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Upcoming VIP Product – The Essentials Package (Site Layouts That SELL)…

July 24th, 2008 · 200 Comments

The next VIP product is about to launch, but I wanted to get some last-minute feedback from you (details below)… 

Speaking of which, the first couple of VIP products have been a raging success – but more importantly, people are seeing major results by following them.

I like the “short, targeted report” method of delivering information because it makes things simple & instantly actionable. Unlike a full-blown course, these strategies are “singular” and therefore there is no ”puzzle-work” involved. You simply do the strategy and watch it work.

Such as many of the people who have followed the Conduit Method and seen almost immediate results – both with new sites and by changing existing review sites.

This, by the way, is what makes it all worth it to me. I LOVE seeing people take action and literally create life-changing results because they decide to do something that works. 

Anyway – with that thought in mind – this next VIP release will be the most useful and “instantly actionable” one yet for a lot of folks…

The Essentials Package – Site Layouts That Sell

Hundreds of people now have asked if they can buy, “co-develop” or otherwise obtain the templates I use for building my affiliate sites, review sites, conduit sites, etc.

I’ve had to decline each time because I didn’t have anything that was “complete” enough for them to use – and also – I didn’t exactly want people to simply just straight out copy my actual affiliate sites or swipe my content.

So that’s why I’ve decided to develop and distribute my best-converting templates and site layouts for quickly rolling out affiliate sites – just add your content, promote them and you’re in business…

Here’s what I’ll have for you when it goes live:

* 3 HTML Site Templates (2 Conduit Site Styles, 1 Content/Review Mix Template)

* A WordPress Theme Based on the Conduit Layout – so you can build ultra-profitable review sites even if you have ZERO html or web design abilities.

* Installation & Usage Instructions For Quickly Editing, Uploading and/or Installing – PDF and video format

* Step-by-Step SEO Promotion Strategies For Easily Indexing & Ranking Your Sites – I’ll have 2 “action checklists” for easy, methodical SEO, 1 will be 100% free, 1 will include paid options.

My only question is…

Am I missing anything?

Is there something else you’d like with this package?

Please tell me by posting a comment below right now – the sooner the better.



P.S. I now have a dedicated affiliate resources page for the VIP products at

They’ve been converting at around 25% from “list” traffic…

Tags: General Marketing Stuff

200 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David Norden Secret Marketing Links // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:35 am

    A list of keywords to start, and a list of clickbank products selling well, some more examples to adapt easily

  • 2 Jesse // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Great work so far Chris. You always provide an outstanding wealth of APPLICABLE knowledge. Many Thanks!

    As for this next report, I would like to see included in your marketing plan, metrics that help us determine how much (or little) to market over a designated time-span so that we do not get “sandboxed” by Google (especially with a new site/domain).


  • 3 Chris // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:41 am

    As part of the package you need to include the templates in 2 additional options – Xsite Pro V1 & V2.

  • 4 Cheryl // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Sounds like a real winner. I have been hacking away at using WordPress to design a conduit site of sorts. I could really use a leg up and it sounds like that is just what you’re offering! Can’t wait!

  • 5 Gary // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Hi Chris,

    How about :

    1. a software or resource or service (or whatever) to help us create our own unique site logo?

    2. step by step guide on creating a list for the site – ideas on what to put in the autoresponder

    And also are the templates in .php? It is easier to update things this way rather than straight html.



  • 6 admin // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Thanks guys – some excellent suggestions so far…

    Let’s keep them coming!

    I DO listen and apply suggestions…



  • 7 John // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Hi Chris,

    Not sure if your templates
    include this but …
    how about a 3 column design?

  • 8 Don // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:58 am


    Exactly what I need! Can’t really think of what to add, I do love video though~! :)
    More cowbell, er I mean video!

    Thanks for all you do man, best investment I’ve made in months!


  • 9 JanPaul // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Great stuff, Chris. Maybe a structured plan to do some tracking of stats would also be helpful.
    What is useful to do, and what is not.
    Which numbers are important?



  • 10 michell // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:07 am

    You know what I would like if you could do it?

    XsitePro 2 templates.

    That would make it complete!

  • 11 Jim // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:11 am


    Sometimes in studying your reports, I keep wishing for more detail. You have excellent information, but in a way you sometimes assume that someone may know more than they really do–at least in my case :-) For instance, in the example where you mention using softwaremaker pro, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds: there’s still seems to be a lot of research and work to do to actually make a product that will compete with what is out there. The best products aren’t junky, after all. You give great insight as to the “big picture” but “the devil” is in the details” and in the actual step-by-step procedures, and one wishes for more of that in your reports, at least for us ignorant types. I think it’s often that type step-by-step information which is missing that paralyzes action, and not just too much information.

    If such detailed information isn’t always possible, at least it would be great if one could get enough detail so that one could go to some outsourcing venue and get the job done right without worrying.

  • 12 Jim // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Matt and Brad Callen have come out with their Blinkweb site maker, which is free. How would that work with your ideas?

  • 13 Gary C. // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Chris, many marketers use XSite Pro. It would be great to include some XSite Pro templates.

    A way or instructions to show us how to creat favicons for our e-mails and branding our image.

    A couple of killer sales pages and some copywritting info. A way to personalize the sales letter.

  • 14 Jim // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:20 am

    WP optimized for SEO

  • 15 James Schramko // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Chris, send the templates to me and I’ll convert them to XSitePro 1 and 2.



  • 16 Waller // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Sounds amazing. Thanks, Chris.

    Like Jim, I’m having some trouble figuring out
    how to use softwaremaker pro, which I think could really boost sales of an existing product of mine.

    So, if at some point, you could write some instructions, that would be incredibly helpful.

    Thanks again, look forward to the next report.


  • 17 Philip // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Pros and cons of static HTML site v WordPress based site and whether/how can combine for best of both worlds.

  • 18 Jim // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Php affliate link cloaking and redirect scripts for WP

  • 19 Jeff // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:47 am


    I would love you to include the best way to outsource some of the content in the package

  • 20 Jon // Jul 25, 2008 at 2:07 am

    I’ve just finished building my first conduit site and I’m getting 10-15 visitors a day and have made my first sales…and I haven’t even pointed a link at it yet!

    I did submit the sitemap to Google, but that’s it.

    Also, the site has the lowest bounce rate I’ve ever seen and highest page views per visitor; tells me there is a real need being served by these types of sites.

    I spent a lot of work customizing wordpress to work for this site, so I’m interested to see what your theme will look like.

    Only other thing I’d like is more details about choosing conduit products. How would you decide when a product is a winner? The site I built has low competition, but the commissions are from Amazon = low! But the traffic and demand is there, but how to find one that has the same but with juicier commissions?

  • 21 Peter // Jul 25, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Hi Chris,

    Great Reports – the next will really help to speed up the development process.

    A recommendation for a good ‘free directory’ submission service would be of value.

    Many thanks.


  • 22 John O // Jul 25, 2008 at 2:52 am

    I am soooo stoked that you are including a wordpress template. I know you don’t love wordpress but I am very familiar with it and am happy to have the option.

    The only things I could think of would be to include an optional “add your aweber code and report image here” kind of opt in box for those who want it. Also a list of wordpress plugins that you recommend would be good.

    Can’t wait for this. Just bought and hosted my domain today for my first conduit site. great timing! Thanks.

  • 23 John O // Jul 25, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Sorry, one more thing, a break down of the process of finding products outside of clickbank would be helpful for me. CJ is so much more confusing to me. What network, what profit minimum makes sense, what EPC to look for, how many seller options should I offer the visitor, etc?

    Thanks again.

  • 24 Sally // Jul 25, 2008 at 3:34 am

    I use a WYSIWYG website builder that I love – not Xsite Pro. Importing HTML into it can be a dicey operation, though. I can also create from scratch or edit existing headers and other graphics.

    If I like a template, all I need is the graphics. I take a scrolling screen shot for reference, then use the graphics and copy the layout. It’s very easy – nothing to it.

    Having said all that, do you think the templates will be useful to me? I hope so, because your products are the best.

  • 25 Roy // Jul 25, 2008 at 3:44 am


    When you convert the template, will you send them out to your existing customers? Will be useful if it’s in XSP1.0 or 2.0 format.


