Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Official Launch: Amazon Nifty CPanel for Amazon Affiliates

Now officially released!

If you're already an Amazon affiliate then this is for you. The new Amazon Nifty CPanel brings you all the ease and convenience of the Nifty for Zazzle you already know and love.

http://www.kdl.to/amazon-nifty-cpanel.html?amu=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FBest-Sellers-Electronics%2Fzgbs%2Felectronics%2Fref%3Dzg_bs_nav_0&asid=associate-21&ps=20&pg=1&sssttl=false&spttls=false&sssbtns=false&vscrh=360&vscrf=right&cpgmw=140&cpgfs=10&cpgfc=333333&cpgbc=888888&cpgbg=DDDDDD&cpgdl=120&cpgdf=9


Here's the list of promoting options available in Step 2:
  • Individual product sharing, streamlined for
    • Pinterest
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Google Plus
    • Email sharing to autopost blogs only - do NOT send to real people as this will get you banned as an affiliate from Amazon so fast your feet won't touch the ground!
  • Generate HTML code for pasting into websites and blogs
    • Static Product Grid - pure html
    • Live Product Grid - html and javascript
    • Live Slideshow - html and javascript
    • Horizontal Scroller - pure html
    • Vertical Scroller - pure html
    • Slider - pure html
    • Linkify text - pure html
Individual product sharing works best for social media - and autopost blogs in the case of email sharing.

All the pure html options in the code generation section also include embedded style sheets, so will only work if your blog / site supports them in pasted html code.

Google's Blogger is an example of one that supports all the code generation options, as well as the email sharing (to your secret email address) to create blog posts.

Enjoy.

PS As this is a new release I'd really appreciate getting your feedback in the comments. Thanks!

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Live product grid from Amazon code generated by Nifty

One of the code generation options in the upcoming Nifty Amazon Promo Control Panel is a live product grid. "Live" means that it is pulled afresh from AMazon for each visitor.
As these come from Amazon's best sellers lists, you'll always see the trending products as voted for by people's wallets.
Here's the best sellers from Home and Kitchen (first page).



Nifty Amazon Promo Control Panel is getting there

I'm happy that progress is going well with the new Nifty Amazon Promo Control Panel :)

As well as the code generation for horizontal and vertical scrollers I posted about yesterday, the following code generation option are now working as well:
  • linkify
  • static product grid
  • live product grid
  • slideshow (always pulls live from Amazon)
And here's the slideshow in action:


Fetching ...won't be a tick!



Cool, hey?

Monday, 20 November 2017

Progress on the Amazon version of my Nifty Promo Control Panel

I've been working on a version of my Nifty Promo Control Panel for Amazon associates. I'm making good progress with the code generation options.

Here's a horizontal slider it made of the second page of the best sellers in the Kitchen and Home department as of today:


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Rich Pins for Zazzle products that include your referral id & tracking code


Stumped on how to include your referral id and tracking code and still get a rich pin of a Zazzle product on Pinterest? Here's the answer - guaranteed to work every time!





Summary of steps to get your rich pin

If you don't want to watch the short, 3 minute video above, here's the steps:
  1. Open the product page of what you want to pin and copy what's in the address bar (the url) ready for what follows
  2. Open Pinterest in a new browser window and hover over / tap the white-plus-in-a-red-circle

  3. Tap / click the option you'll see to "save from site"
  4. Paste what you just copied into the dialog box
  5. Type ?rf= on the end and then paste in your referral id
  6. Type &tc= on the end and give the tracking code you want (e.g. pinterest_test
  7. Tap / click the next button
  8. Choose the board you want to put it on
That's it, you now have a rich pin that includes your referral id and tracking code!

Here's the created Rich Pin

Here's the pin I created in the video - check it out and you'll see it's a rich pin, as indicated by having a price and a description from the product page's own description:
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/332562753725956291/

If you hover over the pin, you'll see the referral id and tracking code in the displayed link at the bottom left of your browser window.

That was nice and easy, wasn't it?! Please share this post or the video with your Zazzler friends so they can benefit, too :)

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Working on the upcoming V3.5 release of NiftyGridZPro

I've been using NiftyGridZPro a lot over the last few months and each time I've come up against one of those "wouldn't it be nice if..." moments, I've upgraded it to make that wish come true.

