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humagaia
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on 05/25/2013

As we all know Wizzley allows us to utilise our own Amazon US affiliate code when creating Amazon sales pages. PageWizz allows the Amazon DE affiliate code, if you write there.

My query to Wizzley/PageWizz authors is:

would anyone else find it advantageous to have a site where Amazon UK affiliate code could be used?

My request / query to the Wizzley team is:

have you any future expansion plans to open a Wizzley UK site?
If not, would it be out of the question to create such, as there is no competition for this idea?

My query is based on my requirement to create specifically UK-orientated articles that would only have Amazon products sold on the UK Amazon site.

I understand that I could create a website of my own, but I believe that a site covering a wider set of subjects would be more attractive, and the site structure + article creation modules from Wizzley would be better suited to this idea.

Knock this idea down or add to the concept below,

Thanks


pkmcr
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on 05/25/2013

I would very much like to see a UK version as it would allow me to create some content specifically focused on the UK - or alternatively the option to use UK affiliate links would be very welcome.


chefkeem
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on 05/25/2013

I'm a little slow with understanding all implications of such concepts.  Frown

That said ... can't you do that already - creating UK-specific content and having VigLink pick up your UK aff links?


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
humagaia
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on 05/25/2013

That's just it, I don't want Viglink to pick up on them!


pkmcr
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on 05/25/2013

 

chefkeem: 05/25/2013 - 09:57 AM

I'm a little slow with understanding all implications of such concepts.  Frown

That said ... can't you do that already - creating UK-specific content and having VigLink pick up your UK aff links?

Yes we can but I would prefer to be able to display the images in the same way we can for .com and use the same modules etc

The UK online market is growing significantly and there is no-one (that I have come across) that is providing a decent platform for UK writers/content creators to target that market Laughing


HollieT
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on 05/25/2013

Absolutely, I haven't come across one. I know the UK is a smaller market, but still, remains pretty much untapped.

humagaia
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on 05/25/2013

Consider this also:

many UK writers write for Squid and/or HP but would also like to write at a UK site, in order to be able to tap the UK market. I am sure many would sign up to be able to do that.


WordChazer
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on 05/25/2013

So maybe I'm being a bit dense here.

Why do we have to use Amazon-freakin'-.com all the time?

Would us UK bods be able to use in-text links to our affiliate account on the UK site and then have the modules showing the Almighty Dollar links to .com if that is the link specified in our Wizzley profile?

As I write almost exclusively about UK-based events, it would be Rather Useful to be able to use UK-based links somewhere in my work. I'm planning on uploading some travel reviews in due course, where the .com links would probably get me some clicks, but at the moment, I'm too busy thinking about retro-tech and 80s music.

I suspect that this is the reason why I have made not one red cent since joining this site, because my audience is not remotely interested in $ links, they all shop at .co.uk. Same wth ebay - most of us haven't even signed the international agreement, because it's easier, quicker, cheaper and more efficient to send within the UK.

Chef (or Paul the coding geek), is there anything which says I can't just plug my co.uk affiliate details into my profile and have everything default to £ and .co.uk site? Or is the coding on the Wizzley end set up to be exclusively US-centric? *my pet hate*. (A UK scientist came up with the idea of the web as we all use it today, so how come almost everything is North American, from the software I'm typing on to the way I'm expected to make my money online?)

Would really like a way around this, if possible, and a co.uk site would be a Really Good Idea. I'm pretty sure Jo Harrington will agree with me too, although she's not around to stick her oar in at the moment.

 


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pkmcr
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on 05/25/2013

@Wordchazer I completely empathise.  In terms of whether you could have modules that can display either US or UK products I believe the coding would be horrendous especially as the same product on .com and .co.uk would have different product codes.

I really believe that there is an untapped market for someone with the skill, knowledge and time to develop and promote a UK focused site.


humagaia
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on 05/25/2013

 

pkmcr: 05/25/2013 - 12:36 PM

I really believe that there is an untapped market for someone with the skill, knowledge and time to develop and promote a UK focused site.

That's why I asked Wizzley if they would consider it - all of the programming is pretty much there, with UK affiliations replacing those for the US. 

It is pretty much there with the PageWizz site, except that is DE (Euro) based.

To get the UK site, either the US or DE Wizzley site could be used as the base.

Not only that but us UK writers could actually write in proper English!!!!

But it does not preclude US writers tapping the UK market.


chefkeem
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on 05/25/2013

This is not my area of expertise. We'll have to wait for Simon and Anne to pipe in. Unfortunately, Anne is on vacation, so I don't know when she has a chance to read this thread. I'll send a note to Simon, though.


