Googlebase Bulk Upload Experience!

5 05 2007

Well!  I read and read about googlebase for the last couple of days.  I decided – okay!  I will take 10 of my trophy items that I sell that I think are rather hot items (lol hint hint!), and place them on the bulk upload and see what happens! 

From the reading I have done so far the MORE custom attributes you use the better chance of someone hitting your item!  Remember they do actually have to deal with your item.  You place something up, and just use tricks to get to a product and google will ZING you!  My question would be do the attributes do anything for the bulk upload?  I sent in a question to the googlebase staff for answers to that question!  The reason I questioned this was I found when you do the bulk upload, and your items are listed – do a search!  You will find them, and when you click on them – ZOOOOOOOOM right to your webpage!

I looked at the ‘required‘ attributes, and some of the suggested ones.  If you look at the list of required attributes not EVERYONE can use all of them!  So if you are a newbie like myself – what the heck do you do?  Lets take the UPC code for example!  The supplier I use for supplies doesn’t have UPC codes in little bags of parts that I receive to place the items together before shipping.  LOL!  If you have the UPC code – USE IT!  Another one is IPSN number, MPN (Manufacturers part number).  Lets say you sell a custom product like myself, and you have NONE of those…what the heck do you do?  Well according to a sample data feed I saw from singlefeed.com you use a Unique Internal Code.  What is that?  Its a product code that you use for your product!  You made it up in your head – it looks good…….KIDDING!  Find something for your own system of your own business, and give it a part number!  One of these numbers are a requirement!  If you can’t supply one because you don’t have it – make your own!

Singlefeed has a blog that explains what ‘data feeds’ are, and here on this singlefeed page if you scroll down they will show you an example of a good data feed.  I have not used this company, nor have I heard much about them.  They do have some good information on their blog.  I remember someone on a board on ecrater mentioning that they asked for to much personal information during sign-up for their comfort.  Remember that is personal preference – you check it out if you want to!  Anyway, it gave great examples of how to lay it out, and definitions of what the attributes are! 

It was a long process getting this up, and I have to wonder if it is worth it for me!  They say if you don’t have to time to do all the products at first try 20 products, and then do another 20 etc.  From what I have heard your items don’t go live right away either – even if the screen says so!  At times it may take hours or days there doesn’t seem to be a system to it!  TIME for things to happen – how frustrating for a newbie!

A few things I did notice is when you are setting up your attributes heading section if you wish to use more than one word you use “_” instead of a space.  I’m talking within your title headings like:  payment_checkout for example.  For the item description itself you don’t have to do that.

Since google now has their own payment program much like paypal there is a trick it seems to mention your paypal option.  I missed the part of my reading on the singlefeed portion about WHERE to mention ‘other’ types of payment plans!  According to singlefeed you MUST have a quantity option available to use the google checkout, and the mention of the google checkout must be under “payment notes”.  If you have unlimited supply they recommend just using 99 for now.  I guess that is up to YOU as the person doing this!  You just need to be sure you can actually get your hands on the product if a large Qty came in!  Believe or not payment type is NOT the field you use for google checkout!  You use that for your other options!  I already have an error on that, and fixed it (hopefully) and soon the file I saved will be good for future use!  I saved my excel file as a normal excel file, and then ‘saved as’ the delimiter they asked for in their instructions.

Remember to use the free overture keyword tool I have listed in the links section.  For each category I listed I plugged in lets say “soccer trophy” to see what came up relating to that for search terms.  One of the extra attributes was events, and I used the event type descriptions within that.  I noticed (and from experience) that for bowling they like to use bowling banque awards instead of “trophy”.  I placed that in my event portion.  Be creative!  You never know what you will see in the search terms they come up with!  Will it work?  I have no idea, but its worth a try right?

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