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Google Shopping, What is going on?
Most items from Amazon, Buy.com, etc.
WolfLover




msg:4160056
 4:10 am on Jun 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Ok, I had not looked at my search results in awhile, so I was just checking. For a product, I have always ranked well in, now all the products I see are from huge stores, not the mom and pop type stores I used to see, (including mine). I am wondering why I am even bothering with my data feed to Google shopping any more.

As an example, when I look up blue widgets, I get the first whole page, I'd say about 80% Amazon and then other big stores like Kohls, etc. etc. But I just don't see the little shops any more.

It's just not fair that the huge stores who already have a huge advantage over we small businesses, now also have Google treating them as though they are the only ones selling what I and many other small businesses sell. I've been selling these products since 2003, so I am not a newbie here.

Are others seeing the same problem?

 

WolfLover




msg:4160462
 3:55 am on Jun 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hummmm, it appears that this forum does not get many replies. So many threads with just the original post, but no comments. Oh well.

hoosierdraft




msg:4160695
 2:29 pm on Jun 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes, seeing the same thing on Google Shopping results. Big boys dominate the page. Most of the small storekeepers have not figured out that the game has changed dramatically for them.

WolfLover




msg:4161041
 1:33 am on Jun 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

How unfair. The "big boys" can afford advertising and everyone has heard of them. In this economy, we "little guys" could sure use some help. Instead, they have taken it away.

Digmen1




msg:4162474
 12:54 am on Jul 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I always thought thst Google was supposed to apply a most useful search approach !

SanDiego Art




msg:4170240
 10:43 pm on Jul 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Is it possible that these companies have just invested more resources in getting their feeds as optimized as possible. And they are simply winning the algorithm, where your feed isn't.

One thing to try is if you are carrying the same product and you aren't matching to that product result is changing your product name to match what is one the results page. You may call it ABC XYZ 12pack, where the stores getting matched are calling it 12 pack of XYZ by ABC...

asher02




msg:4171627
 4:10 pm on Jul 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have the same problem, On the first 100 shopping results in my niche I couldn't find even 1 Mom & Pop store. (I didn't bother checking further)
Me and my competitors used to show up there with the big guys like Amazon and other and it was kinda balanced, now it looks as if Amazon has bought this section of Google.

I mean if I wanted to see results only from Amazon wouldn't it be more simple for me to go to Amazon?

Another interesting thing is that on my niche 1 of the big brothers is not showing at all and I am talking about Ebay, I used to see some eBay listings but now I hardly see.

I guess Google Merchant Center forgot to turn on the "Balance" button.......

asher02




msg:4171631
 4:14 pm on Jul 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Is it possible that these companies have just invested more resources in getting their feeds as optimized as possible. And they are simply winning the algorithm, where your feed isn't.



On some of the products I checked they even copy the product text from the product manufacturer web pages and still win...

The pattern I see is that if your Domain starts with Amazon you win, I mean I don't see anything different on their feeds that grants them 100/100 success rate.

Digmen1




msg:4172202
 10:38 pm on Jul 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

And still Google Product Search is only for sites based in the USA, UK and Germany.
Come on - what about the rest of the world !

fabulousyarn




msg:4172870
 4:18 pm on Jul 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

This has only begun to happen recently, so something has changed - perhaps related to the Mayday Boost for Mash Ups - I am in the same place fighting hard to keep included in these product links. One answer: do PPC advertising and set up to list products on AMAZON and steal those people back.

j

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