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The Utimate Guide to Creating a Product Comparison Table for Your Niche Site

One of the most common questions that I get from readers is, “How did you create the comparison table used on BestSurvivalKnifeGuide.com?”  I've mentioned several times on the blog here that I used TablePress, a free WordPress plugin, but I think I need to give a better answer!

Actually, I know how much I appreciate it when someone has written a detailed blog post for a process that I am hoping to learn, so I hope to accomplish that today about comparison tables!

Before I jump into the nuts and bolts of how to create a comparison table, I want to review WHY you would want a comparison table on your blog or website.

When people are searching to buy something, they want information and they want to be able to compare different options.  The easiest way to compare the pros and cons of different products for many people is to have a list of all the top products along with prices, reviews, features, and more right in front of them on one page.

So, if you can provide all the detailed information for the user, they are much more likely to do their analysis and make their buying decision through your website.  A shopping comparison chart is priceless in this process; and as a result it can convert browsers into buyers very well.

While some themes like these here offered by Thrive actually have table comparison software built in, most WordPress themes don't offer this feature.

Here's an image of the comparison table on my survival knife site.  I'm going to show you step by step how to create a table like this:

comparisonchart

Find Top Products

Before you can create the best possible comparison table for your niche, you need to put in the research and make sure you REALLY are selecting the best products.  I cannot over-emphasize this step; you truly do need to do your research and select the best products to review.  People are smart, and will eventually know if you are not recommending the best products.  So, do your research!

Amazon.com is a great place to review potential products.  Not only can you see just about everything that is available in your market, but reading reviews can give you a great sense of what customers actually think.  Yes, ideally you will have purchased and used the product.  But I don't think its realistic to own all 10 or 20 brands in a niche.

When you look at my survival knife site at BestSurvivalKnifeGuide.com, there is no way I could have purchased all 50 knives and compared them first hand.  But by doing research on Amazon, reading the survival knife forums, and other websites, you can quickly pick up the products that customers truly value.

You need to do this research for your own niche.

In a nutshell, select the products with the highest ratings on Amazon, are most talked about on forums in your niche, and have been highly reviewed by other bloggers/websites.  If you can find the 10 to 15 top products to compare, you will have really helped the end consumer in their buying decision!

Find Features to Compare

Once you have done your research to find what PRODUCTS to compare, you should already have a good idea of what FEATURES to compare.

Try to put yourself in the shoes of the buyer and think about what features are most important to consider. Two options that you should almost always have in your chart are price and ratings.  People always want to know how much something costs and how well its been rated by others.

In addition, you should be able to find a couple of other features to compare as well.  For example, in my survival knife comparison chart, I also have columns for: Overall Length, Blade Length, Weight, and Blade Material.

On Perrin's niche site for safety razors, aPennyShaved.com, he has Price, Ratings, Size, and Type (along with Name and Picture):

apennyshavedchart

Using TablePress to Create Charts

So, now that you know what information you want in your chart, you need to actually start creating it!

I am going to review 2 different plugins that I'm aware of that will allow you to create these comparison charts for free.

The first plugin is called TablePress.  This is the plugin that I used on my site BestSurvialKnifeGuide.com.  You can download it here.

I wish I could say there was a way to automatically create the chart with all your desired information, but in reality it needs to be manually input.  So, here's a look at the back-end of the TablePress plugin with my survival knife comparison chart:

tablepress1

Then if You Select an Individual Chart:

tablepress2
Click to Enlarge

Using TablePress, you can either input the data directly in WordPress, as shown in the screenshot; OR you can input all the data in a spreadsheet, then upload that CSV file into WordPress.  Using a CSV file is actually what I did for my survival knife site.

See this image of the spreadsheet:

csvchartknives

Now as you can imagine, the most important part of creating the chart is getting the links correct (column A above).  I'm going to cover that in-depth below.

However, for my survival knife site, you can see that I used EasyAzon for the links in my chart. (Special $20 off page for EasyAzon).  Perrin for his site, actually used links directly from Amazon.  I'll show you how to do both.

