Google Merchant Center

Shopify's Google Shopping app syncs your Shopify store to your Google Merchant Center, uploading your store's products to Google to make your products available on Google Shopping and other Google services. Google Merchant Center is a tool for your Google account that helps you to manage your products on Google with Google Shopping listings and targeted Google Adwords campaigns.

Add products to Google Merchant Center

Shopify's Google Shopping app lets you manage which of your store's products appear on your Google Merchant Center from your Shopify admin. To learn more about publishing products on Google Merchant Center using Shopify's Google Shopping app, see here.

Sync data from your Shopify store to your Google Merchant Center account

Shopify's Googgle Shopping app automatically syncs your products from your Shopify store to your Google Merchant Center, including inventory amount.

Google sets a strict 30-day expiry policy on synced product data, so the Google Shopping app updates your products automatically within that 30-day period to avoid account suspension or loss of product data.

Shopify's Google Shopping app attempts to intelligently match your Shopify product and product variant data to Google Merchant Center's requirements.

A partial list of the fields that the Google Shopping app syncs to Google Merchant Center includes:

Shopify Google Type
Product: Title title Required
Product: Description description Required
Product: Type adwords_grouping, adwords_labels, product_type Required
Product: Vendor brand Required
Product: Featured image image_link Required
Product: Images additional_image_link Required
Product: URL & Handle link Required
Metafield: MPN mpn Optional
Metafield: Google product type google_product_category Required
Metafield: Age group age_group Apparel & Accessories category only
Metafield: Gender gender Apparel & Accessories category only
Variant: Barcode gtin (UPC, ISBN, EAN, JAN, etc.) Required
Variant: Price price Required
Variant: Quantity & inventory options availability Required
Variant: Weight shipping_weight Optional
Variant option: Size size Some Apparel & Accessories only
Variant option: Color color Some Apparel & Accessories only
Variant option: Material material Some Apparel & Accessories only
Variant option: Pattern pattern Some Apparel & Accessories only

You can edit many of your products' data and identifier elements through the bulk action drop-down menu in the Google Shopping app's product list. This allows you to quickly edit the following fields on your products:

  • Condition
  • Age Group
  • Gender
  • AdWords Grouping
  • Adwords Labels
  • Whether an item is a custom product

Track data synced from your Shopify store to your Google Merchant Center account

Shopify's Google Shopping app uses Google's real-time API to send data to Google Merchant Center, so you won't see a data feed from Shopify listed under Data feeds in your Google Merchant Center.

Instead, click the API Dashboard for information on the data that Shopify is syncing to Google.

Api dashboard

Google recommends using the API rather than manually uploading product feeds to make sure that the information remains correct and consistent.

Tip

The activity timeline shows a blue line for submitted products and a red line for those that have been rejected. You can also download an XML sheet to help debug your product feed.

Change your Google Merchant Center account's merchant center ID (MCID)

If you have multiple Google Merchant Center accounts, or if you share a Google Merchant Center group account, then you can change your merchant center ID when necessary.

To change your MCID:

  1. Go to the Settings page of the Google Shopping app:

    Click 'Settings'
  2. In the Google account section, update the Merchant Center ID inline.

  3. Click Save:

    Click 'Save'

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