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Add selling slogans ("free shipping", "20% discount") directly into your product images. Normally I frown upon putting text in graphic form, but this is a good opportunity to make your listing (wherever) it apears on the page to stand out from the other (almost always identical) photos.
Very interesting idea. I wonder how Froogle will eventually discover and discourage this kind of gimmick.? I have to assume they will at some point....
I just got an email back from Froogle with a username and password and URL to a form to submit and agree to their merchant agreement (pretty generic legal stuff).
The form says that once you fill out the form, they'll email you with instructions for formatting and uploading your feed.
On submit of the form it told me to email them if I don't hear back from them within a week.
It's not because they don't like people on the other side of the pond, its just that they can't
handle comparision between multiple currencies, as of yet.
1st of all, I think it might be wiser for all to try and focus on allowing the Google spider finding you than submitting a data feed. Given Googles preference for "finding" stuff on the web, your pages would do better being found than fed. This also means less work for you as you don't have to do uploads. Ofcourse, we'll have to see about how Google goes about maintaining freshness.
Having studied my own pages listed and countless others, here is the froogle formula for getting listed & ranking:
1. One product per page (somewhere on your site)
3. Add product name to Metatitle
4. Put $ sign next to price
5. Put product name above description in bold
6. Mention product name in alt-tag on inward link to page (for better positioning)
7. Put price in meta-title
8. Make sure that 1. above can be reached by Google's spider (no forms, drops down etc.)
Here is the screnario:
IMO the only reason you see some stores that have not setup a data feed with Froogle is they had to populate their database some how for the launch and the Y! Store data feed did not supply a robust enough data set.
still waiting for this data to appear in Froogle -- all that shows up now is the jumbled results of the Froogle spider that was there on 12/12.
My feeling on spidering vs. feeding - I think it's better to feed. You have more control over what is seen by the user and what is indexed by Google.
I will check back in after they check my first feed.
We have created a username and password for you, which you will need when filling out the form.
Tried submitting the form with the blank username and password they gave me but they wouldn't buy it :)
Had to reply and now wait again :(
We'll have to see, which is better, feed or find.
So far, I find Froogle quite poor as a shopping tool...lets see what happens in 6 months. They have a long way to go.
Indeed. Anyone had any joy with the manual data feed?
I FTP'd the TXT file back on Dec 17th. There is nothing in the index yet though.
I must admit I found the upload rather strange, causing me to suspect error, although I don't see how. Using WS_FTP the right hand box (ie: Froogle) is blank, even AFTER upload. Very strange, considering the upload seems to be accepted OK. Any clues anyone? Is this common? Anyone rolling successfully with regular data feeds?