Category: Reviews

WordPress Review 3.0 Plugin Installed, Upgraded and Reviewed.

Incase you live under a rock, I’ll let you in on a little secret about one of the coolest wordpress plugins available today for making monies online.

WordPress Review Plugin.

Yup, turn your wordpress site into a review site in a few minutes with this baby.

If you’re already aware of the plugin or maybe even a current user you’re probably already in the know about the latest release of the WordPress Review Plugin. This past week version 3.0 was released. This rendition of the plugin includes some pretty cool new features that I’ll talk about later. But first some information about the plugins for anyone not familiar with it already.

What this plugin does, is it turns your WordPress sites into easy and highly customizable review sites in just a few minutes. I’ve been a user since the very first release and wow has it ever been impressing me every step of the way.

At first I was a little skeptical about the price that they were charging for the plugin, but once I realized that I had unlimited domain usage and the speed at which new releases and features were unleashed on us I don’t think one can really go wrong.

In the beginning, this plugin overall wasn’t very feature rich, but it worked and imported your data quite nicely, but it just wasn’t super duper professional. With the latest release of 3.0, there’s a number of new features and improved features that really make this a kickass plugin for automating review sites and creating income for a long time, all while delivering tangible and credible information to your site visitors.

This release brings full integration of Google Maps, scheduled and Cron importing of all your datafeeds or whatever it is you’re importing for the site to review. There’s also a thread on the members area of the forum where you can get customized star icons to show different types of images to your visitors depending on the niche of the site – cool!

So, what exactly have I been up to for the past couple days with this plugin? Well, first I wanted to test it out on a new site and install it from scratch. This was obviously very easy, and also was pleased to find out that 3.0.2 fixed the nasty issue of your license.txt being replaced. Thanks guys!

Installing on a new domain

I uploaded the plugin to my site, and then shamefully spent a couple days building a scraper to compliment the information the advertiser already provided for me in their datafeed. After I had my CSV file created with all my information in it, I just spent some time researching a theme for the site I was creating and then customizing it to my market. After that I just uploaded the CSV and I was ready to start building links.

Wait just a minute here. Lets look at that again, and put some times associated with it;

  1. Register Domain and Point DNS – 5 minutes
  2. Download Plugin – 30 Seconds
  3. Create License for Site – 30 Seconds
  4. Install WordPress and WFReview Plugin – 5 Minutes
  5. Find Theme – ~30 Minutes
  6. Scrape Data or Download Datafeed and organize – ~1hr – ~3hr
  7. Theme Customizations – ~30 Minutes
  8. Link Building – ~5 Minutes on Wickedfire
  9. Submit to Google Sitemaps – 1 Minute

That, ladies and gentlemen is a complete site up and running in 2 hours and 17 minutes at the shorter end of things. Of course this wouldn’t be including your market research and other things that “pop up” but still, it just goes to show how quick it can be to get this plugin rocking and ready to receive the internet monies for you and you’re ready to move on to the next site. As you can probably guess, this is especially the case when you’re dealing with data feeds.

Did I mention that the latest version of the plugin also lets you schedule imports from feeds, This means you can set it to update from a csv file that’s dropped in place every few days or weeks to add new products, so your site could theoretically have an endless stream of reviewable products for the public to enjoy and purchase. Keeping the consumer happy, keeps you happy after all.

Upgrading WFReview

After getting that site finished, I thought I should try an update of the plugin. For this I decided to run it on one of my old local niche sites for business reviews. I was running the very first edition of the plugin on it, so very old. I figured I would have a tough time upgrading it and oh boy did I ever.

Yeah, I had to make 2 whole changes in my CSS file and re-import my CSV file which took a whole 5 minutes.

Gotta say guys, this was pretty impressive. Usually shit always breaks, and it takes forever for a major upgrade, not to mention across two whole product versions. Props!

You’ll see here some of the differences between the two plugins and what’s changed. I took a couple screenshots just before I upgraded the plugin.

Old Menu
Old Menu

And now, look at the new menu.

New Menu in 3.0
New Menu in 3.0

As you can see there’s a bunch more options, and it’s laid out a little more sequentially than it was before. Again, the little things are what really matters for plugins like this. Keeping things easy, streamlined and efficient is the best way to go.

And, as mentioned the sought after scheduled importing of files has arrived. Check this out.

Scheduling Posts
Scheduling Posts

Pretty cool eh?

