UAT2 – Getting Started Turorial

Hello and welcome to the Ultimate Azon Theme 2 Getting Started Tutorial. This tutorial will walk you through all of the basic steps to install, setup, and use the Ultimate Azon Theme and get started quickly.

We recommend using this tutorial first to get your site up and running fast, then spend time reading all of the documentation and perfecting your website.

 

Step 1 – Installing UAT2

First you must install the Ultimate Azon Theme 2. Follow this tutorial here, then come back to this page once you have successfully installed the theme.

UAT2 – Installation Tutorial

 

Step 2 – Activating your UAT2 License

Next you must activate your UAT2 license so you can get support and important feature and security updates. Follow the tutorial on activating your UAT2 license and come back here once it is activated.

UAT2 – License Activation Tutorial

 

Step 3 – Setting Up your Amazon API Keys

Next, you must set up your Amazon Product Advertising API keys so you can automatically pull product data, images, and auto-updating prices directly from Amazon. Follow the tutorial on setting up your Amazon API connection and come back here once it is set up.

UAT2 – Setting Up your Amazon API Keys Tutorial

 

Step 4 – Creating your First Product

Creating your Custom Product Specifications

The first step in actually setting up your product reviews is setting up your custom product specifications.

* If you want to pull ALL product specifications from Amazon, you do not need to create Specification Groups here. You can skip this section and jump right to “Adding your First Product” below.

Navigate to “Ultimate Azon -> Reviews & Amazon -> Product Specifications“.

Enter the following information.

  • Specifications Group Name – use something that describes what this group of specifications is used for.
  • Specification Group Type – the only option for now is “Choose my Own”
  • Custom Product Specifications – Here is where you will create the product specifications that will be displayed to your users.

Custom Product Specifications is called a “repeater field” – meaning that you can add as many more repetitions of the fields as you would like. Once you create your first product specification, you can click the “Add Specification” button to add another, and another, etc…

Each product specification has a few different fields you must fill out.

 

Specification Name

What do you want this specification to be called? Examples: price, brand, capacity, length, color, etc …

 

Hide This Label

Checking this box will hide the specification name from being displayed. For example, you might not want “Price” to show because it is obvious that this is the price. (* Be aware that by hiding the specification label, this column in comparison tables cannot be sorted.)

 

Specification Type

This is where you choose what data and where it is coming from for this specification.

* all options except for “Pull from Amazon” are specifications that you must manually enter data for each product and review. Only the “Pull from Amazon” option pulls data automatically.

* Notice that you can create some product specifications that automatically pull info from Amazon, and some as custom specs that you manually add in data for. Highly flexible!

Your options are:

  • Plain Text – a simple plain text field. No html allowed. Meant to hold a small piece of data.
  • Paragraph Text – a larger text field for longer sentences.
  • Star Rating – Adds a star rating. Cannot be pulled from the Amazon API. This is for your own manual star ratings. Do not pretend this is the Amazon star rating.
  • Yes / No – Displays a green checkmark for “Yes”, and a red “X” for no.
  • Image – Upload an image or choose one from your media library.
  • Price – Add your own price manually for each review/product
  • Button – Adds an affiliate link button automatically
  • Shortcode – Use this if you need to input a shortcode into your product specification. Some shortcodes may not work properly here.
  • Pull from Amazon – Here is where the real power of UAt2 comes in. All of the options that appear after you choose this have their product data automatically pulled from the Amazon API.* The quality of Amazon data that gets pulled in depends on how well the seller input the data on Amazon. WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THIS.These are the Amazon fields currently available in UAT2:
    • ASIN – Automatically pulls in the product ASIN.
    • Brand – Automatically pulls in the product brand.
    • Model – Automatically pulls in the product model number.
    • UPC – Automatically pulls in the product UPC code.
    • Features – Automatically pulls in the product features.
    • Warranty – Automatically pulls in the product warranty.
    • Price – Automatically pulls in the product prices. You can enable the 4 price points below.
      • List Price – The regular list price of the product. Not the sale price.
      • Discounted Price – The sale price if product is on sale.
      • Amount Saved – UAT calculates the dollar amount saved on the sale price.
      • Percentage Saved – UAT calculates the percentage saved on the sale price.
    • Lowest New Price – Automatically pulls in the product’t lowest new price.
    • Lowest Used Price – Automatically pulls in the product’s lowest used price.
    • Small Image – Automatically pulls in the product’s small API small image.
    • Medium Image – Automatically pulls in the product’s small API medium image.
    • Large Image – Automatically pulls in the product’s small API large image.

