Google Base: New Page for Viewing Feeds

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So after coming back from a few days away I logged in to Google Base and thought my feeds had been deleted like some other sellers’ feeds have been. I am pleased to say Google Base moved the page where they show the feeds.

So far, so good–we haven’t been “retired”–I just needed to update my bookmark!

The new main Google Base page:
Merchant account log in page

Feeds have been moved here:
Data Feeds Page

I’ll be going back and updating previous posts with this new page as fast as I can. 🙂


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Google Base is Deleting Some Individual Sellers' Feeds

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UPDATE: I have not heard of any feeds being deleted since the end of September–I wonder if they thought better of deleting feeds until the December deadline they had mentioned…

Google Base is deleting individual seller feeds. That’s the pre-formatted letter I got from Google Base tech support, and now more sellers in the forums have said their feeds have been “retired”.

I am really disappointed–they’ve given marketplaces until December to comply with the new rule which went into effect September 3rd. Even though a marketplace is not submitting a feed yet, Google Base has already retired several sellers’ feeds on Etsy and 1000markets.

It seems pretty random–some sellers have had feeds deleted, some not. Some have been able to set up Google Base feeds for the first time while others have not.

Etsy admin have said they are working on it, but it looks like it will be a few weeks before our feeds are up.

I have responded to the Google tech support message explaining how I feel this is not a good move and that feeds shouldn’t be deleted until the venue is submitting its feed–especially considering the timing for upcoming holiday season–and how sellers don’t have control over when their market place starts submitting their items. I’m hoping they will reconsider. If you’d like to contact them too, here’s the Google Base contact form:

http://base.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=no_appear

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Changes Coming for Google Base

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As of December 1st, 2009 Google Base will be changing its policies for submitting goods that are for sale on sites like Etsy.

Sellers will no longer be able to set up their own shop feeds–the marketplace will need to do it for the sellers. (I’d say that it is still worthwhile to spend the 10 minutes setting up your feed in the mean time–so don’t let this discourage you from getting your feed going!)

Some have said that Google Base’s has already deleted their feeds because for this new rule (a few on Etsy and one on 1000Markets from what I’ve heard).

I’d be surprised if that is why those feeds have been deleted since the last time Google had put a change in requirements into place they allowed feeds that didn’t meet the new requirements to remain until the deadline they provided–which would be December 1st in this case.

I’ve contacted Google tech support and I’ll let you know what I hear back from them on this.



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Woo hoo! We’ve been approved for Project Wonderful ads on our blog!

I’m announcing it here so our blog followers can have first crack at getting the free spots–the boxes are in the right-hand sidebar, come take a spot!

New: Donor Thank You page

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I’ve been so touched by the donations and gifts folks have sent for the help they received on our blog that I’d like to say a public thank you to them, so I’ve created a new page where I’ll post about recent donors/gift givers.

Thank you so much for your generous support:

Donor Thank You Page
http://www.gotogreatpanes.com/blog/thanks

Pages:
I’ve also added new links to the top of the right-hand column in the blog for easier navigation. There you’ll see links to the Donor Thank You Page, plus:

Blog Home–The most recent posts.
About–A little about “Go To Great Panes”.
Donor Thank You Page–please check out these fab folks’ shops!
Google Base–There’s a new “master” Google Base page where I have included all the relevant tutorials, FAQs and help posts for GB.

Below the “Pages” you can still sort by topic:
Use the “Google Base/Checkout” topic link to sort for all GB posts. Sometimes I’ll post about recent issues GB is having, those won’t be added to the main GB Page to keep the basic info from getting cluttered, but those updates can still be found by sorting by topic or searching the blog.