Google Merchant Center Multi-Client Accounts and Product Listing Ads

With the release of Google Product Listing Ads, many e-commerce companies have been left scrambling to figure out how to not lose all the traffic that they currently get from Google Products (previously Google Shopping). However, the problem is that many people and companies have had problems getting their Product Listing Ads to even show on Google, and it has been even more difficult for Multi-Client Accounts within Google Merchant center to get their product listing ads to show.

I’ve been trying to setup PLAs for a client, but have had no luck thus far. I’ve successfully linked my Adwords account to my Merchant Center account (successfully is a relative term), but upon trying to create PLAs from within Adwords, I am constantly given the following error message:
This target does not match any products in your Google Merchant Center feed.
 I’m having a hard time trying to figure out if it the multi-client account within Google Merchant Center that is causing the problem, or if I have another problem with the configuration somewhere. I feel like this is going to be an ongoing battle.
Product Listing Ads are a great idea in theory, however it is really going to hinder small companies who don’t have the time and/or resources to put toward creating, managing and spending money for product ads.

Mac OS X Lion Crashes When Using Google Chrome


I recently started encountering a problem with OS X Lion. I’m running a pretty sick Hackintosh setup that has always operated without problem. Then recently, out of nowhere, Google Chrome has suddenly started to cause my computer to crash. I get the gray screen prompting me to reboot my computer. Upon rebooting, if I open Google Chrome, my computer will crash again. If I leave Chrome closed and use Safari instead, everything runs fine. I know the simple solution is to stop using Google Chrome, but that’s not really a solution for me. I like Google Chrome. It is the 1 browser that is most similar between Mac and PC, so it is the browser that I choose to use on my work and personal computers.

Has anyone out there encountered a problem when running Google Chrome on Mac OS X Lion? If so, have you found a way around the crashing issue?

The odd thing in all of this is that the crashes do not even generate error/crash dump reports. So I guess I really don’t know that it is Chrome that is causing the crash, but I’ve been using my computer for 3 hours without incident. I’m writing this post in Safari. I’m fairly certain that opening Chrome will cause my computer to crash.

UPDATE
Yes, opening Chrome did, in fact, cause my computer to crash.

iPhoto ’11 Large Triangle with Exclamation Point


I recently updgraded my Hackintosh due to a hard drive failure and decided I’d start using Apple software to manage and maintain all of my digital files (pictures/music/videos). My main reason for this was the ease of use, simplicity yet powerful features that iMovie offered. So naturally, iMovie was the first program that I began to use frequently. Next was iTunes. I had always stayed away from managing my music in iTunes, but now that I’ve owned every iPhone, I figure, I may as well convert and start using iTunes. Plus, with the addition of the Remote app, I have become a huge fan of iTunes and the ability to control the music played in my house from any room. Now, onto the last bit of personal media that I needed to maintain. Pictures.

I had always been a fan of just organizing my photos using good folder structure and naming a heirarchy (which I still adhere to), but I figure that takes a lot of time, and I don’t necessarily need full control. Apple develops software to take the work and worry out of tedious tasks like that, so I decided… I’m going to start managing my pictures in iPhoto. Whoops!

First of all, I didn’t setup my iPhoto database in the “traditional” sense. By default, iPhoto wants to copy all photos to the iPhoto database. I did not enable this option. I instead, left all of my pictures on my secondary hard drive (around 75,000 images) and let iPhoto run its scan. It took nearly 2 hours to complete on my absolute beast of a machine – more to come on that – but once it completed, there were problems. Upon trying to browse the pictures, nearly every picture i tried to enlarge, I was presented with a large gray triangle with an exclamation point in it. All the thumbnail images were displayed in iPhoto, but upon trying to view the large version of any thumbnail, iPhoto gave me the gray exclamation point.