  • 26 Roy // Jul 25, 2008 at 3:47 am


    For the content/review site, it’s good that you may mention some review template with 2.0 capability. That way will enable some “real” human review to be added. Currently XSP2.0 can’t tailor for that.


  • 27 Jeremiah // Jul 25, 2008 at 3:51 am

    Product review Copy writing info.

    e.g. What to say, What not to say and I think more importantly – How to say it.

  • 28 Mike // Jul 25, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Hi Chris
    I read the ‘Conduit Method for the second time yesterday. Easy reading & great stuff! I was left with a few questions/concerns – all seem to be covered in your new product! ( regarding design for best conversion, how much to use graphics & product pictures …)

    I hope the user guide is idiot proof and includes plenty of screen images. For example you said to put a “site map” on the home page. Is this a navigation index for visitors or something special for the search engines?

    Got to go and read ‘Reverse Niche Selection’ for the second time.

    They are the best reports and strategies I’ve read/seen in a long long time. Thanks!


  • 29 Roy // Jul 25, 2008 at 4:14 am

    I did not think of WordPress, as you mentioned WordPress is weak from a conversion perspective(?!)


  • 30 Bernd // Jul 25, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Keyword tracking included ?
    Hide affiliate links ?
    Hopefully it´s not a monthly fees package.
    Thank you and I like your offers !

  • 31 Ian // Jul 25, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Chris, these are just what I’ve been waiting for. What would make it even more insatiable would be to have them in XSite Pro v2 format too.

    The two reports you’ve released so far have been excellent though, keep em coming – cheers, Ian

  • 32 Morgan // Jul 25, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Hey Chris

    Awesome, been waiting for these templates, thanks for making them as the next report.

    Heres a few suggesitons…

    1. If you can include how you track your sites ie: do you use google analytics or otther stat programs? and also any other tracking info we may need to know of with affiliat elinks on the site etc etc

    2. Templates are awesome, but whats just as important is how to word these templates, menaing you showed us the healthprodcuctreports site and this was brillient to see how you would write a report etc, but there were still some things missing like the rating system etc, perhaps you can give us another example of how you word these reports.

    3. have the 2 conduit templates and 1 content/review template, but to have each of these in various formats ie: XSitePro/HTML/WorPress/Drupal/Joomla

    Thanks and look forward to them

    P.S Keep us posted on your upcomming coaching course

  • 33 Morgan // Jul 25, 2008 at 4:56 am

    Me again Chris

    Noticed you mentioned that people were changing and modifying their review style sites into report style sites, is this suggested, are you finding that report style sites are alot more effective?

    If the report style site is so effective then why offer a template that is in a review/content format?

    Would still like to see the review/content template, but if you can mention why you are offering htis when you prefer the conduit style rather.

    Also when sending out the templates, could you have different theme and colout options that one can choose from?


  • 34 Jan Gregory // Jul 25, 2008 at 5:13 am

    Action Lists for Step-by-Step SEO Promotion Strategies

    Pile it on for this… as much as you can. Would also be interesting in your linking strategies for Review and Conduit methods.

    Also, and tips on how you do Tracking for visitor actions and for Conversions.


  • 35 Internet Marketing Tips // Jul 25, 2008 at 5:15 am

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for all you do!

    Minor suggestion – maybe divide up your SEO/Traffic plan to reflect free methods/paid for methods so folks can start with little or no cost and move forward as their marketing budget allows?

    Best to you,

  • 36 JD // Jul 25, 2008 at 5:25 am

    So Glad, I took that upsell option on the last report Chris… *Access to All Your reports*

    You are truly ‘The Man’, thanks a million Bro.

  • 37 Steve Henderson // Jul 25, 2008 at 5:47 am

    I just hacked out my first website in XSP2 following your Lazy Affiliate advice.
    I use XSP because it vastly simplifies maintenance and replication down the track.

    The main hurdle (beyond product research) was lack of a suitable template but I managed to hack a standard XSP template into reasonable shape. The format is still not right, but what the hell – it’s better to get some rubber on the road than to wait on perfection.

    Anyway – can I please add one more vote to the list requesting for XSP2 templates.

    And thanks for your targeted and practical advice.


  • 38 Brad // Jul 25, 2008 at 6:10 am

    A few more templates would be nice. Both for the site and WP. Currently I’m trying to customize WP into a site similar to the one in your reports so it would be nice to if the templates were very easy to implement. We’re not all full time Lazy Markerters although I wish I was. :-)

  • 39 Abe // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:01 am

    An in depth video looking at how you go about writing reviews would be awesome!

    Keep up the good work

  • 40 Tom // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:04 am

    I want to add that XSP2 templates would be nice,and a good tracking like Google analaytics also what Jim comment 11 had to say regarding detail.



  • 41 Eric // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I have 2 requests.
    First, please tell us how to set up one of these neat little response boxes, with the fill in the blank spaces, and perhaps clue is in about a free form builder or something like that which does the trick.
    Second, I second the request for XSitePro compatible templates. Gotta have that!!


  • 42 JoAnne // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:22 am

    1) I’d like XSitePro templates … James Schramko generously offered to make these.

    2) I’d like a template for a storefront type of site … where up to 9 or 12 products are displayed/described on the page.

    3) I’d like more “how-to” details in your reports.

    4) I’d love to learn more about how to track various things on our sites, especially sales. [I don't particularly want to use Google Analytics. As good as it sounds, that's giving the Big G way too much info about *our* business.]

    Keep up the excellent work … I love your reports!

  • 43 Neo // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Sounds great.

    May I suggest you to setup a private forum for your paid customers. You spend time answering all those guys in the Warrior forum who didn’t even bought your product. That is very nice of you. But having such an opportunity for your paid customers is only fair.
    I know you have a support system. But a forum would be better where you don’t have to answer the same question twice and others will benefit from sharing ideas.
    Just my humble opinion. Its up to you.

  • 44 Vic // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:32 am

    I second Neo’s coments. A forum would be great.

  • 45 Don // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:44 am


    You want to do all the hard work and let us reap all the benefits…

    As far as whats missing…

    I would like see you incorporate the SILO or LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing)
    I think this would work great on a review site.


    Maybe a color glossy poster of the Step-by-Step SEO Promotion Strategies

  • 46 Dave // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Hi Chris,

    I’d also like to have the templates in Xsite Pro V1 & V2.

    Sounds Great!

    Thank You

  • 47 Jeremy Hier // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Hi Chris,

    Looking forward to the templates.

    What about adding web 2.0 to the static templates,
    by having a simple form at the bottom where people can add their own review.

    Will this effect conversion though.


  • 48 Simjs // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Hi Chris,

    How about few WordPress theme that suite the method with some beautiful header / footer graphics?


  • 49 Jeremy Hier // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:15 am

    web 2.0 something like

  • 50 Terry // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Sounds great Chris! Please, put these out in XSP also. It would make this very nice.


  • 51 Jeremy Hier // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:29 am

    I 2nd the motion for a easy way to customize the template with your own logo.

  • 52 Lance // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:34 am


    I’d like to second the thoughts of everyone who mentioned having templates for XSitePro!!!

    Especially version 2.0 ;-)


  • 53 Eileen // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Hi Chris,
    This is just what we need!
    XSitePro2 Templates would be great.

    Thanks so much,

  • 54 Adam // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Hi Chris,

    One thing I’d absolutely love to get with this package is a set of graphics, I’m talking things like rating stars, “click attractive” buttons like your “Free Scan” one, arrows, checkmarks, etc.

    Basically graphics to increase click through rates, I especially am interested in clickable buttons like your free scan button.

    Also, are you going to be doing a WSO for this one? Just so I know when to order?

    Thanks :-)

  • 55 Kathee Muzin // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Hi Chris,
    Sounds great. I like the logo designer idea,and absolutely LOVE your 2 VIP reports so far.

    Just wanted to put in a plug for good old HTML as some of us haven’t got php figured out yet. If you know of any resources that could help with that, it would be awesome to have them too.

  • 56 Geoff // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Another vote for XSitePro templates (Ver2) from me!

  • 57 sarah staar // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:14 am

    it would be helpful if the templates were xsitepro2 compatible.

