Niche Site Tutorial – Configuring The WP Comparison Chart Plugin

Niche Site Tutorial – Configuring The WP Comparison Chart Plugin

Posted on 09. Jan, 2014 by in Archived Post, Favorite Resources

The WP Comparison Chart Plugin is one that I must utilize when building comparison charts for my review sites. This plugin allows you to easily build vertical, scalable, professional-looking comparison charts within WordPress (see example below of a digital camera comparison chart) that convert visitors to sales:

sample-comparison-chart

For each digital camera listed above, there is a correlating WP post (i.e, there would be a post named “Canon Powershot SD 850 IS and Nikon CoolPic S630, etc.). The data (i.e. “Width” with a value of 3.9 in, “Depth”, “Height”, etc.) shown above is stored in WP post “Custom Fields”.

The “Read Review” button will link to your product review page which in turn is linked to Amazon’s product listing page and that’s where you let the Amazon do what it does best……convert. You job is to ensure you have relevant, meaningful, supportive data in the comparison charts.

Here is a link to a WP Comparison Chart tutorial.

Below, you will see one of my comparison charts from my niche site:

product-comparison

 

11 Responses to “Niche Site Tutorial – Configuring The WP Comparison Chart Plugin”

  1. Alissa

    10. Feb, 2014

    Ok, I think I’m getting it a little more. So you write reviews on products and then link back to the amazon listing using your affiliate code, right? I’m using GoDaddy right now, is there a way to do something similar through them?

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      12. Feb, 2014

      Alissa, if you’re intending to use a comparison chart on your review site, the WP Comparison will make it easier to link back to the Amazon product with your affiliate code.

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  2. James

    12. Feb, 2014

    Do you know if you can use the comparison charts on the free version of WordPress blogs? Like the previous poster asked, I would also like to know if there are any similar items for websites not built through WP.

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  3. Chris

    25. Feb, 2014

    From what I’ve read, higher priced items are the way to go with niche sites, right? I was thinking about doing mountain bikes. Do you think this is a good plan for a niche site? I’ve always loved biking, so it’s something I’m passionate about.

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      26. Feb, 2014

      Hi Chris,

      If you’re taking that route, keep in mind that you may have a tough time cracking into the top 5 of most “mountain bike” related keywords as it will be dominated by ecommerce sites. Google tends to favor those types of sites. Even so, I found a low volume keyword that you can build a niche site around:

      “best entry level road bike”
      Local Searches – 1000
      Avg. CPC – $.99
      Keyword Competition – 27 (that’s great news)
      Competitors – One hub page, a forum, etc. – nothing major

      Go for it!!! That’s my free keyword giveaway. I think I’ll do a post on that keyword along with related keywords……

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  4. Chris

    27. Feb, 2014

    Oh wow! That’s great news! Thank you so much for the info! I can’t wait to read the post on the keywords…

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  5. Lorena

    15. Mar, 2014

    I bought this plugin and so far I have not been able to make it work. The first row of preset post with image and link to the title has been imposible for me to create it.

    I don’t know what I am doing wrong. I set the custom field name for the Item Tittles and Icons option of the preset post, put the code of the chart on the post where the chart is going to be and so far it shows only the rows names but not the preset posts with the titles and images. I am even willing to pay you if you can help me with that. Thanks!

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      15. Mar, 2014

      Hi Lorena, the company does provide lifetime support. I would start by emailing them at bill@avellan.org. I’ve sent emails for support and they have been helpful. Now, if I’m using “presets”, I use the “Read Review” buttons (which link to my reviews) or “Visit” buttons (links to Amazon) instead of “Item Titles with Icons” because it’s easier for me to setup things that way. I have not figured how to include the pics, either. Just want to confirm you have the following set:

      Row Name – I use it to input make/model and other distinctive features of the products I’m comparing
      Row Description – I leave it blank
      Row Type – Select “custom field”
      Field name – field that pulls the data from the WordPress “custom fields” that you will create
      Checkmark settings – selection is up to you

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  6. Lorena

    15. Mar, 2014

    I have to mention that I went through the manual and videos but non of them have helped me to figure this stuff out.

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  7. shik

    15. Mar, 2014

    Hey Dave,

    Planning to buy this plugin and ended up to your post while searching for a discount code. Nice post. Please let me know if you have any coupons for this. .

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      15. Mar, 2014

      Shik,

      I’ve searched for a discount/coupons, but haven’t found one…if I do, I’ll certainly make it available.

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