Froogle – What is it good for?Written by Ed Kohler
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What does it cost?
Nothing. Submitting to Froogle is free, and you can do it as often as once a day (but at least once a month). Google has also stated that they plan to keep Froogle free by serving Google Adwords ads alongside Froogle search results.
How do I build a Froogle Feed?
After signing up with Froogle, they will send you an extensive set of instructions on how to create a Froogle feed. If you have a small set of products, you could easily whip up a Froogle feed in a spreadsheet like Excel, then save it as a text file for upload to Froogle. However, if you have a large inventory with volatile pricing, you’ll probably want to look into exporting a Froogle feed from your database. One way to do this is to have your webmaster script a tab delimited file on your in-stock inventory so you can easily save it off and load it whenever you make changes. If you want to turn that up another notch, have your webmaster script your Froogle feed to automatically FTP itself on a regular schedule.
If you have an online catalog and aren’t Froogling you’re passing up additional sales. Sign up with Froogle today and get your Froogle on.
Ed Kohler is president of Haystack In A Needle and creates Froogle Feeds for his clients. Contact Ed (firstname.lastname@example.org) today to get Froogling.
Your PC can contribute with Google ComputeWritten by Jakob Jelling
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Users have plenty of informational and control options for Google Compute. A system tray icon (a double helix) indicates that Google Compute is running, and when bright, same icon indicates that processing work is being performed. There are two modes available to help prevent interference with other programs that you use.
Google Compute requires Windows, IE5 or higher, 64 megabytes of RAM minimum, and English version of Google toolbar. A high speed internet connection isn't required, but you should routinely connect to Internet every few days, and be prepared for a delay while processed data is uploaded. Data is transferred using outbound HTTP, so it will work through most semi-transparent firewalls. About 20 megabytes per month of data is transferred to Folding@home project.
Jakob Jelling is the founder of http://www.sitetube.com. Visit his website for the latest on planning, building, promoting and maintaining websites.