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    Has anyone heard any further news about the new datafeed product that they were suppose to introduce on Nov 22nd?

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    Datafeed product? Can you fill those of us that know nothing in? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Nope, nothing.
    I sent them an email last week and haven't heard back yet.

    This is what we are referring to:

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>You have received this message because you are a publisher in the Commission Junction network that uses product link functionality.

    On November 22, 2002, Commission Junction will be enhancing its product link functionality to improve the reliability of the system, provide more information per product, allow for customization of the product feed and improve the overall usability of the system. Once the product link enhancements are complete, all product links for each advertiser will be aggregated into a single product catalog. This will enable you to track performance reporting at the product catalog level, as opposed to the individual product level as currently provided.

    Key Changes:

    All products within an advertiser's product catalog will share a single ad ID (AID). This approach aggregates all individual product link data under one product catalog and tracks it as a whole, making performance data no longer product link specific. This enables Commission Junction to support many more advertisers, and allows advertisers to create unique product catalogs for select publisher relationships.


    Publisher's product feeds will no longer have a Commission Junction specific category. All category information will be provided directly by the advertiser. Some publishers may need to adjust their systems to account for this change.


    Product feeds will include more information on each product.


    Product feed formats will be customizable. You can receive only some of the data fields, all of the data fields, or reorganize the data field sequence to meet your needs.


    Product feeds will be provided as pipe, CSV or tab delimited, or as a Commission Junction specific XML feed.


    Product feeds will be delivered by email, to your FTP, to your Commission Junction FTP or via HTTP.


    Publishers will be able to receive product feeds on a scheduled basis.
    As previously noted, this new functionality will be available as of November 22, 2002. In order to take advantage of the new functionality you will need to migrate to the new system by February 20, 2003. Additional details will follow.

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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    ...could this be why some of us that have applied for datafeed access haven't been approved yet?

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    Does anyone have the size of the cj datafeeds?

    http://www.ahugedeal.com

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ahugedeal.com:
    Does anyone have the size of the cj datafeeds?

    http://www.ahugedeal.com<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    The size is dependant upon which merchants you associate with.

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    Heidi,

    Thanks, Does anyone have a list of the merchants that provide the feeds with each of their approx sizes?

    I'm sure most of of us have to choose which feeds we can/can not do based on the daily download and/or bandwidth restrictions.

    Thanks!

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    Hi,

    I signed up for their datafeed when I 1st saw it mentioned on their site. Yes the size is completely dependant on the merchants you are affiliated with that provide product links. At 1st I had them push me an XML ftp feed but the XML tags push the file size into the domains of the unusable. (I had an unzipped size of 85MB from 3 merchants.) I quickly changed to tab delimited text http fetch feeds and with 2 merchants (about 25,000 products) the zipped feed size is 2.53MB.

    Hope this answers your question.

    As to which merchants. Any merchant that offers product links via CJ that you are affiliated with will be included in your feed I think. Requirements are 10,000 turnover in a month by march or they charge your 200 to cover setup costs.

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    I asked them for a pipe file for 5 merchants, they sent me a comma deliminator for all my merchants and it was 230 mb's zipped and about 2 gigs unzipped! A nightmare splitting it and finding the merchants I wanted then converting it to a pipe.

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    correction: my feed contains 5 merchants, about 28,500 products and is 2,285kb zipped and 21,228kb unzipped.

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    "Product feeds will be provided as pipe, CSV or tab delimited, or as a Commission Junction specific XML feed."

    Being a total newbie to datafeeds, php, mysql and xml, would someone please explain the differences to me in the formats.

    I read the forums trying to learn all I can, but it will take years.

    Thanks so much.

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    Peach

    XML is a pretty advanced data format - few of us are using it yet and I'm not qualified to explain it. Probably not a first choice to start with.

    The others simply relate to what characters are used to separate the data fields. Each row of a data feed file is a record (product), with the various items of data for the product listed one after the other. You have to know how they are split up before you can process them.

    Pipe is the "|" character - used because it rarely occurs in nature.

    CSV is comma separated variables - problem with this is that commas can appear in things like product descriptions, so then the field gets wrapped up in quotes so those commas don't get confused with field-separating commas. Can be messy to decipher.

    Tab delimited uses the tab character. This tends to be my default choice.

    So a line in a datafeed in each of these would look like:

    id|name|description|price

    id,name,description,price

    id name description price

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    I can't find any mention of datafeeds on the CJ site- how do I find out about these? Do I contact CJ or the merchant? I've sent a couple of e-mails, but received no response.

    But if they have an XML option, that's way-awesome. It gives the most parsing flexibility.

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    Steer well clear of the XML version as the tags increase the file size by about 1000%.

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