To sell External/Affiliate products in your store is a better solution for earning additional revenue. You can create external links to a highly established e-commerce site like Amazon or any similar for gaining considerable traffic and developing business growth.
However, to add and create multiple external products manually in your store is impractical which consumes lots of time and effort. Thus, a better alternative for this would be to use an extended plugin which will help you to import several external products together in bulk. The product import export plugin can be used to import and export not only external products but also simple, grouped, variable including custom product types such as subscription, bundle or bookable products.
To have an overview of WooCommerce external/affiliate products, refer here.
Steps to Import External Products
Let’s head to know more about how external products can be imported into your WooCommerce store using product import export plugin.
- Download, install and activate the product import export plugin to access its features.
- On activating, navigate to WooCommerce > Product Im Ex > Import
- The plugin uses a CSV file for importing products into the store. Generally, there are three methods of importing products. You can use whichever method convenient for you for importing. Read more on different importing methods here.
- product_url: Link the URL of the external product of another site in this column.
tax:product_type: Key in the product type as external.
button_text(optional): You can enter any button text here like Buy on Amazon which makes obvious to the customer that they will be redirected to another site. This is optional and can be left blank to leave it as it is.
(The columns relevant for the external product are highlighted in the above image)
Note: You can even add additional details to the external product like product image, price, etc in the CSV while importing.