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Discovery Channels: Setting up Your DotFeed Account for an Amazon Feed

Where do I Start?

  • If you have AspDotNetStoreFront but have never used DotFeed before, install the DotFeed Connector first.



  • If you don't have an Amazon Product Ads Account , set that up now, on a separate browser tab.
  • If you have used DotFeed and have AspDotNetStoreFront, start here.

Setting up Your Discovery Account

Configuring your new DotFeed account has two main parts:


For Every Discovery Channel

  • Setting up channel connections

  • Creating rules to test out your sales ideas


One-Time Tasks

  • Choosing your payment method(s)

  • Designing a stand-alone minisite

Setting up Channel Connections

  1. Log in to your DotFeed Account using the same account information you created in order to purchase DotFeed.


  2. On a separate browser tab, log in to your Amazon Product Ads account. You'll need to find the FTP login credentials in this account to configure your DotFeed account.


    1. Select Inventory from the main dashboard and go to Upload Products & Inventory.


    2. Select Upload Inventory Files and in the drop-down menu, choose FTP Setting


    3. Make sure to write down your FTP login credentials to use in your DotFeed Account.


    TIP: Download this Excel worksheet to collect information from Amazon that you need in your Discovery Channel.



  4. In your DotFeed Account, select the Feeds tab and click Manage and then select Configuration. For an Amazon Channel, you'll need to define FIVE fields, which are described below:


    • Store Endpoint (critical) is your store domain in this format: https://www.mystorename.com/DotFeed.aspx or https://store.mydomain.net/DotFeed.aspx .
      The point here is that you must include "https://" and you must end with the extension "/dotfeed.aspx" (case insensitive)
    • Access Key should match the value you put in the DotFeed.AccessKey AppConfig in the Admin Console while installing the DotFeed Connector.

    • Nickname (optional) identifies this channel and store. Use any range of alphanumeric characters, including spaces.


  5. Once you have entered values, click Save Configuration.

  7. Wait 12 - 24 hours to click the Validate Endpoint button to allow DotFeed to access your store and build the first feed. If your feed was successfully setup, you'll receive this message:


  8. Do not Preview Results until you have completed setting up your mapping rules AND designed your minisite.


Creating Mapping Rules

  1. Under the Feeds tab, go to Mapping Rules.

  3. Notice that one rule has already been created for this channel. Do not delete it.

  5. Create rules to explore selling strategies. For example how might changing the price, image, or description of a product affect its sales volume?
    Example Scenario: We want to sell our remaining Teddy Bears at $19.99, reduced from $30, but only through the channel feeding to Amazon. We also want to change the image to a pink bear because we've read that pink bears sell better than white ones and want to test this theory. To do this, we set up these rules:


  6. To learn more about rules, visit "Using Rules to Optimize Your Channels" .


Choosing a Payment Method

Any payment method displayed on the Payments tab will work with your Discovery Channels.


  1. Using Paypal

  3. Using Checkout By Amazon

  5. Using Google Checkout

Designing a Minisite

Go to the Account tab to create a stand-alone minisite where customers will buy products from your discovery channel.


  1. Select Edit Configuration.

  3. Define a term for My Subdomain with no empty spaces.

  5. Select a Default Skin that reflects the kind of merchandise you are selling.
    TIP: Visit the Minisite Gallery to see what your skin options are.

  7. Add text only (no HTML) to the topics that are part of your Minisite: About Us, Warranties & Returns, Privacy Policy, and Contact Us.
    TIP: Shipping and taxes are configured within your payment method. For example, if you use Checkout by Amazon, then go to your CBA account to setup these elements.

  9. Save your design.

  11. Go to the Feeds tab, select your Discovery Channel and then go to Manage>Mapping Rules>Preview Results.

  13. In the pop-up window, find the column entitled Product URL and click on one of the URLs. Your browser should display your new MiniSite configured with your new Mapping Rules, displaying one of your products.
    TIP: Employ Preview Results to test out mapping rules that adjust a product's name, image, description, or price.

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