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Mon Mar 23 2015 10:33:12

eBay Fails to Make Listings Google Friendly

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Enjoy your site and often check and read the articles and blogs. Very helpful. I read the one about Google demoting mobile unfriendly sites and did a few tests using the tool noted. 

What I found was that eBay listings seem to be ok, but all stores in either Store format were noted as being mobile unfriendly. That really shocked me as I would have thought with all the talk from eBay that they would have this addressed, especially with all the money sellers pay for Store sites. Now I know why my eBay Store traffic is about dead.

Also, I found some odd results looking in Google organic search for my listings. I could not find any of my active 30 day, GTC or auction listings in Google organic search, even when I fully qualifier the exact title I had in the listing. 

What I did find were old eBay listings of mine that had ended, but when I clicked on them, they say that this listing ended and here is another similar item, and it takes the person to one of my competitor's listings.  

This is absolutely ridiculous that they would do this when I have the same item listing that was sold. And it's like Google is not scanning new eBay listings anymore as none (I repeat NONE) of my active eBay listings are in search.  Same goes with google shopping, I see no eBay listings in shopping but I see a ton of them for Bonanza, Etsy, and even eCrater (among others)... 

No wonder a lot of eBay sellers are experiencing the worse sales volumes in history! I have been selling on eBay for over 10 years now, and 2014 was my worst year in history, even lower than my initial year when we only sold for the last 8 months of the year and were a rookie at selling. We grew every year through 2012 when the bottom fell out in June 2012, and it's been downhill ever since with annual sales declines of 20-25% each of the last 3 years.... 

Can you question eBay about search engine visibility and what they are doing to help the sellers? Google is the #1 place people go to find products, and not having our items in the search is unacceptable in my eyes.

Seems like they are constantly changing things that go against the sellers and don't they realize that they would increase their volume if they did things that would be of benefit to their selling customers in the community.
Thank you!
Anonymous eBay seller of 12 years!




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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Mon Mar 23 11:56:48 2015

I could be wrong, but I recall reading an article about Google searches which stated Google would not show auction listings since the price could fluctuate during a listing period and that they would only post fixed priced listings. As far as Google Shopping, I know that eCrater, Bonanza and Etsy want Google Attributes included in listings so that items can be picked up by Google Shopping. There was an article on this site recently about eBay wanting Google Attributes added to listings, which might help visible in Google searches.  

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by: cupnw This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Mar 23 11:58:11 2015

Ditto - 2014 was our worst year in 6 years (2015 seems no better) and we have been consistently Platinum since 2009. Welcome back to Gold!

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This user has validated their user name. by: askalice59

Mon Mar 23 13:35:24 2015

My question is why would you think they (eBay) do not know this?

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 23 14:05:11 2015

google will continue to punish ebays virus like programing, you just cannot do what ebay is doing, re-directs, from your stolen product photo's that don't directly go to that specific product is a no no,  it's misleading, to the consumer, it's time wasting, and it's considered spam and google doesn't like, and I would have to agree,  

The money you pay ebay is for nothing.

What we use to pay in ebay fees, NOW go directly into google adwords to promote our own website, it  works and it's making us tons of sales, with no FVF's and we love it,

ebay will continue to kill itself in 2015, it's not going to turn around anytime soon, ebay has lost touch with all forms of reality, and has done so much irreparable damage to itself, it may be impossible to fix,
at this point.

The Stupid idiots at the corrupt ebay corporation wanted the cheap Chinese sellers, and they got exactly what they wanted, a billion 0.50 cent items, just imagine how many transactions you need to do when you only make a few pennies per sale, ebay is flooded with so much low priced cheap fake garbage, their servers are overloaded, their CS is swamped with massive amounts of buyer complaints, all over cheap items that ebay barely makes 2 cents on,

They won't recover and won't survive, their plan is seriously flawed, that's for sure.



 

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Mon Mar 23 15:01:59 2015

And for all his "destructive renovations" the cretinous Johnny Ho is apparently going to take home a further $23 million. One has to wonder how much of that UNEARNED payment the Ho will be kicking back to those persons responsible for approving same ...

The eBay executive suite—where the incompetent mingle with the disingenuous, the malevolent and the outright criminal, and the just plain stupid ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas  

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by: Printers devil This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 24 04:54:55 2015

Everything said above is correct and the most impressive thing is they are so polite.
Personally a small nudge off a long cliff face would be the way to go with the people in charge of e-bay.
The money a seller pays them, is just experimentation money, from you to them with no reasons other than sheer ineptness and prolonged cruelty to ALL sellers (except their nepotistic allies in big business) and corrupt ideas. But experiments by people with NO consumer feeling or sense is the real crime here (besides the deliberate policy to promote one group over the rest, or similar) the front page looks like a sales catalogue for a habitat store, an M&S, Sears type of place, where you buy High street goods, maybe less, maybe more, it is unclear. It most certainly does NOT look like a site for independent sellers offering unique goods.
Baying at e-bay doesn't work. Stopping selling there is the only way to END this fat megalithic monstrosity that was once a platform for the people to sell whatever stuff they wished and now is a dictatorial, deranged ideological lost manic & malicious platform for a  few sociopathic directors to meet and think of NEW ways to mess up a (once) perfectly good website.
The lies are endless, the sales are mostly ended and the executives should be ALL terminated. Beginning......Now!  

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by: ebay refugee camp This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 24 12:18:07 2015

Yeah but they gave out 40 million in retention bonus' for execs to stay for 6 or 7 months.

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by: Linda This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 24 14:53:06 2015

@ Printers Devil:

""Stopping selling there is the only way to END this fat megalithic monstrosity that was once a platform for the people to sell whatever stuff they wished and now is a dictatorial, deranged ideological lost manic & malicious platform for a  few sociopathic directors to meet and think of NEW ways to mess up a (once) perfectly good website.""

