Feeding Google’s Froogle with Yahoo Stores
There is a new feed service which is making it easy for Yahoo Store owners to list their porducts in Google’s Froogle. Somacon is now offering a web-based service that allows Yahoo! Store owners to submit their products to Froogle. Somacon’s Data Feed Service, located at http://froogle.somacon.com/, completely automates the submission process, and store owners simply must sign up for an account and complete some online forms. The service works for any of the thousands of merchants who use the Yahoo! Store platform for their online presence.
Froogle is Google’s product search engine, and any online merchant can submit their products to the engine for free. Once accepted into Froogle’s merchant program, the submission process requires technical knowledge for correct submission of product data, including description, price, and image URL. Product information may be submitted to Froogle’s servers on a daily basis, and must be submitted at least once per month.
The service currently charges US$0.20 per submission of unlimited products from one Yahoo! Store. Since a Yahoo! Store might require at most daily submission, the cost is at most US$6.20 per month during a thirty-one day month. The service automatically detects when product data has changed in the Yahoo! Store, and only submits on days when the data changes, thereby avoiding unnecessary charges.