 

Once you have created your first product specification, click the “Update” button so you do not lose your work. Now proceed to add a few more product specifications. We recommend only setting up 3 – 5 to get started, and you can always go back to add more later.

 

Adding your First Product

Now that you have set up some custom product specifications, it’s time to set up some products. You have two choices when setting up a new product, and that is to pull everything directly from Amazon, or to use one of your custom sets of product specifications.

 

 

Instructions for using your custom specifications group.

Here are the basic steps in creating your product review using your custom product specifications group.

 

Hover over “Reviews” in the left admin column and choose “Add New”.

 

Add a review Title. This should have your product name in it.

 

Choose your Specifications Group. Look for the box in the right sidebar titled “Custom Specifications Group”. If you want to pull all of your data directly from Amazon, choose “Pull All Data from Amazon”, then click “save draft” or “update” your post.

* If pulling everything from Amazon, jump to the “Instructions for pulling everything from Amazon” section below.

Choose the specification group you want to use for this product, and “save draft” or “update” your post.

 

Next, make sure that “I am setting up my own custom product specifications” is chosen in the “Product Review Settings” meta box.

Now also, if you look for the “Product Specifications” meta box, you will see the fields that you created.

 

Since we need to pull information for some of our custom product specifications from Amazon, we need to search fort and select the product we want to use for this review.

Look for the “Amazon Product ASIN” section of the “Product Review Settings” meta box. Click the “Click Here to Search Amazon” link.

Enter your search term (“firepit” in our example) and click “search”.

If your Amazon API credentials are correct, you will see the Amazon product search results. Scroll through them, look at other pages of results, try a more specific search, and when you are ready click the “Insert Product” button on the product you want to use for this review.

You’ll notice that the “Manual Affiliate Link” and the “Amazon Product ASIN” get automatically filled in for you. Now update or save your post again so you do not lose any data. It is always good practice to save your work often.

Next you’ll want to add some Images of your product. If you want to upload your own main image, upload it to the “Featured Image” meta box in the sidebar like you would a normal post.

If you would like to pull your main product image directly from Amazon, look for the “Additional Images” meta box and check the box for “Pull all images from Amazon”. THIS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to stay on compliance with the Amazon Associate’s Operating Agreement.

If you decided to use your own images however, do not check this box and you  need to upload a “Featured Image” in the right sidebar of your review edit screen. Then you can manually add other images to the image viewer.

Publish your Ultimate Azon Theme 2 Review

Now go ahead and preview your new review. You should see the Amazon data pulled right in automatically. If everything looks good, publish your review.

 

 

Instructions for Pulling Everything from Amazon

Now if you want to just pull everything automatically from Amazon for this review, you do not need to create a custom set of product specifications.

Here are the basic steps in creating your product review pulling everything from Amazon.

Hover over “Reviews” in the left admin column and choose “Add New”.

 

Add a review Title. This should have your product name in it.

 

Choose your Specifications Group. Look for the box in the right sidebar titled “Custom Specifications Group”.

Choose “Pull All Data from Amazon”, then click “save draft” or “update” your post.

 

Next, make sure that “Pull All Data from Amazon” is chosen in the “Product Review Settings” meta box.

 

Search Amazon for a Product

Now look for the “Amazon API Integration” meta box. Type in your search term in the search box and click the blue “Search” button.

 

Choose your Product

Browse through page 1 of the Amazon search results, browse up to 5 pages of results, and click “Choose This Item” when you find the one you want.

* If you can’t find a suitable product within the first 5 pages of results, you must search again with a more specific search term.

