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Moving BANS sites to WordPress

Ah the gold ole days.  Google would rank your sites, eBay would pay nice affiliate commissions and you could do it all by using Build A Niche Store (BANS).  Those were the days.

Today its all about WordPress.  And many of us still have BANS sites out there.  But how do you migrate your sites from BANS to WordPress without making a total mess of your website?   It can be a little tricky.   So here are a few tips to help show you how you can move to a WordPress blog without too much headache.


Before you do any work on any of your websites you need to back things up. I can’t stress it enough. Always, always, always do a backup! Simply ftp into your site using filezilla (or your favorite ftp software) and copy down the entire contents of your website folder.  If you have an addon domain or subdomain, just copy the folder of your addon domain.

Now that you have everything backed up, if anything goes wrong you can just copy it back and things should be back to normal.


There isn’t an EASY button to push to move everything from BANS to WordPress.  It’s a very manual process. The two systems are not compatible.   The easiest way to move things from BANS to WordPress is to do it by hand.  First build a WordPress site.  Then copy all of your articles and content (either cut and paste or just type it in) to a new WordPress posts. Finally rebuild any of the product pages.  It can take a while do to, but look at it this way, it will give you a chance to really make the site better.

So the first thing we can do is begin by installing WordPress in a new directory under your BANS site.  I usually call this new directory “blog”  or “newsite” or something that isn’t used.  What this does is it allows you the freedom to build and design your new WordPress site without disturbing the live BANS site, especially if the BANS site is making money.

Once you get your new WordPress site built and everything is tested and looks good, we need to do another backup. This time we need to include the new WordPress site you just built.   You don’t have to copy everything down if you don’t want to.  Just copy of the new “blog” folder (or whatever name you gave it)  to your home computer.

Now comes the fun part

What we are going to do delete (scary part – scary music) everything in your website folder EXCEPT the new “blog” folder. Be very careful. Go to the folder that has your website,  select all files except the “blog” folder and hit delete. Your heart should be racing right about now!   Don’t worry you have everything backed up right?

This next step is critical – Log into the admin dashboard of your new WordPress site and go to the settings tab.  Change the WordPress address (URL) and the Blog address (URL) to be at the root of your domain (removing the “blog” directory name).

Next move all of the files from the “blog” directory up to the root of your website.  This would be the folder above your blog folder.  Do this by select all files in your blog folder (not the blog folder itself) and move them to the parent folder above your blog folder.

Once your finished open up your site in your browser and  you should see your new WordPress site where you BANS site once was.

This sounds more complicated than it really is and really is a bit hard to type out so I’ve recorded a quick video showing exactly how I move a WordPress blog from a directory called blog to the main folder for my site.

I have to say I really love working with WordPress.  It’s so flexible, versatile, and easy.

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ReviewAZON Review – Do We Really Need Another Amazon Plugin?

ReviewAZON ReviewI first heard about the ReviewAZON WordPress plugin almost a year ago.  Mark Hansen from NicheStoreBuilder.com had reviewed it and raved about it.  My first thought was “Do We Really Need Another Amazon Plugin?”  I mean really?  We have phpZon, Amazon Autoposter (now part of WPRobot), and more recently Affiliate Mage.  All of which work great for pulling in Amazon product listings to your blog.  Not to mention phpBay and phpOStock  used for eBay, and OverStock.com listings respectively. So, to make sense of it all I simply had to write my own review of ReviewAZON.

So whats so great about ReviewAZON?

I recently had the pleasure of being on a Web Conference with Brian Johnson of Commission Ritual and Brad Hanson, the creator of ReviewAZON, to find out for myself what was so cool about ReviewAZON.

Right away I could see the amazing appeal of this plugin.  The pages and posts it creates look very professional and just plain fantastic.  ReviewAZON can pull every bit of detail that Amazon has on its site for the product and lay it out perfectly for anyone wanting to setup a review type of web site.   The admin  interface is laid out very logically and includes some nice features making it immediately stand out from the crowd.

  • There is a built in search functionality that allows you to quickly find product items for your niche and add them to your pages or posts directly from Amazon.com without having to leave the admin page.
  • There is a nice templating feature that give you full control over the layout of the product listing.
  • Built-in SEO that allows for cloaking of all links and images pulled from Amazon.com
  • Support for multiple languages and international Amazon sites like Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de
  • There is also built-in integration for both phpBay and phpOstock plugins!

