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Ebay.ie Swamping Google.ie ‘pages from Ireland’?

Posted in: Google,Search Engine Optimisation by Richard Hearne on September 3, 2007
Internet Marketing Ireland

Check this crap. Ebay.ie are like one of those fungi that kill a pond by blotting out the sun and eating all the O2.

21 of the top 40 results for that query are from Ebay. Seriously, are there no other Irish results for that phrase?

Car GPS Google.ie ‘pages from Ireland’
Source: http://www.google.ie/search?hl=en&q=car+gps&meta=cr%3DcountryIE&num=40 ‘car gps’

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  1. Richard, it’s not a problem of eBay… you can easily beat that crap. The real problem is that other car GPS websites are not properly optimised… or they simply don’t exist. However, nice catch :)

    Comment by Rado — September 3, 2007 @ 10:16 am

  2. As Rado said, it’s not Ebay’s fault

    Comment by Michele — September 3, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  3. Actually TBH I think the issue is with Google. There’s plenty of pages to return, but Google in all their wisdom have given so much authority to Ebay that it’s hard for small Irish sites to compete. Google’s authority-rank gone mad if you ask me.

    Comment by Richard Hearne — September 3, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

  4. Its funny you should bring this up as over the past few months I am increasingly inserting “-ebay” into my search strings. Does the fact that Ebay have Adsense running have anything to do with these results?

    Comment by Chris — September 3, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

  5. Hi Chris

    I doubt it. Most likely to do with the sheer size and authority of Ebay. Few Irish sites can compete with that. Just praise be we dont have wikipedia.ie….

    Thanks for commenting, rgds

    Comment by Richard Hearne — September 3, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

  6. Tell me about it, half of the time they don’t even bring up any products, the worst offenders on google.co.uk along with eBay are bizrate.co.uk, Nextag and Kelkoo. Rado, have you tried to beat eBay in the SERPs recently? It is far from easy.

    Comment by David Eaves — September 4, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

  7. Yep – I find that quite few sites have very thin content that is ranking purely on the authority of the domain/site. Expansys is another site in this category (mind you, Expansys is a excellent case of a well SEO’d site network).


    Comment by Richard Hearne — September 4, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

  8. It is definitely about time Google started paying serious attention to these kind of SERP results. This includes ebay, wikipedia and a number of other high authority sites. Surely Google are more clever than this?

    Google also need to start cross referencing data on domain age and domain activity. I see far to many crappy sites ranking simply because of domain age, sites that have worthless content and have not been updated in years!

    Google also puts too much weight on keywords being in a domain name with silly under construction sites ranking highly simply because of the domain name!

    Sorry just wanted to vent some of my frustration!! GOOGLE SORT IT OUT!

    Comment by Marc Levy — September 5, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

  9. As Rado Said, it’s not Ebay’s problem. I think the problem is the keywords “car GPS”. Only Few websites are using the keywords “car GPS” or not properly optimised. Not all results at google.ie are from ebay only some of it and in the first place is non-ebay site. I think there is lot of factors that Google uses to rank pages in the Google search results (SERPs).

    Comment by Smaster - Builders — September 7, 2007 @ 9:25 am

  10. It isn’t eBay’s fault… but it sort of is. They’re the ones that use all those weird subdomains. Everyone knows that that’s what you gotta do to gain SERP Real Estate.

    Comment by Bushido — September 10, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

  11. This is nothing to do with Ebay – purely down to Google giving far too much weight to an authority site.

    Comment by Richard Hearne — September 10, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

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