  • 58 Ted Stalets / Domain Nesteggs // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Thanks, Chris.
    Have read the Conduit report 3 times – and this weekend is planned for building the first site. Looking forward to the templates. Can’t think of anything to improve on – other than a few of the comments below… All the best!
    Ted Stalets

  • 59 WebDiva // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:23 am


    First, both your ‘conduit’ and ‘niche’ reports are awesome! I’ve recommended them to all my clients – newbie and otherwise.

    Offering a templating package is great ‘next step’ to those reports. “Smart thinkin’ Abe Lincoln!”

    Now… A ‘screenshot’ capture of the products’ sites being reviewed – Including either a little software (that YOU create) for grabbing webscreens, OR outlining some instructions for your customers to make them using other tools available… Many folks could really benefit from that and it would be a great compliment to your template offering.

    Best of luck on your upcoming Templates launch. I’ll definitely be pointing MY clients to it, and I’m sure it will be a smashing success.


  • 60 Barry // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Hi Chris,

    Ditto on the XSitePro2 templates. And for those that didn’t know, WordPress can be set up to look and act just like a static website even with some 2.0 added in.

    Thanks Chris, your the mentor I’ve been looking for!


  • 61 Trevor // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Hey Adam (guy above me)
    You can find an absolute ton of rating graphics and images by simply going to some of the top merchants on clickbank and looking into their affiliate promotional resource sections (banners, images, buttons, rating checkmarks Etc.)


    I am in the middle of my second conduit site and was suprised when you said that peoples new sites are already making money. ..

    I am looking foreward to the free link building & seo section of this next report, so anything and everything additional you can include in that section to get a site off the ground and making money cheaply would be perfect.

    Also. I know you are releasing the one way link report later down the road along with the other seo reports, but I kinda wish you’d release them before the visitor value reports since I don’t have any visitors yet haha.

    -Thank You

  • 62 Louise // Jul 25, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Thanks so much for your great products!

    Only suggestion I have is – could WP templates have the RSS/Web 2.0 stuff there?

    I’m not all technical and it would be a help to not have to try to figure that out myself. In the same vein, while offering templates in other formats such as .php, please continue to provide html ones. I know html well and hate to spend time trying to learn a new format. The money is in the marketing!

  • 63 Nick // Jul 25, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Chris – these templates come at a good time for me.

    Based on comments in your various releases, I am trying HTML (with WYSIWYG) on the fly. The learning curve is a little steep, but Im figuring it out.

    As far as the template release – easy customization would be helpful.

    BTW, several comments referred to XSite Pro. Do you have any opinion? Anyone else?


    P.S. your content, presentation and style makes your information very usable.

  • 64 Jim Curtis // Jul 25, 2008 at 10:32 am

    More videos and/or graphic examples of
    conduit review sites. A picture is worth
    a 1,000 words…well maybe!

  • 65 David Valentine // Jul 25, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Some comment or help in writing and submitting Sitemaps to increase a spider’s action on your site.

    This is totally different from the sitemap on your home page for viewers.

  • 66 Andrew // Jul 25, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Hi Chris,

    The templates for Xsite Pro V1 & V2 as Chris, Michell, Gary, James and Morgan suggested would be a great idea. By the way, using Xsite Pro was YOUR suggestion to do things quickier, wasn’t it, Chris?
    And I have to agree with Neo; a private forum for your paid customers is more than essential. We need to talk to people who is having success (or not?) using your techniques. Where are these guys?

    Cheers mate!

  • 67 Steve // Jul 25, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Well, you are the expert at this Chris, but based on what I’ve read about your conduit method, here is what I’m looking for in a review/report template…

    1) No big fat header image because I want the bulk of the information for each page to be on the top fold.

    2) The template would feature a review/report of one product per page with built-in boxes where I can put info about the product and what other people say about the product.

    3) The peoples comments might be emphasized somehow. Just something to make their comments stand out a bit, like being in a cloud thing as seen in printed cartoons. I’ve seen that used somewhere with reviewer comments. I think it was a travel site where I saw that.

    4) I need a space to be able to easily add 1 to 5 stars for each review/report page. So it would be good if you could include star graphics from one to five stars that we can drop in that box.

    5) I guess the nav bar would go on the left, with spaces to drop banners for my top affiliate offers near the top bottom and maybe right side of each page.

    6) It needs to be generic enough so I can use it for other products on different domains. Perhaps make it so that IF we do want to modify the header…but only if we want to since it should be generic enough to work for any product.

    7) Easy to navigate with a clean friendly welcoming and professional look and feel should be key, I think. Think clean simple look and feel like, or

    8) Finally, please, please make the files Xsitepro2 compatible.

    Again, you da man and the expert here, so if anything there conflicts with the ‘conduit’ plan, then that isn’t what we want. :-)

    Thank you.

  • 68 Jeannie // Jul 25, 2008 at 11:43 am

    You do such a great job. I thought of two things that may help.

    1. Those little rating stars – how about adding 5 jpgs of the one to 5 stars.

    2. A changeable header wordpress theme.
    That way, it could be changed out for a differerent look for anything that it is used for.



  • 69 Richie // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    As a new guy, my main concern regarding many products is lack of…. step by step instructions as to technical elements, -especially around uploading issues and files/folders which can be confusing. (And is a vital step)

    As already suggested, many good guides and software etc often lack foolproof step by step instructions, and talk in broad terms. You get stuck and start crying. Surely Foolproof instructions are not that difficult to supply!!! Good luck with the project. Love your reports.


  • 70 Shelby // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    In regards to logo creation some people have been asking about I just saw this.

    haven’t used it or bought it yet, but it looks pretty cool.

    I also would like some XsitePro2 templates for use with the conduit sites.

  • 71 Tom // Jul 25, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Sweet! This will help out a lot!

    Couple questions though…

    When will this be available exactly? And will there be screenshots or something to make sure this is what I want?

    I only ask because I have ads on elance to get these built, but if you’re offering what I want, I take them down. Thanks!

  • 72 Dave // Jul 25, 2008 at 2:44 pm


    I’d love to see XSP v2 templates.



  • 73 Anthony // Jul 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Hey buddy,
    Exciting stuff. No sugs. now…as you know, I’m a newbie, but looking forward to seeing the product.

  • 74 Travis // Jul 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Landing pages for us PPC marketers (and a way to test niches/products first before building full sites). Maybe just include one landing page in the package.


  • 75 Jackie // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Great! The templates will save me a lot of time.

    After reading some of the comments just wanted to add my vote.

    I use Dreamweaver so I like HTML not PHP.

    I like PDFs, not Videos. I can print out and read away from the computer. I can make notes on the printed document and I can go back and find things quicker.


  • 76 admin // Jul 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    A BIG thanks to everyone who contributed their suggestions and comments – I really appreciate it.

    I’ll definitely be adding support for XSP templates (both versions 1 & 2), as well as taking many of the other suggestions into the completion of this VIP release.

    Also, rest assured that the outworkings of building AND marketing the sites will be step-by-step, and there will be options for people with every kind of budget in terms of SEO, etc.

    I’ll also include information on effective outsourcing.

    Among other things, listed/suggested here.

    By all means – feel free to add to this list of suggestions, but please do it ASAP!



  • 77 Mary // Jul 25, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Chris, you’ve got another big winner. Many thanks.

    And thanks to those snowboard and surfing gods (they hang out together) who made your profit margins so razor thin you fell over the edge into IM.

    Add more graphics for review ratings and directions to modify the templates. If everybody’s site looks alike, we’re toast.

    I also like the idea of logo-building resources and XSP2 templates to broaden the market. I’m always looking for templates and clean looking WordPress themes.

    Genius and practicality under 20 bucks? Under 30 bucks? Beautiful way to build a list.


  • 78 Fat Loss Supplement Advisor // Jul 25, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Another supporter of Xsitepro compatibility here.

    Other points already covered here, I guess :)

  • 79 Steven // Jul 26, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Will it include a spot to put the html for a opt in list? Such as aweber or get response.

  • 80 Arindam // Jul 26, 2008 at 10:50 am

    >> step by step guide on creating a list for the site – ideas on what to put in the autoresponder

    I second that one! I really need to get a hang on the reporter-style emails that Chris talks about in his Conduit method (WF private forum post) :D .


