Convert to an advanced account setup

A Merchant Center advanced account setup allows a single person or company to manage data for more than one account by submitting data feeds for multiple website domains. (Each sub-account can have a distinct store name and a unique website URL.)

Note: Avoid having multiple websites that contain similar content, as that could lead to account disapproval. Learn more about our policies on duplicate content

How to convert to an advanced account setup

Requirements

  • You must be an account admin.
  • Your account cannot be a multi-client account, or a sub-account in an existing multi-client account (MCA).
  • You cannot have an existing account-level policy violation.

Instructions

  1. Log in to your Merchant Center account.
  2. Click the tools icon Tools and setting menu icon [Gear] and then Account settings.
  3. On the “Account settings” page, click Advanced account conversion.
  4. Click Request conversion.
  5. Select the options that best describe your business. For business definitions go to "Why convert to an advanced account setup" below.
  6. Click Request conversion.

What you can expect

  • You can check the status of your request by visiting the “Account settings” page.
  • Requests may take several days to process. You will receive an email once this process is complete.
  • If you successfully convert to an advanced account setup, you will receive a new multi-client account (MCA), and your current Merchant Center account will become a sub-account of this new MCA. You can verify and claim websites under your multi-client account by following the steps below.

Note: If you plan to upload a large number of feeds or make frequent changes to your product data, it is strongly recommended that you use the Content API to directly upload your product data.

Why convert to an advanced account setup

An advanced account setup is recommended for businesses that manage multiple sellers and domains at scale, such as marketplaces and multi-country retailers. Most users don’t need an advanced account setup to get the most out of Merchant Center.

Note: If you want to connect your Google account to multiple Merchant Center accounts, for example in order to manage their feeds, you can request to be added as a user by the respective account admin.

Those who should consider using an advanced account setup include:

  • Merchants with multiple brands: Merchants with multiple brands sell products online, or in physical stores. They own multiple brands and sell products on multiple domains.
  • International retailers: These retailers sell products from one brand internationally, on one or multiple domains, online or in physical stores.
  • Marketplaces: A marketplace is a commerce site that hosts the products or websites of multiple individual sellers on a single domain. Learn more about marketplaces
  • Advertising agencies: These agencies provide SEO consulting services to merchants, and sometimes set up advertising campaigns on their behalf.
  • Channel partners: Channel partners allow merchants to list their product offers on different channels (like marketplaces and comparison shopping services), and typically also provide related services.
  • Store builders: Store builders are platforms that allow merchants to set up an online store to list and sell products.

Verifying and claiming your websites under a multi-client account

We recommend multi-client account (MCA) owners verify and claim a website URL with the parent account login email of the advanced account setup. Typically, the parent MCA will need to verify and claim the top-level domain, for example: https://example.com.

If the sub-account website URLs are sub-hosts or paths under the MCA claimed URL tree:

After the parent MCA setup has verified and claimed a URL, each sub-account can automatically inherit the claim and can set its website URL to any sub-host or path under the claimed URL tree.

If the sub-accounts span multiple websites:

There are 3 ways that you can verify and claim these website URLs depending on how you’re managing your MCA and the domains:

  • If the parent MCA user manages the website URLs for each sub-account, the MCA user can verify and claim each URL in the sub-account settings (for example: multi-brand merchants).
  • If the parent MCA user does not manage the website URLs for each sub-account, each sub-account can verify and claim their website within their respective Google Search Console accounts and share the verification status with the parent MCA user in Search Console (for example: agencies that are not web developers for their customers' websites). Read more about this process
  • If a sub-account does not wish to share verification status with the parent MCA, you can add a website owner as a user of the sub-account. The website owner will then be able to verify and claim the URL for that sub-account in the sub-account settings (for example: agencies that manage their customers’ feeds).

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