How To Use Google Drive to Upload Products to Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart
As an active online seller, a quick way to increase your sales is to expand your catalog. New products will attract new buyers.
But, adding new products to the Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal Marketplace is not an easy task. With a large number of products, the process becomes more complicated.
A critical part of submitting your catalog to marketplaces is submitting your images. If you are listing only a few products, this is not a problem. But if you are uploading a lot of products, it can be pretty time consuming to attach all the images.
I’ll tell you an easier way to make sure all your images get uploaded to all marketplaces.
I’ll upload and host the images with Google Drive.
What to do before uploading your images
Attractive product images are necessary to sell online. Good images ensure that more customers will buy from you.
Your images should follow some best practices to be accepted at marketplaces.
Make sure that,
- Images have a pure white background.
- The longer edge has a size of at least 1000 pixels. If its more, its better.
- Images have proper focus and are not blurry.
- Leave a 10-15% white margins on the edges.
- Certain categories have specific mandatory views. Make sure you have have all the necessary mandatory views.
- Images are re-sized. While all marketplaces re-size your images, re-sizing yourself will speed up the upload process . To learn how to re-size and process images in bulk, check out this. [Link]
- Have proper naming. Each market-place has a different naming convention to follow. Make sure that the images have correct names.
Different formats for presenting images to marketplaces
Every marketplace has their convention for managing images. Currently, Snapdeal requires all the image names in a specific format and the images. Images should be in a zip or rar format. Flipkart and Amazon don’t need the images, but links to the images.
Simply, these are the only 2 ways required to provide images. Either provide the images or provide the image Url.
I will show you how to do both easily and quickly.
Google drive is easy and free
The reason I chose Google Drive for this tutorial is simple. Almost everyone has a Google Account and with every Google Account cover 15GB of space free. That’s a lot of space for a lot of images. In case your Google Drive is full, you can buy more storage for a small fee.
If you don’t have free Google Drive space then you can buy extra storage. You will also get 30 GB of space per account. Here is a couple of coupon codes to get you a discount on Google Apps. (Only applicable in India).
You can see more information here: http://goo.gl/7W6H9z
Uploading the images to Google Drive
There are 2 ways to upload your images to Google Drive. You can download Google Drive windows app here or use the Google Drive Web App.
I prefer the web app. If you have un-synced files on your computer, then all the files will start syncing. On the web app, you can select the files you want to upload.
I will show you the process for uploading images on the web app.
1. Go to drive.google.com and log in with your Google Account.
2. Create a public folder. To do this follow the steps below.
a. Create a folder by clicking ‘New’ or by pressing ‘c’ on the keyboard.
b. Select folder.
c. Name the new folder anything you like.
d. Go to sharing settings, then advanced, then click the option ‘public on the web’. See the screenshots below to understand how.
This will make the contents of the folder publicly accessible. This is important as you have to give market-places access to your images. Rest of the data in Google Drive will still be private.
Making the folder public is not optional. Without this step, the images hosting links for Google Drive you will create will not work.
If you did it right, you will notice that the folder icon will change to reflect this update.
3. Upload the images.
You can drag and drop all the images to the Google Drive folder. If you have an rar file for Snapdeal, upload that too.
I would recommend renaming your images to a recognizable format. Proper names will help identify problems easily.
You can drag and drop individual files or entire folders. I recommend uploading file by file so you can resume the upload in case of a connection problem.
I have uploaded around a 1000 files at once too with no problem. The time to upload will depend on your internet connection speed.
Here is a screenshot of a drag and drop of images.
Once you start the upload, your screen should look something like this:
Once the uploads are complete, you will create url for giving access to the the images. If you uploaded a zip file the url will give access to the zip file too.
The format which Google Drive supports is as follows.http://googledrive.com/host/<folder ID>/<image name>/
Here, the folder ID is an unique that Google assigns to that folder. You can find out the folder ID by checking the URL from inside the folder.
So if your image name is ‘green-dupatta-55.jpg’, then the direct Url for the image would be
http://googledrive.com/host/0BzP0sN0OhRL9NUlnZmdkRnFPUFk/green-dupatta-55.jpg (This won’t work obviously).
Testing the URL’s
Once you have created the Url’s for your images, you should check the Url.
To do that, open an incognito tab in chrome by presseing Ctrl+Shift+N.
Once the incognito tab is open, enter the url you created in the previous step and access it.
In a couple of seconds, your images should show or start loading. This means there were no problems.
Notice the new URL that was created autmatically. You do not need to copy this URL. The URL you created will still work.
In case you get a Google Drive login page, then there is a problem. Double check if the Google Drive folder is public and the images were uploaded correctly.
Things to Remeber
Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, PayTM, all will accept the above URL format. Once they process your catalog, they will copy the image to their servers.
That means once your products are uploaded, you can safely delete all the images from Google Drive.
There are many ways to host images and Google Drive is one of the fastest, reliable and easiest way to upload your catalog and host your images.
If you have any questions, or suggestions, let me know in the comments. I respond to every single question and comment.
How do you currently upload your images to marketplaces? I would love to know.