  • 81 ROADDOG // Jul 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks Chris
    I bought xsite pro2 through your aff. link.
    In was going to get it anyway, but as you know, I am so impressed with your products, that if you recommended it, it must be something. I haven’t been disappointed.

    I was going to chime in about the templates being xsite friendly, but I see you already covered that.

    I “knew” you would have that base covered. Once again you don’t disappoint either.

    That’s what the thanks was for.


  • 82 David Raybould // Jul 26, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Great job so far. How about including a simple way to slot an optin box into the templates so we can build some lists?

    Just a thought.


  • 83 Eyal // Jul 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for doing a great job.
    For all those that are going the WP route, and with all due respect to XSP, I would like to see more WordPress Themes Based on the Conduit and Content/Review Mix Template)….
    I myself am a Firepow member….a membership you encouraged to join….
    So I would like to see more WP compatible templates .


  • 84 Mike // Jul 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm


    Tracking, keyword tracking.
    If possible integration with XCovnerion ??

  • 85 Tia // Jul 28, 2008 at 12:35 am

    I was so excited until I read all these suggestions. I did not realize there was so much I did not know. Is it possible for a newbie to get a site up and running?

    Have never built a website so am not familiar with any of the terminology.

    Do you have any suggestions where a beginner could learn the steps – A-do this; B-step 2 etc. on list and website building?

    Which auto-responder do you recommend using? And where to go for outsourcing.

    Am sure I will l/earn a ton. Love Your Style!


    Many blessings to you,

  • 86 Jeremy Hier // Jul 28, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Hope the templates launch this week. :)

  • 87 Adam // Jul 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I also would like more WordPress Themes Based on the Conduit and Content/Review Mix Template to use with Firepow.

  • 88 Angela // Jul 29, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Would love to have the following…

    1) Xsitepro V2 templates
    2) Sample sites to see how to make these conduit sites
    3) Keyword research

    ps. btw, I don’t have your conduit report but I’ve read your conduit post in the WF private post. Am I missing anything ?

  • 89 Morgan // Jul 29, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Can you please have a video and step by step on how to create an effective report on a product, I know how to put an effective review together on a product, however a report is somewhat different when it comes to the wording one uses etc, please explain what one needs to know …

    Thanks a bunch

  • 90 Jeremy Hier // Jul 29, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I 2nd the idea to have some way of tracking the conversion of each report page because I intent to create a very large report site.

    Also for outsourcing please explain the right wording or instructions you give your writers so they create the report pages the way we want them.


  • 91 Lisa // Jul 29, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Lots of great suggestions. I think the idea to include LSI siloing is great, and so are the tracking ideas. Tracking conversion is crucial.

    What about incorporating audios and videos? Many of us aren’t webmasters, so I’d try to avoid anything that requires HTML or PHP knowledge; just click and drag, if possible.

  • 92 mike // Jul 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    i couldn’t get xsitepro to work so i was forced to buy dreamweaver. will the layouts work with DW as well?

    PS. i spent 15 hrs with their support team trying to get it to work. they gave a refund

  • 93 Trev // Jul 31, 2008 at 4:19 am

    hey Chris.. i’m just starting out and was wondering, where’s the best (cheap) place to buy URLs/get hosting? -thanks, trev

  • 94 Jeremy Hier // Jul 31, 2008 at 10:28 am

    from my experience and are good hosting companies, and is good for buying domains

    I’m sure the html templates will work with DW and frontpage, basically and html editor, I’ve been using frontpage for years

    once you customize the template you just add your content

    I use for autoresponder, once you set it up in aweber you just copy and paste the code, its easy, aweber has tutorials

  • 95 Chuck Staff // Jul 31, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Tref: has been very good to me for BUYing domains… once you learn how to by-pass all of their upsells when you order a domain. Their prices are good and they have frequent sales/special deals. has been an excellent hosting company.

  • 96 Nick // Jul 31, 2008 at 3:25 pm


    I’d like to see how YOU create effective and profitable software for your projects, as per the lazy marketing strategy. Maybe some kind of template for software included? Or at least a basic layout?

    Looking forward to seeing the VIP essential!

  • 97 Steve // Jul 31, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Hmmm, Chris’s information thus far is not really oriented towards the total newbie. Yes, we have all been there, and I am sorry to sound rude here, but many of these questions being asked here can be answered anywhere with a simple google search. I really hope Chris doesn’t dilute his excellent information with a bunch of newbie stuff.

  • 98 Jeremy Hier // Aug 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    on the internet it is difficult to know who to trust,
    Chris has more than proven himself, it is good for newbies to have a reliable source instead of searching for hours, when you are first starting who you learn from at first makes a big difference, there are many contradictory opinions in cyberspace

    any newbies who have questions about anything I’ll answer them as best as I can, if I can’t answer I just say I don’t know, I’m sure Chris will address anything that needs addressing,

    plus the conduit method is straight-forward as compared to other methods, but newbies will still have questions more so as to just confirm what they are doing, I know because I used to be a newbie, any questions just ask

  • 99 Carlos // Aug 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Chris

    When is the launch date man?

    I’m desperate!

    Conduit method is amazing… just need the templates.


  • 100 admin // Aug 4, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Carlos (and everyone else),

    My apologies on the backup here with this launch.

    Basically, we had to overcome some issues with the WordPress theme (now it works awesome!), and I wasn’t willing to release the script with a bunch of bugs.

    Anyway, you can check out a sample WordPress Conduit Theme site (page) at:

    It takes about 6 minutes to install and set up the conduit theme on a WordPress blog, and posting products is EASY.

    I’m just completing the installation guides/materials for the WP theme and the other templates, and I’ll release this ASAP.

    Thanks for your patience – and your input!

    This will be worth the wait – rest assured.

    Thank you,


  • 101 JanPaul // Aug 5, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Well Chris,

    I made a real crappy html site, with a real crappy clickbank product and gave it my own interpretation of the conduit approach, but more “review” than report really.
    I did not submit any articles, and I also did not submit the site to any directory.
    But I did follow your keyword placement strategy very strictly. Titlepage, description, etc.
    I only added the url to Google last wednesday [27th], and I allready get 10 visitors per day.
    Just goes to show how powerful this lowhanging keyword targeting thing really is.
    Great stuff man! Wow! It’s amazing.

    But now that you say that it really can make a difference to use wordpress, I take your word for it and will check that out.



  • 102 Jeff // Aug 5, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Hey Chris Great work!
    Your stuff is really useful

    I seen some questions about tracking use google analytics – its easy all you do is copy and paste to your web page

  • 103 Steve // Aug 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Hey Chris,

    The ‘report’ WP template looks good! No big dumb thick header image that takes up half the top fold. I like it. I was creating a template with xsitepro but now I don’t need to and will be installing yours today.

    I have a couple quick ‘Conduit’ questions regarding articles please…

    1) Duplicate Content Articles For Newsletter:
    When building a list, and regarding the year supply of articles you get from (the hidden ones you link to in your weekly newsletter), do you leave the authors resource box in those articles? With the authors links? Or do you remove that stuff?

    2) Original Content Articles:
    I thought I read somewhere that you suggest adding 10 to 20 pages of ORIGINAL CONTENT articles to your conduit sites, but now I can’t find where you wrote that! And if you didn’t suggest that, are the 10 to 20 report pages enough to be noticed by the search engines?

    Thanks again.

  • 104 Steve // Aug 5, 2008 at 1:24 pm


    I forgot to ask you about one way back links…

    You mentioned somewhere that you limit your back links (Linkvana) to only about 4 PER DAY, but in a video somewhere else, you mentioned that you should limit your back links to only 3 to 4 PER WEEK. At this time, and to avoid getting sandboxed), how many backlinks per day or per week do you recommend?

    Thanks again.

  • 105 Steve // Aug 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm


    I forgot to ask you about one way back links…

    You mentioned somewhere that you limit your back links (Linkvana) to only about 4 PER DAY, but in a video somewhere else, you mentioned that you should limit your back links to only 3 to 4 PER WEEK. At this time, and to avoid getting sandboxed), how many backlinks per day or per week do you recommend?