And again, here's what the TablePress chart looks like.  (You can actually change colors and format it quite differently using the TablePress options):

comparisonchart

How to Use WebSimon Tables to Create a Chart

The other free plugin that you can use to create comparison tables is Websimon Tables (Updated as of 2017, this plugin is no longer maintained).  This is the WordPress plugin that Perrin used for his site, aPennyShaved.com.

The process is actually exactly the same.  You can either input the data directly into WordPress, or you can input it into a spreadsheet, then upload the CSV.  Here's what the Websimon Tables Plugin looks like on Perrin's site:

websimon1

Select and Edit an Individual Table:

websimon2

Customize Layout and Style:

websimon3

Notice that there are pre-made “skins” to easily customize look and feel of table.

Overall, both table plugins work great.  Websimon has more built in options to make the tables look nicer compared to TablePress.  In addition, Websimon will auto-size your images to all be the same size.  So, if you input a link to a really large image, no worries, Websimon will size it for you.

The downside of Websimon tables is that you can't sort the table.  With TablePress you can, and users often state that they love that about my table on BestSurvivalKnifeGuide.com.

With TablePress, you can customize the colors, etc, but its not as easy – and Websimon appears to look more professional “out of the box”.

How to Create the Links Using EasyAzon

Now, I'm finally going to get to the “tough” part.  If you've been playing around with websites and html for a while, you can probably figure it out on your own.  But if you just want to see how I did it, that's what this is all about!

There is no magic button in these plugins that allow you to insert your Amazon affiliate link or insert an image with all the link options you want.  You have to build the link manually.  However, EasyAzon does make things a bit easier in my opinion.

I am going to show you how to create the first column in this table:

tablelinks1

So, in a nutshell the links are made of 3 parts:

1. The affiliate link

2. The text

3. The image

So, let me show you what the link looks like for the highlighted column above, and then dissect it, so you can create your own.  Here's the link:

Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife<br /><img src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31RXZ7shu7L._AA160_.jpg”</img>

  • So, the entire row is just 1 affiliate link because its all between: (One big link)
  • Then you can see the text immediately following the opening is the visible text on the site: Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
  • The final part is the image.  Everything between the <img src:” “</img> tags, is the image source.

To create the EasyAzon affiliate links, I went to any blog post, and found the product I wanted, and created the link temporarily in that post.  I then just copied and pasted the link in my table.  Then repeated for all the products in the table.

So here's the steps using EasyAzon:

easyazon1

After selecting “Text Link”, then you get your link:

easyazon2

Now find the image you want.  I get mine directly from Amazon, and don't even download them to my WordPress.  I researched quite a bit to find out if its okay (legally) to use Amazon images on your site.  The best I could find, seemed to agree that's it okay, since you are sending traffic to Amazon sellers and trying to increase their business.

You are an affiliate of theirs, trying to promote their products.  But if you want to do your own research, I highly encourage you to do so.

To get the image link on Amazon, just search for your product, then right click and view the image on the search results page:

amazonimage1

The copy the Image URL:

amazonimage2

Then finally just add whatever Text you want, and you have built your link.  Now just do that for every product in your table!

Yep, its time consuming, but the few hours you will spend building your table, will make your site more useful than most niche sites out there.

How to Create the Links Using Amazon Directly

I like using EasyAzon for a couple of reasons.

1. You don't ever have to leave WordPress

2. If I ever want to change how users interact with my affiliate links, I can do it without actually changing any of the links.  This is not true when you create links directly in Amazon Associates.

In other words, if I want to have a pop-up when users hover over the images in my table, or make my links no-follow, or cloak my links, or other options; I can do that directly in the EasyAzon management panel, without ever touching my links.

easyazon3

However, you can create the links directly from Amazon Associates, you don't need to have EasyAzon.  This is what Perrin did.  So, lets take a look at what the code looks like for this first column in his chart:

pennyshaved1

<a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000NL0T1G&linkCode=as2&tag=apennyshaved-20″><img width=”100px” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61i-Ct1WQFL._SL1000_.jpg” /></a>.

