October 17, 2007
So I’m working on new eBay store front, and wanting to implement some new features and provide a look that can separate my store fronts away from BANS. I started working with the API, since some of hte features ‘appear’ to be only available with the API, but that got me thinking, I was wondering if I’ve been ignoring some of the querstring variables used to create the eBay RSS? I thought a simple Google search on eBay RSS querystring or variables would lead me to a full developers variable definition list, but no? Some of the variables I was able to get definitions from various sites on the net, but I still have about half that are needing definitions.
If you can help supply some of the definitions, please contact me, so we can complete this list. Also, let me know of any variables not listed, I’m sure there are additional name/value pairs out there as well (possibly WSDL definition with the RSS web service???).
October 15, 2007
Okay, thanks to ‘rickybobby’ that contacted me through the site. Looks like it’s a something sooo simple, I can’t believe I didn’t even try it. They dropped port 80 access and are restricting connection to port 443 only.
$soapclient = new soapclient("https://api.cj.com/wsdl/productSearchService.wsdl", 'wsdl');
Changing soapclient instantiation to this will work now. Thanks rickybobby!!!! I’ve updated the following post to show this change (“Simple script for connecting to Commission Junction’s Product Web Service and populating a local database“) Continue reading
October 12, 2007
I’ve noticed issues with connecting to CJ Web Services. I’ve posted a thread on their forum (apparently there was an outage on October 5th. Here are the details of that:
The Web Services system upgrade that was performed last week required a roll back of some functionality in order to preserve 100% functionality of the entire Web Services production systems. The issues have been addressed and are to be deployed Thursday, October 4th. As a result, all Web Services systems will be unavailable from approximately 6:00pm � 8:00pm PDT on Thursday.
Now, I’m unable to hit the following addresses to retrieve WSDL information:
http://api.cj.com/wsdl/rpc_encoded/productSearchService.wsdl Continue reading
October 11, 2007
Here is a great new way to monetize your site with video units from YouTube, and is available via Google AdSense Set Up! Set up was incredibily easy, just log into your AdSense account and click AdSense Setup. From there, you’ll see a new item called ‘Video Units’. From there you’ll need to agree to the terms and ‘merge’ your AdSense and YouTube accounts. You must first have a YouTube account and allow the ‘merge’ via email confirmations. After you’ve completed that step, you’ll be able to adjust themes, format and content of types of videos to play. I’ll be testing this out over the next few months. They’re only offering 3 types of player layouts (400×415, 500×510 and 780×560).. hopefully more will be available.
October 9, 2007
Here is a small PHP script that will loop through a array of domains or take a url argument and show the PR for those domains or a single domain. This uses a great PHP script created by MagicBeanDip for handling the XOR32 for calculating the PR. The PR class is then called and used while looping through the domain array. If you pass in a url paramter (ie: http://www.yourdomain.com/pr.php?url=http://www.anotherdomain.com, you’ll see the PR for that single domain only. I could see using this with some AJaX hooks to see how your domains are performing in regards to Google page rank.
Depending on your affiliate strategy, PR can be very important or a non-issue. I personally want my blogs and community sites to rank high, but affiliate store fronts, etc, I could care less, since I’m generally paying to get visitors there any way. It would be nice to get the PR love higher and get free organic traffic there, but at this particular juncture, I’m fine with straight arbitage.