In the first of this three part series, we look into integrating Google Shopping API with Magento Go.
Recently we were tasked with setting up a Google Shopping feed for one of our Magento Go clients. Having already set up quite a few of these for our Magento Community clients (Which I will write about in a future blog post), and knowing how awkward it can be, I assumed that it wouldn’t be possible in Magento Go.
Thankfully Magento have had the good grace to integrate Google API including Google Shopping into Magento Go. While this makes the process easier in some respects, it still throws up some issues along the way.
Hopefully this guide will shed some light on some of the less clear aspects of setting up a Google Shopping feed through Magento Go. So, without further delay, allons-y!
Sign up for a Google Merchants account here. Note the Username, Password and Account ID and keep them safe.
Now, this is where things sometimes aren’t clear. You need to get Google to authorise (“white-list”) your Merchant account. Simply go to this page and fill in the appropriate details. Google may take a few days to respond, and they will send the confirmation to whatever e-mail address you set up as the username, so if this is a client’s e-mail account or one you don’t have access to make sure you ask them to forward any e-mails from Google to yourself.
Hopefully Google will have confirmed the request and you are ready to proceed. If not, contact Google again through this form after 4 or 5 days to chase them up. If they have denied the request, reply to them asking why and explaining you need the access for submitting products through Magento.
Log into your sites admin panel and navigate to System -> Configuration -> Google API -> Google Shopping
Input the Account ID, Admin Login and Account Password that were all set up for the Merchant Account and then set the following fields:
Account Type: Google
Target Country: United Kingdom
Update Google Shopping…: Yes
The 3 fields under Destinations should be left as Default unless otherwise specified.
Click Save Config.
Next time we will set up Google’s required additional attributes in Magento Go. Add our blog to your RSS feed to be kept up to date.