Scheduling An Automatic Update To A Merchant Product Datafeed
By Rob Wood
Tue, 7 Mar 2006, 23:45:00
Almost all of the functions of your clixGalore Merchant program can be automated. This includes the updating of your product datafeed.
Once setup, all future updates to the product datafeed you use with your clixGalore Merchant program are performed automatically. You will not need to use the manual upload method.
This tutorial will take you through the setup process for ensuring that your datafeed is correctly and automatically updated in your clixGalore Merchant program so that Affiliates will always have the latest information about your products and services.
So How Does This Work?
Basically, in accordance with a schedule that you specify and maintain in your clixGalore Merchant program, the clixGalore servers will automatically retrieve a datafeed file from a location on your server.
How Do I Get Started?
It's actually pretty easy to set all this up.
Firstly you need to setup the actual product datafeed file on your server. This will be the product datafeed file that the clixGalore system retrieves. If this is the first time you have setup a product datafeed file, please refer to this article first to learn the basics by manually preparing and uploading a product datafeed file. If you already have your own formatted XML or CSV datafeed file and wish to use it, you will need to setup your XML/CSV file definition before you upload it to your Affiliate program.
Once you have set up the product datafeed file on your own server in accordance with the system you use, you can now setup the schedule that will be used by clixGalore to retreive the product datafeed file.
To get started, just log into your clixGalore Merchant account, switch to the 'Advanced Member Home View' and go to "Promotional Tools" in the Merchant Programs menu and then to "Schedule Product Catalog Auto Upload" in the popup sub-menu.
On the next page you will need to provide the information necessary for clixGalore to automatically retrieve your product datafeed file from your own server.
|Fill out this information to get your automatic datafeed upload setup.|
You will need to select a file source and the format of your datafeed ('clixGalore', 'Froogle', 'Yahoo Store', 'Kelkoo' and 'OsCommerce' etc.) from the drop down "Format" menu.
NOTE: If you are using Yahoo Store, you will need to select the "File Source" as being Yahoo Store XML URL from the drop down menu.
You will then need to fill in the other details such as your URL (where the datafeed resides) as well as the directory and the actual file name of your datafeed.
The directory will look something like:
The file name will look like:
You will also need to provide a username and password that you wish clixGalore to use to access your server. This allows clixGalore's system to automatically login and retrieve the specified file on your server.
After that you can set how often and at what time you would like the clixGalore system to check for updates on your server. If you change your datafeed on a weekly basis, then you would want to have it updated on clixGalore at least weekly, for example. The clixGalore system will retrieve your product datafeed file according to the times you specify.
NOTE: When you nominate a start date for the system to begin checking for updates, the start date needs to be after today's date.
The beauty of this system, is that once you have set it up correctly, you will no longer need to think about it. You can therefore minimize the time and labour needed for this part of your product promotion and concentrate on other parts of your Merchant program.
As always, if you have any troubles setting this up, just drop an email to the Customer Care team here at clixGalore and they will do their best to help you.
Please note 'Froogle' is a registered trademark of Google Inc.
'Yahoo Store' and 'Kelkoo' are registered trademarks of Yahoo Inc.
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