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FeedGhost contest winner and the eBay RSS experiment

FeedGhost contest winner

First off we have a winner for the years subscription to FeedGhost. The winner is Pierro Marie, congratulations Pierro who suggested I blog about how to add advertising into your RSS feed and how to protect RSS feeds.

eBay RSS experiment

A while ago I mentioned that I was experimenting with SimplePie (I love SimplePie) and eBay RSS feeds. I have put together a very simple site about handbags (don't ask) using an installation of SimplePie and ebay RSS feeds. The feeds can include your affiliate ID so if someone clicks on one of the auctions you display on your site and buys you get a commission.

Well it's been over 2 months now and the site is indexed in Google and gets some traffic. I have recently updated the site to include more feeds, a feed for each type of handbag. It will take a while for Google to crawl these deeper pages but in principle you can create a viable site using RSS feeds.

If anyone wants to try it themselves you can download a free copy of SimplePie and get your custom ebay feeds. If you want to get commissions from ebay you'll need to sign up with Commission Junction as they run ebay's affiliate program.

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