Price comparison is something truly lacking in Woocommerce and WordPress. If you are promoting affiliate products, it’s no longer enough to just provide your users with 1 price source – they need to know they’re getting the best price. The only way to reassure them that you’ve found the best price for them is to give them price comparison. That’s what this plugin is all about.
WordPress Price Comparison Pro adds 4 new pairs of fields to your woocommerce products – paste in up to 4 URLs for pages where your users could buy this product and the plugin takes care of the rest – whenever your users visit that product page, the price comparison plugin will check those URLs and fetch a live price.
The second URL for each of these lets you enter an affiliate URL so you will earn affiliate revenue for any purchased made through these links.
If you don’t enter a URL in the Affiliate URL box, Price Comparison Pro will attempt to use Skimlinks to monetize your link. Simply enter your Skimlinks ID in the settings for Price Comparison Pro. If you don’t enter an affiliate URL or a Skimlinks ID, Price Comparison Pro will fallback to just using the raw unmonetized link. If you don’t know already, Skimlinks is an affiliate merchant aggregator. They have pretty much every website that has an affiliate program on their books so if it’s possible to monetize it, it’ll be monetized. This saves you signing up to each affiliate network and then applying to each merchant.
You can see a basic version of this in action here: http://dev1.affiliatewebdesigners.com/product/yeti-microphone/
Here’s a quick video I made to demonstrate WordPress Price Comparison Pro in action:
Installing WordPress Price Comparison Pro
Installation is very straightforward – once you’ve made your purchase, click the download link in the email you receive. Then in your WordPress admin, click Plugins -> Add New and then Upload. Choose the file you downloaded.
Configuring WordPress Price Comparison Pro
The first thing you need to configure is your Skimlinks account. Sign up for a Skimlinks account here.
Once you’ve signed up, log into the Skimlinks hub, visit Toolbox -> Tools -> Link Generator, enter www.google.com in the URL box and click Generate. You will see a URL like this:
The part in bold is your Skimlinks ID – copy that into the relevant box in the settings page for WordPress Price Comparison Pro.
Setting up your first product
Visit a product on your website for which you’d like price comparison to be enabled, and click ‘edit’ to view the Woocommerce product page. You will see 4 new boxes on this page called Product URL 1, 2, 3 and 4. Into these boxes, paste the URL for a page which sells this product and from now on your product page will pull the price from that page and present it to your user. Repeat this and add another 2 or 3 URLs then save your product. Add affiliate URLs for each of these to monetize them unless you wish to just use Skimlinks.
Now when you view your product, price comparison will kick in and each link will be monetized.
Version 1 doesn’t pull logos automatically, so if you want a logo to appear you have to go to the settings page for WordPress Price Comparison Pro and enter a suitable URL you find for that web pages logo. (If you don’t do this, it’ll just display the name of the website rather than a logo)
Configuring CSS selectors
Normally you won’t have to do this – I’ve written some very cool code which figures out where and what the product price is from almost all websites, but it doesn’t work on every single website. If you find a website where the WordPress Price Comparison Pro plugin is pulling the wrong price back then you need to add a CSS selector for this website into the settings page.
- Visit the product page which contains the price you need using Chrome
- Right click the price and click ‘Inspect element’
- Look for the ID of the element, and then enter this, prefixed by #, into the settings page next to the logo
Unlimited, lifetime support and upgrades are included for the first 25 sales of this plugin. Thereafter, standard 1 year support and upgrades will be the norm so if you want this plugin, buy it now.
If you have any support related questions, please ask them in the Q & A tab on this page so other users can benefit too. I look forward to hearing from you all!
To discuss any new features you would like to see added to Price Comparison Pro, please comment on the blog article here: http://www.affiliatewebdesigners.com/2016/07/05/price-comparison-pro-1-2-released/