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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:35 pm    Post subject: Getting started with the software! Reply with quote
This tutorial is aimed to explain you the script idea and basics and to help you get started using it. You can use this tutorial as step by step tutorial to get started with the software as you just downloaded it.


1) Feeds Observer is server based script, and it can run only on web server, not on your local pc. For this reason you need to install it on any of your sites.


2) Make sure the server where you will install the script meets the script requirements. To find them look at this thread:
http://support.cheapestwebsoftware.com/viewtopic.php?t=320


3) Install and setup the script following the step by step guide available at:
http://support.cheapestwebsoftware.com/viewtopic.php?t=321


4) After successful install, login to the administration area and make sure everythinig is ready to go, by following this thread:
http://support.cheapestwebsoftware.com/viewtopic.php?t=322


5) Spend some minutes reading what exactly does each section of the script, so you get general idea for the script features. Just go and do a look through all the threads starting with Admin Panel ->.... at the documentation forum at:
http://support.cheapestwebsoftware.com/viewforum.php?f=10


6) Now its time to get started using the script for real. To do that lets explain you the idea of the script. Feeds Observer is aimed to track incoming and outgoing traffic from your feeds. To accomplish that you need somehow integrate your current feeds with the script. Feed Observer is designed to do that integration in the most simple way possible - by making you alternative feed that can track the traffic and reads your original feed content. So basically you don't touch anything on your original feed and you have no chance to screw up something on it. You just get alternative feed url from Feeds Observer. Each time you open that alternative feed url an incoming hit is tracked and the contents of your original feed is displayed, so basically its all same like your original feed, just now you can have statistics for its usage. To go more ahead, Feeds Observer can track and the clicks from the alternative feed url. For this reason it rewrites all links found inside the original feed content and makes them pass through the click tracker of Feeds Observer. That makes available, everytime someone clicks on a link from your feed to be tracked!


7) To start tracking statistics for a feed, you need to go to the Add Feed section of Feeds Observer and supply the information for the feed you want to track traffic for. For example, lets say you have a feed at http://www.mydomain.com/somedir/feed.xml
and you want to track statistics for it. Then you supply that URL as "Original Feed URL" in the Add Feed form. Give it some name so you can recognize it inside the Feeds Observer admin. If you want to track clicks on the feed, you select Yes in the "Count Clicks" dropdown. You know that your feed updates its content 3 times a day, then for "Cache Content for" field, fill in value of 480 minutes. 480 minutes is equivalent to 8 hours and your feed updates every 8 hours. That will make Feed Observer, use local cache of the original feed content for 8 hours to improve performance, and every 8 hours it will recrawl your original feed content to grab the new content it will have. Once you do this, you have your feed added to the system.

Cool Once you added a feed to the system, go to Your Feeds section and click on "Linking" next to the feed. That will display you a page containing link instructions how you can access your new feed for which you can track statistics. Whenever you add a feed to Feeds Observer, your basic new feed url will look like:
http://www.domain.com/fo/feed.php?id=# (where # is the unique id of the feed)

In the Linking Instruction page you can locate your new feed url generated directly ready for usage.
When you access that url, you will get your feed displayed. Try it in your browser. You can use that url from now on as your feed url. For example if you have put on your pages or blogs "bookmark us" link for direct sindication to your feed and had it linked to your feed like
http://www.mydomain.com/somedir/feed.xml
now you can replace it with your new feed url like
http://www.domain.com/fo/feed.php?id=#
And everytime a visitor subscribes to the feed and views them and click on any links on it, Feeds Observer will track them 100%

9) To provide more flexibility to you, you can use the Advanced Linking Method at the Linking Instructions page, and make your new feed look more friendly in it url. For example following the advanced linking instructions, you can make your new feed look like:
http://www.mydomain.com/somedir/feed.php
To accomplish that as is explained on the linking instrunctions page, you just need to create the "feed.php" file and put in it the contents displayed on the page, and upload the "feed.php" file to anywhere you want. In our example at
http://www.mydomain.com/somedir/feed.php

Then you can again use that url to access your feed, and do whatever you want with it.

10) Generally the idea of Feeds Observer is to provide you alternative feed urls on which you can track statistics and you begin using these new alternative urls instead of your regular ones where you can't track anything.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:45 pm    Post subject: How exactly to use your new feeds generated Reply with quote
Here you will see real examples how you can switch your regular feeds with the new ones created by Feeds Observer.

- Browser Subscription
You know you can tie your feed to your page, so that when your page is accessed a live subscription bookmark buttons appears in your browser. This is done with a tag in the head part of your page source.

If your code looked like:
Code:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://www.mydomain/somedir/feed.xml" />


You can switch it with these:

Simple Linking Method:
Code:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://www.domain.com/fo/feed.php?id=#" />


Advanced Linking Method:
Code:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://www.mydomain/somedir/myfeed.php" />




- Yahoo Subscription
If you display a feed subscription button to yahoo.

Old Code:
Code:
<a href="http://add.my.yahoo.com/rss?url=http://www.mydomain.com/somedir/feed.xml" target="_blank">Subscribe to Yahoo</a>



You can switch with these:

Simple Linking Method:
Code:
<a href="http://add.my.yahoo.com/rss?url=http://www.domain.com/fo/feed.php?id=#" target="_blank">Subscribe to Yahoo</a>


Advanced Linking Method:
Code:
<a href="http://add.my.yahoo.com/rss?url=http://www.mydomain/somedir/myfeed.php" target="_blank">Subscribe to Yahoo</a>



Do the very same for anything else. Just start using the new feed urls created by Feeds Observer, instead of your regular feeds urls.
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