ShopperPress theme for WordPress (plus discounts)

I have several domains that I’ve bought over the past year with the idea of setting up affiliate shops on and up until this time I haven’t really done anything to them as I just haven’t had the time or the inclination, but I’ve found a new WordPress theme that has made it easy to get set up sites on these urls.

ShopperPress

The ShopperPress theme can be installed on any WP site and allows you to sell real products if you wish but also add affiliate products from the likes of Amazon, Affiliate Window, etc which means a really professional looking shop, with shopping cart etc, but with none of the effort of actually stocking products. Great. Obviously you’re going to have to do all the usual SEO to get the site ranking, but the theme allows for pages, articles, custom product descriptions, etc so you can have some really unique content on your site.

My Clay Oven Site

I’ m going to disclose a site I’ve built using ShopperPress and that site is about clay ovens. It isn’t a big niche, it only gets around 2000 local searches a month, and so I don’t see it really doing that much, but I bought the domain and so it seems a waste to not use it.

For the design I’ve used one of the supplied templates, and there are 39 (I’ve just looked) themes styles in total supplied free to give your site a unique look. For the content I’ve used the Amazon product importer to add products (with my affiliate link) and I have manually amended the descriptions so they’re not just a copy from Amazon. Finally for more unique content I’ve added a recipes section and will look to maybe add some more reviews etc too.

The website is getting a trickle of views and ranks between #10 and #15 on Google with a few products and minimal content but now that it’s up and ranking I’m sure it will develop.

ShopperPress is listed for sale at $79 but we all know there are promo codes floating around and in the end I was able to buy it for £30.26, which I thought was a pretty good price as it can be used on unlimited sites etc. This is my affiliate link for ShopperPress and includes a 40% off vouchercode.

So feel free to have a look at my site or you can also look at the demos on the ShopperPress site which includes backend login too so you can see how it all works before buying.

DirectoryPress

Based on my experience with ShopperPress I have also bought DirectoryPress to install on a couple of sites. I’ve not done much with it at the moment but it will allow me to accept paid submissions to directories I’m looking to add to some of my current sites to diversify the income I get away from just AdSense and Amazon. Yet again I’ve got an affiliate link with $25 off the $79 price and this is included on this link to get it for only £31.44.

Conclusion

I usually spend very little on websites but I’m happy to pay £30 to get a great theme that I can use on multiple sites. I’m not spending much time on them at the moment but I like installing a basic site on my domains with some content as you never know how they will rank without it and you could be surprised when your site starts getting visitors.

How to degauss a TV

So my TV has been playing up, and I’ve finally mended it, and so I’m putting up this post in case anyone googles their way here to find a solution.

I turned on my TV the other week and was confronted with the colour distorted into a strange circular/bullseye effect (see below). The picture was fine apart from the colour, and so I was hoping it would be something that I could sort out myself as I was unwilling to immediately take it to a TV repairman and part will with hard-earned cash, or think about buying a new TV.

I didn’t really know what I was searching for and so resorted to Yahoo Answers, where I got a response from a TV technician who tipped me off and had this to say:

The Degausser in your TV mis-fired causing the bulls-eye pattern….give it a day or two to disappear.

If it doesn’t disappear, you either haven’t turned off your TV for 30 minutes, or your degausser actually has a problem with it….Call a TV engineer to degauss it and check the operation of your TV’s degausser…..

I followed his instructions but they didn’t work will but it gave me an idea of what I should be trying to do, and so I continued my search around the web and around forums for how to degauss a TV and in particular what degaussing actually means.

“Degaussing is the process of decreasing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field” – Wikipedia

From what I understand there are magnetic fields everywhere which can interfere with your TV/monitor, and every time you switch on your TV the inbuilt degausser kicks in and re-calibrates the screen by causing a magnetic field inside the tube to oscillate rapidly with decreasing amplitude until everything is hunky dory. As I said this works for everyday magnetic interference but when your TV gets effected by a powerful magnet, etc, which I’ve decided is what happened to mine (due to a stereo speaker), then the inbuilt degausser simply doesn’t have enough power to re-calibrate the screen.

Several forums recommended getting a more powerful degausser, a degaussing coil, but searching around I couldn’t find any UK stores that sold them, and the only place I could see where to get one was from Uxcell.com, which is based in Hong Kong. I had doubts in my mind about buying from a Hong Kong shop but as it only cost £10 in total I ordered it and figured that it was worth a try and I had very little to lose. I ordered the deguasser on Thursday and it arrived on Tuesday, so only 5 days to come from Hong Kong, which was pretty great.

The degausser came with no instructions and just in a jiffy bag, but it did come complete with an adapter plug, and luckily I had read about how to use it effectively with the TV.

Instructions for degaussing this way is too hold the degausser next to the TV screen (already on) and hold down the power button on the deguasser and then slowly move away from the screen whilst circling it to cover the whole of the screen. Once three or four feet away the screen should be back to normal and then rotate the deguasser so it’s smallest profile is facing the screen and turn it off.

An important thing to remember is that degaussers are also used for wiping magnetic recording media such as tapes, floppy discs, and hard-drives, so when using it keep all that stuff away! I shifted anything like that out of the room.

I did exactly as above and could see the colour returning to the screen, and then it was perfect! Great news and it only cost me £10 instead of calling out a professional to do it. I really do enjoy learning new things like this, especially when it saves me money!