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Need to add 1000 products ASAP
adding products to your e-commerce store
gzlatin




msg:626429
 4:27 pm on Mar 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I need to add about 1000 products to my online store. Obviously this is a very time consuming process. Are there any tips or tricks that anyone uses to get this done quicker? Any place I can go to hire someone to help me with this? Any companies out there that specialize in this kind of work?

I know what products I want to add and which manufacturers I'm getting the products from, it's just a matter of getting all of that information into my CMS. I work full time so I don't have the time to do all of this myself.

 

webdoctor




msg:626430
 9:21 pm on Mar 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Are the manufacturers providing all the information to you?

If they can send you it in electronic form (spreadsheet, table in Word) then I'm sure you can transform this data into the database powering your CMS.

Are there product images too? Where and how are they being provided?

What about pricing? Who decides?

gzlatin




msg:626431
 11:50 pm on Mar 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

"Are the manufacturers providing all the information to you?
If they can send you it in electronic form (spreadsheet, table in Word) then I'm sure you can transform this data into the database powering your CMS."

Unfortunatley, they are not that advanced. They might have a spreadsheet or something but i would probably have to write most of the descriptions myself. I would want the descriptions to be original anyway for seo reasons.

"Are there product images too? Where and how are they being provided?"

Most of the time I have to get the product images off of the manufacturers website. Sometimes they have them on disc.

"What about pricing? Who decides?"
I would decide the pricing.

Let me be more clear, I'm not looking for someone to do ALL the work of adding the products to my store. I realize that I will have to do a lot of it. I guess I was just wondering if most people do this entirely themselves or do they hire a person (or people) to help them?

minnapple




msg:626432
 3:09 am on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Disclaimer . . . I am not intrested in doing this again!

A couple of years ago, I had a prospect come to me that had a printed catalog, and wanted to publish to the web.

I did some research and found a plug-in that would parse quark documents. Then I contacted a graphic house [1] , and they agreed to parse the documents. Saved money since they had Qxpress and the plug-in was only $50.00.

Then I had a php programmer [2] import the data, and create a report of non conforming records.

The non-con data was about 20% of the total data.

The images for the site were supplied by the printer [3] and scaled to an uniform size using an automatted function configured by [2]

A template for the site was created by me and programmed by [2] and the conforming products were uploaded and categorized same as the printed catalog.

The non conforming records, mainly consisted of products that had options.

The client, hired a college student, [4] and I trained him how to add the options.

I modifed some of the category names so they were more search engine specific.

In a nutshell, it is all about project management.

Disclaimer . . . I am not intrested in doing this again!

sun818




msg:626433
 3:50 am on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

> Most of the time I have to get the product images
> off of the manufacturers website. Sometimes they
> have them on disc.

Get the highest quality images you can. Off the web site would be a last resort. Get them on a disc with higher resolution if possible. I take descriptions and images from the distributor web site using a robot crawler (with their explicit permission). You can hire a content writer to get the descriptions online but it can be expensive. Maybe collge students majoring in journalism, english, or an "internship" for inexpensive but competent labor.

corbing




msg:626434
 4:53 am on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

If it's just a matter of data input, try some of the freelance sites such as elance or rentacoder. You should be able to find someone to do it quickly and for a very reasonable price.

gzlatin




msg:626435
 4:58 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your help guys, i guess i just need to dish out the dough and hire a college kid or something to come to my office (my house) and help me out. I would use e-lance but there are too many variables and I need to physically show whoever is helping me how to do this stuff.

bekyed




msg:626436
 11:06 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yea try elance, you will find someone in india or russia and it wont cost you much at all.
The russians are brilliant at coding.
You can normally get two people for the price of one in the UK
Beck.

konaandcooper




msg:626437
 3:20 am on Mar 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Or check out supportresort. You can hire a 6 days a week guy for 8 hours a day from India for about $500 for a month.

8 hours a day times 6 days a week times 4 weeks equals about 200 hours during the month, so you get the guy for about $2.50/hour...that's a deal any day of the week

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