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Many colors and sizes

do I need URL's for each

     
11:05 pm on Nov 15, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I am trying to create a shopping feed and I'm a little confused by what I have read. My website has pages that list a product like pants. The pants come in many colors and sizes. I don't have pages for each of those. I do have images for the colors but not sizes. Also shipping on an XS will be different than shipping on an XXXL on some products.

Do I need to change my site so that each one has a unique URL or can I just add parameters to the URL that don't actually do anything like ?color=black?
1:21 am on Nov 16, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Scroll halfway down, see "Tip" box here:
[support.google.com...]

Also, further down the page, you'll see this:
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Show the completely customized product on your landing page
Link to a landing page that features a specific product, instead of a generic gateway page where users can begin the customization process. Learn more requirements for Google Shopping landing pages
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If you put a variant in your feed, have an image for it, and a landing page.

There are a variety of interpretations on this topic, my opinion is to show people the most popular variants and land them on configured products on a dedicated page, so if that is exactly what they were looking for, bam, you give it to them. If you try to split a zillion variants into a zillion products, each won't have enough data, and you'll have too many landing pages to have a navigable website.

One more opinion, if the variant doesn't change the image at all, it probably shouldn't be a dedicated item, but rather is just an option on the base model. On a bike, for example, three bearing choices probs not, three styles of handlebars probs split.

Avoid ?color=black, query parameters are rarely optimum.

Good luck, you've got a lot of hairs to split. And sorry, I know I wasn't definitive, that is the nature of this question. :-)
2:50 pm on Nov 16, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Many of the tutorials I see mention getting the uncached version of images. My developer it taking a long time on getting my feed made and I want to make a small one of my own for 20 items or so manually. The only image I know how to get is the one from the CDN. Is this ok?
 

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