First thing’s first: in this article, destination refers to the place your advert will appear around the web like in the Google Display Network, in text ads, free listing, on Google Shopping, and so on. This article will not discuss geographical location.
To be clear, we’re talking about the additional attribute, [excluded_destination]. This can be added to your feed via your feed provider or via a supplemental feed.
There are various reasons for excluding advertising destinations for your products on Google Shopping. You may wish to exclude destinations for your product if:
Whatever the reason, it’s entirely up to you and your Google Shopping strategy. Just make sure you’re making the right choice for each product by excluding destination or setting the availability as out of stock.
Many retailers initially use only the free listings destination of Google ads, as they don’t wish to pay for clicks, but are interested in the value of Google Shopping ads and the opportunity to benefit from the brand visibility Google offers.
Often, such retailers set the availability of their products as out of stock to avoid paying for unwanted clicks in paid-for destinations, like display ads. However, this prevents them from being advertised anywhere, hindering your profitability.
Is your product actually out of stock? Read this guide to setting availability status instead!
Instead, retailers can change the destination(s) their product will appear in. Here’s how...
Step 1. In the Merchant Center, click “products” along the left hand sidebar, and then click “feeds”.
Choose the feed you wish to make changes to - this is likely your primary feed. Once you've selected "Feed rules", it should look something like this:
Step 2. Choose “feed rules”, click the blue button to add a new feed rule, and search for excluded destinations.
Step 3. In the new page, choose “set to multiple”.
Then select the destinations you don’t want your product to appear.
If you have the following variables, you should ensure you include them when adding the excluded_destination attribute:
Step 4. Next, click OK, and save the draft. You can verify and confirm your new draft rules in the table under "Feed rules".
Step 5. To activate your draft rule, click “apply” above the blue button you used to add your new feed rule.
If you submit conflicting information, like using both the excluded_destination and included_destination attributes, the excluded_destination value will always take precedence.
For more guides to using Google Merchant Center, advice on optimising your Google Shopping campaigns, as well as much more, check out our resources section.
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Previously a Google Shopping Specialist, Harrie-Anna now coordinates our Customer Success team in helping clients to understand our technology, how their account is performing, and providing advice for client-side optimisations. She also manages Bidnamic’s onboarding process and our employee book club.