Remember when the Internet was simple?
The all-important e-commerce beast Google Products was originally known as Froogle. Froogle was a pioneer in compiling products from many online stores and websites into one big “store front.”
This idea we call “The Dog Pile” approach (by the way, dogpile.com was a pioneer in multi-engine key phrase searching, way back before Google was . . . Google) to product searching, has resulted in new opportunities for marketing discreet products.
Products are listed in Google Product Search by name, category, description, price, original website, and other attributes—sometimes, even a picture is used and indexed by Google. The result? A giant storefront you can be a part of.
Presumably, you want ALL of the information about your products to show up in search engines. And this is in addition to the traditional marketing of key phrases!
Why does this matter? Because, there are OPPORTUNITIES out there you don’t want to miss. Opportunities for not just a second or a third, but many additional store fronts.
Now add this: there’s a synergy to be created between your product search results and your key phrase results. Done right, this causes dramatically higher search engine listings for both!
In e-commerce, there are other places to rank high. We don’t usually recommend putting a great deal of effort into the “other” search engines, but in e-commerce you create traction for your brands by paying attention to several commerce tracking and promotional engines. These include Amazon, Google Products, Yahoo Shopping, eBay, Bing Shopping, Nextag, Shopzilla, and more!
Getting listed on some of these are free. Others have payment structures similar to Google AdWords and Pay-Per-Click, where you pay for views and clicks, or bid and pay a market-established rate for views and clicks.
To take advantage of these opportunities, you need to know how to feed them. Grossly over-simplified, that means you setup an account, then either manually enter your product data or feed a specially structured data file to each service.
Not a big deal, until you realize that to maintain ranking you need to monitor each service for changes in product listing requirements, or resubmit data after specified expiration periods, which may vary from one service to the next.
Of course, this is one of our areas of expertise. We’ve been feeding Froogle hundreds of thousands of products since it was a fledgling Google Labs pre-beta product. We’ve created top ranking for large sites and small, trained clients to manage their own data entry, and done it for them (when they realized that programmatically extracting thousands of products and attributes into specially structured files according to the requirements of each product listing service was something we could do better and more cost-effectively).
We often say that much of what we do isn’t rocket science; if feeding the e-commerce search stream is something you’re interested in doing yourself, good news: there are volumes of information available online on the topic.
But just because you can do it doesn’t always mean you should. If you want someone to get you up to speed, or skip the learning curve and outsource it altogether, give us a call.
Happy Search Engine Marketing.
Chief Operating Office, CDLLC
Answer Guy Central Business Support Services