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GBase - "Answer questions about your items" - new feature?
google base datafeed upload, automatic categorization and correction

5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3674185 posted 4:29 pm on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)


I just logged into my account because traffic is down. For the first time, i was presented with a "Google has some questions about some of your items" message. Once you select to answer the questions ("which are not errors"), it presents your item & description, then presents a number of categorization options. has anyone seen this before? I think it's a cool feature.



5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3674185 posted 4:25 am on Jul 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Interesting! I just logged in to see if maybe I had missed this, and it didn't show up in my account. Maybe a new feature they're rolling out?


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3674185 posted 6:45 pm on Oct 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

I want to expand upon this a bit. Answering those questions is a big help when it comes to Google Base understanding your products. When answering these questions, Google is actually including this information on the backend. It is allowing them to better categorize your products, thus ensuring a better user experience. Something else to keep in mind: If Google is asking these questions, it's for a reason. Chances are, you are not providing enough information in your data feed, thus they have questions:)

A real world example I came across in my account last week, I had a product: Little Red Corvette(example)

When I logged in, Base had a note saying they had a few questions about my products.

They are as follows:

In the following text: “Little Red Corvette”

is size = Little ? yes/no
does color = Red? yes/no
does model = Corvette yes/no

What this told me is that I neglected to include the following attributes in my data feed: size, color and model. All I had was the basic info: title, description, link, category, price. Well, I went ahead and added these additional attributes and next thing I knew, my traffic increased, I ended up getting some very nice specific searches in regards to the 3 additional attributes I added.

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