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Shopzilla WordPress Plugin (version 1.3)

If you are a Shopzilla publisher then you probably received at least a dozen of emails by now reminding you about the migration to the new API. From what I see Shopzilla has significantly changed the platform which means you will have to spend a few hours tweaking your code to comply with the new standard.

Not so if you use the Shopzilla Wordpress Plugin that I originally coded and released back in 2008. I am happy to announce that I finally spared a few hours today and are releasing a new version of the plugin which will be compatible with the new API platform.

To upgrade your plugin - download this archive and copy its content on top of your previous installation in the “plugins” folder. Next, go to the plugin configuration screen in the Wordpress Admin panel and update the Shopzilla API Server value to “http://catalog.bizrate.com/” as shown in the screen shot below.

shopzilla settings

None of your tags need to change. Once you upgrade all existing price comparission tables should update automatically with the products pulled from the new API server. Beware that the old API platform will be retired on September 14, 2009 so make sure you do the update before this deadline.

For new installation please refer to the Readme file that comes with the ZIP file. For more information on how to become a Shopzilla publisher please go to the Shopzilla Publisher Program home page. To find why I wrote this plugin, please read my original blog post about it.

Popular price comparison sites – October 2008

This is October 2008 revision of the Popular Price Comparison web sites list. You can find the last month revision of the list here.

The change in rating shows the difference compared to September results. The list has a total of 34 web sites which is the same number as last month. There are 18 more sites in my database that don’t meet Alexa Rank < 100,000 requirement.

Just as I predicted last month, jellyfish.com dropped off the list, but I added one more website this month - dealio.com is now taking position #20, so the total number of sites in the list hasn't changed

The best performer this month is shopwiki.com (26.23%) who passed bottomdollar, the last month leader, by a small margin. Another notable event is that shopzilla.com has passed pricegrabber.com who has been on a steady decline for some time. The worst performer this month is again dealtime.com (-41.28%). Please enjoy the complete list below.

#Web SiteAlexa RankPage RankOnline Since
1shopping.yahoo.com 1 (*) 8 18-Jan-1995
2froogle.google.com 2 (*) 7 11-Sep-2001
3shopping.msn.com 6 (*) 7 10-Nov-1994
4shopping.aol.com 25 (*) (-19.05%)7 22-Jun-1995
5shopper.cnet.com (info) 157 (*) (-9.03%)7 05-Jul-1996
6shopping.com 518 (0.19%)6 03-Jul-1997
7nextag.com 532 (0.75%)6 15-Oct-1998
8bizrate.com 591 (2.96%)7 24-Apr-1996
9shoplocal.com 1007 (-10.66%)7 24-Sep-1998
10 (2)pronto.com 1228 (3.76%)8 01-Jan-2006
11shopzilla.com 1282 (-1.5%)6 04-Jul-2002
12 (2)pricegrabber.com (info) 1290 (-9.04%)8 10-Mar-1999
13 (2)smarter.com 1779 (4.66%)5 28-Apr-1998
14 (1)dealtime.com 1855 (-41.28%)6 07-Oct-1998
15 (1)epinions.com 1886 (-13.41%)7 12-Feb-1999
16thefind.com (info) 2686 (18.21%)6 19-Oct-2006
17become.com 3443 (4.12%)6 20-Jan-2004
18 (1)like.com 4174 (6.68%)6 22-Feb-1995
19 (1)pricerunner.com 4223 (-17.21%)6 19-May-1999
20dealio.com 4714 (n/a) 5 (n/a) 08-Sep-2004
21 (2)shopwiki.com 6090 (26.23%)5 15-Dec-2004
22 (1)retrevo.com 7394 (-1.25%)6 10-May-2006
23 (1)mysimon.com 8677 (-9.91%)7 15-Apr-1998
24 (4)calibex.com 9226 (-27.27%)4 02-Oct-2000
25 (1)ebates.com 10032 (11.71%)5 29-Dec-1998
26 (1)pricewatch.com 15254 (-4.96%)6 26-Sep-1995
27 (2)bottomdollar.com 19108 (24.22%)0 04-Jul-1997
28dealighted.com (info) 23991 (4.84%)6 09-Oct-2006
29 (3)sortprice.com 26317 (-7.07%)4 15-Jan-2004
30 (3)bestwebbuys.com 26391 (-5.05%)6 06-Jan-1998
31 (1)pricescan.com 44471 (-2.93%)6 03-Sep-1997
32 (1)hawkee.com 52197 (**) (-1.45%)5 02-Jan-1997
33 (1)mpire.com 53275 (4.94%)5 01-Jun-2006
34 (1)streetprices.com 84852 (5.59%)5 16-Oct-1997

(*) Note: traffic stats for these sites is an aggregate of all traffic to the top domain (e.g. Yahoo.com or Google.com) and thus cannot be used to judge how popular this particular price comparison service is.

(**) Note: the web site is a portal with price comparison engine being one of the offered web services. Alexa rank cannot be used to judge how popular this price comparison engine is.

Shopzilla WordPress Plugin (version 1.2)

This is another update to the Shopzilla WordPress Plugin I released back in February. You can use this plugin to monetize a WordPress blog by featuring embedded product comparison results inside each blog post or on a sidebar.

Before you setup the plugin on your blog, you first need to apply to Shopzilla Publisher Program which is a “pay per click” affiliate program meaning each click on the product results below results in an affiliate commission to the publisher (a blogger in this case). This is very similar to how Google Adsense works except Shopzilla program is designed specifically for shopping oriented websites.

What is included with this update?

This particular plugin update makes it possible for you to configure the maximum number of products for each product comparison results table individually. This can be done with another (third) argument that you supply to the “shopzilla_offers” tag inside your blog post. If you leave the argument at 0 then the global value from the plugin options will be used.

For example the line of code below will product the price comparison table you see at the end of this blog post.

<!—shopzilla_offers=880356122,8,3—>

In addition to this change, I added a configuration parameter for the domain to be used to talk to the API server. Shopzilla has changed this domain in the past and this parameter will allow you to change it on the fly for your blog in case Shopzilla does it again in the future.

How do I get it on my blog?

To upgrade - just download this archive and copy its content on top of your previous installation in the “plugins” folder. For new installations please refer to the Readme file that comes with this plugin.

For more information on how to become a Shopzilla publisher please go to the Shopzilla Publisher Program home page. To find why I wrote this plugin, please read my original blog post about it.

Shopzilla WordPress Plugin (version 1.1)

This is a minor update to the Shopzilla WordPress Plugin I released back in February. It adds a new column that shows merchant ratings according to BizRate, a Shopzilla company. It also incorporates a change to the domain name Shopzilla introduced with the latest overhaul of their XML feeds.

To upgrade - just download this archive and copy its content of on top of your previous installation in the “plugins” folder. For new installations please refer to the Readme file that comes with this plugin.

Here is how the plugin looks now (below). For more details please read my original blog post.

Shopzilla WordPress Plugin (version 1.0)

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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