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Wordpress auto blog using RSS feed to pull ecommerce items

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I am in the process of building an auto blog using wordpress. I see there is a plugin that generates blogs via RSS feed. I was using this as the big idea to generate blogs on my sites. However, I just ran in to a snag.

I fell in love with the WPeMatico plugin for auto blogs. However, I just realized this uses RSS feeds. That I know off, RSS feeds only scrapes blogs from other sites.

I want to scrape specific items that other sites have for sale but then pull them into my site as a “blog” As I said before in another thread – like werd.com but in an “auto fashion” is this feasible?
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Is it feasible?  Probably at some level.  You may run afoul of the terms of use of other sites if you're scraping their content without their permission.

Is it easy to do?  Usually, yes.  However it's not a question with an "answer," it's a requirement for application development and for that you should hire a professional developer that you can share the details with.
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Thanks for the input.

Before I start scraping their content I would initiate contact and explain to them what I am trying to accomplish.

As for the application development, i see where I might need to hire a consultant as RSS feeds only scrape blogs and not actual items for sale on other sites.

For the record, there isn't a plugin that scrapes other sites ecommerce items?

Like a werd.com but in an autoblog format where I don't have to manually add all the post?

Or will i need to hire a web admin or stick with the guns (application development) ?

thx again
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Usually if a web publisher or store wants you to have access to their data, they will expose an API.  You should ask about this before you embark on a scraping effort.  The API will probably be stable, version controlled, etc.  No such stability exists for web sites which can be changed without notice.

An RSS feed is simply a specialized subset of XML.  It carries only a few bits of information, such as a title, description and link.  RSS is very ightweight and easy to use.  The publisher of an RSS feed adheres to the RSS standard.  You can consume an RSS feed in PHP with the SimpleXML object.

I am not aware of any plugin that scrapes ecommerce items from other sites.  In order to write one you would need to understand the markup of the other sites, and that is quite a research project.  More and more, ecommerce sites are not using HTML to load the documents.  Instead they load a stripped-down version of the markup and then use JavaScript to add data to the page.  This makes the "view source, copy code" process much more difficult.
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