So, as I mentioned previously, I upgraded my phpBay Pro license to also give me access to phpZon Pro. So far, I'm really digging phpZon Pro. It basically enables me to both feature a single Amazon item in a blog post (by just knowing the ASIN) or I can create Niche Stores of multiple items using keyword searches.
There is, apparently, a new version of phpZon Pro coming very soon, but the version that I currently have supports both SearchIndex and BrowseNode searches, which is pretty helpful.
But, I was having a problem with search on a particular Niche Store site of mine. Basically, the site is a Jewelry Niche Store and I notice that when I did a phpzon tag and included a SearchIndex and BrowseNode that I was only getting a single item returned. It didn't really make sense to me. So, I posted on the PhpBay Pro Forums and got my answer in a jiffy. (The phpBay Forum community is fantastic!)
Long story short, it was because the items that Amazon was returning have a choice of size. What I found out is that if you are going to be using phpZon to search items that have a choice of size or color, you need to un-check the global option 'Filter Items that are Currently Unavailable' because Amazon can't check to see if the item is available until the selection has been made. I unchecked that and we were off and running!
Howdy all. This is going to be a short one, but I wanted to post something because I'm pretty excited. See, here's the deal. When I bought phpBay Pro, I didn't really know anything about ReviewAZON or phpZon or any of that. I have a free amazon-niche-store plugin for WordPress that is ok, but not really that stellar. But, at the time I wasn't really doing anything with Amazon.
Well, that all changed around Christmas time. I suddenly saw the potential that Amazon's Affiliate program could have when it seemed like virtually the whole world was already headed to Amazon to do their Xmas shopping. So, all during November and December I was working like a madman to create as much Amazon Affiliate-related contest as I could. However, with all the cut and pasting of my Amazon links, and the description and the image and then adding my own original content it was really shaping up to be a pain in the ass.
Well, I talked to Hanji at money-code.com and he pretty much swore by ReviewAZON. But, I was trying not to spend any more money on Affiliate Tools. I was trying to earn some "sweat equity", if you will. But, then I learn about phpZon Pro (from the makers of phpBay Pro) and I see that it's only $49. Hmm.. that sounds enticing. But, then I see that for $99 you can get both phpBay Pro and phpZon Pro. Well, now I'm kicking myself for not shelling out the extra $20 and buying both when I bought phpBay Pro.
So, I decided to take a chance. I sent an e-mail to Wade at phpBay Pro and asked him if I could get a discount, since I had already bought phpBay Pro. Within minutes I had a response from him telling me that I could just pay the additional $20 (phpBay Pro is $79) and get the combo package for both products. Freaking awesome!
So, I've just downloaded phpZon but you can expect I'll be talking more about it in the coming days. I'll also let you know if I find any good mods or customizations for it as well.