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Please help I have gone through the Merchant Centre Beginners guide to create an account  but have come unstuck at the create your product data step. This page tells me all about what a data feed it which is great but does not state how to create one or where/how I would find the information required for this. After an hour of going round in circles I decided to try the API for shopping thing it suggests. (Get Started
Quickly get up and running with the Content API for Shopping).

Quick start my A***!!

 

I have now spent most of the afternoon trying to set up merchant centre without any luck. Does anyone know of an actual beginners guide for those of us without any coding knowledge and who are not mind readers or can offer any straightforward step by step advice. Thank you.

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Hi Sarah,

I am sorry you are finding it difficult to get started.

The best method for you to create a data-feed is very much dependent on a number of things.

Your development knowledge.
Your Item count.
Frequency your stock changes.
Your e-commerce platform etc..

Some solutions such as Shopify and Magento have plugins and exports of your data in a form that is suitable with/without the need of some modification. If you do not have this, then you can use the spreadsheet method, where you can manually create a data-feed from your catalog.

Every method has its benefits and downfalls, so it is unique to the user.

Below are the "simplest" options, avoiding the API.

Tab Delimited - https://support.google.com/merchants/topic/2473823?hl=en-GB
XML - https://support.google.com/merchants/topic/2473799?hl=en-GB
Speadsheet - https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/2364723?hl=en-GB

When you have chosen, please make sure and read all the policies and feed specifications required within your feed and relative landing pages -

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494
https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188484

Once you are at the point of having a created data-feed, there are further steps required in order to have your items listed, however, to avoid overwhelming you with information, I will leave the above open for further questions.

If you require any further assistance or direction on your chosen file format please leave a reply, myself or fellow community members will be happy to help.

Tom

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Hi Sarah,

I am sorry you are finding it difficult to get started.

The best method for you to create a data-feed is very much dependent on a number of things.

Your development knowledge.
Your Item count.
Frequency your stock changes.
Your e-commerce platform etc..

Some solutions such as Shopify and Magento have plugins and exports of your data in a form that is suitable with/without the need of some modification. If you do not have this, then you can use the spreadsheet method, where you can manually create a data-feed from your catalog.

Every method has its benefits and downfalls, so it is unique to the user.

Below are the "simplest" options, avoiding the API.

Tab Delimited - https://support.google.com/merchants/topic/2473823?hl=en-GB
XML - https://support.google.com/merchants/topic/2473799?hl=en-GB
Speadsheet - https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/2364723?hl=en-GB

When you have chosen, please make sure and read all the policies and feed specifications required within your feed and relative landing pages -

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494
https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188484

Once you are at the point of having a created data-feed, there are further steps required in order to have your items listed, however, to avoid overwhelming you with information, I will leave the above open for further questions.

If you require any further assistance or direction on your chosen file format please leave a reply, myself or fellow community members will be happy to help.

Tom

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What Tom has not mentioned yet, is the ability to use plugins if you are using an off the shelf eCommerce platform. For example shopify, magento etc...
Than you can use a plugin or google shopping management tool to allow you to do the process on the fly with no knowledge required to the development side.

I do recommend searching article on Google for best practices etc... as Google Shopping is very complicated and to get the best out of it reading up on the basics is a bonus.
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empty header columns

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I have managed to now create a data feed however now that it is loaded it is stating that there are empty header columns. There are not or at least not that I can see. Any advice on this one??

Please find data feed Excel spreadsheet screen shot attached showing the section of the spreadsheet I have turned in a .txt file .screen print 4.png

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Hi Sarah,

Sometimes this can happen if there is an extra column present in the file. It may not always show in excel or similar spreadsheet packages. Try opening your file in notepad and see if there is anything different with the formatting.

It may be there is text in a row without a header elsewhere on the spreadsheet itself.

Tom