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If you search for a product using Google, you may see relevant information displayed at the top of your search results labeled "Product Search". These links are culled from Froogle and are not advertisements, as merchants do not pay for inclusion within Froogle's search results
Logic says, they'll go public before Christmas. Doesn't it? Why wait until January? There's so much more of a benefit for them to release it now, one would think.
If they'd wanted to "go public" with Froogle before Christmas, surely they'd have done so by now.
Google seem to be aware that they are at their peak and have decided to cash in before going into decline (presumable when MS launches it's search).
If they were to launch Froogle, they would be attacking their own advertising revenue. These new SERPS seem to follow the same idea - when your products aren't showing up in the Google index you need to pay.
What the world needs is an 'open non-profit' search engine so that this Monopoly situation cannot happen again.
So fasten your seatbelts, I expect something soon.
Please keep in mind that I have been wrong before, so please, no wagering.
Google has signed up as an affilate for quite a number of sites and are receiving affilate referral fees from the Froogle site. Just look at the links! You will see affiliate numbers. I suspect they will hiding these numbers soon. I hope I'm not dropped from the search engine because I saying this.
Just go look for yourself
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i don't think, that they will loose a lot of money. the traffic on froogle is a lot more targeted than on google.com. so the bids on the keywords which appear on froogle could be higher. for example, if bid on the KW "widget XY" could also show up at "widget XY update".
of course, i pay only, if people click, but still i don't want people who are looking for software updates on this widget. and i know, i can disable this broad match stuff. but still i think the traffic on froogle is more valuable for shops than on google.
do you know for sure, that google signed up as affiliate at the shops? i don't think so. i think, that the shopowners just want to see, what froogle brings them. this is how we did it in the past. just give a trackable link to the partner.
i really think, that they will start froogle, and it will try to implement every shop in the web without charging them. this is their philosophy since 5 years. deliver the best information.
"you can make money without doing evil" as google says.
The main problem, again is alienating the merchants that then need in order for Froogle to survive. So, in closing, their service is useless at its current state.