The second column (Name) is a second affiliate link:

<a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000NL0T1G&linkCode=as2&tag=apennyshaved-20″>Merkur Long Handled Chrome Safety Razor</a>

Amazon Associaties gives you this link, just edit it down to what you need:

amazonaffiliatelink

Then you need to once again search Amazon to find the image that you want.  Perrin got his images directly from the Product pages, so they are larger than the ones I used; but Websimon auto-sized them to fit nicely in the table.

Once you have the image URL you want, just combine it with the affiliate link you created, and insert the code into your table.  Rinse and repeat for all products!

Again, the only real downside of getting your links directly from Amazon, is that if you decide to change how your links act, you would need to go back and edit each individually.  This is not the case with EasyAzon.

Chris Guthrie, the owner of EasyAzon, has agreed to give my readers a special $20 discount on EasyAzon that you can get anywhere else right now.

Go Here to See the Special $20 Discount Page for EasyAzon. (Yes, its an affiliate link.  Its a product I use).

Other Table Plugins for WordPress

I know of at least one other table plugin for WordPress, and there are likely many others.  Go Responsive is not a free plugin, but it does offer a lot of interesting options that can help create a professional looking and responsive table.

You can check out the Go Responsive Table plugin here.

This plugin will work fantastic if you only have 4 or 5 products that you want to compare.  However, if you want to compare 10 or 15, it doesn't work so well as the products are listed horizontally, rather than vertically.  See here:

goresponsive

Overall and Your Thoughts

Overall, I hope that the great detail provided here on how to create your very own comparison table for your niche site is helpful!  When creating a niche site, I think it is important to create as much value as possible to the end user, and one way to to do that is to create a well-researched table of the top products in your chosen niche.

Now, I'm sure there are many other ways that you can create a comparison table, and if you find a better way that works for you, that would be great!  However, this is the process that I have used on BestSurvivalKnifeGuide.com and Perrin used on aPennyShaved.com.

I know that many of you have already been implementing this same table strategy, as I've seen your niche sites popping up as I do research…I'm in awe actually of how many niche site creators are out there reading..thank you!  But for those of you that haven't jumped into creating tables, this should be the only post you need to get started.

I would love to hear your thoughts!  If you have any input that you would like to add to the process, please let us know.  I look forward to the discussion below.

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88 Comments for this Post

  1. Perrin

    Perrin

    Ha. I spent DAYS figuring this out. This post would have saved me so much time. 🙂

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      My bad! 🙂

    • Jared

      Jared

      Me too! TablePress is great though. I also figured out how to use it in conjunction with EasyAzon, which saves a ton of time, compared to doing the links manually with Amazon.

      And I’m excited to share that my niche site I launched in late July is going to make about $1500 in December!

      Also, thanks to Spencer for answering my email (within probably 10 minutes) asking about which plugin he used to create the table. That was a few months back, and that same day, I started doing tables.

      Jared

  2. Jon Haver

    Jon Haver

    You just saved me a couple hrs creating a tutorial for my VA’s – now I can just send them here. Very useful post!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Thanks Jon…glad you found it useful!

  3. Al-Amin Kabir

    Al-Amin Kabir

    Thanks for making it easy!! It took almost 3/4 hours for me to figure out the details of the plugin. 😀

  4. Jasim Udddin

    Jasim Udddin

    As usual, Amazing post Spencer. It will really be helpful for me when I will start working with my niche site, I’m still in learning curve! Thanks 🙂

  5. Rus

    Rus

    Great resource! I do some of my sites in HTML, so have an HTML/Javascript table that sorts by clicking the column header.

    I’d be glad to share it, if anyone needs it.

  6. Dan Franks

    Dan Franks

    BOOM! This will help a ton. I’ve struggled with these things on multiple occasions, so am excited to use my new found knowledge 🙂

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Best of luck Dan! Hope it helps…

  7. Dave Nicosia

    Dave Nicosia

    Nice tutorial Spencer. I think that research phase is definitely VERY important if you want users to actually get value from your chart and use it how you want them to.

    I don’t use TablePress but I heard that there is a plugin that will make the tables responsive too.

