name: WordBay WordBay allows you to easily insert eBay product listings into your WP posts and pages, and earn commission from sales.
These instructions relate to this repository version of Wordbay. Use at your own risk - it will likely STOP WORKING some times after June 30th 2011 and has been replaced with a new version (details at: The Word Bay)
WordBay is installed like any other WordPress plugin.
1) Download the latest package.
2) Upload the whole directory into your wordpress plugins directory (usually, yoursite/wp-content/plugins). The plugin must reside in a sub-folder called "wordbay" (lower-case!) as supplied in the zip file, else it WON'T WORK - the obfuscation file (buy.php) won't be accessible. If you want to move this, you need to change the relevant code in the plugin.
3) Go into the WordPress admin panel, find Plugins and WordBay should be listed. Click Activate to activate!
4) You are ready to roll!
Using WordBay - quick start
Please see detailed instructions in the settings once you have installed it.
1) You need to configure things in the Options/Settings panel, so find Settings -> WordBay (you will see a BIG warning about the new version of Wordbay and it won't go away, sorry!) and tailor things to your own requirements. Most of the options are self-explanatory so I won’t repeat things here, there are quite detailed instructions in the admin panel, BUT…:
2) …if you want to have a search page and use the search box and “expanded search” link, you MUST create a search page. This is done simply by creating a New Page called Product Search, Aquarium Search, or whatever else you want. You don’t need any content on that page, though you can put some short text or something.
You must then copy/paste the permalink to this page into the field provided in the admin panel, where there is lots of red text! Something like http://www.mysite.com/search-page/. As it says in the admin panel, and I repeat, you MUST have SEF urls activated for this to work!!
3) To insert eBay listings into your posts or pages is really simple: write a new Page or Post in WordPress. Let’s call it Green vintage lamps and let’s write a few lines of text as our content - “Lovely green vintage lamps”. We are also going to add the following code in the content:
[wordbay]green vintage lamp[/wordbay]
This is our search code, and is pretty self-explanatory, but we will look at this in more detail in a minute. First hit Publish and go to your site and have a look at the post or page you have created.
You should get an eBay listing corresponding to your search terms, and to the parameters you set in the admin panel. If not… erm… go back and check the instructions. They are pretty straightforward, so there should not be anything that can’t be solved. If your search terms are too narrow, that could be a problem, and the category you picked may limit things too. If you chose to display the search box and “expanded search” link, try these to see if they are working.
By the way, you will probably want to change the colours - these are set in the WordBay.css file - I want to make this possible through the backend in the future, but for now, remember to save this somewhere separate so that when you install a new version of WordBay it will not overwite your file and it's settings.
By using eBay search terms and creating new pages/posts for different items/products, you can quickly build up an eBay niche site, and if you have entered your EPN details properly in the admin panel you can earn commission from any sales you make. By the way, when you do this, please consider setting the Generosity quotient to something, well, symbolic (more than 0!) at least. In doing so a small percentage of your impressions will go to the author of WordBay (me), who has invested a lot of time in the project, when I really should have been doing something else, and it would warm the cockles of my heart to see a few pennies as a result of my hard work!
WordBay search terms
As you probably figured out, the tags [wordbay]fish[/wordbay] inserted anywhere in your page body text will search for all products with “fish” in the title. However, it is difficult to target searches with just this, so here are some more tips :
[wordbay]green lamp[/wordbay] - this is logical AND – space between the words means all products with “green” and “lamp” in the title. [wordbay]”green lamp”[/wordbay] – exact phrase match – means the exact phrase “green lamp” must be found in the product title [wordbay]lamp -green[/wordbay] – AND NOT – searches for all occurrences of ”lamp”, but minus sign excludes any titles with “green”. No green lamps here! [wordbay](lamp,“bedside table”)[/wordbay] – OR – brackets apply logical OR (also AND/OR I think) to all items in the brackets, whether single keywords or phrases, i.e. this will find all items with either “lamp” OR “bedside table”.
By the way, supposedly you are not suppose to put spaces after commas or minus signs, so it’s best to stick to that just in case. Here are a couple more examples:
[wordbay](“old lamp”,“old telephone”) -green[/wordbay] – find all items with either “old lamp” or “old telephone” in the title, but excluding “green”. [wordbay]lamp –(book,CD)[/wordbay] – this will search on “lamp” BUT will exclude “book” and/or “CD”. This type of search is especially useful as it allows you to eliminate most of the junk/irrelevant items like “My Old Lamp CD” and narrow the search down to just actual lamps! Though some of these searches CAn get quite long, and there is supposedly a limit to the number of terms. Just experiment, what can I say.
There is more help regarding seach criteria on the relevant eBay page (http://pages.ebay.com/help/find/search_commands.html?fromFeature=Advanced%20Search).