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How long before images populate?

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I'm a first time google Merchant user and have successfully submitted my products (only about 40 total) to Merchant Center via the API. After 24-hours, most of the images are still missing.

 

I'm curious how long I should expect to wait before they are all properly populated. And how long before approval typically?

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September 2015

Re: How long before images populate?

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typically, google takes 24-72 hours or so

to crawl and cache all the image_link url's

before images begin to appear.

that assumes that the image meets all google's rules and policies
and googlebot and googlebot-image can properly crawl the website
and the site responds properly to all google's requests.

image_link should be a proper url pointing to a supported
file format, approximately 300x300 pixels, of the product
itself with no text, logos, watermarks, or excessive borders.

check the web-server's log for any googlebot or googlebot-image
requests that contain the exact url of the submitted image_link

 

approval is a separate process and should take a few days.

 

to help speed-up the approval process, check the site

and submitted (api) data against the following policies --

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/160637

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/1344057

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188483

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188484
https://support.google.com/merchants/#topic=3404779

 

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September 2015

Re: How long before images populate?

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typically, google takes 24-72 hours or so

to crawl and cache all the image_link url's

before images begin to appear.

that assumes that the image meets all google's rules and policies
and googlebot and googlebot-image can properly crawl the website
and the site responds properly to all google's requests.

image_link should be a proper url pointing to a supported
file format, approximately 300x300 pixels, of the product
itself with no text, logos, watermarks, or excessive borders.

check the web-server's log for any googlebot or googlebot-image
requests that contain the exact url of the submitted image_link

 

approval is a separate process and should take a few days.

 

to help speed-up the approval process, check the site

and submitted (api) data against the following policies --

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/160637

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/1344057

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188483

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188484
https://support.google.com/merchants/#topic=3404779