yahoo http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2664/all en-US Make Your Own Deal Tracker http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-deal-tracker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-own-deal-tracker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yahoo-pipes.png" alt="working in Yahoo! Pipes photo" title="working in Yahoo! Pipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="193" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are not already familiar with them, websites like <a href="http://www.woot.com/">Woot!</a> and <a href="http://www.steepandcheap.com/">Steep and Cheap</a> offer a single item at a time, often at huge discount, but only until their limited stocks run out. If you need a new piece of travel gear or gadget, these sites can be a great way to find it for cheap. However, they also encourage frequent refreshing, procrastination, and impulse buying.</p> <p>What if there was a way to filter the results so that you were only notified of items you were most interested in?</p> <p>Well, I am going to show you an easy way to do just that.</p> <p><strong>Introduction: RSS and Yahoo! Pipes</strong></p> <p><a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2006/02/23_real_simple_.html">Real Simple Syndication</a>, commonly known as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rss">RSS</a>, is just an easy way for readers to stay up-to-date with new content on their favorite websites. Using RSS is commonly refered to as &quot;subscribing&quot; because new content is delivered to the reader&#39;s browser or email, eliminating the need for them to visit the site themselves. The major difference between an RSS subscription and most magazine subscriptions is that the former is totally free to use.</p> <p><a href="http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/">Yahoo! Pipes</a> is a fun, straight forward, way to manipulate the information carried by the RSS subscription. I say it is fun because really it is a lot like playing with blocks. Here are five simple steps to creating a custom deal finder with Yahoo! Pipes.</p> <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-one.png" alt="step one image" title="blank yahoo! pipes workspace" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step One: Grab your sources</strong> </p> <p>The first thing we need to do is insert the RSS links into Yahoo! Pipes. The links themselves can be found on each deal site, marked by either a text link labeled &quot;RSS&quot; or a square, orange, icon. Copy the link from you favorite deal site and head over to Yahoo! Pipes.</p> <p>To create a deal tracking machine, we are going to link several modules together with &quot;pipes.&quot; The first module we want is under &quot;Sources&quot; in the left column and called &quot;Fetch Feed.&quot; Drag the module from the left column into the working area to add it to our machine.</p> <p>In the dialog box on the Fetch Feed module, add the RSS link from your favorite deal site. I did this twice, once for Woot! and once for Steep and Cheap.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-two.png" alt="step two photo" title="yahoo! pipes step two" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step Two: Sort the results</strong></p> <p>The next thing we want to do, is sort the results from the two sites, so that the newest deals will always be at the top of the list. This is easy with the use of the &quot;Sort&quot; module, found under &quot;Operators&quot; on the left side.</p> <p>Connect this module to the first one by clicking the little circle at the bottom of the Fetch Feed module and dragging it to the top ofSort. You should see a &quot;pipe&quot; appear between the two. It&#39;s kind of like connecting the dots.</p> <p>Under the &quot;Sort by&quot; drop-down menu on the Sort module, select, &quot;item.pubDate&quot; and then set it to &quot;descending.&quot; Once that is finished, click the plus sign on the module to create another sort option.</p> <p>Set the second sort option to &quot;item.y:published&quot; and, again, descending.</p> <p>I did this twice, once for each of my RSS links.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-three.png" alt="step three photo" title="yahoo pipes step three" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step Three: Combine the feeds</strong></p> <p><em>Note: If you have only a single Fetch Feed module than you can skip this step.</em></p> <p>If you have been working with the RSS links from two sites like I have, we can now combine them into one. We do this using the &quot;Union&quot; module located under Operators in the left column. After dragging it into the work area, you will see that the module has several input circles but only a single output.</p> <p>Click and drag between the output circle of the Sort module to one of the input circles on the Union module. Do this for each differentSort module you have created.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-four.png" alt="step four photo" title="yahoo! pipes step four" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step Four: Filter the results</strong></p> <p>The goal of this process is to filter the many deals that will appear for things you do not need, from those that you do. We can do this using the &quot;Filter&quot; module, located under Operators in the left column.</p> <p>Once you have dragged the Filter module over from the left column, you will see that you have the option of either blocking or permitting certain items. The easiest thing to do is to permit only the items you are interested in.</p> <p>As an example, lets say I am interested in buying a new winter jacket. I would set the Filter to &quot;permit items that contain all of the following.&quot; For the rule, I would select &quot;item.description&quot; from the first dialog box, leave &quot;Contains&quot; selected in the second, and type &quot;jackets&quot; into theword box at the end. That&#39;s it.</p> <p>We are almost done, but I like to do one more thing to limit the results I recieve. Drag the &quot;Truncate&quot; module from the Operators section in the left column and connect it below the Filter module. Set this to however many results you want to see. Something like two, five, ten, so on.</p> <p>Now is also the time to connect a pipe between the bottom of the Truncate module to the &quot;Pipe Output&quot; module.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-five.png" alt="step five photo" title="yahoo! pipes step five" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step Five: Grab your feed</strong></p> <p>Once you have connected to the Pipe Output module, click save and name your new feed.