About the only thing I kept bumping up against recently was the need to be able to embed a product grid within a following paragraph, like this:

grid with shortcode option: paragraph_embed="R"


So I've now added a new shortcode option, paragraph_embed, that deals with it. It's available for the first time in the upcoming V3.5 release of NiftyGridZPro.

Find out more on the official post about using paragraph embedding

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Working on the affiliate benefits of NiftyGridZPro

With the rate of new versions of NiftyGridZPro having slowed, I've been turning my attention to a new audience I'm trying to cultivate - those who want to have more of a focus on affiliating with Zazzle, rather than just promoting their own product designs.

As part of that, I've written two blog posts that both guide potential affiliates and can act as material to support them in their sales funnel:


Doing well in search engines

The first one is also relevant to anyone who wants their blog posts to do well with search engines. Why? Because it guides you into how to write a blog post that's appealing and engaging for people. And when you also follow the SEO tips, it'll be equally appealing to search engines.

What you won't get is the focus that you get when you know you can rely on NiftyGridZPro to do the grunt work and techy parts of getting relevant products displayed in your post.

and also...


On other matters, I've one last update to make to the upcoming NiftyGridZPro release - watch this space for more in the next few days.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pocket watches for the legal profession



Lawyer Pocketwatch Designs


Now that work on NiftyGridZPro has moved from active development to business-as-usual, I've been working on some new lawyer designs over at Zazzle.

Just recently, they added really gorgeous pocketwatches to the products we can design for. They look beautiful and are available in gold and silver, with precision Japanese mechanism.

There's nothing classier than a fob watch and these designs for lawyers / attorneys at law simply ooze authority. Use with the supplied matching chain and hook buckle clasp to finish off the look.

The outer casing is made from premioum alloy but it's the inside we need to talk about! The roman-numeral dial works in both formal and informal settings, the office or going about your daily routine.

There are four colors to choose from:
  • Golden Rose for a feminine appeal
  • Lilac for the wise and enduring woman
  • Golden look for the traditionalist
  • Ice blue on silver for someone who keeps a cool head
Each background has a metallic-look, designed to make the dial and text absolutely crystal clear. Just provide your name and your professional title to make it truly, uniquely yours. Part of the dress to impress range.

Get yours just by clicking the one you like most and typing your details into the boxes provided. Makes a great retirement gift, too!


Monday, 2 October 2017

Zazzle affiliate tool - WordPress Plugin

I've been focusing on two things over the last few days:
  • NiftyGridZPro V3.5 brings a speedup when using the local domains feature
  • NiftyGridZPro as an affiliate tool

Affiliate tool

Most of my publicity material for NiftyGridZPro has so far been aimed at Zazzle artists / storekeepers as a way for them to easily showcase their design / product combinations on their self-hosted WordPress blogs / sites.

It's well-known by any Zazzler that they can also act in the capacity of an affiliate - earning referral commission by showcasing other Zazzle artists' work in addition to or instead of their own.

But there's nothing to prevent anyone being a Zazzle affiliate. It's actually something that's actively encouraged by them, with regular and frequent promotion campaigns, money-off vouchers and affiliate competitions.

So I've written a blog post aimed at non-Zazzlers who want to monetize their self-hosted WordPress blogs. Perhaps they have already tried other ways to earn from their blog and want to try something new.

https://niftytoolz.com/affiliate-tool-zazzle-plugin

Affiliate tool post

Thursday, 28 September 2017

WordPress Zazzle Plugin - V3.4 NiftyGridZPro released

I've just released V3.4 of my NiftyGridZPro Wordpress Zazzle plugin. It's the Local Domains release.

I'm a bit sad I had to restrict it to product grids with 6 or fewer items. I had to because it does add to the page-load time for larger grids.

When Zazzle provide a clean way of ensuring only products for the given international domain are made available, that restriction won't be needed anymore and I'll update the plugin.

Anyway, if you're serious about your Zazzle business and you're ready to move to the next level, a self-hosted WordPress site / blog with the NiftyGridZPro Zazzle plugin is one way to go.

