Product Ratings feeds through Merchant Center

This article will tell you how to upload your Product Ratings feed to Merchant Center.

Before you begin

  • Have a Merchant Center account or sub-account. Learn more about how to open a Merchant Center account
  • Sign up to submit your feed using this interest form.
  • Have a validated product reviews XML file ready. Learn more about XML validation and creating your XML feed
  • Make sure your feed meets these prerequisites:
    • You must host your own XML feed, and the URL of your file location must begin with http://, https://, ftp://, or sftp://.
    • You can supply a single XML file or multiple XML files compressed into a .zip file.
    • Under no circumstances may the size of a single XML file exceed 100 MB, even if it's contained in a .zip file. A .zip file containing multiple XML files may be over 100 MB in size. Any single XML file that exceeds the 100 MB size limit won't be processed.
    • Each single file must be a fully-contained, valid XML file. Refer to the feed specifications for details on what each XML file should include.

How to upload a new Product Reviews feed

  1. Sign in to your Merchant Center account.
  2. Click Marketing in the navigation menu.
  3. Click Product reviews.
  4. Click Product reviews feeds to open the “Feeds” page.
  5. Click the plus button on the “Feeds” page.

Step 1: Name and input method

  1. Give your feed a name. Only you'll see this.
  2. Choose an upload method.

Step 2: Setup

  1. Configure your feed options for the method you've chosen:
    • Enter the file name.
    • Select the fetch frequency from the drop-down menu.
    • Select the fetch time from the drop-down menu.
    • Select the time zone from the drop-down menu.
    • Enter the file URL.
      • If your URL is password protected, provide your login info.
  2. Click Continue.

Review feed processing results

  1. Sign in to your Merchant Center account.
  2. Click Marketing in the navigation menu.
  3. Click Product reviews.
  4. Click Product reviews feeds to open the “Feeds” page.
  5. Click the product reviews feed name you’d like to review.
  6. Review the results:
    • Properties: This includes key feed properties, which vary depending on the input method of the feed. Here, you can find attributes such as input method, time zone, file size, detected delimiter (if applicable), and more.
    • Attributes: Depending on which Merchant Center program your feed is opted into, we require attributes to adhere to the product data specification. In this section, you can review all of the attributes we found in your feed, including those attributes which are recognized and map to the feed specification, and also unrecognized attributes which don’t match any of those listed in the data specification.
    • Processing Data: In this section, you can review the amount of items found in your feed as well as those with any detected item issues. Review the list of item issues to understand how many items in your feed are impacted, including examples and links to documentation to address the issue.
Note: Whether you choose a "Scheduled fetch" or a direct "Upload", you'll need to upload a feed at least once a month so that you'll remain eligible to participate. Make sure the file name you provide includes the appropriate extension (.zip for a ZIP file and .xml for a single XML file). Learn more about uploading data feeds

After you've registered a new feed, it'll appear in your list of registered feeds in the "Feeds" screen. A feed can be in the following states:

  • Processing: Indicates that feed validation is in progress.
  • Processed: Indicates that Google has successfully received and validated the feed.
  • Failed: Indicates that feed validation wasn't successful and the feed content won't be processed further. You must correct the feed and upload the file again.
Note: To delete an existing review, simply exclude it from your uploaded feed. Previously submitted reviews that aren't included in new uploads will be removed.
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