I am currently in the process of rebuilding/repairing my iPhoto database as per some user suggestions in various forums, but it has been stuck at 99% for the last 30 minutes. I’m losing confidence and starting to consider switching to Aperture, or maybe back to Picasa3. Picasa has always done a good job and never had a problem with the amount of images that I’ve thrown at it. The fact that iPhoto creates and maintains an entire database seems a little stupid to me – especially considering the fact that I didn’t import any photos and the iPhoto database is currently at 6.4 gigabytes. Seems like too much. I’m going to let this thing run, but I’m curious to hear if anyone out there prefers Aperture over iPhoto, or if there is another strong photo management application.

iTunes Keeps Opening Automatically in Windows 7


I recently updated to iTunes 10.5 here at my office and for some reason, iTunes has decided that it ALWAYS needs to be open. iTunes now opens when I boot up my computer. Upon closing it, iTunes will re-open itself within 1-5 minutes. Seems to be very random. This will happen continuously. As many times I close it, it will always open again. So far, the only way I’ve found to stop this annoyance is just to leave iTunes open, which really isn’t an option for me. I don’t need iTunes consuming any memory while I’m trying to complete other tasks.

Has anyone else had the problem of iTunes opening automatically, continuously and repeatedly? It is really frustrating because each time it opens, it comes to the foreground.

Symbolic Links Not Working in OS X Lion

I used to use symbolic links within Mac OS X Snow Leopard to point a few of the folders in my home directory to an external hard disk that I share with my PC (Music, Documents, Movies). Upon updating to OS X Lion, the Symbolic Links no longer work – they now show up as an alias (or as a PC style shortcut). This is frustrating because I can no longer select the “folders” when trying to save a file. I now have to go to my external disk and find the folder where I want to save my data/documents.

Has anyone else experienced this or found a work around?

GMC_Util is not defined – chrome://goobox/content/connection.js


I’ve recently been getting a ton of errors in the console within Firefox and I haven’t been able to figure out the cause. For some reason, chrome is telling me that GMC_Util is not defined, when in fact it is and is being referenced in other places within the same JS file.

Fire.fm Volume Problem – Volume Increases After Each Song

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I’m a huge fan of the Firefox extension Fire.fm and have been using it for quite some time now, but the most recent update seems to have a huge bug that needs to be fixed immediately. What’s happening is anytime I skip a song, the volume seems to jump up to 100% (though the volume slider remains in the same position). The same thing happens when Fire.fm just goes from one song to the next (without skipping). The funny thing is that when this happens, I click on the volume slider and slide up – the volume level actually goes down because of the fact the volume is jumping between songs.

Has anyone else noticed this problem, or am I the only lucky one?

This url is not allowed for a Sitemap at this location – Google Sitemaps


I was finally getting my site to be completely indexed in Google Sitemaps when I got the following error. And let me add that this error came out of nowhere. There were no changes to my sitemap, there was nothing updated on my server. Google went from being okay with my sitemap one day, to blocking the entire thing the next. Any feedback from people who have had the same problem would be appreciated.

Every URL that was submitted yielded the following error:

URL not allowed
This url is not allowed for a Sitemap at this location.
I have checked the preferred domain, the download location, etc. Every submitted URL matches the domain prefix of www. Any ideas? Anyone?

iMovie on iPhone – Audio Clip Shorter in Export Than in Preview


I’ve been messing around with iMovie on my iPhone 4 and I’m realizing that the songs that come with the iMovie themes vary in length upon being exported. For instance, the song by Phoenix that comes with one of the themes, I have it playing until the very end of the movie (when I preview it), but upon exporting the movie, I have about 10 seconds of silence at the end. What is the reason for this? Does the audio/video playback speed slow down or speed up on export?

PayPal UPS Shipping Problems – The contact information you submitted does not match the information on file for your UPS account. Either update your UPS account information by visiting www.ups.com or update the information below


I’ve used eBay and PayPal and UPS to sell and ship products for a long time and until recently, it worked perfectly for me with no problems at all. However, I recently changed my work address, which also happened to be the address that I had my UPS account setup as. Upon changing the information inside my PayPal account and inside my UPS account, the two will no longer link up. I constantly get the following error message:

“The contact information you submitted does not match the information on file for your UPS account. Either update your UPS account information by visiting www.ups.com or update the information below.”

The confusing thing is that I’ve verified and re-verified that all information matches. The only solution that I’ve found is to create a new UPS account, but in doing this, it takes 5-7 business days to be approved for the lower PayPal UPS shipping rates.

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Let us know what you’ve done to get around if… or if it is even possible to get around it.