Having a firm understanding of the Google Business Profile (formerly known as Google My Business Products) approval process can ensure a seamless launch and mitigate potential issues. It can also help you build your online presence, share your product inventory digitally, and is a powerful sales tool not to miss out on. In this blog post, we will explore the Google Business Profile product approval process. We’ll also dive into the benefits of adding your products to your local listings.
What are Google Business Profile Products?
Google Business Profile Products are an excellent way to feature your brand’s products and services in local search engine results, drive customer interactions, and convert online searchers to buyers. As online shopping preferences continue to accelerate, with e-ccommerce sales accounting for 14.5% of total sales in the second quarter of 2022, brands must prepare to meet potential customers where they are looking. Now more than ever, that is online. Many times it’s directly from your business listing. Sharing your in-stock products on your local listing gives searchers another path to purchase seamlessly, without the need to even click through to your website.
Mobile users in the Maps app can see your Products carousel on mobile. On Google Search, they may appear in a products carousel and inside the Products tab.
It’s important that your Product posts meet Google’s Shopping policies, though, or they may be disapproved. In this post, you’ll learn about the Google Business Profile Product approval process and find tips to ensure your brand’s Product Posts appear in Google Search and Maps.
How to Submit Products on GBP
All products are subject to approval processes. You can use the GBP Product Editor to submit product data manually, or for large brands, the Google Merchant Center to submit a product feed.
To submit a Product using the Product Editor, review the following steps.
- Sign in to Google Business Profile from a computer.
- Go to the “Products” tab and click the + sign to Add product.
- Upload a product image and name the product.
- Select the appropriate Product category, or click the down arrow to create a new one.
- Add optional information to assist searchers and build out a more robust listing — set a price range or a fixed price, share product details by writing a description, and or add a CTA button such as “Buy” or “Learn more.”
- Click Save.
See this GBP Help resource for step-by-step guidelines on submitting a Product via an Android, iPhone, or iPad device.
You can choose “See it on Google” to preview the product.
Once submitted, you may see a notification:
Here’s an example from Usama Ali of what it looks like when a Product is pending approval — and what happens if one is not approved:
Brands and enterprise organizations with a large number of products can also use Local Inventory Ads to upload product data and information about availability, as well. At the time of publication, these are available to brands in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.
Why Does Google Disapprove Some Products?
Google will not approve Products that:
- Violate its General Shopping Policies
- Are not in keeping with its technical requirements
- Fall astray of guidelines in more heavily regulated areas such as Healthcare & Medicine, Dangerous Products, or Adult-oriented Content
If Google disapproves your Product post, these are good first checks.
Building and maintaining a trusting relationship with Google by submitting only Products it will approve (as much as possible) is important. GBP notes in its Help resources that, “Submitting products that violate Google’s policy may result in the removal of the entire product catalog, including products that aren’t in violation.”
Enterprise brands also need to be aware that depending on how products are submitted, they may be subject to more than one Google policy. According to Google, “Free listings vary based on data requirements. For example, enhanced listings on the Shopping tab require more product data and require you to comply with both policies for free listings and Shopping ads.”
Resubmitting a Product to GBP for Approval
Pay close attention to the reasons GBP gives for disapproving of a product and ensure you address all problematic issues before resubmitting. Again, Usama Ali shows us what this may look like:
Click through to the policies page and make sure you understand exactly what you need to correct.
Make your corrections and resave. This will trigger a review of your updated Product submission within 24 hours.
If Google still diapproves your Product Post, follow these simple steps:
- Sign in to your GBP dashboard.
- Click Products.
- Select the product in question.
- Click ‘Request Review.’
Do not overuse this feature.
It can take up to 72 hours for a manual review, and Google notes that if a GBP requests “too many” reviews for products that do actually violate its policies, they may disable the ‘Request Review’ option.
In the rare circumstance that Google suspends your GBP profile, all products are automatically designated ‘Not Approved,’ then automatically reprocesses within a 5 day period time of account reinstatement.
Google adds: “On rare occasions, all products may change to ‘Not Approved’ with the reason ‘Account suspended’ when the Business Profile isn’t actually suspended. In these cases, contact us.”
Getting Started with Products for Brands
Deciding which method and platform you’ll use to upload your product showcase — Google Product Editor or Google Merchant Center — is an important first step.
Determine who owns the product submission process and is responsible for either maintaining your brand’s product feed or managing manual submissions, revisions, and resubmissions.
Use high-quality product photos and a robust product description to feature each product in the best light possible. Think of the searcher’s needs and what they might like to know to entice them to take the next step. Do your photos and copy provide that?
Need support with or have questions on the GBP product approval process or how to start adding GBP products to your listing? Our team is here to support you.