Using Wix to Extend My Reach Into the Web Sewers

by splork on December 4, 2012

Hello friends. I trust your travels through the sewage of webs have been enjoyable. Thanks for porting your vessel at my humble pier. Step up, adjust your attire and take your load off. Gentlemen, smooth out your mustache. Ladies, powder your nose. Honorable decorum is appreciated.

I thought I would submit this missive to discuss an interesting web page creator I have been fooling about with. Apologies to those who are already aware of this application and have been using it to deploy your creations into the Matrix. I have spent the last week or so utilizing Wix.com to create surprisingly attractive and, perhaps, useful webpages. I currently exploit the free option as I continue to evaluate the suitability of the service. I’m at the point where I think it might be worthwhile to bring it to the attention of the two or three readers of this blog who may not be aware of this webpage builder.

My existence on the web is one of selling affiliate products. I do not find WordPress to be an adequate conduit for this activity. Daily blogging of 1 or 2 or more products gets old and cannot be sustained manually. That’s why so many sink into the autoblog sandtrap. I prefer static pages anyway. Squidoo is obscenely easy to create a page full of affiliate products. But it can grow only so big. You can’t have more than, like, nine outbound affiliate links. And frankly I appreciate diversification.

Wix solves that problem. I can create mini sites, like this, quite easily.

Holy crap! Dude, that is a “thin site”!

Since I neither concern myself with the whims of guberus or Google I really don’t care. There are other ways to get traffic to your site which include Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Dude! That looks spammy. WTF!

I concern myself with keywords and products. There are plenty of sites that do quite well with but a catalog of items to sell. If you are looking then I have the product. If you want a dissertation of 440 well-placed words about the target then I suggest you look elsewhere. You want dresses with holes in them? Then I have a selection for your perusal.

With the advent of Pinterest, and other visually stimulating sites, it is much easier to market products with but a few well chosen keywords and photos. Believe me when I say that women find fashion to be of value as I can typically get many of these product photos pinned and re-pinned on Pinterest and logged and re-logged on Tumblr. I am working on more manly pursuits for these sites yet find it slightly less fulfilling. I have hopes that future ambitions will be fruitful.

Wix has easily adjustable and configurable templates. Something about HTML 5. They are keen on SEO. The sites look pretty good, with minimal effort, in my ever so humble opinion. All it takes are some crafty keywords and clever marketing to enjoy a few handfuls of coin collection.

I suppose this could be construed as affiliate product spam pages for the unimaginative. I don’t think it’s any worse than Squidoo pages which do quite well.

I submit Wix to you as an alternative to the ever present WordPress blog. Do with it as you wish. Some of you may find value in the offering and make the most of the platform. Others will not. I really don’t care. Please do not shoot the messenger. I have no interest in you participating or not. I am simply passing along something that I am currently evaluating and frankly see more value than not at this moment.

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lanshark December 5, 2012 at 2:40 am

Keep us tuned in on your newly-found friendship with Wix. There is certainly something to be said for short and sweet, as well as for quickies, as well as for throw some against the wall, as well as run it up the flagpole…

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Jack Folsgood December 5, 2012 at 3:22 am

Sweet! I had not heard of Wix – Thanks for that Splork. I’ll definitely check them out. Looks like one could actually build a brand with them.

I’ve been doing similar things with Pinterest et al with sites that Google de-indexed. Still making as much or more without the big G.

Wix appears to be a fine addition to the mix. I just might owe you one.

Jack

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Ray December 5, 2012 at 4:09 am

I’ve built wix sites for a few local brick and mortar clients, but never thought to use them to promote affiliate products.

Regarding your site, it’s pretty low on the spammy index. I’ve seen way worse.

Are you manually uploading all the pictures and entering the descriptions or are you using a feed?

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splork December 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I had to manually upload the images and the description. It was pretty cumbersome at first. You’ll figure out more efficient means of adding content as you go.

I’m going to try to continue building these with Shareasale affiliate programs and Amazon. The build effort is minimal. The front end and back end work in choosing the right topic/keywords and getting traffic is, as typical, where the work is. I just like that at least one part, the build, is simple and looks pretty decent. The template selection is quite good.

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Robert C - The Wholesale Guy December 6, 2012 at 5:10 am

Hey Splork..

I actually like the site you created (you did create it didn’t you?). I have to agree that there are worse examples of a spam site out there. Matter of fact, I don’t think it looks spammy at all..

It is a service I would use to promote my latest Idea du Jour. I am trying to formulate my own branded site – and while reading Pandodaily.com, which features start-up e-commerce companies, I noticed one particular trend among them…

The design elements seem to be, for lack of a better term, a “sleeker, more modern look”. High end sites (like Fab.com or Shoedazzle.com) are not to far afield from what Wix.com offers.
At least in my mind – lol..

The designs emphasis the visual, and seem to present a more “follow the shiny object” type of information presentation. You can probably blame Pinterest for part of that evolution.

Anyway, I was wondering. How many sites can you create with Wix.com? Is it limited – or unlimited?

How are you driving traffic to yours sites? And, finally, while I know you don’t care about Google (which is the right attitude) are any of these properties you created with Wix – by accident or osmosis – showing up in their index for any of your keywords?

Just me…Robert C…

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splork December 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

@Robert – yea, that was my first creation on Wix. Thanks for the mention. I didn’t think it was too spammy but figured others might.

You can create as many sites as you want on Wix but the problem, with the free version, is you might run up against their bandwidth restrictions.

So say the subdomain I created “cutestyle.wix.com” I can add as many “pages” as I want to, ala “cutestyle.wix.com/cutoutdresses”. I could have “/bluedresses” and “/reddresses”. But if one or more hits then you might exhaust the bandwidth. I dunno. So far I haven’t had that problem. I made a few different subdomains to reflect the topics I’m building on.

I’ve been able to get these indexed in Google but nothing ranked so far. It’s early so one can hope. I link to them via other sites like Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Some Blogger and Wordpress blogs. Facebook. So far it hasn’t made a difference in the revenue collected. But I’m hopeful. It seems useful and people that have looked at the sites said they wouldn’t run away from it if they were searching for the items I’m pimping.

I’ve had some decent luck with Amazon on Squidoo so I am going to add more of their products on Wix like I’m doing and see how it goes. There are a couple of affiliates on Shareasale I’m eager to try to.

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Robert C - The Wholesale Guy December 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Splork…

Thanks for answering my questions. As usual, your insight is always valued…

Robert..

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splork December 8, 2012 at 12:22 am

Those who choose to dive into this mess, make sure you activate the mobile option. If someone cruises to your newly minted creation on a mobile device they will land on the default site. Not pretty or relevant. The bummer is the Collection “content” does not allow you to link out to your offerings. So what I did was add the photos, titles and description as content then went back to the “Home” setting and added a bunch of “links” all going to my affiliate pages. Dig?

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Marc December 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

That’s an awesome site. While it seems a bit on the light side for me, my sister would love it. She spends way to much time and money on sites just like that. It isn’t crap content if there are lots of people out there who would genuinely love it. There are all kinds of people out there.

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Brett December 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

Google is so over for me. There are other good sources of traffic out there. Facebook is looking particularly promising for me!

Google is killing its own search engine anyway. In the spam clearout they’ve ended up showing me a 7 year old post as being the best the web has to offer about VPN services. WTF? This shit changes daily! Thank goodness for DuckDuckGo.

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