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  1. #1
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    Hi all

    I'm a regular over at the CJ boards, although I don't post too much.

    I've been using webmerge alot for my datafeed sites. But finding it limiting for what I'd like. So I've been reading everything on here on datafeeds to find a better solution, and stumbled on LinkSQL in one of the threads.

    I have no programing background, so coding PHP/mysql isn't my cup of tea.

    I was hoping if you guys can give me some insight and feedback on LinkSQL before I make the investment. I looked at all the features etc, and it looks very good for a programming dummy like me. Please let me know how LinkSQL is working out for you and your experiences with it.

    One of my main concerns is SE optimizing the datafeed sites. With webmerge, I edit all the headers/titles etc manuually, which is why when a datafeed updates, I never do the update, cuz then, I'd have to re-optimize... that's just too time consuming. Any methods to get around this?

    And for SE spidering, will the dynamically generated site by LinkSQL get spidered? or will going the static html route with LinkSQL be better?


    Thanks!!

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    I use the static html method with LinksSql but am planned to add dynamically generated detailed pages (plug in available at http://ultranerds.com ). LinksSql is completely customizable, but comes with template sets that include the category names in the keywords. You can set global meta tags and category level meta tags.

    Search engine optimization is definately not an issue. There are excellent support forums at both http://gossamer-threads.com (with a section for pre-purchase questions) and at http://ultranerds.com I suggest you do some research and reading at both sites and if/when you are ready to buy, get it from ultanerds with the Data Import script.

    Just a hint about the data import, I set each merchant up as a "user" and then to update their links you delete all links associated with that user and then reload the feed.
    Deborah Carney
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    Hi. I'm Andy Newby, from UltraNerds.com

    >>>I have no programing background, so coding PHP/mysql isn't my cup of tea.<<<

    Thats the beauty of LinksSQL, due to its plugin system. You don't even need any Perl knowledge to customize it

    >>>And for SE spidering, will the dynamically generated site by LinkSQL get spidered? or will going the static html route with LinkSQL be better?<<<

    You can build static detailed pages (i.e http://www.yoursite.com/Detailed/ID.html) ... and these can also be tweaked (not that easily) to use mod_rewrite, so you can link with something like;

    http://www.yoursite.com/Category/Nam...tle_L1234.html

    This is *GREAT* for Google, as it gives them loads more keywords to pick up on

    I know that Deborah mentioned buying LinksSQL + Data_Import from us, so for convenience, if you do decide to buy it, here is the link http://www.ultranerds.com/site/Produ...les/index.html

    Here is an example of using mod_rewrite for detailed pages: http://www.islandbimbos.com/Caribbea...vannah_L172633

    This forum really needs a "preview" function :-/

    Cheers

    Andy
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    Watch out, though. The LinksSQL license allows you to only install the software on 1 domain. If you want to use it on another site, plan on forking out another 450$.

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    thanks for the info everyone.

    I'll read up more at the gossamer forum.

    I didn't see an upload function in the demo, so I'm guessing I'll need to get the upload plugin?

    Also, when I read their LinkSQL license on their site http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scri...ql/license.htm it didn't say anything about only installing it for 1 domain? there's no other way around this other than spend more money for each domain?

    also are there other similar types of solutions for cheaper?

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    The licence is per domain, and is limited to one installation per domain. However, what you don't see is that it is so customizable that you can make each category look totally different, like a different site even.

    Also, additional licences are at a 20% discount, so it is $450 the first time and $360 for additional. And at UltraNerds there are bundles with the plugin fro Data Import (it is NOT included in the links program from GT, you would have to purchase it also). The link to the UltraNerds packages is UltraNerds Links Packages

    I am not going to try and kid you into thinking this is a cheap solution, it isn't. This is for serious webmasters that want an easy way to utilize datafeeds without programming experience, that want their links cloaked and available to surfers using ad blocking software, and that are serious about their business. This is software that would be considered an investment.

    I have been using LinksSql as a directory, a resource for people on 2 sites. In the last couple of weeks I have added datafeeds and have had a HUGE increase in clicks and an increase in sales. These sites have had banners, text links and buttons for these same merchants for 2 years and have generated almost nothing. So it works. Whether it is the cloaking or the actual product images showing up in the search listings, I can't say.

    You will have to customize the templates and add additional fields if you want to display images, but that is easy html, not programming or hard to learn coding. There are also people that will make template sets for you.

    Sorry this is so long, but I think this a perfect program for serious webmasters. I had a link in my sig to one of my sites for a while and then removed it when I got nasty messages through my site contact form, I am going to post it here so you can see it. This is NOT a product only site, I would assume you folks would be most interested in a site with only products, I can't show you one of those right now. http://coolcraftsites.com/directory This site is not taking advantage of detail pages at the moment either, it might have then in a day or so, I am testing a new plug in.

    (edited to get the url to show properly)

    Peego, I have looked for 2 years to find something Open Source or less expensive and nothing I have found comes close. I haven't found any with data import, and none that show the links the way you want them shown. But that's just me, there is plenty of links directory software out there, check out SourceForge or your favority script resource.
    Deborah Carney
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    Hi,.

    >>>I didn't see an upload function in the demo, so I'm guessing I'll need to get the upload plugin?
    <<<

    Nah, LinksSQL handles file uploads fine. It doesn't require any extra plugins (I'm not even sure what that plugin is for (I think its more for testing the sizes/other limitations on the files they can upload).

    >>>Also, when I read their LinkSQL license on their site http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scri...ql/license.htm it didn't say anything about only installing it for 1 domain? there's no other way around this other than spend more money for each domain?<<<

    Unfortunatly this is true. As Deborah said, you do get discounts on multiple licenses. So, for example the first is $450 (or $500 for LinksSQL+Data_Import)... or $700 for all our plugins (worth over $1,100US), and this includes LinksSQL.

    If you do want to go with LinksSQL, please get in contact with me. Discount rates can be arranged (even if you want to wait a little while, to make the money back from your site).

    Cheers

    Andy
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    I've been wondering about going beyond webmerge myself. I know Links is great, but what about osCommerce? I was leaning towards giving that a shot and was wondering what other thought?

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    I considered using osCommerce for several months and attempted to modify it to work with datafeeds. It can be done, but not easily. Chris at WSO has modified it to work with one of his datafeeds. One major problem lies in the fact that you cannot call images from offsite. Other than that, there is a data import plugin, it is moderately customizable for looks and if you know php you can modify the product information page.

    Some of this has been addressed with a new fork of oscommerce, Zen Cart, http://zen-cart.com It is easier to customize the look and they have separated the product image location from the rest of the images. I have not investigated to see if it allows offsite image calls.

    LinksSql will work with very little tweaking, either of the applications above will require manhours to make them work. It is up to you if you want to spend money and get pages up faster or spend time and get pages up later.
    Deborah Carney
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