  • 106 Mehso // Aug 7, 2008 at 5:00 am

    Hi please could you add xsitepro 2 templates to the package


  • 107 Jeremy Hier // Aug 7, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Hey Chris,

    WP template looks cool, professional looking.
    Looking forward to the html template.
    In the mean time I’ve been researching as many affiliate programs and products in my market, it is
    endless which is great.

  • 108 Paul // Aug 7, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    So Chris, any ETA? I’m champing at the bit!

  • 109 Barry // Aug 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve already chewed my bit in half!
    Now I’ve got to see a dentist.
    Hurry Chris before I loose all my teeth.

  • 110 Jeremy Hier // Aug 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm


  • 111 Scott Million // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe you’re offering all of this for $29.95. It took me over 4 hours to setup my conduit websites in just the design alone…and I’ve spent countless hours searching for a WordPress that had a conduit layout so I could get the SEO benefits…that template alone is worth the product itself.

    Thanks, Chris. You truly do care about helping people…you could easily charge $147 for that package!

    I’ll be buying Monday :)

  • 112 Harold // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Chris –

    All said, do you advise and show how to set up the connections and links for affilitate earnings?

    I don’t know how to do this. Would this VIP package be helpful in this regard? Thanks.


  • 113 Mike // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:40 am

    I am interested in doing a review of companies instead of products per se.

    Looking at the Rolex product report example, is there a way I could change Product Details to Company Details and also Product Specifications, Price and Return Policy and put in something else?


  • 114 Paul // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Woot! Can’t wait til tomorrow!

  • 115 Mike H. Nielsen // Aug 11, 2008 at 2:34 am

    To Mike:

    Without knowing exactly how the template works I would think it would be reasonably easy to change the text of those sections to something else. You might have to edit the PHP files although that’s just speculation since none of us know how the template works…yet

  • 116 Scott // Aug 11, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I just bought this package, it has good information, no videos. I guess I need to buy the conduit method report to get the whole scoop? I was mistaken and thought it came in the package.

  • 117 Jeremy Hier // Aug 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Chris,

    From my understanding we are supposed to get 3 html templates, but 2 of them are all PHP files, when I open it in frontpage all I see is code, is this correct.


  • 118 Mike // Aug 12, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Strange a number are posting questions but Chris is not replying.

    Makes one a little nervous about ordering the product.

  • 119 admin // Aug 12, 2008 at 2:48 am

    To Mike Nielson & Jeremy:

    The HTML templates in fact ARE straight HTML.

    You can rename them to the .html extension if you wish, and then simply insert your own navigation manually rather than use the “PHP File include” command.

    Scott – re: videos – I decided against having videos in the end (see the sales letter, no mention of videos) because the nature of the instructions were that one would need to read along and then complete the steps, and it seemed redundant to have both formats when the text install guide is what was required anyway.

    However – I can add videos if there’s any issues with this.

    Mike: My apologies on the slow response time, I just got in tonight from a 3-day road trip across western Canada.

    Always keep in mind that, just as with the Conduit Method report (how I released the second video for all who ordered), I ALWAYS make sure that people get more than what they pay for.

    So if for some reason there’s some issues with any part of any of my products – or something that just needs more explanation or clarification – then I won’t rest until you’re sastisfied.

    So with that said – if anyone who purchased doesn’t understand fully what they need to do to use the templates, or if anything was left “unexplained”, please post your feedback here or through my support desk.



  • 120 Jeremy Hier // Aug 12, 2008 at 8:21 am


    How do I insert my own navigation if I change it
    to html, if I leave it as php, how am I supposed to use it. This is confusing now.

    Also the template that has article pages, the menu
    is below the article, is this correct.

  • 121 Jeremy Hier // Aug 12, 2008 at 8:56 am


    The 2nd html conduit template, it seems like
    if I want to change something on the main menu,
    I have to change it on every page, there is no
    server side includes. Maybe there is another way to do this.

  • 122 Jeremy Hier // Aug 12, 2008 at 9:55 am

    In frontpage to include the menu where you want it:
    web component
    included content
    double click on Page
    then browse to find your menu page
    you can do the same thing for your footer

    I assume this is the same for dreamweaver.

  • 123 admin // Aug 12, 2008 at 12:29 pm


    Dreamweaver operates differently than FrontPage. In DW, you can open and edit PHP files just as if they’re HTML.

    In DW, you insert a file include similarly, and if it’s a PHP command in Frontpage, then the end result would be identical.

    It’s just that your file extension on the pages has to be “php” for the include to work properly.

    If FrontPage is using some sort of javascript or iframe include to display content from a remote file, then this would compromise your internal linking and may not be search-engine friendly.

    What I’d suggest doing is – if you’re intent on using Front page – is edit all the template files in HTML and make them exactly the same as the ones in the VIP Essentials zip.

    Then, when you’re ready to upload/use them, simply copy the folder and paste it in the same working directory and rename all the site files to the php extension, and then upload them.

    This way you’d have two sets of files – your work files (.html) and the actual files to be uploaded (.php).

    When changes need to be made in the future, then you’d simply change it in your work directory, copy the changed pages to the “upload” directory, rename & replace the old ones, and then upload.

    Or just use Dreamweaver.

    This package didn’t support FP, but that’s an easy way to get around it.



  • 124 OSR // Aug 12, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Chris – This is a little belated but the question is: With the typical conduit page being somewhat brief, how can it effectively snag traffic when keyword usage is minimal, due to the short text blurbs by design – as opposed to a minisite loaded with content? Would it be a good idea to add a list of related keywords like what was done on your registry product review pages? Thanks!

  • 125 admin // Aug 12, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Hi OSR,

    Keyword usage isn’t minimal, and you can use quite a bit of content, too, if you’d like.

    So long as it’s unique content though – really, it doesn’t take that much to achieve numerous long-tail rankings related to the products.

    I’d suggest, as a minimum, having about 400 words per profile page in total (including product intro, research summary, verdict, etc)

    I wouldn’t think that it would be necessary to list commonly-searched keywords. That’s just creating more work for what might only bring you a small amount of extra traffic, if any.



  • 126 admin // Aug 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Mike said in comment # 113:

    ” is there a way I could change Product Details to Company Details and also Product Specifications, Price and Return Policy and put in something else?”

    This is easily editable in the “more fields” section of your blog settings (after you install the more fields plugin, attached to the Conduit theme)

    Just follow the steps for installing the More-Fields area, except modify the visible field names how you wish.



  • 127 Alex Miller // Aug 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Chris,

    I posted a support request about 3-4 days ago but would love some help now if you could.

    When I go to upload an image onto the wordpress blog template for a particular product (I followed the instructions exactly) it gives me an error saying: HTTP ERROR

    This happens when the select the photo to be included, and then press OK. Any suggestions?

    With regards to the header of the wordpress template. what is the size of the header so that I can get a new one done?

    Also, when I go to input the website url, when saved it displays, as a long link:

    Official [Product Name] – An Unbiased, Factual Review… Homepage

    Basically it is including the title tag of my product in the link – do you know why?

    Lastly (very sorry!) – for some unknown reason an extra ‘Review’ is being put on the end of all my title tags – any suggestions?!

    Thanks a lot Chris for your time – sorry about all the questions but I have genuinely been trying to figure them all out for days!

    Oh, amazing product.


  • 128 admin // Aug 12, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Alex,

    Your support ticket should’ve been answered already – I’ll look into that (please accept my apologies if it was missed due to backlog or an accidential closing)

    I got the HTTP error when uploading images using Internet Explorer. I have no idea why, but it seems that FireFox simply just works better with web-based scripts.

    As I mentioned in the first page of the Conduit Theme install sheet, please use FireFox for the install process.

    The header image is actually “adaptive”. Any size (height, width) of image will work, but I’d suggest using images that are 700 pixels wide or less to respect some people’s small screen sizes.

    Any height will work, but slimmer is better usually in terms of conversion.

    The website link tool at the bottom of the page is meant to display the following:

    Official [Page Title] Home Page, where the page title should be the product name.

    For my conduit sites, I haven’t been using the word “review” in the title-tags, because the theme automatically adds them for you – just name your posts after the product name and the title-tag automatically appends the word “review” for you.

