Seems like a bogus move to me. Switching everything to ads. Lost a large chunk of my 'Google feel good' feeling with this. The most recent moves by the company show a transition away of letting the little guy play to being a 'big brand' play ground only.
Charging small business for Product Search will price them right out of it the same way that $1-$5 per click for AdWords ads priced small business right out of that system. In my opinion, this is a DISASTER for small business competing against the big boys if I'm reading this correctly! And let's face it ... this line is absolutely disingenuous: "Today we’re announcing a new initiative to improve our shopping experience over time--so that shoppers (your customers) can easily research purchases, compare different products, their features and prices, and then connect directly with merchants to make their purchase." This is about Google MAKING MONEY! It has nothing to do whatsoever with improving the "shopping experience."Luke Latham, CEO & ChairmanSellRex Corporationhttp://www.sellrex.com/Twitter: @sellrexFacebook: facebook.com/sellrex
If i am reading this correctly, it sounds like google is changing Shopping to a per click service. This is one of the worst ideas i have ever heard! Google shopping has been one of the biggest pain in the butts to work with over the last 3 years that we have been using it. We have spent thousands of dollars in man hours to get it to function. If it was a cost based service back then we would of just thrown in the towel. Please don't ruin Google Shopping!
What about other Countries in Europe? Are there any plans?
This change is only for the United States currently. Thanks for your question.
This appears to be another shot at small businesses from Google. How can small businesses hope to compete with larger companies like Amazon, Target, Wayfair, etc. in putting money up for ads. Google shopping ha not been a level playing field in a while, but this just makes things infinitely worse.
Seriously Google, why don't you just start charging to index pages? It's where you're heading...
Our company installs about 1,000 workstations each year, in every case with Google set as the search provider. We have preferred Google because of its honest approach to search, as well as the fact the search page is clean and loads quickly.Effective today, our policy has changed. I know it isn't much, but we are not supporting the rigging of search in this manner. I am confident others will see the benefits in seeking out other search alternatives that don't reflect a compelling need to prioritize the highest paying companies leaving smaller companies (like ours) to twist in the breeze.
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