Vendobot

Vendobot indexes shopping websites in New Zealand and adds products to its index. This includes some online stores that are not running on the Vendo software.

Stores running on Vendo

You do not need to do anything, all your products are listed and updated hourly. There is no interruption or effect on the performance of your website as your database is temporarily duplicated and the index run off the duplicate.

You can view your products by searching for your store URL in the search box above.

Stores not running on Vendo

For stores not running on Vendo normally only a small number of pages will be crawled. If you have more than 50 products you may opt-in to Vendo's automated listing programme. Normally the Vendobot will crawl a website no more than once per month, while pages that are in the index will be spidered daily, weekly or monthly.

Only product pages that have a price, name and image are indexed. Some categories are spidered to retrieve more product URLs. If you have a /sitemap.xml page configured this is normally the first page checked.

The Vendobot normally operates between 12:00am and 3am, except when your store is being set up or checked; in some instances only the headers are retrieved (such as checking for 404's).

You can block the Vendobot by including the"noindex, nofollow" meta tag on specific pages, or to block Vendobot from your entire site include the following in your robots.txt file:

    User-agent: Vendobot
    Disallow: /

If somehow we've got something wrong, please let us know by emailing support@vendo.co.nz



Supply a product feed in XML

A more efficient way for Vendo to spider your website's products is to supply an XML feed.

By default, Vendobot looks for a file named products.xml in the root directory of your website. However you may provide a different URL in the product import setup. (If you don't have access to the set-up admin for a store that is already on Vendo contact us for log in details.).

Sample XML feed

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE greeting SYSTEM "hello.dtd">
<products>
	<product>
		<name>Womens Shoes</name>
		<price>129.95</price>
		<url>http://www.yourwebsite.co.nz/catalogue/shoes/womens-shoes</url>
		<image_url>http://www.yourwebsite.co.nz/images/products/00001-1_MD.jpg</image_url>
		<sale_price>99</sale_price>
		<status_id>0</status_id>
		<summary>SKECHERS Shape Ups-Strength fitness shoes.</summary>
		<details>&#38;#60;p&#38;#62;&#38;#60;strong&#38;#62;Features:&#38;#60;/strong&#38;#62; &#38;#38;bull; Lower profile design for low intensity workouts and everyday wear. &#38;#38;bull; Metallic leather, synthetic and mesh fabric upper. &#38;#38;bull; Cooling mesh panels. &#38;#38;bull; Padded collar and tongue. &#38;#38;bull; Elastic tongue keeper straps for added stability and comfort. &#38;#38;bull; Fabric shoe lining. &#38;#38;bull; Cushioned insole. &#38;#38;bull; Two part soft and firm density midsole gives maximum fitness benefits, support and stability. &#38;#38;bull; Kinetic Wedge super soft foam midsole designed to absorb shock and provide exercising effect. &#38;#38;bull; Lower profile 1 1/4 inch midsole height at center. &#38;#38;bull; Sculpted rubber traction outsole for natural propulsion.&#38;#60;/p&#38;#62;</details>
		<category>Shoes</category>
		<created>03/15/11</created>
		<updated>07/03/14</updated>
		<sku>1A</sku>
		<brand>Skechers</brand>
		<colour></colour>
		<size></size>
		<gender>Womens</gender>
	</product>
	<product>
		<name>Mens Shoes</name>
		<price>94.00</price>
		<url>http://www.yourwebsite.co.nz/catalogue/shoes/mens-shoes</url>
		<image_url>http://www.yourwebsite.co.nz/images/products/00002-1_MD.jpg</image_url>
		<sale_price>0</sale_price>
		<status_id>0</status_id>
		<summary>The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 Trail-Running shoes provide a proven combination of light weight and stability for outdoor athletes looking for high performance over a variety of surfaces.</summary>
		<details>&#38;#60;p&#38;#62;&#38;#60;strong&#38;#62;Features&#38;#60;/strong&#38;#62;&#38;#60;br /&#38;#62; &#38;#38;bull; Breathable mesh uppers feature Sensifit&#38;#38;trade; thermoplastic urethane overlays to secure insteps and lock heels in place.&#38;#60;br /&#38;#62; &#38;#38;bull; Polyester linings wick moisture away from feet; contoured Ortholite&#38;#38;reg; insoles enhance comfort and help control odor with an antimicrobial treatment.&#38;#60;br /&#38;#62; &#38;#38;bull; Kevlar&#38;#38;reg; Quickfit&#38;#38;trade; lacing system takes just 1 pull for a precise fit; lace pocket hides lacing away for safety.&#38;#60;br /&#38;#62; &#38;#38;bull; Protective toe and heel caps guard against bumps and abrasion, gusseted tongues keep crud away from your feet.&#38;#60;br /&#38;#62; &#38;#38;bull; Dual-density EVA midsoles deliver enhanced durability and cushioning for all-day comfort on the run; includes pronation control.&#38;#60;br /&#38;#62; &#38;#38;bull; Thermoplastic urethane control plate protects and stabilizes in all 3 dimensions.&#38;#60;br /&#38;#62; &#38;#38;bull; Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 Trail-Running shoes come with Contagrip&#38;#38;reg; outsoles; their a new geometry optimizes performance on mixed terrain, even at high speeds.&#38;#60;/p&#38;#62;</details>
		<category>Shoes</category>
		<created>03/15/11</created>
		<updated>06/23/14</updated>
		<sku>2A</sku>
		<brand>Salomon</brand>
		<colour></colour>
		<size></size>
		<gender>Mens</gender>
	</product>
</products>

The required product fields (highlighted above in bold) are:
  - name
  - price
  - image_url
  - url.


Fields can appear in any order, and the optional fields can be omitted (the required fields must be included and should not be empty).

Status IDs

Status codes for setting the product status, default is 0

  • 0 = Normal (default if omitted)
  • 1 = Normal (+ Homepage large)
  • 2 = Normal (+ Homepage small)
  • 3 = Hidden
  • 4 = Out of stock
  • 5 = Out of stock (back order)
  • 9 = Delete

Optional fields

Additional data may be suppled with optional fields including:

updated
this is useful for ensuring an existing product is only modified if there has been a change since the last updated date.
category
helpful for categorisation within Vendo’s search results.
gender
specifying a gender will ensure items appear higher in gender-specific searches such as "ladies shoes". Valid gender types include mens, womens, boys, girls, unisex (default for no value), baby
summary
 
only a summary is used for displaying within search results, however a full description in the details field can provide additional keywords for searching. If the details is supplied and no summary then the details will be used as the summary for search results.
sale_price
must be lower than the price.

Using a Google product feed

Vendo can also accept a Google Products XML file. If you already have one set up then simply supply the full URL of the XML file.

Other product feeds

We can also modify our import script if you have already implemented a standardised XML feed for another application. Just email us a link to the XML file.