During an interview at Google headquarters last week, Salar Kamangar, Google's vice president for product management, said the new service was experimental and cautioned against viewing it as a imminent assault on the classified advertising business because it could be used in far broader ways.
Still, several industry executives and analysts said they believed that Google Base was an aggressive first step in a series of maneuvers that would position the company as a powerful player in the $100 billion annual market for classified advertising
Msg#: 32057 posted 8:07 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)
Since Google Base went live I have noticed a 20% loss in traffic coming from Google. I have a popular classifieds web site and feel that my site will lose quite a bit of revenue from G Base. Has anyone else noticed a drop in traffic?
Msg#: 32057 posted 8:36 am on Nov 30, 2005 (gmt 0)
I've looked and played around on this and I don't think it's anything to write home about yet.
I started using google years ago, because I "trusted" the results that came from it as a search tool. (I'm sure the average user doesn't know or think about the science behind search engine optimisation)
If big players just dump content on it, it will be like the worlds biggest and most boring classifieds and difficult to search through. Don't know how they're going to make it user friendly.