I sell widgets that are very unique. Although each one is similar in size the colors and patterns of colors are always different. On my site I market the items by photographing each one and displaying them.
I just did my first froogle upload and am wondering if I might draw some kind of penalty for having multiple similar items in my datafeed.
I don't think I am spamming because people always want the selection, but I also understand froogle might not interpret the information that way.
As long as you use the extended feeds to specify that each of these products are varying by size/color - that shouldn't be a problem - in fact, that's what they are for. Typically, they are used in shirts, shoes, hats etc...
I have a similar problem to thunderpaste's. Each of our widgets are custom made (made to measure). My current website explains that we can make a widget 'A' for our customers in a variety materials, colours, and sizes.
This approach has served us well from a customer service point of view, but from directory/search engine perspective I feel like I am being penalized. For instance, Froogle has placed my bestselling widget (a coat) in the men's apparel category, when it can be (and has been) custom fitted for women.
Here's my question: To get the most out of Froogle's service, should I consider displaying multiple versions of my widgets on my site, so that widget 'A' will appear in both the mens and womens category?