How I scan for Premiums

It is mostly brute force. I have several folders of bookmarks. 

  • Basic Set folder contains the Calendar and the Florida Premium Dates, the organizations that publish premiums (ASCA, CPE, NADAC, TDAA, USDAA and UKI) and the AKC trial secretaries in Florida. AKC will publish premiums but only for those with online entry and even then it is optional so I do not even bother. I am also scanning for new events in the calendar of the organizations.
  • ACTIVE folder which has the clubs that publish links to their premiums and have trials coming up. 
  • EVENT folder USDAA and UKI have an event page for each trial where the premium is located. This folder is organized by trial date. 
  • INACTIVE folder which has clubs that may have a trial once a year that get promoted to the active folder a few months before their trial and moved back after the premium is published. The second folder also contains clubs that I usually have better luck finding the premium elsewhere. 

Next comes the scan

  • I open a private window in Safari (pretty much assures I will not get a cached copy of the pages). 
  • Then I have Safari open all of the pages in the first folder as individual tabs. 
  • The first tab is my Florida Premium Dates which highlights the clubs that are getting close to (or past) their premium due date. This gives me some clubs to watch out for. The premium due dates are color coded so I can tell which are coming up soon or are past due.
  • Then I just position my cursor on the “X” to close the tab and start clicking. Some pages require some extra effort. The TDAA and CPE calendars have a easily visible last update date and if it is not the current or previous date (or the date I last checked) I will skip the page. I wish CPE would go the route of USDAA and UKI because the monolithic nature of the page makes it a real pain to process if the date changes. USDAA and UKI are in this folder but I am mostly scanning for new trials to add to the trial events bookmark folder.  
  • The active folder is opened in a set of tabs and scanned. 
  • The trial event folder is then opened in a set of tabs. Since this folder is organized by date, the farther down the tabs the faster I can click and not accidentally miss one. Once I process a premium for one of these trials, the bookmark is deleted.
  • Every once and a while I will open the inactive bookmark folder to see if there is anything new. 

I generally do a premium scan early in the morning and maybe one in the late afternoon or early evening. The scans do not take long and require only a couple minutes if there are no premiums to process. I generally do not do scans on weekends when we are away at a trial. The software that I use to update the website is on my desktop at home. I can operate it remotely via my iPad but it is more difficult and requires a good data connection. 

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