1. TAB is best format as far as text type data feed. TAB is better than CSV because TAB (ascii character 9) is not suppose to be used as content of the field. Basically TAB char. will not interfere with actual data content. Whereas command or double quote may interfere.
2. Offering via HTTP means you simply copy your data feed file to a publicly accessible HTTP url. Lets say your web site is called http://www.jim.com
, and you have place your data feed file in the root directory of that site, then your HTTP data feed URL for anyone to download your feed is http://www.jim.com/datafeed.txt
(considering that your data feed file name is datafeed.txt).
3. FTP is just another delivery protocol. FTP does not have to require user/password. You can setup an FTP server with public / anonymous access.
4. readme.txt is completely optional, and you can only include a readme.txt if you have zipped your datafeed into a zip file which allow you to put multiple files inside the zip package.
5. Things to put inside the readme.txt for example are fields header explanation, licensing info (how somebody may or may not use the file), your contact info, support contact info, etc...
6. No problem for the questions. I work with AssociatePrograms.com as an Expert in the topic of DataFeedFile.com.
Jim Guinn wrote:Hi Andrew,
A few more questions. I hope you don't mind.
I exported my product data to my desktop. The only doc choice I had to save it in was an Excel Comma Separated doc. I have read that data feeds should be offered to affiliates in a text tab delimited doc. (I can easily convert the the Excel Comma Separated into a text tab delimited.) But why is text tab delimited considered the best format?
I have to do some work on the data feed, but I am going to offer the Product Name, Category, Price, Attributes, Affiliate URL, Image URL, Thumbnail URL, and Description. Is that enough...too much?
What do you mean by offering it via HTTP.....a URL where they can find it?
How do I offer it via FTP without them having access to my other files?
What type of things do I have to put in my readme.txt file?
Sorry for all the questions, but this is all new to me...
Hell, I should just pay you for consultation! :roll: