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Just a quick question about the rss-feed.

We sell photo wallpapers, canvas paintings, plexiglass paintings and curtains. However, our real products are the IMAGES. When you buy something from us, you first choose what picture you are interested in, then you choose if you want it on canvas, on plexiglass, or as a wall paper or perhaps as a roll down window cover. (Let's call that "type" for now...)

 

Currently, I list each picture, and for each picture I create four items. One for each type, like so:

<item>
<g_id>ft-4807</g_id>
<g_title>Fototapeten oändligt gräs</g_title>
<g_description>Täck hela din vägg med gräs! Det är möjligt hos dinprint.se, fullt av billiga fototapeter med hög kvalité!</g_description>
<g_link>http://www.dinprint.se/sidor/fototapet/4807?google=true</g_link>
<g_image_link>http://www.dinprint.se/images/imagebank/fotolia/38/38056367.jpg</g_image_link>
<g_condition>new</g_condition>
<g_availability>in stock</g_availability>
<g_price>280</g_price>
<g_google_product_category>Hardware > Painting & Wall Covering Supplies > Wallpaper</g_google_product_category>
<g_product_type>Fototapet</g_product_type>
</item>
<item>
<g_id>ct-4807</g_id>
<g_title>Fototapeten oändligt gräs</g_title>
<g_description>Täck hela din vägg med gräs! Det är möjligt hos dinprint.se, fullt av billiga fototapeter med hög kvalité!</g_description>
<g_link>http://www.dinprint.se/sidor/canvastavla/4807?google=true</g_link>
<g_image_link>http://www.dinprint.se/images/imagebank/fotolia/38/38056367.jpg</g_image_link>
<g_condition>new</g_condition>
<g_availability>in stock</g_availability>
<g_price>350</g_price>
<g_google_product_category>Arts & Entertainment > Hobbies & Creative Arts > Artwork</g_google_product_category>
<g_product_type>Canvastavla</g_product_type>
</item>
<item>
<g_id>pt-4807</g_id>
<g_title>Fototapeten oändligt gräs</g_title>
<g_description>Täck hela din vägg med gräs! Det är möjligt hos dinprint.se, fullt av billiga fototapeter med hög kvalité!</g_description>
<g_link>http://www.dinprint.se/sidor/plexiglastavla/4807?google=true</g_link>
<g_image_link>http://www.dinprint.se/images/imagebank/fotolia/38/38056367.jpg</g_image_link>
<g_condition>new</g_condition>
<g_availability>in stock</g_availability>
<g_price>350</g_price>
<g_google_product_category>Arts & Entertainment > Hobbies & Creative Arts > Artwork</g_google_product_category>
<g_product_type>Plexiglastavla</g_product_type>
</item>
<item>
<g_id>rg-4807</g_id>
<g_title>Fototapeten oändligt gräs - Rullgardin</g_title>
<g_description>Täck hela din vägg med gräs! Det är möjligt hos dinprint.se, fullt av billiga fototapeter med hög kvalité!</g_description>
<g_link>http://www.dinprint.se/sidor/rullgardiner/4807?google=true</g_link>
<g_image_link>http://www.dinprint.se/images/imagebank/fotolia/38/38056367.jpg</g_image_link>
<g_condition>new</g_condition>
<g_availability>in stock</g_availability>
<g_price>350</g_price>
<g_google_product_category>Home & Garden > Decor > Window Treatments > Curtains & Drapes</g_google_product_category>
<g_product_type>Rullgardin</g_product_type>
</item>

 

(Please note that I removed lots of required information from the above XML to make it easier to read)

Is it, however, possible to simplify this to get the same information in the feed, but cut it down by a few lines?

As you see, there is plenty of redundant information in the above feed. Can I instead make it something like this?

 

<item>
<g_id>4807</g_id>
<g_title>Fototapeten oändligt gräs</g_title>
<g_description>Täck hela din vägg med gräs! Det är möjligt hos dinprint.se, fullt av billiga fototapeter med hög kvalité!</g_description>
<g_image_link>http://www.dinprint.se/images/imagebank/fotolia/38/38056367.jpg</g_image_link>
<g_condition>new</g_condition>
<g_availability>in stock</g_availability>
<g_type>
<g_link>http://www.dinprint.se/sidor/canvastavla/4807?google=true</g_link>
<g_price>350</g_price>
<g_google_product_category>Arts & Entertainment > Hobbies & Creative Arts > Artwork</g_google_product_category>
<g_product_type>Canvastavla</g_product_type>
</g_type>
<g_type>
<g_link>http://www.dinprint.se/sidor/plexiglastavla/4807?google=true</g_link>
<g_price>350</g_price>
<g_google_product_category>Arts & Entertainment > Hobbies & Creative Arts > Artwork</g_google_product_category>
<g_product_type>Plexiglastavla</g_product_type>
</g_type>
<g_type>
<g_link>http://www.dinprint.se/sidor/fototapet/4807?google=true</g_link>
<g_price>280</g_price>
<g_google_product_category>Hardware > Painting & Wall Covering Supplies > Wallpaper</g_google_product_category>
<g_product_type>Fototapet</g_product_type>
</g_type>
<g_type>
<g_link>http://www.dinprint.se/sidor/rullgardiner/4807?google=true</g_link>
<g_price>350</g_price>
<g_google_product_category>Home & Garden > Decor > Window Treatments > Curtains & Drapes</g_google_product_category>
<g_product_type>Rullgardin</g_product_type>
</g_type>
</item>

 

Edit: sigh...smilys....

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September 2015

Re: Smarter RSS XML feed

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currently, there is no such simplification supported or allowed.

for greater efficiency, a back-end system might be written to help
automate submitting the data while adhering to the specifications.

as an aside, reviewing all the current rules, policies, and specifications
might be prudent; especially with respect to watermarks, product images,
landing-pages, etc. -- google may disapprove an item or feed or suspend
an account or website, for a policy violation or review, at any time.

for example, image_link images that are not of the actual product being
purchased are generally not allowed and are grounds for disapproval.

see also
https://support.google.com/merchants/#topic=3404779
https://support.google.com/merchants/#topic=3404778

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Marked as Best Answer.
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Accepted by topic author Per J
September 2015

Re: Smarter RSS XML feed

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# 2
Top Contributor

currently, there is no such simplification supported or allowed.

for greater efficiency, a back-end system might be written to help
automate submitting the data while adhering to the specifications.

as an aside, reviewing all the current rules, policies, and specifications
might be prudent; especially with respect to watermarks, product images,
landing-pages, etc. -- google may disapprove an item or feed or suspend
an account or website, for a policy violation or review, at any time.

for example, image_link images that are not of the actual product being
purchased are generally not allowed and are grounds for disapproval.

see also
https://support.google.com/merchants/#topic=3404779
https://support.google.com/merchants/#topic=3404778

Re: Smarter RSS XML feed

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Hello and thanks for the answer. Pity you cannot simplify the feed like so, but if it cannot be done, it cannot.

As for the side note, the part of the feed I posted was just a small part of the whole thing - I just did not want to make the post longer than needed. Our feed fulfills all the requirements and is already approved. I have discussed our products with Google representatives and they say it's fine, since when you click an item in the Shopping display, you chose already if you want a curtain or wallpaper, so the image AND the "type" is already selected - the purchase is just "one click away". Many thanks for the info anyhow. Smiley Happy