With new sites sandboxed and many other sites penguinized and pandalized has the future of ecommerce become your ebay store and your amazon store? Is it no longer viable to have a presence on Google except for brands?
has the future of ecommerce become your ebay store and your amazon store?
I've been saying this for quite some time and until there is a massive shift in favour of searching with Bing then the future with Google may be horrible for many.
Although the reality may be that Bing may not fill that void since so many people are now used to two-stop shopping now, as you say, Amazon and Ebay.
Of course there are alternative marketplaces and not everyone searching is buying however it would seem to me that Google's attempts to try and corner everything may well be their own "search" undoing which is why we see so much effort being diverted into other areas and developments.
Bing and Yahoo are converting much better for our ecommerce site..... even though we're PAYING Google.
People may be searching, and not finding and going to other search engines.
Today I did a search for a particular product with the manufacturer name and part number. The first site was amazon, followed by about 15 various amazon affiliate BS pages from facebook, blogspot and others, two pages in I found two REAL sites that had the product listed, followed by about 15 more BS affiliate pages. This was a US brand and a very popular product. Now I'm not talking about Google shopping, in fact no shopping results showed up, nor was there any indicator as to "Hey, you might find this on Google Shopping... here's a link" ... nothing but BS posts.
Amazon has to be paying Google for this type of search results... there's really no other explanation at all.
I wouldn't list on Amazon ever, they'd have your sales stats and start selling those items themselves, they've done it before and will continue to do so. Ebay is an option and we do sell our returned open box items there quite well.
I have by chance come across a perfect example of the new Google. I just searched "malcom x quotes"
The top 2 searches wielded a very thin page by a "quotation brand". The real information was below this site, on a site stuffed with brilliant content.
I wonder what Malcom X would say about Google.
Anyway here's the quote I was looking for..............
"I want Dr. King to know that I didn't come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really did come thinking I could make it easier. If the white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more willing to hear Dr. King."