    I’m a web developer so I create my own sortable tables for my Product Review Sites using http://tablesorter.com/docs/ and some custom fields in WordPress. – for the code enabled crowd …

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Awesome, thanks for sharing Dave!

  8. Chris in South Korea

    Chris in South Korea

    As for those other columns, it’s important to note this is AT LEAST as important from a content side of things. All that data is out there (on Amazon or elsewhere) ready and waiting to be scraped.

    Also, Tablepress is a shortcode-friendly plugin – in other words, you can reuse the same table in other posts or pages if you deem it helpful.

  9. Ray H.

    Ray H.

    This is fantastic! Man, I really wish NC was allowed as part of the Amazon affiliate program…

  10. Matthew Allen

    Matthew Allen

    Planning to create a table like this for my next niche site. Now I’m torn as to which plugin to use! Chris Guthrie has so many great Amazon tools and plugins, perhaps he (or somebody else) should create a plugin that makes this whole process simpler and faster. Getting products into table using ASN’s would be sweet.

    Thanks for the guide Spencer. The process pretty much went the way I guessed it would. Good to read all about it anyway before I create my own.

  11. Vincent @ Best Protein Bars Report

    Vincent @ Best Protein Bars Report

    I had already figured this out, luckily I had Easy Azon to help. But all in all its a great post.

  12. Chris Guthrie

    Chris Guthrie

    Hey Spencer,

    I’d like to chime in and say that in 2014 we’re going to be building our own table add on to add to EasyAzon to make this process even faster.

    What we’ll most likely do is offer it freely for existing customers but either raise the price of EasyAzon or offer it as a separate add on that new customers have to pay for (to recoup the thousands of dollars in development time it’ll cost us).

    So to everyone that suggested it would be nice to make it easier, we’ve heard you + still have a lot of things planned for EasyAzon.

    Thanks for the mention Spencer,

    Chris

    • Steve wyman

      Steve wyman

      That’s great to hear. A big fan of easyazon.

      A table function would really increase the value of the tool

      Regards

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      That sounds awesome! I was starting to think maybe I needed to create my own, but sounds like you have it in the works. Nice!

    • Toki

      Toki

      I can’t wait for the table with easyazon! It’s time consuming…

      Another request and something I have been searching for is a “best deals” type plugin for post or sidebar insert. Something that performs like the “convertazon” plugin does. It is eye catching for people looking to buy from amazon, and a “deal” is something that people are always in search of.

      I guess it would be nice to have an all inclusive amazon plugin suite with easyazon including all these features.

      Happy Holidays!

      Toki

    • Victor

      Victor

      Looking forward to it Chris! 🙂

    • Fran

      Fran

      Hi Chris,

      That sounds good. I’m not sure how far you are with it or how set you are on how it will work but can I make a suggestion?

      It would be great if we could set up one main product table to start, then be able to list sub tables on some pages based on one feature or aspect without having to create new tables and enter the info from scratch each time.

      I look forward to see the upgrade when available.

  13. KimP

    KimP

    Pretty cool! I’ve been looking for something like this. Will TablePress or EasyAzon create a tale of just images? Say if you wanted a multi-column, multi-row table of just images that linked to Amazon products, could you do that? Also, could you place something like that in your sidebar?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Yes, you can do a table with just images if you want. I haven’t tried putting it in the sidebar, but I suppose its possible.

  14. Matthew45000

    Matthew45000

    This is awesome! In-depth and actionable. Thank you, Spencer!!

  15. Steve wyman

    Steve wyman

    Hi spencer

    Something I think you did not mention. Is that easyazon allows you to add affiliate codes for different countries.

    So I have affiliate accounts with amazon for USA, ca and uk.

    So even though a site is focused on the uk I get some traffic and clicks from usa visitors that then go to amazon.com instead of amazon.co.uk

    A visitor to the .com from my .co.uk site with just the .co.uk affiliate setup would mean I’d get no commission.

    If I used Perkins method I’d loose out on those sales!!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Definitely, that’s a great point about why you should use EasyAzon links rather than straight Amazon links.