Overall WFReview Thoughts

As you can tell from my post, I’m pretty enthusiastic about this plugin and what it can handle for you. Way back when I first bought this, I was able to get about 10 sites up for a local niche I’m trying to dominate and it only took me like a week including building two scrapers to get the content I required for the site. How cool is that. Back then, I probably would have had a lot more to put into this list as a negative aspect of the plugin.

Today, there’s not much I can complain about. It would be nice if when replacing your data, you could have an option to keep comments left by site visitors, and if a kickass theme came with this plugin out of the box, but I’m sure that’s in the works for feature releases.

I’m also pretty stoked about the forthcoming release of the Featured Review plugin by the same guys who make the wordpress review plugin. I think these two things combined will be pardon the french, fucking awesome.

To buy this plugin, you should really use this link because I told you so. /waves jedi hand/

No Bullshit Review, 8/10, only because it’s missing a rad theme.


Review – Best and Thinnest Wallet for Affiliate Marketers.

As many of you know, I’ve been researching wallets for about a month now. My old wallet was dying, and got even worse at ASE 2009. I needed a new wallet bad. I didn’t want to just go buy something because every wallet I’ve ever had in the past would be destroyed within 1 to 2 years so I wanted something that would last longer, and was much thinner than a regular wallet.

During my research, I came across All-Ett bill folds a number of times. Every review I found, every site recommending wallets all had these wallets on their site, and were receiving great reviews. I was skeptical because of a name I’d never heard of, and because hearing all these reviews saying they’re so great, and no downfalls is usually unheard of for a product. Somebody out there has to have a negative review I thought.

I was wrong. So wrong.

I couldn’t find a single thing that discussed these wallets in a negative manner. I really couldn’t believe it, but they are cheap wallets so I eventually caved in and decided to order one for myself.

The wallet I ordered was the simple model, with the ID window, and two separate areas for bills and receipts.

The claim to fame of these wallets is the thinness of them, and how easily they slip into your pocket. Especially with many people wearing tighter fitting clothes these days and putting their wallet in their front pocket. We need something that’s much thinner than regular wallets, and won’t cause a big bulge in your pocket that looks bad.

Another cool thing about this particular wallet is the material it’s made from. It’s made from a fabric called Spinnaker. This material is a tightly woven polyester PU coated fabric. It’s super super light, but super durable, and also water repellent. If you’re familiar with sailing this is what many sails are made from, because of the light weight and durability. If you don’t like this kind of fabric, All-Ett also makes leather versions of their wallets so you can stick with the tried and true.

I opted for the spinnaker fabric because I wanted light weight, and something that was resistant to tearing as well as water. I know I have issues with dropping things near water, whether it be into drinks at clubs or up at my cottage so this was the best choice for myself.

The only downfall of this particular fabric is it makes a little bit of a “Crinkling paper” noise when you open and shut the wallet. But, this goes away fairly quickly (I’ve already noticed a significant decrease in the noise after just 2 weeks of use). If you’re opening the wallet in anywhere that’s somewhat noisy, you probably won’t even notice the noise it makes.

Now, you’re probably wondering why is this the best wallet for affiliate marketers? Well, let me tell you.

It’s quite simple really, this is a super thin wallet, with many versions available including international versions, travel versions, passport capable versions etc. With many of us being travelers, these wallets are a perfect match for us.

Not to mention, that these wallets force you to be super organized. There are only a few slots available for your cards and ID and whatnot, so you won’t carry around a bunch of cards that are never used. This is the ideal way to get rid of that “Female Body Inspector” card you’ve been lugging around since you were 10 years old because it’s funny.

About two weeks ago, I received my order in the thinnest envelope I’ve ever had shipped to me with something inside of it.

Here are some pictures of it.

The Envelope
The Envelope

I was totally surprised at the envelope. Did they really ship me something?

Side View of Envelope and Lighter
Side View of Envelope and Lighter

Yup, that’s a lighter next to the envelope. Isn’t that nuts?

Contents of the Envelope
Contents of the Envelope

That’s everything that came in the envelope. A letter, business card, carbon offset card, the receipt and the wallet itself. Unbelievable that all this could fit into such a small envelope. It was also pretty cool they sent me a carbon offset card for such a small shipment. Nice to see people doing their part.

Just the wallet and packaging.
Just the wallet and packaging.

Here’s a shot of just the packaging, and the wallet itself. Pretty cool eh? It’s not overdone with logos and sparkly shit like a lot of other wallets are. Getting excited to try it out.

