Monday, September 7, 2009

The Second Method Of Creating Comparison Shopping Engines - Data Feeds

The second method of creating a comparison shopping engine is through the uploading of files called "data feeds"

The following description of data feeds is also taken from

"Some comparison shopping engines use crawling for at least some of their results, but the difficulties with this method have led most of the established shopping engines to use the second method: "data feeds" from the merchant stores. Data feeds are basically special data files that the merchant prepares and makes available to the shopping engines.

The advantage of using data feeds is that all the information is provided in a nice format which is easy for the shopping engine to understand and analyze. It's much easier, faster and more reliable for the shopping engine to get its information from a data feed than by trying to crawl a merchant website."


  1. Yes this is great info! I have just started my own comparison site and am looking into how to use the data feeds from webgains and dgmpro for mobile phone recycling sites on my new comparison site at <a href=">Mobile Cash Comparison. So I now following you on here and look forward to seeing more from you on how one can actually go about using the datafeeds.



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