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Google Shopping Data Feed - Setup and Optimization


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How to set up and optimize your Google Shopping Data feed. Tips and advices on listing your products on Google product search.

How to set up and optimize your Google Shopping Data feed. Tips and advices on listing your products on Google product search.

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  • 1.
  • 2. Google shopping was launched in Australia in May 2011
    Google Product Search is currently available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, France, Japan, China, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain.
  • 3. Getting Started
  • 4. Setting up a Google Merchant Account
    You can sign up with any of your Google accounts
    It is highly recommended to use the same log-ins for both Merchant account and Web master tools account
    To submit Data feed with web page URLs you first need to register the relevant domain with the MC account.
    If you submit feeds of multiple websites, set up a “Multi-Client Account”
  • 5. Setting up a Google Merchant Account
    Claiming and verifying a website - Verifying only covers the www sub-host and any paths underneath, but not the entire domain. To cover the entire domain, you must verify and claim the root domain, e.g.
    Merchant Center is different from “Google Base” MC is for uploading product data. Google Base is used to upload other types of structured data such as real estate data.
  • 6. Creating & Submitting a Data Feed
    Two File formats are supported
    Text (.txt) – Feed can be created with MS Excel and saved as a tab-delimted file
    It is very important to follow the “Products Feed Specifications” as set out in Merchant Center Guidelines.
    If the nature of the store/products is such that the data changes every moment where daily updates are not enough, then the ideal solution should be “Content API for Shopping”
  • 7. Submitting a Data Feed
    Before submitting a data feed, it needs to be registered in Google Merchant Center to let Google know to expect the file.
    There are 3 basic ways to upload the data file
    Direct Upload (Files under 20 MB in size)
    FTP Upload (Files under 1GB in size)
    Automatic Upload (Scheduled Fetch) (Files under 1 GB in size)
    If you're submitting your items for the first time to locales other than U.S., U.K., and Germany, it may take several weeks for items to be reviewed and begin appearing in the search results.
  • 8. Optimizing
  • 9. Optimizing Shopping Data Feed
    Keyword Rich Product Titles and Descriptions
    If you already rank well for some product keywords, there is a high chance that you get better rankings in Shopping Results as well
    Price competitiveness of your products
    Size and Trust associated with the Merchant
    Reviews and Ratings from Trusted Shopping Review Sites
    Completeness of your feed attributes
  • 10. Optimizing Shopping Data Feed
    Frequency of updating the feed (Data Freshness)
    Real-time updation )Via API, Few times a day or at least once a month (Google anyway expire all data in 30 days unless they are updated)
    Any discrepancy of data between the feed and website can result in suspension of the item from the Shopping results
    Use of Custom Attributes (enables your products to show up for more long tail searches on Google Shopping)
    Selection of right product category (as suggested by Google, with your own refinements)
    It is very important to follow the “Program policies and Requirements” set out in the Google MC
  • 11. Monitoring
  • 12. Measuring Performance
    This can be done in Three ways
    Adding tracking parameters to web page URLS submitted via the data feed
    Reporting Feature in the Merchant Center
    Products tab in the MC which reports impressions and clicks of each item submitted
  • 13. How We Can Help You
    We at Netstarter were ahead of the game and have already built the tools to connect our client's ecommerce sites with Google Shopping. Feel free to contact us if you would like to get expert and professional consultation in optimising your Google Shoppinglistings.
  • 14. Sources