Written by: Terry Van Horne | November 5, 2009
Today Google announced the release of Google Commerce Search. Ordinarily I yawn and move along but for whatever reason I decided to read this closely. When the news broke on Twitter I thought it was just an improvement to the Search API and with that there was still the issue of getting the site fully indexed.
A few hours later I got a chance and had a gander at the video below. Watch it because it gives you a great overview of the Google Commerce API at work!
I have been managing and optimizing Feeds for 4 or 5 years. I was early to the game as my ownership of Frooglefeeds.com not once but twice attests to! Not active I just like collecting stuff like that.
IMO, this could be a strategy to monetize GBase beyond the sponsor ads. It’s also a replacement for Yahoo! stores and if these somehow replaced the products one box well… some lawyers make a few bucks I bet… lol.
They aren’t saying it but it looks to me that you don’t really need a site because with GoogleCheckout you got the processing covered. Send an email to the company Ala’ Amazon and what do you have?
T dons the foily and proceeds Into the API documentation.
After watching the video I was both amazed and… concerned! See for most of my career I’ve built shopping carts from scratch. Not opensource but real customized Carts with real CMS and back end order processing.
So when I saw the configurable of the search page it started looking more like a hosted shopping cart solution. Hmmm not looking good my brother! I also remember seeing in a Twitter search I did where someone had called it something along the lines of a hosted cart at $50,000. Actually that’s why I went to the site to check it out.
Google by the way has pulled a faux paus. Please don’t make me call you to get a pitch for a price! I won’t call I’ll assume the $50,000/yr. is true and … “move along nothing to see here!” (it was the program starts at $50,000).
Of course a hosted solution also means that the traffic could stay on Google. And guess who benefits from that? Shite they could throw in the processing fees and cut the credit card companies out as well. #Jusayin
Very sweet interface and such with the benefit of running on a number of feeds not just Google. It does explain why they suddenly dropped feed aggregator suport for some huge platforms i.e. Yahoo! Stores, Amazon, ebay and Miva. All would be direct competitors of this product so it makes sense to take away a huge traffic stream… evil? Fckit #jusbiz!
As someone with a client running many stores on these platforms we were already in the process of figuring out a data aggregation strategy… all current providers suck the bag big time! Note Google Base can be used by several different comaparison engines. I was in the process of writing a big piece on Gbase something I’ve actually been taking notes and organizing for a few years. They’ll be published soon folks.