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    I'm considering buying the following plugins...does anyone recommend another that may do the same work, but for less $$ on any of these? or, do you know where I can get a coupon code for any of them?

    ReviewAzon
    http://datawebpro.com/reviewazon

    MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate
    http://x15a.com/ninja_affiliate

    Caffeinated Content for WordPress
    http://mycaffeinatedcontent.com/

    ADPS2 Affiliate Datafeed Profit System
    http://x15a.com/wordpress_shareasale_datafeed_plugin

    wptraffic
    http://x15a.com/wptraffic

    Utopia Ad Block
    http://activeblogging.com/adblock/

    phpBay
    http://x15a.com/phpbaypro

    phpOstock
    http://x15a.com/Overstock_Wordpress_plugin

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    I use phpBay Pro and definitely recommend it. Perhaps you can scour the web for some discount codes. But it has already paid for itself in my case.

    I also use its sibling, phpZON, which is the competitor to ReviewAzon. I've only been using it for a couple of weeks, if that, but I have to say that I'm a little underwhelmed by it especially when comparing it to the power of phpBay. I'm really not sure how it compares to ReviewAzon, though.

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    Thank you Mark. I will speak to the person assisting me with the blogs & ask them if they know what the difference is between reviewazon & phpzon. Perhaps they can give me a reason why one is better than the other. I appreciate your feedback.

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    forgive my skepticism, but I can't help but wonder if the person who is helping you with your blogs is an affiliate for all these paid plug-ins. That means he will make a commission on each sale. I've got no problem with that AS LONG AS there is not a free plug-in that would do the job for you.

    Have you checked the list of free plug-ins? There are thousands.

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    Layla, jkgourmet got me to thinking about those free options. Regarding Amazon and eBay, they both offer a way to create a feed for a particular category of products. It's similar to what phpZON and phpBay do, respectively.

    I'm assuming though that you are an affiliate of each of those programs. If not, then no matter what solution you choose (free or paid for), you won't have an account to get the commissions.

    If you ARE an affiliate of those two, then you could go into the control panels for those accounts and do the widget/feed/link generation. Or give SquidUtils.com a try.

    Hope this helps.

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    The free plugin for ebay affiliate stuff that I use is called Affomatic http://www.affomatic.com/ebayfree2.php It gets the job done, but phpBay has more features.

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    I have bought maybe only one or two paid WP plugins in all the years I've been using WP; because I could easily find free plugins that did exactly what I needed them to do.

    My advice on WP plugins, is to do install any plugin that you do not need and/or do not fully understand what it's for and why you need it. More features on a plugin does not always mean it's the best plugin to install.

    So that said, you know your plugin needs better than anyone else. If you have searched Google and the Wordpress.org plugin directory and can not find a free plugin that does what you need it to, and the above plugins do offer what you need them to, then yes - I'd say buy them.

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    Default Affiliate - Commissions

    Yes, I do believe that perhaps the person pushing these plugins gets a commission. I asked them if I find others that do the same thing, that aren't exactly the ones they recommend, then if it would matter. That is exactly why I asked the question. Thanks to everyone.

    The problem is, I paid someone to set up my blogs. I don't know how to do that myself, I don't know what each of these plugins does, so I can't search to see if there is a free one that does the same.

    I'll google each of them today, see what they do, then look for a free one that does the same, then let the person know that I did not get xyz, but, instead, I got abc.

    Thank you everyone.

    ~Layla

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    Layla - if you have hired someone to setup your blog for you, then they should do what you ask them to. If you do not know what the plugins do, then the plugins should not be installed. Period.

    The blog is being setup for you, and your needs. Installing plugins for you, especially paid/premium plugins that cost you money, that you do not even know what they do - is not cool IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msafi View Post
    A good free alternative to Ninja Affiliate is SEO Automatic Smart Links.

    As for the other products, use Lynn Terry's buying filter to see if they're right for you.
    Msafi, can you help me understand a little more about what this does? I've read some of the basic info and it sounds like something I should install, but since I am still learning about linking, I'm not follwing this very well.

    And like Traci advised, I don't want any plug in that I don't understand.

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