    • Perrin

      Perrin

      That Perkins needs to get his act together! 😉

      • steve wyman

        steve wyman

        Lol your “act” is going just fine indeed 🙂

  16. Sara Bonham

    Sara Bonham

    Holy crap this is such a great post. No wonder your so successful!

    I created tables like this before but the image link would be sliced in half somehow because of the column widths…and now, months later, I can finally fix it! YAY

    Thanks Spencer

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Thanks Sara! Glad you found this post useful!

  17. John

    John

    Great tutorial Spencer. I do like the TablePress, which is what I use but the paid(Go – Responsive) looks very impressive. Gotta check that one out. Thank you for post this.

  18. Fred Owusu

    Fred Owusu

    Go – Responsive looks really good. I have been searching around for this type of plugin. Awesome Spencer.
    Thanks a bunch
    Fred

  19. Matt B.

    Matt B.

    Great tutorial mate.

    Unfortunately I live in a state that Amazon hates, so I have to look elsewhere.

    Really a pain in the butt.

    ~Matt

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Ughh, yes that is annoying. You could always open an LLC in a state that is Amazon friendly, but yes , its a hassle.

  20. Matt

    Matt

    I use tablepress for my site, but I find it so time consuming too add all the content. I think that I might start using a Virtual Assistant for these kinds of tasks and use your post to show them how to do it. Thanks Spencer!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Yep a VA could handle that.

  21. Scott

    Scott

    Hey Spencer,

    Been a lurker on your website for best part of a year now, and have been deep in experimentation trying to get my brain around the detail. So, still a newbie, but maybe an experienced newbie (!)

    Question I have is, I’ve been sending traffic to Amazon from PPC and organic via niche sites, and found that I could generate quite a lot of hits by listing out individual products. Call it a micro-niche strategy maybe 😉

    But is there a reliable way to hack up the URL from Amazon for any ASIN, so you can shortcut the product search step? It seens straight forward enough to scrape a long list of ASINs for a niche, but I’m less convinced that the URLs are just a cut and paste of amazon.com + ASIN + affiliate tag.

    Any thoughts?

    Regardless, good blog mate, and strength to your arm. Have invested a chunk of time in getting to where you already are, so your kind of a beacon. (Not being over-familiar, you understand – but have been reading pretty much everything you send out for a while now.)

    Best Regards
    Scott

  22. Lindsay Collins | NicheGrind.com

    Lindsay Collins | NicheGrind.com

    Great post. A little tip for some of the people reading this is if you do use the tablepress plugin that Spencer used for his site and you don’t like the color, you can change it. I did not like the light blue when I used it for my site, and now I have a nice match with the color of my logo and it looks much much better. Instructions can be found here http://tablepress.org/faq/

    Spencer, I think a light green would look better on your knife site :p

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Yep, you are probably right 🙂

  23. Barry

    Barry

    I gotta say, Spencer – this site, all your posts, the projects… you have one of the best resources I’ve ever seen on the web. Great Job!! Thank you!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Thanks Barry…I appreciate it!

  24. Larry

    Larry

    Hi Spencer! I was trying to figure out how to use the table plugin. This save a lots of my time.
    Thanks again.

  25. Brandon Espinoza

    Brandon Espinoza

    I see you can create different columns and such but what about for ebook comparison table which different comparisons could I use? Need some help thanks for the tutorial awesome reminder.

  26. Tung

    Tung

    Nice tutorial Spencer :d

    One thing I’d like to add on the research phrase is that we can search for “product name + specs” or ” product name + feature” or find the official page on google.

    That way, We can find much more information to create a very comprehensive comparison chart :d

    • Perrin

      Perrin

      This is good advice, Tung! Something I’ve used myself.

  27. Higgins

    Higgins

    Hi Spencer, i used your affiliate link for easyazon and installed it, but when configuring it i had to provide 2 security keys which i could only obtain by registering for amazon web services. I also had to fill out my credit card details there,… is using easyazon gonna cost me additional money? I couldnt really find an answer on the amazon web services site,….

