has the Froogle index been updated this month?
Slud... thanks for the confirmation of that. The non-activity in terms of actually appearing has me scurrying in all directions.
"After you upload your feed for the first time, notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can confirm receipt and verify the accuracy of the format. Please be sure to include your name, title, phone number and user name in the email."
Has anyone received a reply to their message?
>> Has anyone received a reply to their message? <<
No. That's one of the things that makes me nervous.... there's no evidence as to whether they even got the upload.
The site is in BETA. Could Froogle be an experiment, and they were just looking for data.
Maybe they have decided the task was to great, and
the Froogle will never make it to prime time.
I wonder what is Google's commitment to the project.
My last post got censored for quoting an email, but I'm back to reiterate that I got an email from Froogle staff which very specifically stated that their criteria for inclusion in Froogle EXCLUDES sites that use paypal for transaction processing.
I received email with instruction a while back, but i have not done the upload.
Does anyone think it is worth the time an effort to be listed in Froogle?
For those who are complaining about data feed and uploading data to froogle, I would say do not do it. How good is a directory with my site and yours, if we all do not upload our data i think they would start crawling our sites the same way they do in Google, we "SEO" can make the rules sometimes instead of just taking it laying down.
While I think it's very much a roll of the dice, I've been uploading a data feed with only a fraction of the products we offer and always include products on pages not yet crawled by googlebot.
Nothing has shown up yet in Froogle except via the Google database. It's very much a Beta product, but it has so much potential that I think it's quite worthwhile to at least have the feed file at hand and ready to go.
I certainly think it is worth the time and effort to be listed in Froogle. It can't hurt to try a new sales channel and see how it performs, but I recommend you submit tracked links in your data feed.
I've submitted my feed and after a week, I'm still not listed, but I e-mailed today and the folks there are swamped, so I understand...
My first feed was accepted and I've now uploaded another. I have 500+ product pages listed in Froogle, but the listings are a bit strange. They seem to be a cross between my Google listings and my feed data. The feed listings are rather evident given they show the category nomenclature (category >> subcategory1 >> subcategory2 >> etc.) that you include in the feed. The regular Google listings do not have that. Froogle is showing both of these listing 'types'.
The other problem I'm having in Froogle is that my images are not correct. Every listing (both types) has my site masthead graphing as the image. My feed file had the specific image for each product and those images do work. I know because I submitted the same feed to another shopping site and they work there. Funny thing is, I did not submit my masthead graphic anywhere in my Froogle feed.
An update from our end.
We uploaded two feeds (books and other) on 1/16 and now have this response which may prove helpful in relation to multiple product options and also formatting:
>>>We have reviewed your feed and need you to make the following changes to
it. After doing so, please upload a new feed with the same file name.
* Please remove the quotes from around each of the fields and the
#quoted=YES line. The quoted field option is there for the user who want
to use <tab>s and <enter>s in their description fields. Because each of
these normally mean something to the data file reader (<tab> is the break
between fields and <enter> is the break between products), they can't be
used in writing a description. The 'quoted' field is there to allow the
use of these special keys. Since you use no special keys in your
description, there is no need to put quotes around your fields.
* Please make sure that the prices you provide match the prices on your
site. Do not provide a discounted pirce for buying bulk as a price for a
single item. You may provide both prices as separate products, but if you
provide a price for a single item, make sure it is what you would charge
if the customer only bought one item.
Hope this helps
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