Last week Google announced that, for the first time in 8 years, free listings would be included in Shopping tab results. Understandably, PPC and SEO folk alike got very excited about this development. However, those of us in the UK may have been disappointed (or glad) to read the following statement from Google:
“These changes will take effect in the U.S. before the end of April, and we aim to expand this globally before the end of the year.”
Based on this sentence, it would be fair to assume that the change would roll out in the US well before other countries. However, some users have pointed out on Twitter that we in the UK also appear to have access to this feature before the end of April.
Excited to get our clients more clicks for free, we set to work on enabling this feature for those of our clients who already have Google Merchant Center set up. Here is how you can do the same!
Head over to Google Merchant Center. Once in the account you wish to enable free shopping listings for, click on Growth > Manage Programs. Click on ‘Get Started’ under ‘Surfaces across Google’.
Having done this, tick the box for the policy agreement on the next page, and click the dropdown under ‘Program Settings’. Provide a link to the delivery policy for on your website and click activate.
That’s it! You’ll now be shown the following screen if successful, and your products will be eligible to list for free across various Google surfaces.
We’re expecting more information on free Shopping listings over the coming weeks, and it’s likely that over time more options and features will become available. Keep an eye on our blog for updates on this as they happen!