    Thanks

    • Greg Nunan

      Greg Nunan

      Higgins, no you don’t have to pay anything extra for easyazon. Registering for AWS requires the credit card details to be entered (from memory) but you only get charged for certain plan types (which most people won’t require).

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      No, easyazon will not cost any additional money to use.

  28. Pandora

    Pandora

    There is a plugin by Igor called AutoCompareZon which produces tables similar to Go Responsive using info from Amazon API
    It is limited to three products but does look quite nice. Not a full comparison table but maybe worth taking a look.
    Has other features as well.
    And seems to play nicely with EasyAzon3

  29. Will

    Will

    Great article, such a time saver.

  30. Victor

    Victor

    Really appreciate you making this guide Spencer. I got EasyAzon through your big discount link. It’s well worth it…

    Last night I was busy with a product comparison table and it ended up being 40 links 🙂 Man!, I was trying to get it like on your survival knife site.

    The E-mail I got this morning saved me a few hours. I was going to cut the affiliate links to 20 by just using wp-content uploaded images.

    Having made image links with EasyAzon already I just edited the code a bit, copy-paste-delete and just added some <img and in some places.

    What’s really great is that from the EasyAzon image links the size was already optimized for my theme… (I don’ know how to change sidebar width) I checked and believe the image url on Amzon is the same with the execption of a size parameter. The _AA160_ from the code string is all that differed to _sl110 for a smaller image.

    Very nice to accomadate the size of my themes sidebar!

    So just having an EasyAzon text and EasyAzon image link together, within a few seconds of editing the two links to one using your example, I didn’t even have to go on Amazon at all.

    Very quick with added benefits…

    One question… How can an Amazon afilliate link be set on a featured image from wp-content?

    Thanks for the help Spencer!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Glad it helped out Victor! Not sure on the feature image/affiliate link question…it likely depends on your theme.

  31. Peter Svenson

    Peter Svenson

    Spencer,

    Have you noticed a magic number of affiliate links to stay away from in the table in order to affect ranking? Or do you recommend not posting the table on the first page anymore for fear of too many links on your home page?

  32. marcus

    marcus

    Hi Spencer,

    I already use TablePress on my site after a visit to your Business Tools I Use section on this site.

    But my table is an easy small one. Had an idea of using an extended table… and there is your Ulitmate Guide!!!

    Great sharing, many thanks.

    Cheers from Amsterdam,
    Marcus

  33. Daniel Flucke

    Daniel Flucke

    Thanks for the post, Spencer. I set up a niche site following your model with TablePress back in July, and it’s done really well so far (>$3,500 so far, although I think a lot of that is Christmas related). One question about your chart method: Are we allowed to use the star ratings from Amazon? I was using it on my site, then I came across this in the Associates Program Participation Requirements:

    28. You will not display or otherwise use any of our customer reviews or star ratings, in part or in whole, on your site unless you have obtained a link to that customer review or star rating through the Product Advertising API and you comply with the requirements set forth in the License Agreement.

    To get around that, I changed all my rankings to letter grades (A, C+, etc) that mostly correlate to the Amazon reviews. Do you think your knife site is violating this?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Hmm, good question. I’m not using the individual ratings, but the average of all…the language appears to refer to quoting individual reviews. Any others want to chime in on this.

  34. Matt

    Matt

    What’s funny is that every time I see a TablePress product comparison table now it immediately turns me off because I know the site is an affiliate niche site.

    • Ray

      Ray

      Well to each his own habits! If you include tons of content along with the table comparison, you should be fine. Just the table alone would be problematic to say the least.

  35. Ray

    Ray

    I spent many hours going over your post and finally found a video that made it all make sense. This might help others in my shoes.

    This is the video that saved the day for me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEjFk8BdL18

    I choose the TablePress plugin and it worked fine. I will try to explain some of the simple difficulties some might run into.

    1 – stick with 5 rows (meaning vertical). For some odd reason the plugin has it backwards.

    2 – I did not experience any limitations in the Columns category. (remember the plugin might have columns as rows and vice-versa)

    3 – Whatever you want to install in each column first click on the correct item below. For instance, if you want to install images, click on the image icon below and then click once on the column box. My biggest headache came from trying to figure this out.

