I am looking to develop a pay-per-action (PPA) comparison shopping engine similar to:
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All the sites named above are pay-per-click (PPC) sites. The site will be an aggregator of all info that pertains to the products listed in the site. The home pages, category pages, item pages will be very similar to the above mentioned sites. The difference will be that we will not charge the merchants per click.
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We would like to use open source software to complete this project. However, what ever application we use must be very, very scalable and be able to handle 1 million plus products, thousands of visitors a day doing 10s of thousands of product searches. Being very flexible and scalable.
ADMIN AREA- Manage retailers (URL, affiliate URL, logo, address and other details)- Manage sections and categories (for instance Electronics -> LCD TVs)- Have click tracking of outgoing clicks - with statistics (in admin area)- News, coupons etc (basic CMS features)- Manage products - set up products to be price compared, feature products etc.- Set up data feeds for retailers - with mapping of categories (CSV, XML)- Be able to download feeds by cronFRONT END- Price comparisons (i.e. several prices of one product from different retailers - for instance for a specific MP3 player)- Product listings (one product, one price - listings of for instance printer ink)- AJAX features (for search, sorting etc)- SEO friendly URLs- Order by popularity, price etc- Be able to have predefined searches in categories (for instance 'Ink for HP3395' - which would fire a search for any product containing HP and 3395 (as defined in the search rule).- BreadcrumbsExample sites (for good idea of feature set):- Smarter.com- Shopping.com- [url removed, login to view] and coding is [url removed, login to view] with price comparison sites/data feeds are VERY important. I have great experience myself and can help out a lot in understanding - but if you have done similar work before the chance of success is much higher.
More detail will be provided to the winning bidder. I would also be interested in hiring someone as the IT person for this site for ongoing development, maintenance, etc. If you have the coding experience and would like a permanent gig I would be open to discuss that idea as well. You would have to have several years of development and project management experience. Be able to help plan the project and execute in a expedited and timely fashion. Be able to code using the latest programming tools available. Be available via SKYPE, Chat, phone, etc. Have excellent english skills. Be able to manage other freelancers for specific jobs and work closely with me to develop this site.
The idea is to grow the site to several million products with millions of visitors a month. The database must be designed to be efficient and quick. Search results must be lightening fast and visitors must be able to filter search results very easily and quickly. The site must be fast, fast, fast....Did I mention fast.
I have been developing, managing and running ecommerce sites for the past 8 years. So I do have some experience and success in this area. I have been using PPC search engines for many years and know what works and what does not work from a merchant point of view and from a visitor point of view. So this is not a fly by not project so I am not interested in talking to inexperienced novices. Only bid if you have the experience and can execute clean design and clean code. Other please don't waste my time or yours.
So you can bid two ways. You can either provide a bid for developing the entire project from design to going live with about 100,000 items to start with. Or, you can bid on what your monthly salary would be to be the IT Director for this new venture. As the IT director you would work closely with me to develop this site and do most of the coding. So as you can tell I am not interested in a project manager. I am actually looking for an experience IT guy who has actual coding experience and wants a full-time gig. So if that is you bid on what your required monthly salary is and provide your resume and what you have done..
The site will have the following pieces:
1. Shopping site with 1MM+ products, categories, sub-categories, item pages, product reviews, multiple merchant offerings for the same product, merchant reviews, google adwords associated with item page, banner ads on the all pages, different social and shopping features on the item pages.
2. Merchant section. Merchants will be able to login and upload product feeds, create merchant profiles and maintain their merchant profile accounts. FTP access to upload product feeds. Also interface with Yahoo store to import merchant product feed into the site.
3. User section. Users will be able to create profiles, have unlimited lists that they add products to, share lists, provide product and merchant reviews, have a user blog/forum.
4. Administration section - This will be the back end for us to manage the users and merchants, run click and other types of reports.
When bidding on the entire project, also include what programs your bid is based on. What the advantages and disadvantages of the program that you are considering and basing your bid on.
If bidding for the IT Director position - Also include your thoughts how the site should be designed, what programs should be used and why. Don't just tell us why we should hire you. Tell us why we should hire you, plus what you propose and intend to do to design and complete this project and how your solution would be beneficial for the future as the number products grow, the traffic grows and the site features will increase.
Either way, be prepared to sign an NDA if awarded the project or if awarded the IT director position.
Please do not just bid and say award us the job and we can discuss details. We will ignore the bid entirely. We will only consider serious bidders who have taken the time to read our post, carefully considered our project, have given it some thought and have similar experience. It's no our first time hiring a developer and yes we have been burned before on other projects with people that promise the world and cannot deliver if their life depended on it.
Thank you for your interest. Looking forward to further discussions. If you have any questions before bidding feel free to PM me.