Google Shopping–Pictures Missing?


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Now you’re syndicated, you’ve searched Google Shopping and found your items there but you’ve got no pictures–just this graphic?


Then your pictures are most likely too big.

If you are selling on Etsy, they have made these recommendations:

Minimum: 430 pixels wide
Maximum: 800 to 1,000 pixels wide or long on the largest side

Narrower images will be pixelated/blurry in the item listing because Etsy will stretch them to fit the 430 pixel-wide space on the listing page.

Larger images are slow to load which is:

bad for folks with older computers
bad for folks with dial-up connections

and now, it’s also

bad for uploading to Google Merchant Center which provides data for Google’s Shopping/Product search.

What to do?

You can either lower the setting on your camera or use photo editing program to make them smaller. If you don’t have photo editing software, you try these two free ones:

Picasa (from what I hear it’s relatively simple)
http://picasa.google.com

GIMP (more advanced)
http://www.gimp.org/windows

Need help getting the image sizes right for cropping on Etsy?

See this post:

Image Cropping for Etsy
http://www.gotogreatpanes.com/blog/2010/04/08/image-cropping-for-etsy

Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2010
(This post is copyrighted–you do not have permission to repost this content elsewhere but you are welcome to link to it if you’d like to share the information.)