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    I tried out the Webmerge and I like it, so I bought it and was successful at updating my website with products from ONE merchant.

    IT was easy since it was one datafeed. I need advice as to how to handle more than one merchant. My other site has several categories and are based on items from several merchants's datafeeds. What is the best way to organize?

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    The key to combining feeds from several merchants for the same website is to make sure that the datafeeds match - field per field, and format per format.

    If you stick to getting several feeds from the same source (e.g., BeFree or CJ) then you will have a easier job combining feeds. I have also had good luck in combining feeds from CJ and BeFree with a bit of data manipulation.

    Another way to do this, if the datafeeds are different, is to create separate templates and WM settings files for each feed and put them in separate directories on your website, each with their own index page. Then create one master home page with links into each directory.

    Another "trick" that I use to combine feeds using Excel is to shade each feed a different color before combining them. Then I append the feeds into one master feed (keeping a backup of each individual feed. When I sort the master feed the record colors are helpful in viewing what products come from what merchant.

    Also, make sure that your Product ID codes (or SKU) are not duplicated between the feeds. If i think there may be duplicates, I add a letter prefix code to the Product ID within each feed before comining them, e.g., Product IDs 12345 in the Merchant "A" and "B" would become A-12345 and B-12345.

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    Personally I use MS access.

    I setup a database to automatically import seperate then export txt files of the different categories. Then I use the 'Run other webmerge files' on the forth tab to process all the txt files into pages. The work was in setting it all up. Now I open Access, click one button, close Access, open WM, open a WM file and run it. End of story.


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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Personally I use MS access.

    I setup a database to automatically import seperate then export txt files of the different categories. Then I use the 'Run other webmerge files' on the forth tab to process all the txt files into pages. The work was in setting it all up. Now I open Access, click one button, close Access, open WM, open a WM file and run it. End of story. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    HUH People like me can barely use webmerge, never mind trying to figure out what you have done

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    Hehe I'd be happy to show you what to do if you'd like.I currently have 3 feeds ran this way and working on 2 more. PM me if you'd like help.

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    A tutorial for us all would be nice In baby steps...

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    I can manage that. Give me a week to clear my plate.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by loxly:
    A tutorial for us all would be nice In baby steps...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    It's a snap: Just make a settings file for each feed, save it, then add them to the batch queue in the Generation tab.

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    Exactly...That is click #2 in my process. BTW did you get chance to see my question here

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    Easy for you to say

    The settings files aren't that easy to create, the templates aren't that easy to create, once you know HOW, it's all a piece of cake, but the learning HOW is the current problem....

    Baby Steps.... Doug, your tutorial will be appreciated...

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    Are you familiar with MS Access at all?

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    I am currently working on some help files and examples that will aid the new affiliate user in setting up their feeds.

    I don't have a completion date yet, but will keep everyone posted.

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    Me? Yes, that is one of the parts I'd like explained to me is how to better utilize MSAccess to merge and play with the datafeeds. I am most comfortable with Excel recently, but actually started with databases before they became commonplace

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