Vendobot indexes shopping websites in New Zealand and adds products to its index. This includes online stores that are not using the Vendo store builder software.
Stores running on Vendo
You do not need to do anything, all your products are listed and updated automatically. There is no interruption or effect on the performance of your website.
You can view your products by searching for your store URL in the search box above or going to www.vendo.co.nz/yourusername.
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 listings. 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.
The Vendobot normally operates between 12:00am and 5am, except when your store is being set up or checked; in some instances only the headers are retrieved (such as checking for 404's).
Products must have a unique URL and contain a price, name and image. Categories are indexed to retrieve more product URLs. If you have a /sitemap.xml page configured this is normally the first page checked.
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:
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> <
image_url> <sale_price>99</sale_price> <status_id>0</status_id> <summary>SKECHERS Shape Ups-Strength fitness shoes.</summary> <details>&#60;p&#62;&#60;strong&#62;Features:&#60;/strong&#62; &#38;bull; Lower profile design for low intensity workouts and everyday wear. &#38;bull; Metallic leather, synthetic and mesh fabric upper. &#38;bull; Cooling mesh panels. &#38;bull; Padded collar and tongue. &#38;bull; Elastic tongue keeper straps for added stability and comfort. &#38;bull; Fabric shoe lining. &#38;bull; Cushioned insole. &#38;bull; Two part soft and firm density midsole gives maximum fitness benefits, support and stability. &#38;bull; Kinetic Wedge super soft foam midsole designed to absorb shock and provide exercising effect. &#38;bull; Lower profile 1 1/4 inch midsole height at center. &#38;bull; Sculpted rubber traction outsole for natural propulsion.&#60;/p&#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> <
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>&#60;p&#62;&#60;strong&#62;Features&#60;/strong&#62;&#60;br /&#62; &#38;bull; Breathable mesh uppers feature Sensifit&#38;trade; thermoplastic urethane overlays to secure insteps and lock heels in place.&#60;br /&#62; &#38;bull; Polyester linings wick moisture away from feet; contoured Ortholite&#38;reg; insoles enhance comfort and help control odor with an antimicrobial treatment.&#60;br /&#62; &#38;bull; Kevlar&#38;reg; Quickfit&#38;trade; lacing system takes just 1 pull for a precise fit; lace pocket hides lacing away for safety.&#60;br /&#62; &#38;bull; Protective toe and heel caps guard against bumps and abrasion, gusseted tongues keep crud away from your feet.&#60;br /&#62; &#38;bull; Dual-density EVA midsoles deliver enhanced durability and cushioning for all-day comfort on the run; includes pronation control.&#60;br /&#62; &#38;bull; Thermoplastic urethane control plate protects and stabilizes in all 3 dimensions.&#60;br /&#62; &#38;bull; Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 Trail-Running shoes come with Contagrip&#38;reg; outsoles; their a new geometry optimizes performance on mixed terrain, even at high speeds.&#60;/p&#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:
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 codes for setting the product status, default is
- 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
Additional data may be suppled with optional fields including:
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.