Price comparison is something truly lacking in Woocommerce and WordPress. If you are promoting affiliate products, it’s no longer enough to just provide your users with 1 price source – they need to know they’re getting the best price. The only way to reassure them that you’ve found the best price for them is to give them price comparison. That’s what this plugin is all about.
WordPress Price Comparison Pro adds up to 10 new pairs of fields to your woocommerce products – paste in up to 10 URLs for pages where your users could buy this product and the plugin takes care of the rest – whenever your users visit that product page, the price comparison plugin will check those URLs and fetch a live price.
The second URL for each of these lets you enter an affiliate URL so you will earn affiliate revenue for any purchased made through these links.
If you don’t enter a URL in the Affiliate URL box, Price Comparison Pro will attempt to use Skimlinks to monetize your link. Simply enter your Skimlinks ID in the settings for Price Comparison Pro. If you don’t enter an affiliate URL or a Skimlinks ID, Price Comparison Pro will fallback to just using the raw unmonetized link. If you don’t know already, 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.
You can see a demo of this in action here: http://demo.wpintense.com/product/blue-microphones-yeti-usb-microphone-silver-edition/
Here’s a quick video I made to demonstrate WordPress Price Comparison Pro in action:
Optional Scraping Service
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.
Installing and configuring Price Comparison Pro is fairly easy. The hardest part is aquiring CSS selectors to identify the price on the page but there is a complete guide including a video demonstration of how to obtain CSS selectors to grab the prices from the pages you are scraping.