    Finally, try to save your work as you go along. Use the review button to look at what you’ve done, before proceeding to the next step.

  36. henji

    henji

    Thanks, I understand a lot more about how to create a table.

  37. Brent Drummond

    Brent Drummond

    Spencer, I’ve been listening to your podcasts for the last several weeks while educating myself in the process of launching my first site. Great job with those.

    This post directly addresses one of the outstanding tasks I needed to figure out before I could put together what will be the main focus page of my site, which I can now build out, so this is very timely info.

    Thanks much!

  38. Zubz Kadir

    Zubz Kadir

    Ahh this would’ve saved me a few hours of scratching my head in frustration while trying to get used to tablepress and trying my best to get it to look like yours!!

    The learning curve is pretty steep for a beginner and non -coder like my but it gets better after a while. Gotta commend the creator of TablePress for his excellent ‘customer service’ on the plugin support page though, he usually replies within a day or 2 and even helps you adjusts the additional code to suit your problem. But at the same time i was hoping he would create one where all you need to do is insert the nos!
    Now that you’ve shown us that websimon can do all that, I’ll
    definitely try to use it for subsequent tables !

    Really Hope that you’d do a post about increasing amazon click through and conversion rates soon!

  39. Charles Marabella

    Charles Marabella

    Hey Spencer,

    great post I skimmed over it, I already used table-press on my site just in time for the holiday bump in amazon sales and I love using table-press. I actually had to manually update my wordpress version in order to install the plugin but it was well worth it, makes sites look great.

    Thank you for all the great info you post, I greatly appreciate it!

    -Charles Marabella

    • Charles Marabella

      Charles Marabella

      Quick question Spencer, what is the social media share plugin (displayed on upper left of sites) you use for this site and your survival knife site?

  40. Crystal

    Crystal

    Wow what an awesome post! Definitely need to book mark this one for future reference. I loved the table on survival knife and Perrin’s site is very nice and clean looking. I’ll definitely use this advice in a future niche site I’m planning. Thanks for putting so much time in to this post!

  41. Tori

    Tori

    Question–if you get the same commission from Amazon for 72 hours (was it?) from cookies once people have gone to your site, then why bother with affiliate links at all? Why not just have a direct link to Amazon? I know there must be a reason, I just can’t figure out what it is … 🙂

  42. Tori

    Tori

    Oh wait I just realized how dumb my question was. Never mind! lol. I think what I was sort of thinking was “why so many” links. But yes they still need to click on one.

  43. Brian

    Brian

    Spencer, another great post as usual.

    I am getting ready to make an attempt at my first website using all the things I’ve learned watching you and Perrin.

    I did purchase EasyAzon and will be using tablepress on my site.

    I am trying to figure out, after reading your post on adding the text link and image in the first columns.

    When you create your easyazon link, do you just add the tag and then your image source code?

    I was wondering if you might add one of your full item easyazon tags here from your csv file so I can see how you have the text and image in the same cell.

    • Brian

      Brian

      or maybe even better yet.

      Add a sample video to this post showing how you put together a table using the information you put in this post.

      Would be very helpful to those like me that picks things up a little easier being shown that reading directions.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      The post actutally does include the full link from one of the CSV files – its the big long link with easyazon tags and everything.

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    Nice one Spencer.. This is a great post. Looking forward to seeing what Chris comes up with table wise to integrate with EasyAzon

  47. Sheyi | copysuxes.com

    Sheyi | copysuxes.com

    I used the websimon plugin and created the table but the thing is this, the table does not look neat compared to what’s on Perill’s site. Could the theme be a factor here?

    I’m using a free theme just to test things before installing a paid theme.

    Thanks

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      Spencer Haws

      Yep, it may have to do with the theme…not sure.

  48. frank joseph

    frank joseph

    This is the perfect guide in building a comparison table.
    Thanks Spencer for taking the time to explain it all!

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  51. Isaiah Joe

    Isaiah Joe

    Spencer, you killed it here! thanks for this detailed guy, even a moron can create a css3 table with this.

    I really appreciate it.

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