Shopzilla WordPress Plugin (version 1.0)

Update 09/08: The latest released version is 1.3, you can read the release notes and download the updated plugin here

Over the past month I have been playing with Shopzilla API on one of my pet projects and so far the results are impressive. I like the quality and number of product offers I am able to get using the API and also how fast the results are fetched. In fact I have been so happy with it that I decided to extract some of my code and make a WordPress plugin out of it.

Shopzilla is very good at comparing product prices and what this plugin in essence does is it embeds price comparison results for a single product into your blog post (see the sample below).

The merchant logo and the price are links that lead to the product page at the merchant. Shopzilla Publisher Program is a PPC kind and so each time your visitor clicks on these links to check the product you as a publisher earn a small commission form Shopzilla.

Before you can use the plugin on your blog though you will need to apply for a publisher account with Shopzilla. When you are approved you will get assigned a publisher ID and API access key which you need to enter at the plugin configuration screen.

Shopzilla Plugin Options

At the same screen you can configure the number of product offers to display and default placement ID (Shopzilla’s alternative to Google’s channels). A README.txt file is included with the package that explains how you can further set up and use the plugin on your blog. To download it click here and save the file at your computer.

If you end up using Shopzilla on your blog, please tell me in your comments what you think about it. I love to hear your feedback!

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18 Responses to “Shopzilla WordPress Plugin (version 1.0)”

  1. 1 Maurice Apr 5th, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Is there a way to use this in a website that is not based on Wordpress?

  2. 2 Yan Apr 5th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    No, this plugin is specifically designed for WordPress. You are free however to play with the code the way you like, or use it as an example of how to work with Shopzilla API.

  3. 3 Michael Apr 5th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Great work on the plugin!

    It sure beats messing around with the Shopzilla API.

    Thanks for creating a useable and profitable plugin.


  4. 4 Missy Diaz Apr 10th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Is this something i would be able to use alongside Adsense?

    My site is a WP blog.

  5. 5 Michael Apr 11th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Shopzilla has changed their API configuration. Will you be updating your plugin to reflect their new change?

  6. 6 Yan Apr 11th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    What exactly was the change? The old API requests seem to be working just fine

  7. 7 Yan Apr 11th, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Alright, you probably refer to the recent domain name change for XML feeds. I have incorporated it into the release 1.1 of the plugin released tonight. Enjoy!

  8. 8 Christopher Calvi Apr 11th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks, Yan for creating this awesome plugin!!

    @Missy, you can use the Shopzilla Publisher Program along with Google AdSense because we are not a contextual advertising program (I believe they have an exclusion in their terms that prevents you from using other contextual programs that determine what to display based one what the text is on your page).

  9. 9 Missy Diaz Apr 11th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Thanxs for the reply, Christopher.

    Appreciate it. Will look into it.


  10. 10 Jodie Jun 25th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Just signed up for Shopzilla after reading this, but unfortunately you have to apply separately for the API. No problem if they automatically issue you with one, but I was denied the API because it is ‘based on performance’. Something to keep in mind for people like myself who think you just sign up and get going! The plugin looks great though, and once I am able to, I will be using it for all my sites!

  11. 11 Mark Oct 29th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Does this work with Uk sites? If not do you know of any that do work with UK sites?

  12. 12 Greg Jan 2nd, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Sounds like a great plug-in. Would you please let us know what kind of commissions that Shopzilla pays – like an average amount we would receive per click. Is it close to adsense? Thanks.

  13. 13 Shoponchoice Dec 26th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    i have shopzilla api created website

    also i am installed wp-blog on my site, your shopzilla plugin installed by me in my blog
    but i am confuse see this

    what is this, in my website i never use this url to fetch shopzilla xml api

  14. 14 daily deals Mar 15th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    After I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a means you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  15. 15 hamanchi May 12th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    can any body tell me after plugin into word press blogs, what are the tags need to embed into post to display shopzilla results

  16. 16 Yan Jul 8th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    daily deals, find this text in the email you receive:

    “To manage your subscriptions or to block all notifications from this site, click the link below:”

    Click on the link that follows. On that page you can unsubscribe from any blog posts you don’t wish to follow.

  17. 17 prosfora Aug 11th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    any update on the commissions from Shopzilla?

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