There are many tools available to help you manage and distribute your data feeds to many different channels. The number of tools is almost endless, and what you choose will depend on your knowledge, skills, and how much you want to mess around with coding. Thankfully there are ways around worrying about code today, with shopping carts partnering up with data feed management creators to make their systems even more powerful.
1. WordPress.org – Great website-building technology that can be integrated with various plug-ins like Datafeedr.com to make your own online affiliate store selling items in any niche you like on your site.
2. Shopping Cart Technology – As an affiliate you don’t have to just put links on a website. You can make your customers feel like they are shopping from you directly on your own domain name and in your own store, using APIs and data feeds to display the items within the niche you want to promote.
3. Shopping APIs – Various store fronts, affiliate networks and drop shippers offer something called shopping APIs. This is essentially a code you can use in an affiliate-friendly shopping cart, or WordPress and a plug-in that uses APIs to call up the products to show, sell and earn commissions off in your store front.
WordPress link: http://wordpress.org/plugins/shopping-pages/
4. PopShops.com – An affiliate-friendly store front allows you to use a combination of shopping APIs, coupons, data feeds and Text Ads to create a store front based on the feeds you provide from merchants and affiliate networks. You can create multiple stores based around different niches and automatic data feeds.
5. WebMerge.com – This software helps you build static web pages to add to your site with the data feed code. That way you have a store front on your site selling all your affiliate products in the category you choose from multiple vendors.
6. Affiliate Networks – ShareAsale.com, ClickBank.com, LinkShare.com, and CJ Affiliate by Conversant all offer data feeds for affiliates. However, some of them do charge a set-up fee, so you might want to try some smaller and free feeds first before you move into the paid category.
CJ Affiliate link: http://www.cj.com/
7. CSVPiG – This is a data feed import plug-in for WordPress that essentially automates the creation of blog posts with products and product descriptions in them. It has scheduling so it doesn’t happen overnight to look strange to the search engines, but instead continually adds new products and posts over time. Remember though you can get penalized for duplicate content, so the best thing to do is set this to drafts, then edit them to be more unique.
CSVPiP link: http://blogpig.com/products/csvpig/
8. DataFeedWatch – This works with Google and over 200 shopping engines and carts. You can manage and optimize data feeds all in one place.
DataFeedWatch link: https://my.datafeedwatch.com/pricing
There are many tools that you can use to manage and distribute data feeds – whether you’re a merchant or an affiliate marketer. But, remember to use some caution so that you don’t have issues with duplicate content. Even though automation is great, don’t go overboard – do your own product reviews, and blog posts, and edit the content so that your site is unique.