If you're dithering about when to make the move, perhaps this coupon will encourage you: use OFF40SEP2019 to get 40% off the September 2019 license. Expires October 7th, so you'd better be quick! Use it here

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

WordPress Zazzle Plugin (NiftyGridZPro) soon to be released at V3.4

http://niftytoolz.com/upcoming-feature-use-local-zazzle-domains-links

I've been working on a great new feature for my NiftyGridZPro WordPress Zazzle plugin that should double your referral income.

You see, if you share a referral link to the .com Zazzle web site but the visitor who followed it buys from the say, .co.uk Zazzle site, then you WON'T get the referral.

I struggled with this for a couple of days but have now got a solution in place. If switched on in your Admin Panel (or in an individual post's shortcode) three things happen:
  • Based on their IP address, their country is looked up
  • The correct Zazzle domain for that country is looked up
  • If the option is on, every product link to the .com domain (the default) is changed to the one just looked up
Every Zazzle country domain is supported. If Zazzle adds any new ones, they'll be added to NiftyGridZPro on the next upgrade cycle.

If the visitor is in the US, nothing is changed.
If a product turns up that is only available on  .com site, then its links are left alone.

If a product's link gets changed, even if switched on, the price line is never shown. Zazzle only gives out US dollar prices and that would be too confusing.

If you're injecting slot messages, any of those that link to the .com Zazzle domain will be also be changed as above.

Local domains - another great reason this is the gold-standard Wordpress Zazzle Plugin. NiftyGridZPro - look no further


Preparing to launch the NiftyGridZPro Affiliate Program

Funny old day, really.

I'm nearly there for the launch of my affiliate system for NiftyGridZPro - that's where people who love the plugin can earn by referring others who then go on to buy it.

Before I can launch, here's a list of thing steps on the way:

  • Set up an affiliate program for NiftyGridZPro - DONE (via E-junkie)
  • Set up a page so peeps can sign up to be an affiliate - DONE
  • Set up a resources page for affiliates, filled with useful stuff to help them sell - IN PROGRESS


For that last step, I wanted to give them an animated gif because they're such a good way of getting engagement on various social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter and others)


Here's the final version:


Anyway, I was preparing the raw images for it and noticed that on the NiftyToolZ site, the colours of the faux product box images were all washed out. I don't remember them being like that, as they were nicely vibrant when I prepared them.

Whistle while you work...

After half a day of messing, I still didn't get to the bottom of it. Something to do with size as well because using the same image at a smaller size gives more vibrancy. I hope I didn't swing the pendulum too far the other way on the replacement images :)

Strange.






Thursday, 21 September 2017

V3.3 NiftyGridZPro released today!


Happy to say I've now made the next release of the NiftyGridZPro.

V3.3 is a useability release with prettier grids for small cell-sizes, a speed enhancement (large product grids benefit the most) and a bug fix.

Read all about it here

Thursday, 14 September 2017

V3.2 NiftyGridZPro now out - WordPress plugin for Zazzle

I've completed the next version of the NiftyGridZPro WordPress plugin for Zazzle and made the release public.

V3.2 adds Google Ads capability to improve your earnings!

A random slot / cell in each product grid (created by NiftyGridZPro) right across your site will be chosen to display a Google Ad. You set it  up in your admin settings as shown here.



Think of the Google Ad as another type of global slot message. Learn more and get tips in the FAQ on it, here.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

V3.1 NiftyGridZPro officially released

It' s been a few achievement-filled days with NiftyGridZpro. Extended testing of the new features in V3 of NiftyGridZPro went well and it was publicly released.

V3's main feature is to allow the principle of "rotating ads". For NiftyGridZPro the "rotating ads" are placed, real-time, into randomly chosen slots in your grids of Zazzle products.

V3.1 now formally released as well.

V3 made one such global message available, V3.1 extended it to allow you to store up to 5 global slot messages. There's a full post with demo, on the NiftyGridZPro site.

FAQs updated.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Nearly ready to release the next version of NiftyGridZPro

Finalising...

