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Monday, January 18, 2010

Yahoo Shopping has merged with PriceGrabber.

In order for your products to be found on both shopping search engines, you need to make sure to sign up for a PriceGrabber account, and upload your data feed.

This is a very simple process and we explain each step with this video tutorial.


Signing Up For PriceGrabber / Yahoo Shopping for Yahoo Store Owners

We are on the PriceGrabber sign-up page for Yahoo Stores and we are given two different options.

Do we want to join the Yahoo Shopping network only or Yahoo Shopping and PriceGrabber?

For the purposes of this tutorial, we will sign up for both.
The first thing that we are asked is to give our merchant member name and this is the name that shows up next to our products. You want to make sure to put in the name of your company. We also need to put in our website URL. One of the things I like to do when I'm putting in my website URL is to actually go to our website, copy the URL, and paste it into the URL field. This is something that you don't want to mess up and I like to get it exactly as it should be. We are going to go ahead and fill out the rest of this information for account and billing and skip this part for you guys. We will come back when we are all done.

Now that we have finished putting in all the information for account and billing information, we get into payment options. You can choose to be charged the initial deposit one time or enroll in the auto pay plan. The difference - With the first option, whenever your account balance gets low they’re going to e-mail you and let you know. Then you can choose to add more funds. The auto pay plan will automatically charge your card whenever your balance is low. The choice is yours.

Then you have to agree to the referral marketing agreement and decide if you want to add a logo next to your listings. If you want to add a logo, you will be charged $.10 per click. Understand that it will cost you $.10 per click to have your logo next to your listing. Should you do that? Is it going to increase your conversion rates? The only answer to give you is test test test. But once you decide either way go ahead and click on the continue button.

For step two we do quick e-mail verification and click continue.

Now we're going to be asked about our feed format. Do you have a product data feed? Yes. Is the feed visible? Yes. You see the Yahoo Store sets up this feed for you. What we want to do is go into the back end of our Yahoo Store and go to the bottom left-hand side underneath promote. Click on search engines. What I want you to do is look under Enable and Submit Your Product Catalog and Shopping Search Engines. Make sure those are enabled then go to the catalog.XML. Copy that URL and go ahead and paste that URL into the feed URL. Click on save and finish later.

This is going to log you out completely. That's okay because the next step is logging into your account and verifying that the URL for your feed works.

So how do you know if that feed URL works? You click on analyze feed and if it doesn't work you'll get this big red box that says please correct the errors marked in red. Now if you get this error, don't worry. Go back into the store and grab the objinfo.XML link info instead. Paste the URL and click analyze feed.

Everything should be complete. No red box everything looks good we can go ahead and click on the continue button.
We are given a little warning here that says our feed doesn't contain any shipping costs. Now that's not a problem because we can actually go in and enter our shipping information right here. The formula we use is a flat fee and we're just going to put in zero as our shipping cost because we have free shipping.
For our taxing rates the shipping is not taxed because we have free shipping. We are going to go ahead and click on our state which is Michigan. Put in the tax rate of let's say 6% and once you're done with that go ahead and click continue button.

Everything is done. Your registration is completed. Within 1 to 2 business days you should see your products in PriceGrabber. If you don't see your products after five business days, go ahead and give their customer service a call.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on setting up PriceGrabber and Yahoo Shopping. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Make sure to visit www.1choice4yourstore.com for more Yahoo Store tutorials.

by: Shawna Seigel

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