Here is a good article from .net magazine re the recent move that Google has made – that takes free product listing off the shopping list…
Get to grips with Google shopping
By Seamus Whittingham on March 20, 2013
What does Google’s new paid product search model mean for online retailers? Seamus Whittingham offers some pointers
Google has recently phased out its Google Product Search service in the UK and Europe and introduced Google Shopping, a commercial model built on Product Listing Ads (PLAs). Pulling the plug on free listings is a bold move, but Google Shopping has already replaced the free alternative in the USA and is designed to provide the search giant with a valuable commercial relationship with merchants – one that could potentially net the business upwards of $250m a year.
Google’s decision to start charging for listings will cause a tremor through the ecommerce landscape, and some are concerned it could lead to bigger retailers overshadowing and out-resourcing smaller businesses.
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