I've been working away at finalising the next version of NiftyGridZPro. The new version brings with it:
  • A new shortcode option to use only the Zazzle-added product names in your title area.
    This gives a nice, clean product grid item display and is really hepful when when space is tight
  • A truly powerful Slot Message system
  • An Admin Settings page for NiftGridZPro (used to set associate (aka referral) id and to set up global slot messaging

FAQ update

The last couple of posts describe each of these features in depth. What I've been doing is preparing the FAQ entry for Slot Messages.

Now those are done, all that remains is to work out
  • pricing
  • when / how to release the new version
  • how to deal with upgrades for exisiting license holders
  • what goes into the announcement material
Once that's done, all that's left to do is to share the material and make the new version available.

I've just had a thought about the marketing aspect of it. Perhaps I should do teasers on the new version on the NiftyGridZPro site? That's be cool!


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

NiftyGridZPro Slot Messages - Another new feature for the next release of our WordPress Plugin

I've continued working on the next version of NiftyGriidZPro, my WordPress plugin for Zazzle storekeepers and affiliates.

Slot Message

The new Slot Message feature allows you to use an optional set of shortcodes to set up an image and link. The optionally linked image gets placed randomly somewhere in your product grid, replacing temporarily what was already there.

You can see it in action here

You could even use a gif image to give a short animation.

Other features may be added as time goes on. No release date has yet been set for the new version.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Working on next release of NiftyGridZPro WordPress Plugin

I've been working on the next version of NiftyGriidZPro, my WordPress plugin for Zazzle storekeepers and affiliates.
I've added an optional feature to only display the part of the title that Zazzle adds to product titles made up by the designer.

You can see it in action here

Other features will be added as time goes on. No release date has yet been set for the new version.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

How to: Get Animated Zazzle Collection gifs on Pinterest, Facebook and GPlus

Animated posts are easy!


I just made this #animated pin on Pinterest. When its url is shared on Facebook or GooglePlus, it only takes one click to see the animation and then one more click to visit your #ZazzleCollection (or whatever link you give when creating the pin).

It's a 25 minute project the first time you do it, 2 minutes when you get good! This is a sceenshot of the pin, click it to see the actual pin doing its animation thing :)

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/332562753725231675/


You can see how to do this for your Zazzle collection in this 6 minute vid tutorial:




Saturday, 2 September 2017

All tools now operational in the Nifty Promo Control Panel

All tools in the Nifty Promo Control Panel are now working again.



It's brilliant for promoting and has some neat features. Best of all, it's entirely free. Tip my coffee jar with a donation if you like it :)

Slideshow Generator fixed in Nifty Promo Control Panel

Here's a slideshow created by copy-and-paste code from the Nifty Promo Control Panel.


search (new window)

What do you think?

Friday, 1 September 2017

YQL issue and the Nifty Promo Control Panel

I've partially solved the issue with YQL and the Nifty Promo Control Panel.

What happened

On Thursday 24th August the Yahoo Query Languge RSS feed facility stopped working. Soon after it started to work only intermittently. Many of the tools within the Nifty Control Panel use it, as does the panel itself, so everything stopped working reliably.

The fix

After lots of research on line, I found someone who mentioned that if you keep retrying to pull the feed with YQL, you eventually succeed.

I've only applied this fix to:
1) the control panel's own display while you're getting the products you want
2) the live product grid pull in:
Step 2: Choose your type of promoting->Get code for embedding in other sites->Product Grid code






I've tested the fix and it works just fine. Any new ones you create on your blogs / sites by using the live grid code will now work. It might take a little while longer to display your grid, depending on the number of attempts it has to make in trying to get a successful pull. It'll try up to 10 times before giving up.

(The static product grid code option above the live one works just fine as is - no changes were required)

There is a risk and it's that Verizon (who bought Yahoo) decide to remove YQL completely. If that happens, a completely different approach will need to be developed.

Over the next few days, I'll be applying the same fix to the other tools in the Nifty Promo Control Panel that need them.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Nursing Stationery and Office

If you have a friend or family member who is a nurse, or you are one yourself, then these personalized business cards, journals and other office items could be the perfect gift.

They're easy to personalize - just click to visit the product page (opens in a new window) and type over the placeholder text with the details you want. If you like what's already there just leave it as is or you can choose to blank it out if you like, your choice.

I'd love to hear what you think of the designs, so leave a comment if you're so inclined :)