Jan 28

EasyAzon 4 Review and Showcase

So been working on testing the new EasyAzon 4 and comparing it to EasyAzon 3 to show how other WordPress bloggers can take advantage of this amazing plugin to help integrate Amazon product offerings with more ease into your WordPress posts.  Some of the major feature differences between EasyAzon 3 and EasyAzon 4 are more link localization customizations and easier selection of image sizes when doing Amazon affiliate image insertion into a post right off the bat.

What is EasyAzon?

EasyAzon is a WordPress plugin (set of plugins a Core plugin and the Pro plugin) which allows you to insert Amazon product links, images, call to action buttons and info boxes into your WordPress posts so that you can benefit from Amazon affiliate sales for products you review, showcase or merely related products to what your articles is about.  It is a very simple way to grab a readers attention and try to capture some Amazon affiliate commission which grows with the more products you sell on Amazon.

It’s integration is among the best and is one of my top 5 favorite WordPress plugins that I have been using since it first released.  This is truly a plugin that I endorse and use on DragonBlogger and every other site that I have passive Amazon affiliate sales enabled on the site.  There localization options are a fantastic choice if you run an International blog or have a high volume of traffic from readers who are not in the origin country of your blog, this way you can set local cookies for the Amazon store for the nearest reader and they have a greater chance to buy from their closest Amazon store.

What this means is that someone visiting your post from Canada will see that product listed in the Amazon.ca store for them, rather than the Amazon.com store which may be your default.  The caveat is you have to register yourself as an Amazon affiliate for each and every Amazon store and there are A LOT of them now.  Each one tracks earnings separately and has minimum threshhold of $100 payout so you may end up having a lot of trickle income streams from the smaller Amazon sites for your market.

This is only a casual glance at EasyAzon 4 and I will go into more details with more detailed videos, review and walkthroughs later, this post is merely to show you how the various functions look and isn’t walking you through configuration but what it looks like to the reader when you put Amazon affiliate links and images into your blog post.

After you have EasyAzon (Core) and EasyAzon 4 Pro installed, after you configure it with your AWS keys (which you get from Amazon) you simply have a new “EasyAzon” button in your WordPress post editor.

Click on the EasyAzon Button and you get a search box to find the product you are looking for, you can search by product name or by ASIN number directly.

After you find the product you want in the search results, you can choose between doing a simple Text Link, an Image Link (image that links to product), a CTA Link which is a Call to Action button, or an Info Block.  If you want to see an example of what each looks like, just look below.

EasyAzon 4 Text Link Example

Bejeweled Royal Dragon Goblet Cup Stainless Steel Lining

EasyAzon 4 Image Link Example

EasyAzon 4 CTA Link Example

EasyAzon4 Info Link Example (Default)

 

EasyAzon4 Info Link Example (Attributes Template)

EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Super Clocked ACX 2GB GDDR5 SLI Ready Graphics Card

Binding Personal Computers
Brand EVGA
Color Black
EAN 0843368024932
Feature with EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP
Is Autographed 0
Is Memorabilia 0
Label EVGA
Legal Disclaimer No refunds all sales are final
List Price $259.99
Manufacturer EVGA
Model 02G-P4-2765-KR
MPN 02G-P4-2765-KR
Number Of Items 1
Package Quantity 1
Part Number 02G-P4-2765-KR
Product Group Personal Computer
Product Type Name VIDEO_CARD
Publisher EVGA
Size 12.8in l x 9.5in w x 3in h
Studio EVGA
Title EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Super Clocked ACX 2GB GDDR5 SLI Ready Graphics Card
UPC 843368024932
Warranty 3 years

EasyAzon4 Info Link Example (Image and Prices Template)

 

Jan 26

Personal Site Rebranded

So JustinGermino.com is now rebranded a bit to reflect that I am now relocated to Southern California and more specifically the city of Encinitas. This essentially makes me a SoCal blogger now, and as my personal site had me advertising myself as an Arizona blogger and I would often get invited to media events and other related functions about Arizona, I have to update to reflect my new location and lack of focus here.

I started with a temporary update to the header banner, title of the site and changing some colors to reflect the sea, sky and beach a little more, not sure if I will completely rebrand the theme or not, but I intend to make more posts about the local area as I learn new things about the new city I am now living in full time and sharing my experiences with life in SoCal and especially in contrast to how life or things were in Arizona.

