I Am about to Start Using Datafeedr Again
I first started using Datafeedr back in 2011, I cannot actually remember the reason I stopped using it, but anyway I’m about to start using Datafeedr again!
I’m Not Particularly Technical
First of all, I’m not particularly technical although I do enjoy technical stuff, the problem is having enough time to learn how to use software, plug-ins etc as my main aim is to write content for my websites and I really don’t have huge amounts of time to learn too many extra skills.
Over the years I have tried various data feed products with the help of my excellent Webmaster. I believe the first piece of software that we tried was called Blogpig, I can’t remember actually how it worked but it added products to your website which was extremely useful for a new website. It’s always a problem when you have a brand-new website and sometimes you want to add products quickly so you can then blog about these particular products. Blogpig actually seemed to work okay, it simply just put the content on your website from a CSV file once and that was it, if I remember rightly it didn’t actually do any updates, so the principal was quite straightforward, I think I used broken link checker to check my links were all up to date on a regular basis.
Blogpig is definitely a quick way of populating your website, however, it doesn’t really offer any functionality, but it did the job at the time and I believe the following day we actually had sales, so something worked! Unfortunately, it appears that Blogpig is no longer available, whether there is something else that has replaced it I do not know, I’ll be interested to hear if there is anything similar on the market.
The next importer that we tried is something called WP Import, this comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and has about 7000 customers. I’ve used WP import for several years now, however, I don’t find it particularly straightforward to use and I believe that Datafeedr will make the job much easier and much less technical to someone who wants to avoid too much techie stuff. WP import uses a CSV or XML file to import products into WordPress theme, it apparently works with any plug-in for any WordPress theme and you can drag and drop files into your website. It does amaze me how you can make an Excel file into a nice product on a WordPress website very quickly.
It is capable of loading very large files onto your website, I have several files that have 5000+ products on and although this is a huge amount of products it still works on shared hosting, however, it does take a few hours to update and also slows up your website considerably when there is a download going on. This is one of the reasons that I am trying out DataFeedr again as I feel it puts much less strain on your hosting and interface and for someone like me it’s much more user-friendly. However, I don’t want to run a product down because I believe this is partly due to my lack of knowledge on technical stuff and I’m not really willing to put time into learning this type of thing. I believe that the functionality is almost as good as Datafeedr, however, I believe using datafeedr the updates and automation will be so much easier and once it is set up there’s a lot less work to do.
I have literally just purchased Datafeedr for the second time after several years break a couple of days ago, so at the moment I’m just testing on a dummy website. So far so good, the functionality has improved a lot since I first tried this product back in 2011. It took me about two hours to set up Datafeedr and once I’d found the setup video which is shown in the documentation, I actually had to email support for the link to the step-by-step video. I don’t understand why companies who produce software don’t produce more step-by-step video guides, it would save them huge amounts of effort into replying to emails about functionality and how to too’s! I have to say that I have already emailed support several times so far and their response time has been very good and very helpful.
I find the datafeedr interface fairly straightforward to use and the good thing is that you don’t actually need any technical knowledge, it’s is just a case of learning how the product works, which will come with practice, it is extremely useful having a test site to test Datafeedr on!
Datafeedr now works in conjunction with the Woo Commerce storefront which offers even more functionality, I like the ability to be able to make it easy for the user to find particular products. For example, there is a comparison feature, so for affiliate marketing, you can have several different prices from different stores for the same product, and extremely beneficial feature!
It also offers the ability to sort by manufacturer, product type and last viewed and suggested, all things I believe lead to a very pleasant user experience.
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The Christian Internet Marketer