    Doing this will also solve the “Official Home Page” link issue since it won’t include the word “Review”

    I should have mentioned/suggested this in the install manual – thanks for catching that, I’ll include it in my upcoming “patch” release that I’m compiling and assembling right now.

    Hope this helps, Alex,



  • 129 Alex Miller // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the swift reply – amazing!

    The thing is, I’ve been using firefox to upload these images the whole time and it still doesn’t work – aggh.

    Anymore ideas? My poor conduit site looks ridiculous without images!


    PS – This might sound stupid but obviously the header is where ‘Product Reports’ shows yeh?

  • 130 Alex Miller // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Sorry, I forgot.

    Is there anyway to remove the extra ‘review’ tag that is automatically added because it’s messing things up for me.

    Where can I change this?

    Also, where can I edit the meta tags etc?


  • 131 admin // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm


    Did you MAKE SURE that the image upload folders are NOT being arranged by month/day?

    Also – check your CHMOD settings with your FTP program in the theme directory.

    To upload stuff, your blog needs certain permissions that may not be being granted, hence the problem.


  • 132 Alex Miller // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm


    [For my conduit sites, I haven’t been using the word “review” in the title-tags, because the theme automatically adds them for you - just name your posts after the product name and the title-tag automatically appends the word “review” for you.

    Doing this will also solve the “Official Home Page” link issue since it won’t include the word “Review”]

    The thing with this is, what if I want to put in – as the page title…

    [Product Name] – An unbiased, factual review…

    - this stands out a bit more than just [Product Name] Review…

    So how do I do this without other bits messing up? (e.g the extra ‘review’ and the website url at the bottom)…

    …really should have put this in one post…


  • 133 admin // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Alex, you can take the “review” out of the title tag by editing the template file called “Single Post”.

    Just go to Design > Theme Editor > Single Post (on the side bar)

    Then, where it says:

    < ?php the_title(); ?> Review

    Just remove “Review”, or edit it.


  • 134 Alex Miller // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Perfect, thanks Chris.

    The only thing left now is deciphering what you mean by [check your CHMOD settings with your FTP program in the theme directory.]

    I do know what you mean, I just don’t know how to change the permissions.

    Thank you so much for your patience.

  • 135 Alex Miller // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Don’t worry Chris – I found a help thing on WordPress to save you the hastle!

    Many thanks!

  • 136 admin // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    No Alex – thank YOU for your patience.

    I feel like an idiot for not testing this on various systems prior to release.

    Sometimes it’s easy to assume that because something works for you, it will work for others.

    Lesson learned – and a patch WILL be released.

    Anyway – CHMOD settings are the file properties given to your directories and files on your webspace.

    The files/folders in your “productreview” folder (the theme) should be set to propery number “755″

    Here’s an article with full info on CHMOD settings:

    (Your one-click WP install through fantastico should do this for you, but since you uploaded the theme files manually, this could be the issue)


  • 137 Alex Miller // Aug 12, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    [This issue is now resolved]

  • 138 Paul // Aug 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm


    The WP plug-in below is designed to solve the http error that occurs when you try to upload images.

    Perhaps it can be included in the update as i’m sure there are other people with this problem.


    I do have one question regarding cloaking of links on the WordPress blog. Do you think that you could provide a guide on how to do this as I’m a little stuck.


  • 139 Alex Miller // Aug 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    By the way Chris, you might want to delete post #137 because it’s cluttering your blog.

    As you can see, I panic!

    I now have everything working apart from the uploading of the images.

    It still says HTTP ERROR – even after i’ve reset the permissions etc.

    Any other ideas?


  • 140 Ley // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Hello Chris

    I am interested to know if you are running a WSO for this product?



  • 141 admin // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:20 am




  • 142 Mike H. Nielsen // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:13 am

    As usually it’s a quality product. My favourite part is the $19.95 special offer that you get during the order process. Quality info in that one.

    So little time so much to do :-)

  • 143 Alex Miller // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Paul – thank you very much! That plugin worked a treat!

    Definitely put that in the patch Chris :-)

    Thank you both – I now have a working Conduit Site – woo!


  • 144 Jeremy Hier // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Chris,

    So far the way I included the menu as explained above works good, there is no javascript or iframe.

    I think this is because I’m starting with a template not building the site using frontpage.

  • 145 Jeremy Hier // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I’m curious why are some templates made entirely with php files and not html.

    php includes ssi includes do the same thing.

  • 146 admin // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Hi Jeremy,

    The PHP extension generally allows for a few more features, the file-include being one of them.

    I wasn’t aware of an include command that worked with straight HTML.

    Also, they were designed for use with DW.



  • 147 Scott // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Just a clarification….there is no dissappointment with my purchase…just saw in the blog mention of videos and thought cool…
    I agree it may be a repeat, but remember some people learn visually…just an idea.

  • 148 CJ // Aug 13, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Hey Chris,

    I’m having issues making a static frontpage with the wordpress template. I read your “known issues” and CHMOD’ed everything in the template to 755 and, of course, refreshed my browser.

    I’ve also turned off all my plugins to make sure there wasn’t any obstructions because of the plugins. Still can’t get the static front page to display.

    Any ideas?

  • 149 admin // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Scott – Actually I will be releasing a video in the patch/update just to clarify the strategy with the templates.

    The patch will include a few fixes for the blog script, the XSP templates, and a video clarifying the simplicity of duplicating this approach over and over again.

    CJ – For some reason, different versions of WordPress have reacted differently to the script.

    But we’ve fixed it!

    This will obviously be released with the patch, but for now, download the patch for the blog at

    Please unzip, and then replace the “home.php” with the one that’s installed at [your blog dir]/wp-content/themes/productreview/

    Let me know if it works for you and fixes the home page issue.

    Also – make sure you refresh the page before making an assessment :-)



  • 150 CJ // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Looks like that patch did the trick! Thanks for being so prompt

  • 151 Jeremy Hier // Aug 13, 2008 at 10:43 pm


    Could you check the 2nd html conduit template,
    it doesn’t seem to have a php includes for the nav menu.

    If I want to change the menu, then I’d have to change it on every page.


  • 152 admin // Aug 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Jeremy,

    That’s an adaptation of one of the XSP templates, but in HTML format.

    That one I left “as is” for people that might not want to use file-includes.

    The site files are also in the HTML extension, making it adaptable to even the simplest of editors.



  • 153 Terry // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks Chris for putting this all together. This is a complete affiliate business in a box that will allow anyone to become successful. I’ve built one site and am working on number 2 now. My first site is already getting traffic.

    It’s all about taking action. After you do one or two it just gets easier. I will have many more sites up by the end of the month.


  • 154 admin // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    No problem Terry – my pleasure.

    By the way, I have just now completed a full PATCH for the VIP essentials package that addresses all of the issues that came up.

    It’s available at:



    P.S. I’ll be doing a mailing on this shortly…

  • 155 Jeremy Hier // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks Chris,

    What I did for that site was I selected the table the menu was in, then copied and pasted the menu on to a new page, named it menu.htm then I just included it back into the same table on each page.

    Now I can just change menu.htm and it will change on every page.

    Much easier than I thought.

  • 156 Dan // Aug 14, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I would also like to see more WP compatible templates, this is something I would pay for I would like to see some 2 and 3 column desgins

  • 157 Ian // Aug 15, 2008 at 9:42 am


    Great package, great SEO overview. One question, have you used Traffic Kahuna at all? You’ve mentioned Comment Kahuna in the initial indexing phase of the “Free” SEO items.

    Curious if you’ve bothered testing the Traffic Kahuna system for your sites.

  • 158 Sebastien // Aug 15, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Thank you for all your advice and I am currently doing my first site with your templates.

    I have a question for you or to other people on that blog. I will put my affiliation link in the site and I do not know if I have to put the links directly or redirect them or use a cloaking service.

    I read that many lose money by displaying directly affiliate links. I also read a summary of The Google Webmaster Guidelines and it is clear that Google dislikes redirection and cloakink.

    Any advise ??

