It’s not enough any more to create an affiliate store. You have to offer something extra, and live price comparison gives you exactly that.
Your customers need to know they’re getting the best price. If the price changes, trust is eroded and conversion rates are adversely affected. With Price Comparison Pro, you can keep your affiliate store prices up to date, regardless of how old the affiliate datafeed is.
You don’t need to have a store to use Price Comparison Pro however. It includes shortcodes, so you can add pricing tables or search comparison tables to any page or post on your site.
- Show your users the cheapest place to buy or compare prices of different products
- Works with WooCommerce or with shortcodes on any page
- Fetches prices live from other websites (just like the big boys)
- Works with any product which has a price
- Add your own affiliate exit links from any affiliate network (or use Skimlinks or even just unaffiliated links). There is no restriction on which affiliate links you can place on your price comparison tables.
- Increases conversions and commissions
- Stops users leaving your site to research pricing
- Optionally scrape images from the third-party URLs to improve the images contained on your own website
- Includes Search Comparison Widget with practically zero configuration, allowing comparison of search results from multiple pages.
- Includes Price Comparison Widget with CSS, xPath or Regex configuration to scrape prices from any product page or page with a price on it
- Integrates with WooCommerce but also works without WooCommerce using shortcodes
Price Comparison Pro is the ultimate solution to let you scrape prices live from anywhere and present them in gorgeous price comparison boxes to your users.
Both widgets offered in Price Comparison Pro scrape prices LIVE from your target website. There is literally no restriction to what websites can be scraped – they do not need to offer an API or a data feed as you will either provide the direct product URL or the search URL and Price Comparison Pro will do the rest.
Price Comparison Pro can scrape the following from target websites:
- Regular prices
- Sale prices
- Images (to improve upon poor quality datafeed images, for example)
- Search results (including prices, product names and images)
Price Comparison Widget
The price comparison widget lets you compare prices scraped from specific product-pages. You can enter alternative URLs for the same product from different suppliers, or you can enter URLs for similar products from the same supplier – or mix it up!
Our easy to use shortcode lets you place the price comparison widget anywhere on your WordPress site and the plugin comes with WooCommerce compatibility too – you can add as many URLs as you wish to each product and Price Comparison Pro will compare prices from those URLs.
A lot of people will tend to use the Price Comparison widget to compare prices for the same product from different merchants, and normally on the WooCommerce product detail page, but you can add these price comparison tables anywhere using our shortcodes. If you use the widget in WooCommerce, you can also optionally have Price Comparison Pro update your affiliated product prices and the buy now button link to match the cheapest affiliate.
Search Comparison Widget
Our search comparison widget allows you to search against your configured merchants and show the results.
If you add this search comparison widget to your WooCommerce product detail pages, it becomes a great ‘related products’ widget.
Better yet, you can create a full search engine directly on your site without needing to import any products from the third-party merchants at all! Configure search URLs for each website you are targeting and choose those merchants in the shortcode you use and the widget will display a search box for users to use.
When they search, our widget will then scrape the search results from each merchant you configured and collate the results into a WooCommerce-like product archive, complete with all your affiliate links added.
As well as the 2 widget types, Price Comparison Pro also offers the option to update your WooCommerce prices and/or images. That means you can have Price Comparison Pro update the ‘external URL’, the price and the sales price for each product based on the cheapest price found from all of the available URLs.
When these prices are updated in WooCommerce, it means that the WooCommerce archive will be updated to reflect the cheapest prices found.
That’s not all – you can also choose an option to scrape images from the destination URLs. Price Comparison Pro will do a binary image comparison and check if the image has already been added to your store. If it hasn’t, it’ll add it to your product gallery for that product.
You can use affiliate links from ANY affiliate network in both the widgets – no restrictions.
You can also optionally use Skimlinks to monetize your link. Skimlinks is an affiliate merchant aggregator. They have pretty much every website that has an affiliate program on their books so if it’s possible to monetize it, it’ll be monetized. This saves you signing up to each affiliate network and then applying to each merchant, but again – this is optional! You can enter your own affiliate links and avoid using Skimlinks entirely.
Price Comparison Pro in action
We have made a few demos of Price Comparison Pro scraping the price of the Yeti Microphone from multiple sources.
Here’s a video to demonstrate WordPress Price Comparison Pro in action:
Optional Scraping Services
Version 2.05 added the ability to use our own Scraping Service. We built this to handle sites which use Ajax to update prices – ticket price sites frequently do this for example.
You can check if a particular website is using Ajax by viewing the source of the page (CTRL+U on Chrome). If you can’t find the price, it’s means the page is using Ajax to insert the price AFTER the page has loaded. You’ll need to use our Scraping Service in order to scrape sites like this.
You may also wish to use our scraping service for our rotating proxies which guarantee you don’t get banned by any scraper-blocking mechanism your target site might be using. Note: Because Price Comparison Pro price updates are user driven, it is rare for bots to block, but it can happen. The scraping service gets round that.
To buy a subscription, visit https://www.wpintense.com/shop/wpi-scraping-service/.
Once you have an active subscription, visit https://www.wpintense.com/my-account/ and enter the API key you find there into the box on the bottom of the Price Comparison settings page in your WP admin area.
We have other scraping options included from other third-party scraping providers, all configurable in the settings page for Price Comparison Pro, and more third-party scraping options on the way to ensure your website doesn’t get banned by the botblockers.
If you’re using Datafeedr, you’ll know the problem of affiliate feeds providing variable quality images. With Price Comparison Pro, you can set the option to scrape images from the affiliate URL and pull them into your site.
That means you get LARGE images and many of them, rather than just the one small one you normally find in affiliate feeds.