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Google Splits Up Google Base

Introduces the Google Merchant Center for Products

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Google has split Google Base into two separate entities – Google Base and the new Google Merchant Center. The Merchant Center will replace Google Base for users who submit product-type items to Google.

"If you submit products to Google, Google Merchant Center is now the place to upload your feeds, check on the status of your items, and get information on the performance of your listings," says Google Merchant Center Product Manager Loannis Kalafatis.

Google Base remains available for other types of structured content, but according to Google the Merchant Center is better optimized for product listings.

Google Merchant Center

"In general, the Merchant Center interface is very similar to the Google Base interface, so we hope it’s easy to transition," says Kalafatis.

Google says they will continue to add features and improve the tools for uploading and managing product listings with the Merchant Center. Users can use the same Google account information to sign in to the Merchant Center that they used for Google Base. Existing data feeds, items, FTP settings, etc. will be there waiting.

Non-product items users previously submitted to Google Base will stay there. Google says if you used Google Base for both products and non-products in the past, you will have to reset your FTP settings in Google Base.

Google Base and the Google Merchant Center have separate terms of service. The terms for the Merchant Center can be found here. There is a FAQ page here.

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  • http://www.tag44.com Tag44

    Thanks for the very useful information on Google Base and Google Merchant Center, thanks for broadly classifieds both the things.

  • Guest

    Hi, I am confused by this, I can’t seem to use links to my pages as I don’t have one product one page…I have several products one page.

    Is there anyway around this? As without links how are people going to be able to find my products easier? :)