This is my personal blog about life and reflections, my most common category is simply Personal Insights and this is a blog where anything I write that doesn’t seem to fit on DragonBlogger falls into this blog which also has a demographic reach outside of just the tech, gaming industry. This is where a lot of my blogging, food and other articles sometimes find as a home.

After the move is completed and the kids are enrolled in a new school, things settle down at work a bit I am hoping to have more frequent updates and bring people an insight into the New Life! I had been living in Arizona for the past 19 years and living so close to the beach is a whole new experience.

Jan 22

The Turning Point Approaches

In just a few days I will have officially moved to California and my place in Arizona will only be a place I visit until I can sell it.  This has been a dream of the family that has been over 6 years in the making when we first started talking about moving to Southern California in 2009 as a long term goal and finally has come to fruition in 2015.

Though there will still be a lot of loose ends to tie up and deal with, the kids will be enrolled in their new schools early next week and the deal will be sealed.  I don’t find myself missing much about Arizona but I will miss some things like my best friend here as well as my son’s Kenpo instructor who has done such a positive thing influencing and inspiring Oliver to work hard in Kenpo toward his goals.

Other than that, there is a vibe in SoCal that just fits our family so well and every time we visit it is like there is a calling to be there permanently, part of this comes from the love of the beach and the rest has to do with the eclectic and laid back lifestyle of SoCal which is very different from the Northern California scene from my experience visiting San Francisco a few times.

So here is to the beginning of our relocation in 2015, and the start of a new life in a new state.  I have only jumped and relocated to a new state one time previously when I was 18 and jumped from NY to Arizona, this is my 2nd time moving to a new state and my wife’s first.  The desert shall not be home to the family any longer.

Dec 31

Reflections of a Year

Why not try to do the hindsight is 20/20 thing and look at 2014 and all that it held, the good, the bad and the things I could have and should have done better.  This is a good time as any to pick what was good, and discard the mistakes as lessons to be learned.

2015 is going to be a year of new beginnings as my family is preparing to relocate to California from Arizona where I have lived the past 19 years and my wife has lived the past 33 years.  It comes with us having to make an adjustment and live in a place that is 1/2 the size of our AZ home since we chose to have a paradise of a location instead of size of residence.  Location and being close to the beach has always been something that I have missed, and my wife has always wanted since she was little.

2015 also comes with a new focus on adapting to this new life as well as adjusting to the financial differences of living in a state and region that is far more expensive than Arizona, but this is somewhat softened a bit by other factors.  It also comes as a change for my kids who have to change schools and go to a completely new and foreign scenario, most of their friends only interact with them on Skype and over the Internet so the change in location doesn’t cause a loss of friends in this day and age the same way as it does when I was young.

I leave a year behind of pain and suffering, with my wife having some devastating health problems and multiple hospitalizations as well as the loss of her father who died just before Christmas but not before she had to accommodate finding him a nursing facility and moving her mother in with us.  This was a year of tolerance and patience as we adapted to various events around us.  Ironically this tested me on multiple fronts, as a provider and as a husband and as a father and left me realizing that in times of great stress I can lose patience too quickly, become frustrated when I am the last thread the family has to hang onto sometimes.

Farewell 2014, and welcome 2015 and for certain this family could use some better times ahead.

 

Dec 24

First Site Guide is a Wealth of Information for Bloggers

Recently I contributed some information for First Site Guide when I was asked my main 3 recommended WordPress plugins and I was invited to see the results and take a look at the site as a whole and was very impressed with the amount of material and depth to the site.

First Site Guide is all about how to start a blog and has many chapters all of which are online and immediately available to read and access without having to buy or pay for anything you simply click on the Show Me How and you get to their How to Start a Blog introduction.

Honestly the site is not overly pushy and isn’t trying to sell you an affiliate e-Book or some make money online scam, it does have some affiliate links to hosting providers but that is perfectly acceptable for the wealth of information that is being provided and they list several hosting providers not specifically pushing any single product or service leaving the reader with plenty of pick and choose options.

The How to Promote Your Content is invaluable to new bloggers who many not have done research yet into the various social media networks or content syndication services and I am surprised they left out Blog Engage which is a fantastic way to syndicate content and video.

Honestly, this site is an inspiration and I wish I had the time and patience to put together such a comprehensive step by step guide to starting up a blog, if you want to start a blog or even have a block I still suggest you check out First Site Guide as you can get ideas, particularly around research and the various tools in the appendices that may help further expand, improve or enhance what you already have setup.

Of course they list Bluehost which I can second as a recommended web hosting provider as all of my smaller sites run on Bluehost.

 

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