Currently theme supports different methods how to add price comparison site. I will show you some basic ways.
Content Egg and Affiliate Egg
Content Egg plugin is the most powerful way. Plugin has free and pro versions. Theme has enhanced support for plugin, additional templates and functions. You can add shortcodes directly to post, you can use special Post layouts and even autoblog. Read more about plugin. Also some tips for plugin
Affiliate Egg plugin is another plugin which can extend using of Content Egg. Plugin has special web parsers for many shops which doesn’t have own product API, but have good affiliate program. Read about integration of Affiliate Egg
Theme has bundled only free version of Content Egg which is enough for start. It’s fully functional version, difference with PRO is only in number of available modules.
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Both plugins have regular mode and autoblog. In regular mode, you need to create post or woocommerce product manually, fill title, description. Then, add offers from CE panel. It’s easy, just type keyword and choose offers which you want to include. Then, you have many ways to handle with offers. You can use one of shortcode directly in content or choose one of special Post Layout for Content Egg or Product Layout You can also mix both ways in any of orders and combinations. More unique combination you will find – more unique site you will have. Google like unique sites, visitors like unique sites, you will like profit from such site.
Autoblog is similar to regular way, but instead of creating posts one by one, you just create special autoblog task, set list of keywords and your template and plugin will create posts for you. We added really smart autoblog, you can create very good site using autoblog which will have no difference with quality website which is made by content team, but, we recommend you to play with regular way and find best combination of your modules and content before using autoblog.
You can also create comparison site with CE based on posts and based on Woocommerce products. There is the same logic in both ways but big difference in design. Woocommerce based comparisons will have more functions, more easy to control and extend. The most big feature of woocommerce offers is that they can have attributes and Content Egg can auto fill all product attributes. Later, you can use them for easy creating Search Filters
Posts have less functions, but they are more fast and better for communities, reviews, because they have such things like Thumbs metter, Review box, special User reviews section with criterias, scoreboxes, etc
So, my advice – if you want to create niche review site or deal site with price comparison – use Posts. If you want to have site with look of popular shop and less manual work – use Woocommerce
For example, you have feeds from several affiliate networks or merchants and you want to compare prices for the same product. Now, do the next steps:
- Import your feed to woocommerce products (as described in video).
- While import, don’t forget to add unique ID from each offer item to SKU field of woocommerce products
- Next, go to theme option – shop options and choose Compare prices Product layout as default layout.
- Then, add to theme option – shop option – code zone near button and add next shortcode
[wpsm_woocompare field="_sku" logo="product"]
_sku is meta key where woocommerce stores SKU. So, theme will use this field and will show all available products with the same SKU in Product layout.
If you want to show logo of brands instead of logo of product, type “brand” instead “product”. You must also add logos of brands (check our video to see how to import brand logos while import of products)
[wpsm_woocompare field="_sku" logo="brand"]
You can also add brand logos after import in Products – Affiliate Store – edit
Problem with duplicated products
After importing products, you will see that you have duplicated products on site. Each of this product will have price comparison list. But you can hide them from site and make visible only product with lowest price. For this, Install our plugin RH Woo Tools (You can get if from Rehub – plugins). After installation, go to Woocommerce – Status – Tools. In end of page, you will find option “Hide duplicated products” Click on it and all duplicated products will be hidden except one.
Product comparisons in Posts
Another way how you can compare prices is “connected Post Review with Products”. You can’t make any autoblog or bulk creating of such posts, so, this way is good to increase conversion on your site inside existed posts. For example, you can create review of different products and connect this review with product list, so, users will see block of offers inside post. This way is very popular on tech sites, like Cnet, Techradar
For this way – make post as review format and assign products to post:
Also you can create Comparison Pages where you can show different products or posts. Use Top table constructor or any other Profit Helpers