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How to Submit Your Products To Froogle
Introduction to Froogle
What is Froogle?
Froogle is a new service from Google that makes it easy to find information about products for sale online. By focusing entirely
on product search, Froogle applies the power of Google's search technology to a very specific task: locating stores that sell
the item you want to find and pointing you directly to the place where you can make a purchase.
It is located at http://www.froogle.com and http://froogle.google.com
Though it is not currently listed on the Google home page tabs, it can be accessed from Google’s
advanced search page http://www.google.com/advanced_search.
The Froogle Engine itself is organized into Categories. There are 14 categories. Shoppers can either drill-down on any of them or search directly by keyword.
Shoppers can also limit your search to a specific category.
Search results are limited to one product per store. Each result displays a thumbnail image of the product to the
left, with the product's name, price and description listed to the right of the thumbnail. The store where the product is available is also listed, along with a link to see all results
related to your keyword that are available at that particular merchant.
Froogle's emphasis is on helping users find products, rather than providing product information, reviews,
and other associated information found on other shopping search services.
What does it mean to you?
As an extension of the Google search engine that millions of people
around the globe use daily to research products before they purchase, listing your product in Froogle is a free way to extend the reach of your SEO Marketing efforts to millions of customers.
There are two ways you can get included in Froogle:
1. The first, though not the most effective is to let Google or Froogle crawl your site and pick up the information for itself. This is likely to result
in inaccuracies in your product listing.
2. The second, and more effective way is to submit a data feed directly to Froogle
Create An Account With Froogle:
To be eligible to submit a feed, you must sell products via your website and ship them to the buyer. If you sell services or custom
products that do not have fixed prices, use your website only to promote an offline business, or are an affiliate marketing
site, your site content may be crawled by and included in Google's web search, but it will not be included in Froogle. Nor will Froogle accept a data feed under these conditions.
Merchants who meet Froogle's criteria and want to submit a data feed must allow Google to crawl
their websites by removing any robots.txt files that disallow Googlebot spider.
To get an account you will need to send Froogle the following details about your company and you:
1. Your contact information
2. Store Information
3. Product information
a. Numbers of products
b. Product Categories
4. Affiliate Information
You can either use this form http://services.google.com/froogle/merchant_email or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Google say it takes anywhere between 5 to 10 business days to respond. My experience and from
what I’ve heard from other merchants is that it takes about a week. You will receive an email from them asking you to read
and agree to a legal agreement. Once you do this, you will receive another email with your account information: login ID and password.
This last email will also contain FTP instructions.
1.The Data Feed Format and
2.The basic File Format has the following required parameters:
- Tab-delimited text file
- First line of the file is the header - must contain field names
- Use the field names from the table below, and in the same column order
- One line per item(use a newline or carriage return to terminate
- File Encoding is LATIN1(ASCII is fine as its is a subset of LATIN1)
The following field elements are forbidden as part of the basic format.If you want to include them as part of the basic format, products
that contain errors will be dropped from the feed.
1. Tabs, Carriage Returns , or newline characters may not be included in any fields, including the description
2. Exactly one tab must seperate each field, If there are extra tabs inserted between fields in a line, or at the end of a line, that product will be dropped.
3. HTML Tags, comments and escpe sequences may not be included-description must be plain text.
The basic data feed format consists of your product information in the following order:
Field Name Description
Product_url : This is the URL of
your product page - where you display the product for sale.
Name : Name of the product – should be about 80 characters
Description : Full descriptive text
about the product from your web site, up to 5KB.
Price : The current selling price of the product
Image_url : URL of the image, for eg. http://www.mysite.com/images/golfball.gif
Category : Category to which the product belongs
Offer_id : Unique identifier
There are more fields called Extended fields that you can use to further specify your product information, such as color, size, shipping cost and more.
Optional extended headers may be used to flag special features of your file. You must use these header parameters if you use HTML escape characters, or include book, music or video products
or use quotes in your product descriptions or names. If you have many items in your feed, only some of which change daily, you can provide updates-only files as a more efficient way for you to
delete, add, or change offers for items. You can upload a full file later if a large percentage of your inventory changes.
Rules to be followed when creating the data feed format.
Quotes, Tabs & Newslines
When quotes, tabs or newlines are present in your name, description
or other fields, you must wrap the entire field (that contains the quotes or tabs) in quotes.
You must also set the quoted extended format header value to “YES”.
Data feeds for your online store must be submitted at least once a month. You can however submit your data feed file once a day.
Currently the FTP server does not accept more frequent updates and returns the FTP code *****.
Right now, Froogle accepts only prices in US dollars. All your products must be available.
To remove certain products from the data feed you could either
• Set the expiry date of the offer to some predefined date or
• Create and send an update file with the products marked for delete.
• Or when you send in the next feed remove those products completely.
Upload Your Data Feed
You can upload new feeds daily, weekly, or monthly. You must upload a new feed at least once a month, because Froogle will automatically
expire your old data after a month. The content in your feed must be the same as the content visible to users on your web site. The description and price you provide in the feed must be the
ones on your product URL page. The image URL should be that of the actual product image on the product page.
After you upload your feed for the first time, notify via email at
email@example.com so that Froogle can confirm receipt and verify the accuracy of the format. Be sure to include your name, title, phone number and username in the email.
Is it Worth It?
If you spend just a little time surfing around Froogle, you'll see very quickly that some products have clear and enticing descriptions,
while others seem to be random snippets from the product page. It's not enough to show up in the search, if the searcher doesn't click through to your site. Those with clear descriptions
are from the sites that have taken the time to give Froogle their data feed. And those are the merchants who are winning on Froogle.
Would you like to submit to Froogle in an easy, efficient way?
Try FroogleFeeder to create, verify and submit your data feed files easily.