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Hi,

 

I have one website selling charm jewellery with plated metals.  I am wishing to close this website down.

 

I have planned a new website selling charm jewellery but with sterling silver components.  New website name, different branding, completely different products (but same category of jewellery).

 

I am very conscious of the double serving policy, so if I opened a new website and set up a multi client account, I would be worried it would be seen as double serving as the category of jewellery is the same.

 

How do I go about closing the website down with the plan to open the new one.  Apparently, you only ever get one merchant account.

 

Please could someone help.

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yes, use the same merchant-center-account for any such website change.

the typical steps required for a domain-name change are:

(1) be certain that the new domain/website is up,
running, and meets all shopping-ad policies --
for all pages, and all links, on the new website.

if possible, have someone purchase one or two item-offers,
from the new website, to be certain that the shopping-cart,
and all e-commerce checkout-flows, are working properly.

(2) verify the new domain within webmaster-tools (google-search-console):
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35179

(3) change the existing merchant-center feed data with the new link url's --
if any physical products are identical to the old website, then only change

the link related attributes such as link, image_link, additional_image_link,

or mobile_link.

if possible, never change the id/sku of a physical inventory item-offer,
if the physical item being sold on the new site, is identical to the item
that was sold on the old site -- otherwise, be certain to use new id

values for any and all new physical inventory.

a best-practice is to use a mix of letters and numbers for id (sku); e.g.
abc123

(4) change the verified domain within the merchant-center-account;

(5) resubmit the existing registered feed with the updated link url's --
then, wait 72-hours or so for google to process and re-insert the data;

google may take a day or so to fully process and crawl the updated links.

inspect the processed items, by clicking on the item's title, under the
products-list-tab -- check the images and click on the items' new links.

also, check the shopping-campaign to be certain all data is available --
if the original id values and the original feed is used to change the
domain, there should be no technical issues with the shopping-campaign.

however, if the physical inventory are different, such as sterling silver,
then the shopping-campaign and product-group details should likely be
reevaluated, to bid higher or lower on different sets of products, for example.

Close and open new website

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Thank you so much for this detailed instructive reply.  

 

A sort of separate question.. if I wanted to change just the domain name of my website and link to the shopping feed, how would I do this? I was thinking I could just delete the products on my website and add the new ones, but eventually, I would like a website change of name.

Close and open new website

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1) Place all items out of stock and make sure Google Merchant Center has updated all the items as being out of stock.

 

Then simply follow celebirds steps from 2 onwards

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