Wednesday, 24 April 2013

I am too sleepy

I noticed today that Google Shopping is changing so that it is effectively just a form of adwords: Recent Changes to Google Shopping

Online retailers submit feeds containing product information to Google Shopping and pay each time someone clicks to their website or makes a purchase directly from their site. ... Ranking in Google Shopping is based on a combination of relevance and bid price - just like other ads on Google today.

So products will no longer be ranked by relevance, and what about those companies / people that don't want to pay Google each time someone clicks on their product listing? If they just stop listing their products with Google products then Google product search will be pretty useless.

The whole benefit of Google Product search was that it allowed you to quickly and easily search for a product and see where it could be purchased cheapest. Now the cheapest companies won't list their products, or will have to increase their prices to pay Google's commission fees.

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