  • 159 Ian // Aug 15, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Hey Sebastien,

    I can’t speak for chris’s input on this, although I’m sure he’s doing it. I use a redirect on my own site.

    i.e. if I was promoting chris’s book then my link would be to

    and the confessions.php file would redirect to my Clickbank aff. link.

    I have all my sites this way, and while I don’t have 100′s of sites to say I’m testing with I have 10 solid sites with at least 10 products or more on each site and I haven’t seen any negative impact.

    It looks cleaner to the visitor, and it does hide away you’re referring id.

    A little side note. I also rel=nofollow all my aff. links as well.

    Hope this helps answer your question

  • 160 Sebastien // Aug 15, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks Ian

    Just to know, you put the rel=nofollow in the link that points to your .php file or in your affiliate link in the .php file ?

  • 161 Ian // Aug 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm


    I put it in the link to the php file. BY theory each page has X amount of link juice it can pass, and surprising enough you can get pages ranked on an established site quite well with just internal links if the site is an authority.

    So the rel=nofollow tag says “don’t send any link juice to this link” plus it only goes to a redirect so the google bot or any other SE bot would end up at a dead end more or less.

    One other thing I meant to mention before on the redirects and cloaking you talked about. When Google talks about this their more concerned with people redirecting URL’s (i.e. an entire site redirected on one url) and cloaking sites and aff. links such that the SE spiders see one thing on your site but visitors see another.

    I wouldn’t worry to much about using this type of redirect in a PHP file (it’s a header redirect if you want to look it up online)

    Here’s a sample of what I use:

    Just make sure that’s all that’s in the file and there is no code before it. There’s advanced ways you can use this to do tracking as well with the TID function in Clickbank or SID in CJ etc.



  • 162 Ian // Aug 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm


    sorry for what ever reason the code was stripped from my last comment sorry

    check it out here to learn about it:

  • 163 Brenton // Aug 15, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Chris,

    In the Outsourcing report (part of the VIP Essentials Package) the instructions say to add a sitemap to the Conduit WordPress blog and provide a link to it at the bottom of the page. It would also be good to create Disclaimer and Contact pages for the Conduit blog. I would be grateful if you or someone else could outline how to create these extra blog pages.

    Many thanks.

    Kind regards,


  • 164 OSR // Aug 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm


    Subdomains & WordPress = Trouble.

    Perhaps this is a hosting problem but have you experienced this or is it a moot point with the WP strategy?

  • 165 OSR // Aug 16, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Correction – It was a Hosting )GoDaddy)Peculiarity & is fixed. However, would still like to know your view on subdomaining conduit blogs into a mega site on the root domain.

  • 166 cheetu // Aug 18, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Hi Chris,

    I can see my affiliate business really taking off the ground.

    MANY MANY THANKS TO U!!!!!!!!!!

    The xsitepro themes wired me, and in the end i made them on my own in 2 hours by your php temps.

    My first Conduit site is getting traffic from google WITHOUT A SINGLE LINK, that’s the magic of this method.

    On this Conduit site i have uploaded only 20 pages till now and 60 more pages ready to go.

    I can see my bright future as a Lazy super affiliate.

    Thanks very much Chris.


  • 167 OSR // Aug 18, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Another subdomain question – 3waylinks does not allow these into the plan, so that’s a concern. I really like the idea you mention on Conduit #1, page 11, and have since commenced one of these. Just caught in a conundrum to forego 3way and move on or start buying more domains.

  • 168 OSR // Aug 18, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    BTW – do you know about the Digital Point Coop and if so, what’s your opinion? Sorry to clutter the blog with so many questions – Thanks!

  • 169 Cinjon // Aug 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hey Chris:

    I’ve always wondered about this: What keeps outsourcees from creating websites and content for their own use & profit as opposed to doing all this work for someone else?

  • 170 admin // Aug 18, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Cinjon,

    1. Lack of marketing know-how (building sites and actually getting targeted traffic – two different worlds)

    2. They might know the “how”, but they don’t know the “why”. This usually prevents them from trying in the first place.

    3. Never tell people how much you’ll make, or are making, from the projects you hire them for.

    Ideally, you kind of want them thinking that you’re this “green” entrepreneur with lots of gusto and maybe some start-up cash, and they’ll be happy to appease your enthusiasm and get paid for doing so.

    You can still be totally honest in doing this, but there’s no sense in showing or disclosing to people what their work will mean to you as a bottom-line.

    I’ve worked as an employee for several companies where, in retrospect, it’s obvious that for every dollar I made, they effortlessly made 10. Or more.

    It’s the way the world works.

    This, by the way, is the problem with hiring actual staff.

    Everyone I’ve talked to that’s done this has experienced at best a 1 year retention rate before they bail and start their own thing.

    So hire retirees or people that think you’re an idiot.

    Works out much better that way :-)


  • 171 Cinjon // Aug 19, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks Chris – That all makes it more clear – I also assumed many of these contractors just don’t have access to affiliate programs due to their locations, but then conversely, I have used non-US programs myself.

    Another question of a different matter:

    In the Conduit, you suggest doing many products of the same category. One of the problems that arise is actually getting links for several products in a short time. With the big networks like CJ, LShare, Performics, etc. , you have to apply for these links One-by-One! and then wait for (non-guaranteed approval). I know there are other sites like M.Health that can solve this problem, but only for limited categories. Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks Again!

  • 172 admin // Aug 19, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Cinjon,

    Yes, this can sometimes be an issue – and annoying.

    In general, though, a simple email to the program’s affiliate manager will get you approved.

    However, this is also kind of a good thing.

    In a sense, it creates a barrier-to-entry for you.

    Many people will be too lazy to do this.

    Profitable effort always pays off…


  • 173 Cinjon // Aug 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Yes, I usually do email and sometimes get responses in varying degrees of cluelessness. I just wanted to know if you knew of a more efficient way of getting links beyond the one-by-one method.

    OK – enough on that – I have a few wp theme issues to ask you about:

    1) Image uploading not working. I’ve added images to the media icon according to the procedure and they are being stored in the media library but are not going into the …productreview/images/ folder. I can’t find where the uploader is putting them. When I view the post, there’s just the box with the red X where the image should be. The source code screen also shows nothing after images/ where the image.jpg should be.

    2) I purposefully did not include a p_ingred – Product Specifications: field in the template set-up as it doesn’t apply. The entry area is not there on the add post page (as expected), but ewhen viewing the published post, there is a Product Specifications area on the page (that’s blank). How can I make that not appear?

    Maybe I should have made this a help ticket, but maybe there’s others with the same issues.

    Thanks alot for your help here.

  • 174 Jeremy Hier // Aug 20, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Quick question, if I’m promoting a clickbank product and the salespage has an opt-in and the visitor opts-in after coming from my site and they buy after opting–in do I get the commission.

  • 175 Cinjon // Aug 20, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Chris – From post 173:

    Got the image part fixed (problem #1). I didn’t add all the fields per the installation .pdf and therefore couldn’t enter the .jpg file name nor the star rating .jpg numeral. Sorry about that flop.

    For #2 – If you know of a quick way around that, I’d appreciate it. Otherwise, I’ll try to play with the code some.


  • 176 Michael // Aug 21, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Chris,

    If you had to choose JUST ONE website/marketing program which would it be?




  • 177 Jeremy Hier // Aug 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Chris,

    I’m thinking of getting a laptop, I assume you
    have a laptop since you like to travel. Could you recommend one. How long should a laptop last.

    Anyone else who has laptop experience please explain.


  • 178 Michael // Aug 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Hey Chris,

    I purchased the VIP Essentials and like a moron did not pick up the “What items to review.”

    Can I still get my hands on it?


  • 179 Anthony McCall // Aug 21, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Chris

    How effective will the conduit method be when loads of websites targeting the same niche spring up, as they will be targeting the same keywords and products.

    I have started to make a conduit site in a popular niche and have already noticed a couple of conduit sites already, do you think i should continue making my site? Or should i target another niche with no conduit sites.


  • 180 Cinjon // Aug 21, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    OK Chris:

    I figured out my dilemma in #2 of post 175. It’s not with the plug-in but the php code of the page itself. I made changes (among others) and it now looks perfect.

    You have absolutely outdone yourself, and way ahead of the others, in providing us with these tools to get ahead!

