View Poll Results: Do you think google(froogle) will make it harder for us to get sales?

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  1. #1
    ABW Veteran jc101's Avatar
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    January 17th, 2005
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    Do you think with froogle on googles main page will distract and shut (us)affiliates out of the results.

    Edited to make it easier to understand.

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    No. I think most people will, by force of habit, ignore it and use the default search option. If a Froogle search was the default, then there would be trouble.

    Remember that the vast majority of search engine users are not affiliate marketers. It is a bit naive to assume that Google or any search engine will give a hoot about what we think of their search engine's front end.



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    Nope. I see they added a link at the very top of the page but Google has been showing Froogle results for certain searches for months now. For product searches.

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    For specific items it is handy but for other things you have to wade through pages and pages of stuff.
    So the way it is now, no, but google is constantly evolving so who's to know what they pull out of the bag next.

    It also depends on how they promote it to the public.

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    ABW Ambassador Andy's Avatar
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    I think Google is losing their grip on reality. They keep expanding, yet their core business, search, is becoming very ineffective.

    Other SEs provide more current results. Other SEs don't have the spam problems Google has. I think Google needs to spend less time updating the look of their site, and rolling out new goodies, and more time making their SERPs realistic again.


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    They have been developing Froogle for a long time and they still do not understand online shopping.

    They should hire some affiliates to show them how to do it.

    I think even a banner farm (like Charlie's) must have a higher conversion rate than that Froogle mess.

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    While I don't think Froogle will shut affiliates out, I think it will have an impact. It may take significant tinkering, but I would not dismiss it simply because its current incarnation is not a home run. Given time, I believe the folks at Google will craft something that makes it a major player in online shopping.

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    bizrate, nextag,, dealtime, mysimon, yahoo shopping, prisescan, pricegrabber, kelkoo, .........

    There's already plenty of product search/comparison shopping sites out there and affiliates are doing just fine so i don't expect that big of impact if any at all. But it is another reason why pushing products is not the core of what i do.

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    I betting that people will want to search for stuff the old fashion way. Find your store, search for the product, check out your service and then buy from you.

    Trust is the key. If they trust you, they will spend their money with you. Lots of merchants make money charging the higher price.

    Bargin shoppers will flock to Google when they figure out how it works. Figuring it out is the key phrase because its information overload now.
    Have you promoted your brand name today?

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    Wow one of my affiliate sites is getting Froogle hits.

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    Outsourced Program Manager Chris -  AMWSO's Avatar
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    I think you all need to read the Froogle newsletter....impact is going to be BIG I believe

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>* Product Search Results in Google

    Google has begun integrating Froogle search results with the
    regular Google search results. When users search for certain
    products on Google, the web search results page will display the
    top three product results from Froogle.

    For example, here are the results for the query [hiking boots]:

    These 'Product Search' results are not paid advertisements, but
    free, relevant, product-specific search results. As you know,
    merchants are included in Froogle at no cost, and as with
    Google's web search results, Froogle results are unbiased by
    human intervention. Google does not accept payment for placement
    within the Froogle results themselves.

    This results feature was integrated as an enhancement that will
    further simplify our users’ shopping experience. By
    integrating Froogle into the Google search experience, users can
    quickly and easily be connected to relevant web pages selling
    the products they’re looking for.

    Merchants currently featured in Froogle also benefit by this
    enhancement as they broaden their customer outreach to include
    all Google users. Froogle will continue to remain free to all
    merchants who would like to submit a data feed. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


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