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Can I submit only some products from my site?

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I saw an early instruction video where it was suggested that new users only submit a few products until they get used to Google Shopping. Can I do this? Will Google penalize me if I submit only 10 items instead of the 191 I have?

How about if I submit a few items from different categories? Or should I submit all my items from from one category just to be safe?

Thanks.

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the rules apply regardless of how data is submitted.

 

a single item may be submitted --

items submitted are tracked by id

and expire in 30-days by default.

there are rules for the submitted data, landing-page,

overall site, physical inventory, and business model.

for a product that is available in different colors (variants) --

submitted data --
first, identical item_group_id values with a
unique variant attribute (e.g. color) value,
and an exact, matching (color) product image,
must be submitted for each item in the group.


otherwise, only one variant (color) may be submitted.

landing-page --
then, google recommends either (a) a separate landing-page
for each (color) variant; (b) the same page but, the exact
variant selected via a url-parameter; or (c) the same link
landing-page for all variants, but the exact variant must
be straightforward for the user to locate on the page.

an example for (a):
http://www.example.com/products/toys/red-wagon.html

an example for (b):
http://www.example.com/products/toys/wagon.html?color=blue

for (c) google is the final arbiter of straightforward.

the landing-page should display the exact item and price submitted.

if the submitted data or the landing-page cannot adhere to all rules
then, either submit only one (color) variant or do not submit that item,
at all -- to avoid triggering a disapproval or suspension, at any time.

if submitted data and landing-pages are being handled or designed,
in any part, by a third-party then, the best likely course would be to
continue working directly with the third-party support organization.


see also
https://support.google.com/merchants/#topic=3404779

 

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Re: Can I submit only some products from my site?

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(1) yes;
(2) no -- assuming this is the first time ever submitting items;
(3) categories do not matter in this regard.

the registered feed can be used for between one to about 100,000 items or so.

simply use the same registered feed for all updates --
changes, additions, and deletions; any missing items
are considered a delete.

items are tracked by id so carefully consider id values --
id values should, normally, never change or be reused for
any other physical inventory item, once assigned.

there is no direct penalty for submitting a subset of stock items --
simply be certain that all items submitted as in stock, are currently
physically in your inventory, can be shipped, and can be purchased
from the site, at the exact price submitted to google and displayed
on the link landing-page.

any variant must be submitted per the variant rules and policies --
including identical item_group_id and valid unique variant attribute
values for all variants in a variant-group; a separate link landing-page
or, a url-parameter that preselects the exact variant item on the page,
for each variant submitted, is recommended.

of course, google inspects both the registered feed
and registered website to measure and assign quality,
and will consider all account histories of a merchant or
site with respect to any potential penalty.

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Ok, so now you are talking feeds. My developer said that with our software (BigCommerce) we can't submit a URL feed and will need to submit the catalog manually. This is because we use Options (variances). Some of our products come in different styles.
I think what you're saying is that if I have a product that comes in 4 colors, I will need to have a separate URL for each color. BigCommerce retains the same product URL for each variant but a different Product Image URL since the images have different file names.

Am I getting this correctly?
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the rules apply regardless of how data is submitted.

 

a single item may be submitted --

items submitted are tracked by id

and expire in 30-days by default.

there are rules for the submitted data, landing-page,

overall site, physical inventory, and business model.

for a product that is available in different colors (variants) --

submitted data --
first, identical item_group_id values with a
unique variant attribute (e.g. color) value,
and an exact, matching (color) product image,
must be submitted for each item in the group.


otherwise, only one variant (color) may be submitted.

landing-page --
then, google recommends either (a) a separate landing-page
for each (color) variant; (b) the same page but, the exact
variant selected via a url-parameter; or (c) the same link
landing-page for all variants, but the exact variant must
be straightforward for the user to locate on the page.

an example for (a):
http://www.example.com/products/toys/red-wagon.html

an example for (b):
http://www.example.com/products/toys/wagon.html?color=blue

for (c) google is the final arbiter of straightforward.

the landing-page should display the exact item and price submitted.

if the submitted data or the landing-page cannot adhere to all rules
then, either submit only one (color) variant or do not submit that item,
at all -- to avoid triggering a disapproval or suspension, at any time.

if submitted data and landing-pages are being handled or designed,
in any part, by a third-party then, the best likely course would be to
continue working directly with the third-party support organization.


see also
https://support.google.com/merchants/#topic=3404779

 

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One thing I would like to suggest is that Google Shopping recommends a minimum of 15 products to be listed. Referenced from Google Singapore and Google Dublin Adwords Team.

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Ok. I think I might go with the "straightforward" solution. My product pages have pretty identifiable pulldowns to select style. Perhaps I should change them to radial buttons?

Thanks for your help.

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Thank you.