Category Archives: Google Base/Checkout

Google Base: Multiple Etsy Shops



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Just create another feed, naming it after your other shop, and set up the same way you did when using the Etsy RSS and Google Base tutorial.

Since Google Base has edited their system so you can use the RSS for multiple Etsy shops by just adding additional feeds, I’ve reposted info specifically about setting up items on more than one domain here (like your own website or other venues): Google Base: Items on Multiple Domains.

Please note: Google Base doesn’t like when you submit the same exact items through multiple feeds–it muddies the searches–so your feed may get disapproved if you do that.

Google Base “Frequently Asked Question” posts

# 1: I’ve set up Google Base, now what?

# 2: My feed uploaded & it says items were inserted!

# 3: My feed processed but shows a 0 items inserted message!
Need more help after reading the FAQs? Please post in this Etsy forum help thread:

Get into Google’s “Shopping” search results–use Google Base

Updated July 19, 2009


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Temporary Google Base Issues: Fixes here!

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Visit our Etsy shop: GoTo

This week Etsy added USD to all our listings to make it clear to international buyers that our prices are in US Dollars. Unfortunately it’s been causing issues with the Let’s Ets data feeds.

If you are looking to update your data feed, you can do one of two things:

1. Switch to the Etsy RSS method which also allows you to use the scheduler to automatically update your shop from now on:

~ ~ ~ Switch to the Etsy RSS method ~ ~ ~

Here’s a tutorial–be sure to start from step 1 as some of the account settings need to be changed:

Etsy RSS and Google Base

2. Manually edit your Let’s Ets feed:

~ ~ ~ Let’s Ets: remove the “USD” ~ ~ ~
from your download

1. Download the feed to your computer.
That’s the file titled SHOPNAME.xml (of course, it has your shop’s name in the spot where it says “SHOPNAME”).

2. You should be able to open it with an HMTL editor or a plain text program like notepad or WordPad. Right-click on the file name and select “Open with” and pick a program.

3. Make sure the cursor is at the top of the page, then hold down the control button on your keyboard and click H.

4. When the pop up opens put USD in the “Find what” box, and leave the “Replace with” box empty. Click the “Replace All” button.

5. Save the file, and upload to Google Base as usual.

The Let’s Ets fix is a tip from Glasstastic.

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Google Checkout is Raising Rates

Google Checkout is Raising Rates in May 2009

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As of May 5, 2009 Google Checkout will be raising its rates–they’ll be more in line with Paypal’s rates.

Along with the new higher rates come higher fees for purchases made from buyers in another country (the same increase Paypal has for cross-border transactions). It also marks the end of the free processing/AdWords deal.

Details here:

http://checkout.google.com/support/sell/bin/answer.py?answer=134473

AdWords/free processing ending:

http://checkout.google.com/support/sell/bin/answer.py?answer=134486

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What is Google Base/Merchant Center?

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Update: Google Base is now: Google Merchant Center

Google Merchant Center: Trying to get your items uploaded, but still not sure what it is? Here’s a little info:

The main function is to get your items into the database that Google uses for its shopping search (also known as their “product” search). Getting your items in Google Base is not about getting your products in the regular Google search results, though occasionally you’ll see three items pulled from the Google Merchant Center listed under “Shopping results for Your-Search-Terms” on page 1 of regular Google search results.

When someone searches on Google then clicks the “shopping” link at the top of the page they are taken to a list of products with prices and photos for easier browsing. (And if you want to know if anyone uses that, I do. It’s the way I search first when I’m looking for something that I want to buy on the internet, has been for years.)

Google’s Shopping Search: http://www.google.com/products

Looking to upload your Etsy shop or website items?

Etsy is working on getting our items in there for us, as Google changed their rules last year saying that individual sellers on market places like Etsy could no longer upload their own goods–see these two posts:

Changes Coming for Google Base

FAQs about the new Etsy GM feed

If your independant website shopping cart isn’t set up for uploading to Google Merchant Center automaticaly, you can do a manual upload for it–see here for help with that:

Google Merchant Feed for Your Website

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Etsy RSS & Google Base/Merchant Center

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(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.)

What is Google Base/Google Merchant Center? Click here!



Update: As of December 2009, Google is requiring marketplaces like Etsy to upload the goods for the sellers, sellers can no longer upload their own items.

For more info on how your items will be added to Google Merchant Center see these two posts:

Google Retired Etsy RSS Feeds

FAQs for the New Etsy Google Merchant Product Search Feed



Tutorial deleted to avoid confusion, see update above.


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Accepting Credit Cards Online: A Paypal Alternative

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We’ve been accepting credit card payments for sales through Paypal for years, but last year we decided to try Google Checkout:

Google Checkout
(affiliate link)

We’ve been very happy with their service, and really like how our money is automatically transferred to our bank account.

We don’t have to log in and tell them to send us our money, and instead of taking three to four days for it to show up in our account, it takes only two days.

The fees are lower than Paypal: 2% + $0.20 per transaction.
Update as of May 2009–the fees are now the same as Paypal:
2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.

Currently it’s only available to sellers in the US and UK, they are working on expanding, but it’s available to buyers in over 140 countries.

As of January 2008, these countries are able to pay using Google Checkout:

Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
British Indian Ocean Territory
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Gabon
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto RicoQatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia and Montenegro
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands, British
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Need to send an email invoice
through Google Checkout?

See this post: Send a Google Checkout invoice