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Alibaba.com Post Category Update


In order to optimize the post category feature and enhance buyer’s experience, Alibaba.com plans to update this feature starting predicted from 25th May 2020 to 30th June 2020. 

Please check the details below:

Reasons for the category update: 

  • 1. The current post category structure is not sufficient enough to meet the demands of relevant industries, making it difficult for suppliers to find suitable categories when posting products.
  • 2. An updated category structure will improve the search accuracy and improve the purchase efficiency of buyers.


Scope and schedule of the category update:

2020.5.25-2020.6.30:Your product is already posted under the current category structure, the product will be automatically moved to a new category. During the category update optimization, the product posting/editing function will not be available during the update period.

The post category update impact the 20 top- categories below. Major adjustments involve updating category names, adding new categories, and splitting categories.

Agriculture / Apparel/Beauty & Personal Care / Construction & Real Estate / Consumer Electronics / Food & Beverage / Furniture / Gifts & Crafts / Health & Medical / Home & Garden / Home Appliances / Lights & Lighting / Luggage, Bags & Cases / Machinery / Minerals & Metallurgy / Security & Protection / Shoes & Accessories / Textiles & Leather Products / Timepieces, Jewelry, Eyewear / Vehicles & Accessories


1. Q: How will this impact publishing products? 
A: If your product is already posted under the current category structure, the product will be automatically moved to a new category. You can re-edit and move your product into a different category once the update period is complete.

2. Q: Why did my search ranking drop? 
A: The optimization of the post category structure may affect your ranking due to the updated category data. You can continue to optimize your product information and obtain a better ranking under the new structure.

3. Q: Why can't I find a suitable RFQ? 
A: Please note that the post category update may affect the accuracy of the RFQ search/recommendation function. During the update process, if you cannot find the corresponding RFQ through a category, it is recommended that you search by keywords.

4. Q: Why is my product defined as “Miscategorized Products” in the Search Ranking Optimization Center? 
A: The post category update may make the categories of products more accurate. Please correct the “Miscategorized Products” item as soon as possible to ensure that buyers can quickly find your product under the correct category name.

5. Q: Why did my performance data change in Biz Trends? 
A: Please note due to the post category update, the categories and industry related preference data will be impacted.