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"We recently announced that product results on the Google Shopping tab in the U.S. will consist primarily of free listings. This change has already produced a significant increase in user engagement, with both clicks and impressions up substantially for merchants, meaning consumers are finding more of the products they’re looking for from a wider range of options. Sellers of all sizes are benefitting from this incremental traffic, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. And we already see that these changes will help generate billions of dollars in sales for retailers and brands in the U.S., on an annual basis.

Now, we’re bringing free listings to the main Google Search results page in the U.S., helping shoppers choose the products and sellers that will serve them best, from the widest variety of options."
 

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Wasn't this like 2 months ago?
Article is dated 6/29. First I have seen of it, but I have not seen anything on it here at the forum. When I googled it, it looks like they started rolling it out platform by platform in late April. Has anyone here done anything with it?

Here's an earlier article talking about the fight with Amazon maybe being the trigger

 

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For me?
I recall public interview with Eric Schmidt (previous google CEO)
he said "Amazon is our competitor". It was some 5y ago.

For google?
I guess it will end up anti-trust lawsuit against google.
Even if won, it will be meaningless - probably some slap on wrist fine.

For amazon?
Google woke up some 15 years to late. People already go directly to amazon website
when they need to "search" for products.

For You?
Be warned.
If you will depend on "free google listing", you'll wake up with no business
when google shareholders realize that giving away clicks doesn't increase their ROA.
Google will either kill the project or will start to charge.
 

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