With ReviewAZON, you can create three different types of posts,  a full post for the entire product, and an inline listing that embeds one product in to your existing post for a multi-inline listing embedding several products into your post.

Finally one of the best features in RreviewAZON is the bulk creation tool.

With the bulk creation tool you can search for products in your niche, hand pick the exact products for your reviews, each one creating a separate review post,  then either post them all immediately or drip them out to your website for a more natural (google friendly) growth.

The Web Conference was a little long, going over some tips and strategies for using ReviewAZON to promote Amazon.com products. There were several methods shown to clearly make money with Amazon.com.  Brad pointed out how you can use PPC to take advantage of trend based social events to put a site up quickly and get traffic there quickly without having to wait for your site to bubble up in the serps.  Brian, on the other hand, explained how to use organic traffic easily to be able to do the same thing only without the cost of PPC.  The difference is that organic traffic does take more time and that with PPC you can get your site in front of hungry buyers faster.

Toward the end of the call Brad did mention some new features that are going to be included in the next version (free for anyone who already owns the plugin).  The biggest feature to note will be the addition of product comparisons. This new feature will let you compare all of the Amazon stores together for a given product giving your readers the best price available for that product!  Pretty cool stuff.

Needless to say when the conference call was over I had to get ReviewAZON for myself.  For only $79 its a great buy! Right now, thanks to Brian Johnson and Brad,  if you purchase through my link you can get 35% off of the regular price of $79.  Thats $27.65 off right now. To get your discount click here and then use this special discount code for ReviewAZON at check out : brianjohnson35.

After I downloaded my copy of  ReviewAZON,  I tested it and was able to setup a full website of Amazon.com product listing in just minutes. And they looked amazing. Right now what I’m doing is now going back and adding ReviewAZON to all of my sites.

If you are an Amazon.com affiliate or would like a great way to promote products on Amazon.com you really need to check out some of the videos that are out on Brads ReviewAZON site and see how cool it looks for yourself.

Again check out the videos and get the 35% discount.  From what I understand it’s only for a limited time so if you are considering it you may want to take advantage as soon as you can.

Again, click here and enter the code brianjohnson35

If you do buy it, or if you already have it, let us know what you think of ReviewAZON.  Like it? Love it?  Hate It?  Let us know I’d love to hear what you think of it and how your using it.

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Real WordPress Blog Automation

automationI need to vent here!

My last couple of posts I wrote about the Affiliate Mage System and Master Mage Systems recently launched by Greg Jacobs.  Well the launch is out and honestly I was very shocked and I feel I need to apologize for adding to the hype.

When I found out how much he is charging for this system my jaw just dropped.  Priced at $1297 I could not believe the audacity.  Even with a $300 discount using coupon code “LetMeIn” only brings this down to $997.  Still this is way way too much!  Granted it looks like a good product but it is way overpriced. I’ll explain why.

Almost everything in this package can be purchased with existing services or plugins and will cost you a tenth of what this is priced at!

So today I’m going to review some alternative ways to autoblog and add some WordPress Automation to your business with out it costing you a thousand dollars.


Firepow is a great tool for managing hundreds of blogs.  Andrew Hansen was one of the first to do this and continues to deliver a high quality product! Firepow allows you to quickly build an armada of WordPress blogs each prebuilt with a nice complement of plugins designed to optimize, SEO, and promote your niche. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out I encourage you to do so.  Price on Firepow is about $100 bucks/ month

WP Robot

This is in a nut shell a suite of wordpress modules that fit together to do almost everything that the Master Mage System can do.  Autopost articles to your blog, translate articles to produce unique content, auto embed Flickr images in to each post, auto embed your Amazon, ebay, Clickbank affiliate products into your posts, auto emend YouTube videos, create Yahoo answers posts, and a whole lot more. I havent fully tested this one yet but so far it looks very promising  :-)  Price is about $140 bucks.

Rolling Your Own

There are certainly more ways to skin this cat and accomplish more for less.  There at many different plugins out there that will allow you to make up your own combinations to automate much of your blogs.  If you own PHBay, PHPOstock, Autoblogger, CARP, Caffeinated Content, etc., the list goes on and on… you can set yourself up with a very nice auto-blogging system that will make you a nice chunk of change.  Many Many Internet Businesses have been built on these exact tools and have done very very well.

Just please remember, no matter what anyone tells or what you read in a sales letter,  there are no push button successes.  They all take work.

What kind of WordPress Automation have you put together on your sites? What tools are you using to make your life easier and to help you make money.  Share your ideas, we would love to hear it!

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