER in a few days.

    The challenge is this: It looks like I'm going to need about 10 Web 2.0's with manually produced articles for each of my landing pages on my site. I have several landing pages, each specific to a subcategory within the niche. That's going to require an awful lot of work. Once the Web 2.0's are in place, then I can let GSA SER do its magic in building the Tier 2 links. But creating the Tier 1 links seems to be tedious and time-consuming.

    I've got a few more days before I start hitting the first round of Tier 1's, but that's only for one keyword/subcategory. I've got 10 others identified, each with low-medium competition and 1k or more searches per month.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and I'll keep everyone posted.:cool:
     
  2. cmghoops32

    cmghoops32 Registered Member

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    Best of luck to you OP

    Few quick questions/comments:
    -Have you considered importing product reviews from the various websites as well? Affiliate conditions permitting, of course.
    -Do you plan on having unique product descriptions? This will help SEO
    -I'm no "SEO Expert" but honestly, I would not just focus on web 2.0's for your tier 1 links. Scope out your competition and see what kind of links they are getting. Try to imitate their link-building strategy.
    -It also sounds to me that you're looking to create a brand-able business, no just some fly by night affiliate site. In which case I would also focus on building up social media followings. This will also have a positive SEO affect

    Look forward to seeing your success.
     
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  3. spurge0n

    spurge0n Junior Member Premium Member

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    Thanks very much. In order:

    1. That's a great idea, and I have not thought of it. At the very least, I could link to those reviews.
    2. I am using the product titles I get from the vendors. They are quite unique.
    3. I hope I don't have to.... Building out 10x Tier 1's for each landing page is quite tedious.
    4. Well my competition is.. me! LOL! Amazon ranks #1 for my keywords and I'm offering Amazon affiliate links. But you have a good point.
    5. Yes I am definitely looking at social media options as well.
     
  4. spurge0n

    spurge0n Junior Member Premium Member

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    Still warming up the Web 2.0's. I've also established a few domains for a PBN.

    There's a lot of setup involved in this SEO stuff but once I get in my groove, I think that things will move a bit quicker.

    Right now, I am going to pick one good keyword and see if I can rank my site for that. Then, I'll work on other keywords.