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    So many of the data feeds from CJ don't have any category at all!

    Is this a problem just for me?

    I really don't know what to do with them, other than create categories by moving each item by hand, which is daunting when you have thousands of products.

    How else can you work with them?

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    I have stopped working with those data feeds where there is no category.
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    Sometimes if you sort by SKU, this helps. All of their SKU numbers for a certain category might start with 310 and another category 311 and so on. I remember doing this with someone who didn't have categories and it worked, can't remember who it was. It won't work with everyone.
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    Have you tried asking for a custom feed split into categories? Worth a go.

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    I drop most that don't have cats.

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    Sorry for taking so long to reply!

    Asif and Limey, I'd normally just drop the feeds without categories, but this is from my best performing merchant, so I really want to build a data feed site around them.

    scohaz, sorting bu SKU sounds like a good idea. I'll try it.

    Paul, I asked for a custom feed split into categories. CJ's reply was that my particular request "wouldn't work with that feed". I'm now asking the merchant if they'd do it. I hope I have better luck with them.

    Thanks for your replies and suggestions!

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    If they're not willing (or technically able) to add categories or build you a custom feed, you might try scraping their site (once) to get the categories.
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    quote:
    Originally posted by MichaelColey:
    If they're not willing (or technically able) to add categories or build you a custom feed, you might try scraping their site (once) to get the categories.


    Scrapping their site?

    I don't know what that means.

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    Those are the GOLD MINES of data feeds. They just take a lot more work. You need to categorieze all the products yourself (often by sku) but since few others bother you can make some real cash...

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    quote:
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    Those are the GOLD MINES of data feeds. They just take a lot more work. You need to categorieze all the products yourself (often by sku) but since few others bother you can make some real cash...


    There's always somebody that's gotta spill the beans. I guess this only validates the information you find here.

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    Customize a datafeed??? Who would dare to make such a suggestion???

    I guess the cat's out of the bag. Now it is just up to the affiliate to see if you think the merchant is worth the work.....
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    quote:
    Now it is just up to the affiliate to see if you think the merchant is worth the work.....


    LOL, this method will probably remain wide open.

    It's always funny to me that some of the people who have taken me to task the fastest for saying that w*rk sucks, are the first ones who have yelled "What? That's way too much work!" when I've mentioned doing something that actually took doing some!

    So there may be less competition than you'd think...
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    Well, i dont think it is within the abilities of people to customize a feed. Once you do the work once, you need to make sure those assigned categories get re-applied every time you update the feed.

    Thats a whole lot of automation for most folks. -- Its the kind of stuff that takes a programmer insted of a 'user'.

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    quote:
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    Scrapping their site?

    I don't know what that means.
    It means writing a program to extract details from their site.

    quote:
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    Well, i dont think it is within the abilities of people to customize a feed. Once you do the work once, you need to make sure those assigned categories get re-applied every time you update the feed.

    Thats a whole lot of automation for most folks. -- Its the kind of stuff that takes a programmer insted of a 'user'.
    Exactly. I suspect that many top affiliates come from a programming background or have self-taught themselves with some basic programming. Sounds like a good poll question...
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