I’m Proud! – My Fiance Builds His First Site and Uses Covert Store Builder

Basic RGBToday I’m super proud. My fiance has been a freelance writer for a while now. In fact, clients pay him more than they pay me. (*insert small sad face here*) Well, today I told him I think he should really consider starting his own blog to earn some affiliate income.

He was goofing around on NameCheap and found a domain that he thought sounded brandable. I heard it and what he thought it would be good for and I told him to go for it. We bought the domain and installed WordPress.

We were talking about graphics but I told him just set it up and we can worry about making it look pretty later. Content comes first! We can get a logo, header, and stuff like that later.

He’s using Covert Store Builder to set it up as a store and he’ll also blog on there in a blog category. Some things I learned about the theme while helping him.

  • You can totally hide the prices. If you’re manually posting it won’t automatically update prices so you don’t want to show prices for Amazon products or you’re breaking the ToS. (They can only be displayed if they’re updated every 24 hours.)
  • You can use ANY affiliate network. He’s an affiliate for a store that specializes in anime merchandise and Japanese imports. If you can get an affiliate link for the product, you can use it with this theme.
  • You can customize all of the colors very easily but there are five preset color settings you can use as well.

We totally ignored all of the auto-posting stuff and the theme was so easy that he could figure it out and it was his first time using WordPress. He did have to watch some of the video tutorials for changing the settings though.

I’m not really here to sell you a theme though. I’m here to just say I’m so happy and proud! It was fun helping him set up social media profiles, teaching him about blogging, and see the pride in his eyes when he mentioned his website to his best friend.

If you’re interesting in seeing the site, here it is. There is only one product up right now. The plan is to add 2-3 a day for a few days and one a day from there on out with a few blog posts a week. You can also find links to the social media profiles if this is something you’re interested in.


Ota is short for otaku which is a term anime fans use to refer to themselves. It’s often shorted to “ota” for different things so we thought the domain would be perfect.

For those curious, he’s not following a guide or program. It’s “common sense blogging” as the two of us call it.

  • Post regularly.
  • Use social media. He’s using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr.
  • Occasionally guest blog and write for 3rd party sites to build gain traffic from other sources and increase web presence.

I’m just way too excited for him!

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  1. Wow, how exciting for him AND you! I like your 3-part “common sense blogging” strategy, too – thanks for sharing! Happy August 1st! 🙂
    KLee Banks recently posted..Happy August 1st: Introducing New SeriesMy Profile

    • I’m super excited! He’s learning fast. The “common sense blogging” was what I called it when he was asking how we were going to promote the site. Some people make it so complicated!

  2. Kudos to your fiance for taking the blogging plunge. I wish him much success.
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  3. Wonderful news! Congratulations to the fiancé! 🙂

    I hope it pans out really well for him!
    Bonnie Gean recently posted..Is The Well-Paid SEO Content Writer 2013 the Article Writer’s Dream Guide to Higher Pay? – Review Part 2-7My Profile

    • He’s already getting clicks through his affiliate links so I’d say it’s a good start. Social media is powerful when you pick a topic people are really interested in. SEO is for boring topics no one talks about…

  4. Hi Amanda

    That’s great your fiance got up and running so fast and I wish him all the success in the world. Looks like an interesting niche, which is always a good start.

    Keep up posted on how he does with it.

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    • Ya, it’s a niche that people talk about a lot, spend a lot of money in, and he loves! Those are the three things I always suggest looking for in an Amazon-type site niche if you don’t want to worry too much about SEO. Social media is bringing in the traffic already.

  5. Good for him! Can’t wait to see how he does as he goes along. Looking forward to more updates.
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  6. That’s awesome! And I am super jealous at his ambition. Have been trying to get my husband into freelancing, but he’s just not into it. Doesn’t work for everyone!
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  7. The site looks great! I think I’ll send a link to my 14 year old son…he loves all the anime stuff! I seriously want me some of those Japanese Oreos now, LOL! I think it’ll be a big winner…well done to your other half!
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