Old wallet versus the new wallet, with nothing in it.
Old wallet versus the new wallet, with nothing in it.

Wow. Look at the difference in size. Mind you, this is my old wallet full of stuff, and the new wallet completely empty. But, check this out.

The contents of the old wallet
The contents of the old wallet

That’s a lot of stuff coming out of the old wallet. Lets see what it looks like once we get it into the All-Ett wallet.

Empty old wallet versus new wallet all full
Empty old wallet versus new wallet all full

So, as you can see from the photo comparisons. The All-Ett wallet really is the worlds thinnest wallet and will carry all your cards, money and receipts snugly in your front pocket. No more back pain, or large bulge in the front or back of your pants. Plus, there’s no more need to worry about pulling out a leather wallet on rainy days, or that the leather might rip or something like that.

I have been recommending these wallets to all my friends since I got it, and 3 of them have actually purchased it and I’ll probably be picking up 3 or 4 more for Christmas because I know a bunch of people that need thinner wallets.

I don’t usually do product reviews, but I had to say something about this one from All-Ett Wallets because it really is a superior wallet that affiliate marketers will love.

Let me know in the comments if you use one too, and what you think of it.

Want To Learn An Instrument? Win Affiliate Summit Contests Dawg.

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I had to write this short post about a wicked contest that I participated in recently, and actually won something. The contest was sponsored by Affiliate Summit and Legacy Learning Systems. This particular contest was for the already famous Affiliate Day celebration which just launched its inaugural year this past September 14th.

All I had to do to win was tweet a message including the affiliate day twitter hash-tag in the message, and then sit back and wait to see if I would win. A couple days later I received a direct message on Twitter confirming that I had won one of the prizes. Wow, is that cool or what. I really don’t win things very often so this was pretty exciting.

The course in the box it was shipped in.
The course in the box it was shipped in.

What’s even cooler about this contest is that it was available to Canadians as well as Americans. It really seems like the contests offered by most of the networks out there only have contests that are available to the USA. The ability for Canadians to be a part of this was awesome, eh.

Affiliate Summit is the premier meeting of the minds for all Internet Marketers and Affiliate Marketers. It occurs twice a year, once on the East coast and once on the West coast. They’re a great place to meet other affiliates, networks and other people involved in the industry. I hope to see you all at Affiliate Summit West in Jan 2009 for more shenanigans.

The box in it's shrinkwrap, and the hand written letter it came with. Thanks Matt!
The piano course box in it's shrink wrap, and the hand written letter that it came with. Thanks for everything Matt @ Legacy Learning!

Legacy Learning Systems, the leader in instructional material for Art and Music. Their courses are easy for newbie’s and yet still have valuable information for moderate to intermediate musicians as well. These courses are relatively simple, they are meant to enable everyone to realize their own personal dreams. They offer a number of artistic courses for different areas with a bunch of new releases planned for the future. You can currently teach yourself;

When I won the contest I was given the chance to choose whichever program I wanted. I probably would have taken Ballroom Dancing because it would probably come in handy one day, but I honestly don’t see myself prancing around my office trying this out alone. So, instead I opted for the piano course. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play some piano and I don’t know if it’s stupid or not but since I’m such a fast typist I figure I have the dexterity to play the piano as well once I learn the notes.

Open Box with all the course materials.
Open Box with all the course materials.

I haven’t started the course as it just arrived in the mail today, but what I can say is I was super impressed with the construction of the box it comes in (it’s one of those nifty ones with a magnet to keep it shut, and only the corner flips over). The instructional booklet that it comes with is super well written and if looking over the people who helped contribute to the course, there was quite a few people making this a very professional job.  I’ve already read a few paragraphs and skimmed through the book and have learned some things I didn’t know. Pretty cool. I also got a shitload of DVD’s of instructional videos and CD’s full of music to play along with. This will help me a lot because I’m really a visual learner and don’t usually retain too much if I only read it, I have to play along and do something tangible to learn. If you’re like that too, one of these programs could help you too.

All in all, I’m really impressed with both Affiliate Summit and Legacy Learning Systems for giving me the opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted, and for supporting Canadian affiliate marketers.

In case you are wondering. No I was not paid to write this post. I do feel it was a requirement due to the coolness of my winning and the prize I won though.

I’ll post some of my tracks once I put this to use, so keep reading!

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