Google Penalty Hits eBay’s Bottom Line, May Cost Up To $200 Million In Revenue

ebay-600 Earlier this year, eBay was hit with a search penalty by Google. The loss of traffic resulting from that has been noticeable enough that eBay acknowledged it in a financial call this week, suggesting it may have cost up to $200 million in revenue. eBay also said it plans to improve its efforts in paid search, something that was underway even before it hit a penalty -- and a seeming rejection of an eBay research report that said paid search doesn't work well. eBay's Google Problem On the earnings call yesterday, eBay's chief financial officer Bob Swan said that Google wasn’t drivin [...]


eBay’s “Paid Search Is Ineffective” Study Gains Buzz And Skeptics, Again

Ebay jan 2012 bad ads pink roses in a vase By claiming that paid search is largely ineffective, eBay has attracted a lot of attention and buzz with media outlets repeating the findings. Anyone who isn't familiar with eBay's history of throw-it-at-the-wall-and-watch-what-happens paid search advertising strategy may be able to take the company's final release of a report that first made the rounds last year at face value. Those familiar with eBay's paid search efforts (i.e., "Bid on Cancer now") have taken the study with a grain of salt, if not discounted it outright. The problem isn't with the research or testing, it's the fact th [...]


Google Hits eBay With Manual Penalty In Search Results

ebay-600 What really happened to eBay dropping in Google’s search results this week? A source familiar with the situation tells Search Engine Land that Google hit eBay with a manual penalty this week. A manual penalty is when a human being at Google reviews a site and decides that it deserves some type of slap. Previously, it was assumed eBay was hit by the Panda 4.0 Update that rolled out this week, where a wide-range of sites were with with automatic penalties. That might also be the case — eBay might have been hit by Panda in addition to a manual penalty, which was reported earlier by [...]


These Five Websites Captured 20% Of All Search Result Clicks

search-click-top-news Once in every five times that someone clicks a search result, it goes to one of five websites: Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, Wikipedia or Amazon. That leaves about 80 percent of search clicks for the rest of us. Going further, the top 500 websites received almost 50 percent of all clicks from search results, and the top 10,000 websites got almost 75 percent of all search clicks. All of this is according to the 2013 Digital Marketer Report from Experian Marketing Services (Hitwise). The company says that those five sites I listed above combined to get 20.07 percent of all clicks from US [...]


eBay Buys Local Products Search Engine Milo For $75 Million

Shopping.com parent eBay has reportedly acquired local product inventory site Milo.com for $75 million in cash. Milo was aspiring to become the "Google of local product data." The acquisition is a bit of a surprise to me but problably came out of discussions about a strategic investment. I believe Milo and Shopping.com were in discussions to incorporate Milo data into results there. eBay may have decided, since Google unveiled local product inventory just a couple weeks ago, that it needed a response and that it wanted to own one of the principals in the segment. Milo had started to syndica [...]


eBay Brings Classifieds Site Kijiji To The U.S.

According to the Newspaper Association of America, U.S. print newspaper classified advertising was worth about $17 billion in 2006. The category has been under pressure for years from top online verticals, some of which are owned by newspapers, eBay, Craigslist and, now, new aggregators and destinations such as Oodle , LiveDeal and Edgeio, among others. Now eBay has brought its Craigslist-inspired classifieds marketplace, Kijiji, to the U.S. market. The auction site acquired a 25 percent stake in Craigslist in 2004 and launched Kijiji in early 2005 outside the U.S. eBay owns Rent.com in the [...]


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