Matesville.com presently sells t-shirts with a current inventory of some 15,000 different types and designs. Implemented using affiliate datafeed, each and every product is linked via the site’s affiliate code. Any product sold will generate commission for the site and make money. You can add as many more datafeeds as you or your server can handle. Datafeed from virtually any merchant can be integrated. Google or YPN ads can be a secondary source of revenue.
Technology Behind the Site
Built based on PHP/MySQL, it uses a custom script to import the data into MySQL and display in various formats. One can search for products based on keywords, or browse by merchant, category or brand.
Displayed list of goods can be formatted further by relevancy, ratings or price – higher or lower price first. Whenever there are two similar products from different merchants, price comparison is automatically shown. Users can leave comments and rate products which is shown on the site after Admin approval.
All URLs are “statically” generated for search engines. Each merchant, each category, each brand, and each product has its own “static” URL. Featured products can be displayed on the front page. New datafeeds can be set-up to be downloaded automatically in most cases, as frequently as you wish – daily, weekly, monthly. These can be further imported into the site’s database automatically. Once set-up, all updates can, in most cases, take place without human intervention. Of course, where automation may not be possible, the job can always be done manually – a simple procedure and anyone familiar with using a web browser will be able to handle it.
Site’s Overhead Expenses
While you will decide on the marketing budget to promote the site, there are minimal overheads in running it – all you pay is for hosting and renewal of the domain name. SSH facility in hosting is recommended for importing large datafeeds manually when required.
Matesville – cool sounding and appealing to the young generation, highly brandable name, can be used for dating, flirting and social networking as well. A short, simple and easy to remember domain, will be worth in high 5-figures for the name alone. Should you so wish, the site can be built on any other available domain name of your choice.