Test your direct upload feed

You can preview your data in Merchant Center without overriding your existing feeds and disrupting your Shopping ads. There are two times you may want to test your upload:
  • When you first create the feed.
  • After your feed is already registered. You may not have uploaded the feed file, or if you'd like to update the feed file with a new version.

This article explains how to test your feed before you commit the changes.

Instructions

Test your direct upload when you create and register a feed

  1. Click the plus button to add a new feed

  2. Complete steps 1 (Basic information) and 2 (Primary feed name and input method). Learn more about how to create a new primary feed
  3. In step 3 (Setup), click Upload a file now (optional).
  4. Check the box for Upload as test.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. In the Processing tab, review errors and warnings that may appear. Note: After your feed is live, refer to the Diagnostics tab for a full report of issues.

Test a new feed file on a newly registered feed

  1. Select the primary feed for which you would like to test an updated version
  2. Click the three-dot icon 3 dot menu icon on the right hand side of the Processing tab
  3. Select Upload input file from the dropdown
  4. Choose which file you want to upload
  5. Check the box for Upload as test.
  6. In the Processing tab, review errors and warnings that may appear. Note: After your feed is live, refer to the Diagnostics tab for a full report of issues.
Keep in mind: Test feeds can't be created as a separate feed.

Review your results

The test results are displayed after a test is completed. You can view your test results by clicking Show test. Here you will see how your test feed upload could change your live feed if your test feed were applied.

Item summary

This section shows how your test feed upload would change the number of items in your feed.

In this section, you'll see: 

  • The number of new items that would be created if you were to upload your feed.
  • The number of items that would be removed from your live feed if you were to upload your feed.
  • The number of items that would move to your live feed from a different primary feed in your account if you were to upload your feed.

Since your supplemental feeds do not create, remove, or move items in your feed, you will not see this section appear for Supplemental Feeds.

Attribute change summary

In this section you'll see:

  • The attributes that would be impacted by your test feed upload.
  • For each attribute, the number of items that would see a change in that attribute.
  • For each attribute, up to 5 examples of how the attribute would change if you were to apply your test feed upload.

Status summary

This section shows how the items in your test feed upload would impact the status of your items.

The table includes the total number of "Approved," "Disapproved," and "Excluded" items for your destination (typically Shopping ads), based on your currently live feed. It also shows how those numbers would change if you applied your test upload file. If you submit product data for multiple destinations, such as Shopping ads and local inventory ads, you can choose which destination you would like to see product data for. 

Status Meaning
Approved This status includes items that would appear in the Diagnostics tab as "Active," "Pending," or "Expiring."
Disapproved

 If an item is "Disapproved", that means it can't show in your chosen destination. 

This includes any and all of the disapproval reasons you'd see in the Diagnostics section of your Merchant Center account.

Excluded These are items that you chose to exclude from your destination.  To manage whether your items are excluded or included, you can use the excluded_destination and included_destination attributes, as well as your feed settings. "Excluded" isn't the same as "Disapproved." Excluded items items may be approved, but they won't appear in your destination.
Below the status summary table, you will also see following:
  • Groups of items whose status would change as a result of your test feed upload.
    • For each group, the way in which the status of the items would change, such as approved to disapproved.
    • For each group, the number of items whose status would change.
    • For each group, up to 5 examples of which items would change and how if you were to apply your test feed upload.

Note: Review all status change messages before applying your test feed upload to avoid unintentionally taking a portion of your inventory offline.

Issue summary

In this section, you’ll see which existing item issues would be resolved, which new item issues would be introduced, and which existing item issues would remain unchanged as a result of your test feed upload. For each issue, you’ll also see:
  • The number of items affected by the issue.
  • Up to 5 examples of items affected by the issue, and the current and new values for the attribute related to the issue if applicable.

In some cases, you may see the same issue appear in various sections of the issue summary. This can happen when you resolve an issue for one set of products in your feed, but don’t resolve that same issue for another set of products.

 

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