Tag Archives: Web Development

Amazon Mashups

Amazon has been doing a great job of staying up to date with RSS. They have released several feeds that give us the opportunity to keep up with Best Sellers, New Releases and Tagged products. Using RSS is a great way to allow users the ability to mashup pages with their content while maintaining an affiliate link to make money.

Amazon RSS web feeds can be subscribed to or used as a data source for your own applications. The mechanism to add your affiliate link is the best part. You simply add your affiliate id as a parameter in the URL.

There are 2 pages to visit to see learn about these feeds.

Tagged Products web feeds

Bestseller and New Release feeds

To show how easy this is I have created several pages that take the Amazon feed and parse it with MagpieRSS which is built in to WordPress. If you look at the links in each one it includes the affiliate id.

Products -This page is part of MusicRamble.com and utilizes the Tagged Products RSS. It is also based on a page template and includes a form to do more searches with.

I have been an Amazon affiliate for years, and this by far is the easiest way I have seen to create pages with Amazon content.

Tell me what you think?

Suggested reading onĀ Amazon Simple Store in PHP.

Rapid Development

It is just amazing how fast a blog and/or website can be built and making progress theses days.

Between Feb 1st and March 1st I worked on 10 sites, 3 blogs and 7 websites. I track a lot of data and like to do a review of how well new sites are working and thought I would share some of that here.

PageRank: 5 have a Pagerank of 4, 3 = PR 3, 1 = PR 2

Traffic: The average for all 10 sites is 100 PV per day from 65 Visitors per day.

Index: All 10 are indexed in Google, all 10 are in Yahoo, only 4 are in MSN.

Income: 3 made more than $15 in April. 3 are not monetized.

Most of these sites took 5 days from registration date to get indexed in Google and receiving some traffic. The traffic increased visibly starting about 3 days in advance of seeing a Pagerank.