After seeing a promote link on Domaining.com, I decided to have Mike Cohen at SiteDepot.com develop an Amazon based affiliate e-commerce store on one of my domains. You’re probably familiar with Mike Cohen from Wannadevelop.com. If not, then maybe from the controversy some are stirring up over Cohen’s promotion vs. Rob Monster’s Epik.com platform. I’m not here to debate which is better. I haven’t tried a developed Epik.com store and I can’t speak to it’s merits. The deal I found on SiteDepot.com was too tough to pass up.
As I mentioned, I saw the promoted link for a developed Amazon affiliate store for $150, but then I did a little research. A quick Google search and I found a discount code for an additional 25% off. Not bad… I’m in. I placed my order and soon got an automated reply asking if I would like to host the site on their server or on my own. Turns out that SiteDepot will host the site on there server for no additional charge… FOREVER. I host several sites for web design clients and sites of my own, so I chose to host my own site. I sent Mike the login info and with in a day, the site was ready. Well, there were a couple of delays, but it was that the developer was waiting on me because I had limited access to email. The domain I chose was Mens-Razors.com (yeah, it has a hyphen) because I felt that Amazon has a good inventory to choose from.
I haven’t yet done any off site optimization or any means to promote the site, so I can’t expect it to do well until I do. End result is that I now have a developed affiliate store with a custom header, fully functional, and it was done for less than I could have done it myself. At least less aggravation. I’m pleased with the result and I feel the value exceeded the cost.
Maybe I’ll try one of Rob’s sites one of these days and let you know what I think.