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
humagaia
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on 05/25/2013

OK thanks Chef!

The UK may be 1/6th the US market but there is no competition accessing that market in the way proposed. Although being the first in the market is not necessarily the best, in this case there is a whole host of prospective writers that already use the US based Web 2.0 sites. With those sites going backwards I am sure many UK writers have or will be looking for a new home. A 'home' close to home would appeal even more!

May your web presences go from great to greater!


pkmcr
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on 05/25/2013

 

chefkeem: 05/25/2013 - 12:55 PM

This is not my area of expertise. We'll have to wait for Simon and Anne to pipe in. Unfortunately, Anne is on vacation, so I don't know when she has a chance to read this thread. I'll send a note to Simon, though.

Thank you kindly young sir Laughing

Even on the most simplistic level I have so many people that say they love my Dr Who articles and then go "why can't we buy anything it's a British TV programme (correct spelling LOL) and all the products are for those, there Americans" Innocent


WordChazer
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on 05/25/2013

 

pkmcr: 05/25/2013 - 01:06 PM

 

chefkeem: 05/25/2013 - 12:55 PM

This is not my area of expertise. We'll have to wait for Simon and Anne to pipe in. Unfortunately, Anne is on vacation, so I don't know when she has a chance to read this thread. I'll send a note to Simon, though.

Thank you kindly young sir Laughing

Even on the most simplistic level I have so many people that say they love my Dr Who articles and then go "why can't we buy anything it's a British TV programme (correct spelling LOL) and all the products are for those, there Americans" Innocent

Ahhh pkmcr, I so agree. I'm working on an article which lends itself to mp3 downloads. All of which are displayed in $ and give import prices, despite the fact that the bands I'm talking about are all UK-based and had good success and chart hits here in the last 20-30 years.

Frown I would be able to make money if those links were .co.uk mp3s. I was on the Amazon UK site myself just this past week buying mp3s for my 'pod and easily spent £10 before I knew.

I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. Chef, if a co.uk site was created, I'd be transferring some work over there like a shot. I'd also keep my account here for the international market.

Thank you and good night. Cool


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humagaia
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on 05/25/2013

Chef - just noticed that "Anne is on vacation".

I assume you mean that she is on holiday!

There you go, another reason for a UK site!

It opens up so many more keywords! Probably relatively untapped.


WordChazer
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on 05/25/2013

 

humagaia: 05/25/2013 - 01:31 PM

Chef - just noticed that "Anne is on vacation".

I assume you mean that she is on holiday!

There you go, another reason for a UK site!

It opens up so many more keywords! Probably relatively untapped.

Or maybe even on leave, humagaia?

And I agree with the keywords idea too.


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pkmcr
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on 05/25/2013

 

I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. Chef, if a co.uk site was created, I'd be transferring some work over there like a shot. I'd also keep my account here for the international market.

Thank you and good night. Cool

I have a series of my own sites in my main niches which promote .co.uk and they do very nicely - last Halloween, much to my surprise my UK Amazon sales were exceptional - so yes I would very much work with both markets


Simon
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on 05/25/2013

Integrating Amazon.co.uk on Wizzley itself wouldn't really work. Concerning the technical part, it would be feasible, but it would also make navigation and settings more complicated for American users. Also we don't want to split our code internally into such "forks". However, an extra subdomain could be something to think about. As such, we could target the UK audience specifically via HTML meta information and via Google Webmaster Tools settings.


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WordChazer
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on 05/25/2013

'extra subdomain'. (Or separate site?)

\o/ Cool

Yes please!


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humagaia
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on 05/25/2013

Simon, never wanted it to be integrated with Wizzley.com - understand how complicated that would be. But open to ANY way of operating .co.uk affiliations within the overall umbrella of Wizzley/PageWizz. I thought the best bet would be a substantially UK-based .co.uk site - a PageWizz clone for instance, but if there is an effective, easily implemented, solution that satisfies our needs, then I'm all for it.

Thanks for the response and your input suggesting that there might be such a solution.

I'm assuming the subdomain to be something like uk.wizzley.com or wizzley.com/uk/ - either would be better than now. My preference would be uk.wizzley.com - that would open up the possibility, from a Wizzley point of view, for ca.wizzley.com for Canada (which also has an country-specific Amazon site - but Australia and New Zaland do not, unfortunately).

I look forward to progress in the right direction (for us all [Wizzley and its writers]).


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