</p> <p>Once created, there are many ways you can view the results of your new deal-tracker feed. If you click &quot;Run Pipe,&quot; you will notice that you can view the results on that page, add them to a Yahoo! or Google homepage, get them sent to your phone or email, or view them through any other RSS reader. How you view the results is up to you.</p> <p>Once you find that great deal on a winter jacket, simply go back in, edit you Filter to permit a different item, and save the Pipe again.</p> <p>Deal-a-day sites can be a great way to find discounts on items you do not urgently need. To beat their impulse buying trap, try using the free and powerful Yahoo! Pipes tool to create your own deal tracker.</p> <p><em>What is your experience with Yahoo! Pipes? What are your favorite deal-a-day websites? Let us know in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-defranza">David DeFranza</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-deal-tracker">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But if she were playing poker at the same time, while attacking a Pokemon and marrying The Bachelor, well, the results would be unreal. But what do you care? </p> <p>If you&#39;re a blogger, or a small business, or a huge business, or an entrepreneur, it should matter a great deal. Because knowing what people are searching for on a daily basis can mean more money. Especially in the blogging/adsense business, when traffic to your site can generate some very nice income for you and your family. </p> <p>Of course, you don&#39;t want to be hooking people with a popular topic and then writing about something else. Remember the old &quot;FREE SEX&quot; headline, with the copy saying &quot;now that we&#39;ve got your attention, let&#39;s talk life insurance.&quot; But if you keep your finger on the pulse, and write about some of the most popular topics on the web (or aim products at the people searching for those topics) then you will literally be the goose that laid the golden egg.</p> <p><strong>So, where do you find out about searching habits?</strong><br />There are several resources out there. Some are quite specific, some more vague. I&#39;ve listed my TOP 5. If you know of better ones or new ones, please let us all know in the comments box. </p> <p><a href="http://www.dogpile.com/info.dogpl/searchspy/"><strong>1 - DOGPILE SEARCHSPY </strong></a><br />This one is funky. It&#39;s not the best for giving you an overall picture of the week&#39;s searches, but I like it because it&#39;s in real-time. You can literally see what people are typing in as you watch the web page. You can choose from Filtered (family friendly) or Unfiltered (watch out, there&#39;s porno about) and the results are instantly displayed on your screen in a scrolling format. Here&#39;s what I got just now. (Oh, and Metaspy has a very similar service <a href="http://www.metaspy.com/info.metac.spy/metaspy/">here</a> .)</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_7.png" alt="dogsearch" title="dogsearch" width="221" height="206" /></p> <p><a href="http://50.lycos.com/"><strong>2 - THE LYCOS 50</strong></a><br />A veteran in the searching business, this Lycos tool shows you a regularly updated picture of who is searching for what, along with other categories like Movers &amp; Shakers. This was the inspiration behind the Frankenstein&#39;s monster above. Lycos seems to be dominated by Paris, Poker and WWE every week. Check out the top 10 the week ending May 19th.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_3.png" alt="lycos50" title="lycos50" width="280" height="375" /></p> <p><a href="http://hotsearches.aol.com/"><strong>3 - AOL HOT SEARCHES </strong></a> <br />Personally, I have no time for AOL. But millions of people do and it&#39;s important to know what they&#39;re searching for, too. As with anything by AOL, it&#39;s dumbed-down but the search data was interesting. Ann Coulter at #1 this week? One question...why? Yikes. (No surprises American Idol was up there).</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_6.png" alt="AOL" title="AOL" width="246" height="252" /></p> <p><a href="http://about.ask.com/en/docs/iq/iq.shtml"><strong>4 - ASK IQ </strong></a> <br />ASK.COM have subdivided this main page into four main sections. News Searches, Advancing Searches, Movie Searches and Top Searches. I took a quick snap of the news searches. Would you believe it, Paris Hilton is up there again! Only in America can someone be famous for being famous. Know what I mean.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_5.png" alt="ASK" title="ASK" width="158" height="194" /></p> <p><a href="http://buzz.yahoo.com/overall/"><strong>5 - YAHOO BUZZ </strong></a><br />Hey, Yahoo is still useful even in the times of the Google monopoly. I particularly like Yahoo Buzz. Always have, always will. It&#39;s well designed and easy to navigate. And hey, guess what? Hilton didn&#39;t make the top 10. Does that mean Yahoo users are smarter than Lycos users? Hmmmmm.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_2_0.png" alt="Y!" title="Y!" width="288" height="236" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Honorable mentions. </strong><br />Here are a few others I use, just not as often. <a href="http://google.com/trends">Google Trends</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html">Google Zeitgeist</a> are very good. I don&#39;t know why I don&#39;t use Zeitgeist more often, even the name is great. <a href="https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal">Google&#39;s Adwords</a> tool is also a handy resource. And <a href="http://www.urgentclick.com/top-keywords.html">UrgentClick</a> has some good keyword data, too. </p> <p>So, go forth an use this information to get more visitors to your sites and more consumers of your products. All it can do is help you out. </p> <p><em>Main horrendous picture by me. I thank you. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/would-paris-hilton-in-the-wwe-be-the-biggest-draw-ever-for-search-engines">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/over-7-million-money-making-ideas-google-patents">Over 7 million money-making ideas - Google Patents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/google-pays-you-10-per-business-referral">Google pays you $10 per business referral</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-quirky-search-tools-to-help-you-get-results">Three Quirky Search Tools to Help You Get Results</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-siri-can-be-your-personal-finance-assistant">9 Ways Siri Can Be Your Personal Finance Assistant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-in-your-yard-how-to-sell-palm-trees-for-cash">Money in Your Yard: How to Sell Palm Trees For Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> AOL Dogpile Google keywords lycos Making Extra Cash Metaspy search search engines yahoo Thu, 24 May 2007 21:00:19 +0000 Paul Michael 677 at http://www.wisebread.com