UPDATE as of April 5, 2011: Bizzites has been sold and the new owner will no longer be supporting it. They plan to take the site down in fact.
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I've been working with a BizZites affiliate store builder for the last couple of days and man, I am truly impressed!
But before I tell you more about BizZites, let me say that I've worked with a number of different affiliate datafeed tools including Webmerge, Popshops, Datafeedr, Goldencan and Pepperjam's Store builder — just to name a few of those that I've found useful on my affiliate sites.
Those datafeed tools vary from software that you install on your computer to third-party management tools and plug-n-play code snippet generators. In some cases, use of the service means giving up a portion of your commissions, e.g. the 4th-click merchants at Goldencan.
While those tools spit out merchant product feeds in an attractive format (some more customizable than others) none of those datafeed tools actually builds the site for you. You still have to have a website / blog into which to import the merchant product data.
If you dread the thought of having to set up your own blog or static website or if you're just tired of working your way through site setups and tweaking out a theme before you can get down to the meat and potatoes business of incorporating products and reviews, that's where…
BizZites Reduces Your Workload
BizZites is a COMPLETE website building, datafeed integrating, content management system.
When you login, you immediately see how many departments, categories, products, and articles you have running on your Bizzite site, and the number of clicks you've received at the top of the store builder interface. It also specifies the theme in use.
The store building process is all laid out for you step-by-step by realistic step. I say ‘realistic' because beside each step is an estimate of the time it should take you to complete the step — although I think some of the estimates are perhaps a little over-guesstimated, i.e. it estimates 15 minutes to change / edit the default video code if your template includes video. I say 2 minutes tops once you've got the embed code.
Themes, Videos & Pics Built Right In
You start by selecting a theme from over 50 beautifully designed ecommerce, blog-style and landing page themes with a choice of left and right navigation, as well as 3-column sytles (one demo sample shown to the right). Next, upload your logo. Don't have one? No problem, their design team will create one for you for a very reasonable fee.
Then you set your default store options including the store's name, tagline, description and so on… just like you'd do with any other site. Experienced WordPress users will note the structural similarities and also appreciate that the BizZites setup is more intuitive, not to mention guided.
Many features that currently require separate plugins or hand-coding in WordPress are built right into the BizZites interface such as rotating pictures and Adsense setup.
I LOVE the little warning messages such as “Don't Change Until you know what you are doing” that I found beside Space Delimiter in URLs in the Video Code section. Good advice!!
On the other hand, if you're an experienced designer / developer / webmaster, BizZites permits full-scale theme modifications.
Join Networks, Add Your Products
You can apply to the Affiliate Networks directly through the BizZites interface if you're not already a member. Along with plans to add eBay and Amazon soon, affiliate networks in the interace currently include:
Once you join, you simple plunk your ID into a form blank beside the appropriate network's name and you can start building out your feeds.
Vendor names are listed with the number of products in the feed alongside in brackets. Click on the vendor name and it opens up a list of categories. You can choose the whole feed or just a category. Alternatively, you can search for products from all vendors or just one specific vendor by keyword using either broad or exact match.
The screenshot below shows the products in the Small Appliances > Food Processors category at Best Buy.
And if you have product feeds from other vendors not listed within the BizZites interface, you have to option to upload those feeds and work with them.
Overview of BizZites Features & Benefits
- 40+ Million Affiliate Products to Choose from
- Powerful and simple ajax enhanced admin
- 3 Membership Levels
- Proprietary Keyword Tools
- Content Creation Services
- Exclusive Back Linking Services
- Built in Pinging and RSS Feeds just like a Blog
- Custom Site Building Services
- Vertical Market Analysis Services
- Membership, Forum and 24/7 support
- And much more . . .
Is BizZites the Right Affiliate Store-Building Solution for You?
I would HIGHLY recommended BizZites to you if:
- You're completely new to affiliate marketing, don't yet have a website and are committed to building a full scale affiliate site that looks great and incorporated merchant datafeeds, or;
- You're a more advanced affiliate marketer who just wants an easier way to build out a great-looking datafeed site in less time.
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