How to submit Shopify to multiple Google Shopping target countries?

How to submit Shopify to multiple Google Shopping target countries

Submitting products to Google Merchant Center can be a daunting task, let alone targeting multiple different countries. Using Shopify as your eCommerce platform creates another layer of complexity. However, in this article, we will first talk about the policy requirements, that you as a merchant need to uphold if you want to use the maximum potential. This to avoid any possible violations and or permanent suspensions from Google.

There are three ways to advertise in another target country:

  • Option 1) using a new Shopify store with the correct target country native language and currency (great for countries with different languages)
  • Option 2) using the original data feed (if in English) and use Google’s automated currency conversion tool. (you only get 10% of potential traffic)
  • Option 3) by accepting different currencies you can submit dedicated feeds (similar to option 1, only available for countries with the same language)

Option 1) Using A New Store

The Policy!

You as a merchant are required to submit the currency and native language of the target country for both the landing page and the data feed. This means if you submit $100 in the data feed, then the landing page also needs to show $100, this applies to all currencies. The same applies to the language and grammar of the target country.

The landing page requires the price to be server-side, which means using javascript enabled plugins to convert the currency or language is not currently valid. Javascript is a client-side language, which means that anything javascript changes happen after the source is loaded. Google’s crawler system only reads the source, in other words, server-side coding and not client-side. This will eventually cause issues with price mismatch, which you will notice in your Google Merchant Center diagnostics panel.

You also need to make sure the language grammar matches the target country, showing British grammar to US will also possibly cause a violation. (However, as of writing, I have never seen a policy violation)

The policy page needs to be in the native target country language.

How to set it up correctly?

To resolve this issue, the only true way is to contact Shopify to set up a new sub-account for each target country, then making sure the prices, language grammar, and policy pages are correct for that target country. Then submit a new data feed to Google Merchant Center. In other words a dedicated data feed.

If you are using FeedArmy than a new account needs to be created and linked to the new Shopify account.

Option 2) The Lazy Way

But wait, there is a lazy way, with poor results! You can submit your default data feed (Not Content API) to other target countries by using Google Merchant automatic currency conversion. This means you can use 1 data feed for all target countries which have currency conversion possible.

This is only available if you are using XML, Text or Google Spreadsheet. If you are using Shopify’s Content API, then this option is not available. You can easily convert your current data feed to a XML feed using FeedArmy.

There is a catch! As of writing, you will only get 10% impressions or less if you are using this method, that is why I call this the lazy way. If you are serious about increasing sales than go with option 1 or 3.

Option 3) Accept Multiple Currencies

Shopify now has a feature that allows you to accept multiple currencies. This means that you can submit a dedicated feed to other countries. For example if your store’s default currency is USD and you want to advertise in Canada, you can also accept CAN currency.

Here are the documentations to begin preparing your site:

https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/payments/shopify-payments/multi-currency

https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/payments/shopify-payments/multi-currency/setup

Once you have updated everything, we need to test the setup. You can append a trigger to the URL by adding &currency=CAD. If no existing query such as a variant is added to your URL, you need to start with a question mark. ?currency=CAD

For example: myshopify-store.myshopify.com/product/my-product/?currency=CAD

Now we can modify all the URL’s in the data feed and submit a dedicated feed to Canada (this example).

What happens if I submit a feed ignoring the policy?

Within a year, your account will be suspended due to policy violation, Google does not check your account every day, they sporadically manually review your account. So knowingly doing something wrong, will only lead to your own downfall. I recommend to set it up correctly.

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