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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

4 thoughts on “eBay Limits Descriptions in Non-compliant Listings”

  1. And what’s all the hub bub about? Ebay doesn’t spend money advertising with google – if I’m looking to buy something on ebay I go directly to ebay search and hope their not hiding what I’m looking for.

    1. This doesn’t have to do with optimizing for Google *search* – it’s about Google Chrome, which is the web browser that many people use (similar to FireFox and Microsoft Internet Explorer).

      So if you use Chrome to surf the web, it will warn you if there are HTTP links. Google is mandating sites use HTTPS instead of HTTP, and eBay is worried that if shoppers see the warning in Chrome, they will stop visiting eBay.

      You can click through to our blog post from August for more info.

  2. Timely article. I just finished updating my listings to change my hosted images from http to https and also the links to my listings. I checked some already sold listings to see what would happen if I had not done so. eBay put your description on a separate non-secure page. It wasn’t terrible, but I am glad I made the updates.

  3. Has anyone bothered to contact Google to validate this information? Unfortunately the pointed heads at eBay are at it again, instead of reading the information provided by Google, they elected to create yet another debacle. The Chrome browser will not magically create this flashing “unsecure” sign for pages that have HTTP content – It will only do that for pages that require user input such as in the case of a login pages or a page where personal information, credit card or banking information is being asked for.

    Changing all of the pages on eBay to HTTPS is a massive undertaking and can get expensive for those that need to purchase their own SSL certificates. And it is unnecessary to boot!

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