• http://twitter.com/ABEdwardRoofing AB Edward Ent., Inc.

    James, thanks for the good article here, the “revised search” has always been troublesome for small businesses, especially trying to keep up. Is there a general time-frame Google changes this method that you know of? Or even an average? Thanks again Tommy http://www.abedward.com

  • http://twitter.com/tinatinjohnson Tina Johnson

    Great article James. Re the last point, why would price be the competing variable at the revised search stage? For price conscious users, price could already factor in during initial search (i.e.: cheap laptop, budget hotels and etc) and specific search (i.e.: BestBuy, HolidayInn Express and etc).

  • http://www.facebook.com/mr.larry.kim Larry Kim

    my understanding was that google does 3 billion searches / day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zgagan Gagan Sharma

    Obviously, When Google itself display 5/10 Amazon’s links on 1st SERP then what is the point of searching on Google and click on Amazon’s link and then again repeat search on Amazon. Eh.. its better directly go to Amazon and search.. same works for other major players similar shopping portals… Google should provide more variety and uniqueness in results and give chance to other sites..

  • http://twitter.com/JamesANGreen James Green

    Great point! Price can be a factor at any point in the funnel. But in the end when you’ve decided what you want, price is the only factor left. Thanks for the clarification!

  • http://twitter.com/JamesANGreen James Green

    Not that I know of I’m afraid. As you are probably aware, the best proxy if you are bidding on Google is the type of searches you are bidding on. The more product specific, tends to align with lower down the purchase funnel. (Mostly, not always, depends on the product.) Wish I had more to help you with!

  • http://www.rimmkaufman.com/ George Michie

    Hi James, as Mark Ballard from RKG pointed out last week, the comScore numbers are fatally flawed: http://searchengineland.com/relax-the-search-industry-is-doing-just-fine-157030. Not to suggest that vertical search isn’t important, simply that there is a reason why Google’s earnings continue to climb.