Hostgator & Ebay RSS Feed (Bans or PHPbay) Check Your Sites - They're Probably Down

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80% of my ebay RSS feed-powered affiliate sites are not loading (hosted on hostgator - usually the best for this type of site.)

According to other forums this is universal. If you've been through this before, you will know that it doesn't take more than a day or two for your SERPs to suffer, regardless of how much unique content you've painstakingly put on there.

I don't know of a good solution - the responses from either side have not been helpful (from what I have seen) so the only temporary solution I know of is if it's possible, de-activate the ebay RSS feed powered parts of your site until it is fixed and that way your site will load properly and won't get punished as badly.

For some (me included) all of the EPN sites are also down, so I can't view their board.

Bearing in mind recent EPN events, and considering that hostgator are usually the safest bet and also considering that hostgator's responses on this are that it is out of their hands, ebay is blocking certain IP's of theirs - well, don't leave any tin foil lying around because I am inclined to start wearing it on my head.

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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    Thanks for this Roger..

    I have to be honest that I have neglected the BANS side of my business because it now seems so laborious for things to run smoothly...

    If you don't mind me asking.. do you run BANS?... and if so have you found the last 8 months a bit of a pain in the arse?..feel free to reply via PM if ya like dude..


  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I'm not using BANS but I do have a hostgator account with a couple of sites getting the feed and they are up and running at this moment
  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    Just out of curiosity since I don't use any ebay stuff: Do these scripts play nice?

    One of the biggest problems with RSS scrapers and tools like them is when they don't cache results, and/or they constantly hit the feeds for updates every couple of minutes. Hundreds (or thousands) of sites doing this can bring any service down really fast.
    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Kathy,

      Do these scripts play nice?
      The scripts do, but the paymasters don't.

      On average, you get about an hour or two a week where they are overloaded and a little slow. But this is ebay we're talking about and they are fully aware of how many different scripts are pulling the feed, so in normal circumstances I guess they allow for it.

      Hi Dennis,
      It doesn't seem to be a HostGator problem, at least not for me.
      As you'll see above, I have some HG accounts working and some not. Hostgator customer support are adamant that ebay have basically blocked certain of their IPs.

      There is a problem with the EPN website too but whether this is related who knows?

      This won't be the last debacle, because many others will ride it out and stick in there because they don't have the skills or inclination to move on.

      November 1st is when ACRUs go from $12 to a sliding scale of $1 to $50 depending on the 'engagement' level of overall traffic sent (for any longer standing members of EPN's USA program - currently new members are in this new system already) and ummm...well make sure your dogs are alright because you can be sure that at the end of November there will be more fireworks....
  • Profile picture of the author Iain Ainsworth
    Is this just an EPN problem or are those on Pepperjam also getting messed about I wonder?

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