And would you like to tell how you really feel! :)

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 24 18:56:46 2015

I guess even 23 million isnt enough for the Thinking Day CEO to get off his lazy posterior to go do some work.

Both companies are in California, a meeting to fix eBay listings is a simple and easy thing to do ... unless you are just so lazy that you dont give a damn .... oh wait - thats todays eBay.


shame

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by: Bubbles This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Mar 25 00:28:53 2015

Just tested our website pages and eBay pages and Google says all mobile friendly

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This user has validated their user name. by: askalice59

Wed Mar 25 00:56:18 2015

@ Linda
Printers Devil is correct Linda. They aren't overstating anything.

Ebay needs to die. Then all of the other really nice venues out there will have us really good sellers. The buyers can purchase from us un-harrassed and e-commerce will flourish.

We all need to populate other sites and purchase while were there. Let eBay shrink and fade away.

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by: alfabarn This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 06:28:00 2015

I checked my 6 of my listings. 3 where the first google hit, and 3 where the second google listing. I suggest you try making your listings google friendly rather than wait for Ebay to do it. It did take me some time to set my titles up to get those rankings. but it was worth it.    

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by: brenda This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 07:47:26 2015

My personal opinion is that Google search doesn't really work anymore either. It has turned into a paid advertising site for items for sale on the internet to show. Sellers need to concentrate on eBay's search, cassini, so their listings will show to the buyers already on the eBay site. If eBay understood how their search engine worked they could teach their sellers how to optimize their listings so they could be found on eBay...but, eBay doesn't know how cassini works either. That is why the sell through rate is so bad on eBay for sellers. eBay and Google have been like oil and water for a long time..if eBay sellers want to rely on Google search for the items they have for sale, then they need to get their own website. Their listing will have a better chance of showing up in an organic search on Google that way.

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by: ewegolf This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 08:25:16 2015

Google organic is a garbage barge drifting aimlessly in the Sea Of Mediocrity.

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by: A-Non-A-Mouse This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 08:28:45 2015

As stated in the original article referred to and by Google's own documentation (link in the article), the changes at Google, penalizing sites that haven't optimized to be responsive or 'mobile friendly' aren't set for implementation for close to another month from now.

Optimization takes quite a bit of programming effort and isn't accomplished by the mere flip of a switch. Many, many sites are still very much in the process of re-programming to accomplish this by the April deadline.

Now if the deadline comes and goes without the required changes, or if eBay has announced they've already made the necessary changes but haven't, then you have something to be concerned about. Anything beforehand is jumping the gun.

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by: Exit-Strategy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 09:19:54 2015

I checked my listings and they were reported as mobile friendly. However, they don't always show up on a google search unless I use close to the entire title.

For example, a search for Yankee Candle Pinecone Crackle doesn't work - only show others' listings for same product - but a search for Yankee Candle Pinecone Crackle Votive Hurricane does. In fact it shows it as a Sponsored listing, which I thought was really strange.

The other product shows up with a price of $10.99. Mine shows up with a price of $12.99. If I was a buyer, it's obvious which one I would click on. However, the $10.99 one has $9.00 shipping, while mine at $12.99 has $3.47 shipping, so a substantially lower total price. Doesn't that provide a disincentive for sellers to use low cost or free shipping?

Another product I checked shows up, but ONLY as ebay.UK, not ebay.US. I don't use international visibility, so again I thought that was pretty strange.

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by: thebobman This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 09:57:36 2015

I typed in the part number for a vintage ISA computer card to run a floppy drive. The USA listing was the first result and about 75% of the first page was for that card on international sites. Most of the items I sell will most likely be from buyers on a desktop/laptop because they need to do more research before buying (telecom...etc...) mobile buying seems more like cheap stuff like cell phone accessories

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by: thebobman This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 09:57:37 2015

I typed in the part number for a vintage ISA computer card to run a floppy drive. The USA listing was the first result and about 75% of the first page was for that card on international sites. Most of the items I sell will most likely be from buyers on a desktop/laptop because they need to do more research before buying (telecom...etc...) mobile buying seems more like cheap stuff like cell phone accessories

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by: Tornad0sRul This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 12:11:48 2015

Many months ago after my sales plummeted I did this exact same test/search with my listings and I had the exact same result as this writer.  I used the exact wording of my listings and they never showed up on a Google search.  I also experienced what this writer did in that under Google "images" was one of my listings but when I clicked on the "image" it took me to an old listing that was already sold.  I wrote about this to ECommercebytes and have commented on this blog a lot about it when so many sellers were blaming the security breach as the reason for their sales suddenly dramatically declining.  I knew then that the Google changes is what caused my sales to plummet and I still believe that it is a breach of contract on EBay's part simply because one of the biggest reasons why I even opened a store on EBay was because of the included Google exposure which we no longer have.

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 25 19:11:14 2015

Wait--didn't ebay declare that they were taking their marbles and leaving the sand pit BECAUSE Google wanted--DARED!!!!---to ask them to PAY for some exposure?  

And since they thought they were bigger than the Beatles and hence bigger than Jesus--they said--Nah NAH Nah---we ain;t gonna pay nno stinkin' vig to be shown on THE LARGEST MARKET SEARCH THAT THE PLANET HAS EVER SEEN-=

And give UP a few dollars of those obscene bonus' and salarys' and maybe have to do some actual WORK for a change---

Nope.  We will sit here in the dark and eat worms.

Oh those customers--of--ours?  Who? What did you say you thought they were called again?  Sell-ers?  Never heard of 'em.  And if we DID we didn't like 'em.  

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