    Thanks Again – Cinjon

  • 181 Ray // Aug 22, 2008 at 1:07 pm


    Do you recommend creating review sites on:

    or on their own domain


  • 182 Cinjon // Aug 23, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Hello Chris – back again:

    I’m converting (copying) html conduits over to the main blog conduit. Should I leave the html website conduits live or take them out? If left live there could be duplication collusion but if removed that could just be a loss of potential exposure. Maybe I could go back & spin the html sites with modified content or should I just move on? Could be an outsource project if it makes sense to keep the website footprints alive – what do you think? Thanks!

  • 183 Ken // Aug 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Ok, so when will “The Essentials Package – Site Layouts That Sell” be released??


  • 184 Forex AutoPilot // Aug 30, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Chris, as you can see from my website I have installed the conduit blog and am targeting the Forex niche.

    It’s still in its infant stages, but [b]I’m having issues with Google Analytics[/b].

    I’ve installed the plugin (newest version) and the tracking code. I’ve had no issues with this in the past with other blogs.

    The problem is…the code isn’t showing up, even when I log out. I’ve tried reinstalling it and it’s still not there.

    Looking deeper, I found that there needs to be a command to grab the footer (that’s how the plugin works, aparently) …but when I look at my homepage code I don’t see a command to grab a footer at all.

    Can you please advise?



  • 185 Barbara // Aug 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Chris & Crew -

    Please help!!!

    I love your products but having BIG trouble with the Word Press theme – it won’t display the product images.

    FOr some reason – the image is still not displaying from the Product Review Word Press theme. ( I am new & more familiar with WP than HTML).

    I have downloaded and installed the patch. Nothing. I am running WP 2.6.1 – btw. The setting for “monthly” is turned off.

    Here is the URL for my Conduit/Product Review blog:

    Here is test product 1:

    Test product 2:

    ALSO – since I downloaded the patch – the template is now messing up the “Official Website” link at the botttom of the review on Product 2.

    Can you please advise ASAP? Going crazy :-)

    Thank you,


  • 186 Terry // Sep 2, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    You know what would be so helpful with this method? A forum where members like us can discuss everything. Share tips and ideas along with some of the technical apsects being asked. Any thoughts Chris on starting a simple forum?


  • 187 Michael // Sep 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I can see why Chris does not like blogs…

    He does not appear to invest much time in this one…

    Can’t say I blame him… I don’t like maintaining the damn things either.

    BUT! It would be nice if he recognized us thugs and hoodlums a little more often in the comments arena…

  • 188 admin // Sep 8, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m back from California now, and I finally have some time to focus on building into more of an informational resource – instead of its current state of a few random product links connected to a blog…

    Anyway -

    It’s obvious that I should be rolling out a forum of some kind as well.

    I could see a targeted affiliate marketing forum as being something that would be quite valuable to many of my clients and visitors.

    That’s something I’ll have to work into the mix in a way that makes sense. I don’t want to have “another marketing hangout” spot, but I’d also like to be able to direct some of the blog commenting over to the forum, because when each post here is getting almost 50+ comments on average, it’s hard to keep track of the multiple conversations…

    (I have a lot of work ahead of me…)

    Anyway, I’ll end this comment off here and address some of the questions posed above.


  • 189 admin // Sep 8, 2008 at 12:49 am

    @Ray – Any structure will work so long as your navigation is easy to follow for users AND spiders.

    @Cinjon – Yes, if you wish to remove “footprints” from any template, outsourcing is a great idea. And cost-effective.

    @Ken – Already out, dude. Check it out here:

    @Scott – I actually JUST discovered this today, and I’ll be clarifying this in the install manual ASAP.

    Anyway, here’s the scoop: “footer.php” basically doesn’t apply to the WP conduit theme. Instead, the page elements, including the footer, are all laid out in “home.php”.

    So to include GA code, just modify home.php and insert the javascript just before

    @Barbara – Please submit a ticket via my support desk so I can officially take care of this. You are likely not adding the image(s) correctly as per the install guide.

    Inserting the image filename is only part of it. You also have to actually add the image to the post’s media gallery. This process needs to be done exactly right.

    It may seem tricky at first, but it’s actually very easy once you get used to it.

    @Terry – I agree. This will be instituted somehow that makes sense very shortly. These blog posts are getting a bit out of hand…

    @Michael – I apologize, but I launched VIP Essentials in the midst of travelling, and have since had to deal with more than about 700 legit support tickets since. I’ve hired extra staff to assist me with all this as well.

    As one guy, there’s a limit to how much I can do, and in the wake of proper customer support, the blog has to take a back seat.

    Thanks everyone.

    Also – keep an eye out for the next VIP report, coming very soon…


  • 190 Forex Auto Pilot // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:23 am

    In regards to the GA script…

    I put it just above the tag in home.php

    Google hasn’t ‘found it yet’, but I’ll let it wait a couple days…I do see the code on my homepage


    What file to I put the code at and where so that it appears on all of the ‘posts’ …

    Thanks for Your Help Chris,


  • 191 Forex Auto Pilot // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:24 am


    I put it just above the tag in home.php

    Should be…

    I put it just above the ‘/body’ tag in home.php


  • 192 admin // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Scott,

    home.php is the basis for all the pages/posts created by the Conduit WP Theme.

    As you can see at the bottom of the home.php code, the Copyright footer info is located there, and is used sitewide.

    Adding your GA code here will be sitewide.



  • 193 Marcus Leary // Sep 9, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I figured it out…

    You have to put it in home.php for the homepage and in single.php for it to show up on all the new posts.

    Putting it in home.php did not show up on the other posts…

    As long as it works :)

    Thanks Chris,


  • 194 Jeff // Sep 11, 2008 at 12:22 pm


    In your traffic methos in the VIP essentials you detail to go to The resource box points to the conduit site.

    I have submitted some articles to ezinearticles, but they come back with:
    “Sorry, your article body/resource box contains a link to a website that is in violation of our guidelines.”

    Do you know of how to get around this


  • 195 Paul // Sep 15, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Hi Chris ,i love your products but i am really pulling my hair out trying to sort out the wp theme i have used firefox and uploaded the plugins etc but i am finding problems with uploading images and some of my resource boxes are not showing. The xsite pro template no problem,but i want the wp theme, can you see if your mate can do a short video on the subject, i have now been struggling for 2 weeks to get it sorted.

    Many Thanks


  • 196 Consumer Opinion Reports // Sep 18, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I am a lifetime subscriber to the VIP and so far LOVE every report. Just want to know what your next report is and when it will be released.

    Super-Duper Thanks,

  • 197 dmdcissp // Sep 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Chris,

    I just purchased your ebook, Confessions of a lazy super affiliate and while I do not want to say it was a mistake on my part, it kind of was as I wanted to actually purchase the VIP Essentials package but somehow I got confused. I do want to read the ebook as it does lay it out in a step-wise fashion.

    My question is twofold,

    1. Does the information in the ebook cover the same information that is provided in the VIP package?

    2. If it does cover the same info, is there some way, I could acquire the templates without purchasing the same info?

    Thank you,

    Dave D.

  • 198 Razvan Rovinaru // Oct 13, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I have a question regarding the wordpress theme. Is it possible to somehow post both reviews and articles using the conduit wordpress theme?

    I would loke to add articles for better SEO results and I can’t figure out how to make some posts without the extra fields appearing.

    Any tips?


  • 199 Tom // Oct 19, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Chris,

    I am building my first niche site right now using your conduit method and I have a quick question for you regarding the articles one might ad to the site for added content and seo. It is: should I write my own articles (unique content) or do you recommend just finding good articles on the web and making seperate pages for them and obviously referencing the author, site etc. to give credit. Or could I do both maybe?

    Also would you recommend having article pages on my site specifically talking about the various products I am promoting or just general articles about my niche market?

    Thanks for any feedback and advice you could lend on this. I wanted to also say your stuff is the best by far to anything I’ve seen, the no fluff style, straight to the point honesty is rare in IM, love it man.



  • 200 Marvin // Feb 5, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Hi Chris,

    I would like to know basically the same thing as Razvan above: how do we get the conduit wordpress theme to allow us to create Article pages?

    Or is this something that you do not recommend for conduit sites?


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