It was great while it lasted. For 10 years we’ve provided a magic button to get your products listed in Google shopping results for free.
Sadly, we won’t be able to submit product feeds to Google on your behalf and the magic button will disappear next month (February 2013), as Google brings in a new paid for version of their shopping service.
We’ll no longer be able to list products in Google Shopping for you. If you want to keep listing your products in Google’s shopping results (recommended) then you’ll need to start paying for your ads to appear.
It’s going to be similar to Adwords (cost per click based). Infact the new Google Shopping ads will become part of the Adwords programme, and will be managed from within the Google Adwords control panel.
Who’s going to handle my product feed?
You. ekmPowershop.com will still generate the product feed (a URL to a file containing all your products’ attributes and details such as price, image, description etc.) in the correct format to make this nice and easy.
The main difference?
You’ll need your own Google Merchant Centre account to add your shop’s product feed to. At the moment all product feeds go into our partner level Merchant Centre account. We’ll keep this account open as long as possible so shop owners can claim their feeds.
As far as we know, the format of Google Shopping will change visually on the 13th February 2013, with some sponsored ads appearing.
Will there still be free listings?
We believe that as part of the initial rollout, there will be a mixture of free and paid for listings. With this in mind it’s definitely worth getting set up so you can enjoy some free listings whilst they last. By the end of Q2 this year the transition over to the paid for platform is set to be fully complete. So there’s a chance that’s when the free listings will disappear forever.
Google Merchant Centre or Google Adwords?
Both! You’ll need a Merchant Centre account where your product feeds will go. Then you’ll need an Adwords account to set up and manage your ads. The 2 need to be linked, which is an easy process covered by Google in this useful video.
Who knows until it’s here… but here are a few theories:
- More control – over what Google Shopping displays about your products and your business, because you create your own ads
- Better quality results
- Better buyer experience
- Better reporting
- Less competition
- ‘Another thing’ to manage
HELP! What should I do?
If you want to get your products listed with the new Google Shopping platform and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, do this:
- Create a Google Merchant account and claim your feed* ASAP (*you only need to do this if we’ve been submitting the feed for you)
- Create a Google Adwords account.
- Link Merchant Centre and Adwords together.
- Make sure your feed is fit and healthy (Merchant centre will tell you this) and create some adverts in google Adwords.
- Bid, monitor, refine (like most PPC models)
That’s far too much hassle!
We agree! There’s clearly going to be more work in getting your products into Google Shopping than in the past. It’s brand new so more than anything we think shop owners just need to be shown the ropes with a little help in getting set up.
So we’ve come up with a ‘Google Shopping Starter Pack’ where we’ll set up your feeds, relevant Google accounts and we’ll even get the ball rolling with £75 worth of clicks. Click here for more info.
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