Google Base Bulk Upload fails with Zero (0) Errors

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Today I encountered another unhelpful error from the Google Base bulk upload system. Today I logged into my Google Base account and saw that one of my client's uploads had failed with zero (0) errors. How could something fail with zero errors? Is this even possible? Or did the Google Base system just decide to get even lousier with their error responses and now start this as a complete guessing game?

In the past, I've seen errors, such as "Bulk Upload Failure. 1200 errors" and when I click on the "see details and get help link" it basically tells me nothing, just that there is an error in my bulk upload file. This is obviously unhelpful and sometimes takes a long time trying to manually figure out what's the error in the feed, especially when you have thousands of items.

But today's bulk upload failure with zero (0) errors tops them all off... I think their error reporting system is heading in the wrong direction. Why can't they provide automated error responses to the errors? Such errors as, "Incorrect formatting", "Title Undefined", "Invalid character in description field" - these would all be extremely helpful. Things like this could save us website owners and SEO's countless hours trying to fix issues with our Google Base bulk uploads.

Just some food for thought.

Daryl H. Bryant is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Horizons, helps his clients achieve online success through search engine marketing and customized website solutions.

 

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