 

Choose Your Product Specifications to Be Shown

Next you will choose which Amazon data points you want to display for this product review. Click “Save These Choices”. These are the Amazon data points that will display to your site visitors when viewing this review.

 

Now just “Update”, “Save Draft”, or “Publish” your page. Preview it to make sure it looks good, go back and make any adjustments if necessary.

 

 

Miscellaneous and Other Amazon Product Review Fields

 

Intro Content

Check the box to enable the “intro content”. Content added with this editor will be displayed first, directly under the review title, and above the product images. This is a great place to add some SEO content.

Editor’s Rating

Amazon no longer gives access to the star rating or customer reviews in the Product Advertising API. Unfortunately this means showing a star rating that is not accurate to the Amazon star rating could possibly get you in trouble.

In UAT2, we feel it’s important to be able to add a star rating to catch the visitor’s eye – so we added an “Editor’s Rating” that will be displayed to your site visitors, and is clearly labeled “Editor’s Rating” to be clear it is not the Amazon User’s Rating.

 

Open all affiliate links in a new window

 

Nofollow All Affiliate Links

 

Link or Unlink the Top Featured Image

This will override the global setting.

 

Hide or Show Sidebar Product Link Button

This will override the global setting.

 

Sidebar Product Link Text

This is the text that displays in the product review’s sidebar Affiliate Link Button.

 

Main Review Link Bar Settings

These settings are for the two built in affiliate link bars, one at the top and one at the bottom of your main review body.

  • Hide or Show Top Link Bar
  • Top Link Bar Text
  • Hide or Show Bottom Link Bar
  • Bottom Link Bar Text

 

 

Main Review Body

The main review body is where you write your main review. This is the default page editor.

 

 

Adding a Product Category

One of the best ways to organize your product reviews is by adding “Product Categories” and tagging your review posts with them.

How to Add a Product Category

Hover over “Reviews” in the left admin bar and click “Review Category”.

 

To add a New Review Category Follow These Steps

  1. Type in a Name.
  2. Type a Slug if you wish, but one will be automatically created from the “Name”.
  3. Choose a Parent review Category if it has one.
  4. Ignore the “Description” field – Ultimate Azon Theme does not use it.
  5. Review Category H1 Tag – this will be the main SEO heading on the review archive.
  6. Review Category Intro Content – this is for you to add any SEO keyword rich content to the archive page for this review category.

 

Now that you have created some Review Categories you can go back into your reviews and tag them with the proper category.

You can also add review categories form this meta box right within a review edit page.

 

Adding your Products Archive page to your WordPress Menus

So now that you have created some reviews and added some review categories, let’s look at how to add the archive pages to your menus.

First click the “Screen Options” tab in the upper right of your screen and make sure that “Reviews” and “Review Categories” have their checkboxes checked.

 

Once they are checked, you will see their corresponding section in the left column below.

 

To add your “Reviews” archive page to the menu (this is the main page that lists all of your reviews), Click the “View All” tab in the “Reviews” Section, and choose the first option titled simply “Reviews“.

 

You can also add your “Review Category” archive pages to the menu as well.

 

Now your visitors can navigate to all of your review and review archive categories.

Step 5 – Creating a Product Comparison Table

One of the best ways to showcase Amazon products and get really high CTRs on your posts and pages is by adding product comparison tables.

Ultimate Azon Theme 2 let’s you build comparison tables very fast, by pulling information form the reviews you have created.

Click Here for our Tutorial on Building Product Comparison Tables with UAT2

 

Step 6 – Creating a Product Comparison Slider

One other often overlooked alternative to WordPress Product Comparison Tables is product sliders. UAT2 gives you the ability to add a few different types of slider to your posts and pages.

Click Here for our Tutorial on Building Product Comparison Sliders with UAT2

 

What To Do Next

Now that you are familiar with setting up custom product specifications, products, tables, and sliders, spend some time setting up multiple products and sets or product specifications.

Fill your site out with content and then you can start changing the UAT2 Settings and Styles to make the site looks exactly how you want. The documentation is filled with tutorials covering all of the settings and styles that you can change.

Have fun!

 

Bonus: How To Build an Amazon Affiliate Website InfoGraphic