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Submitted by ajmboy on Thu, 2017-08-10 21:44 in

Hi David, are there any plans to offer the ability to use a feed API and pull products on the fly vs just pulling a feed file and growing your server database? Similar to the Amazon and Ebay API. Just curious.

Is anyone using API technology with PT from affiliate networks like CJ, Pepperjam, Avantlink, etc., outside of downloading a data file?

Submitted by support on Fri, 2017-08-11 07:47


I don't at this time as the major drawback with regards to APIs over feeds is that you don't have the database for comparison to hand, no content with which to create crawlable pages for search engines, and even when you do get to a comparison page it would involve calls to every API in use resulting in very slow page load times...

They're really for a different purpose - e.g. creating dynamic content units from a specific merchant's API on an existing product page - however I have provided Amazon / eBay as they are popular, well converting merchants that don't ordinarily provide a feed and create more opportunities for a referral per page...


Submitted by ajmboy on Sat, 2017-08-12 13:48

Thanks for the great explanation David, makes sense. :)

Submitted by ItsDavid on Tue, 2017-10-10 05:07

I David,

I just wanted to add here. As you know i was very heavy into using the API download features and with your help i was able to come up with a way to import the API feeds into my database. I would love to see support for API's to come back.

Best Regards