New Advertising Scheme by eBay

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eBay announced that they will allow sellers to pay for promoted listings when they list an item for sale in order to get the listing some extra exposure. Sellers already pay eBay insertion fees to get their items listed in the marketplace. This new advertising program doesn’t sit well with sellers because they already lose sales due to the sponsored links and other ads shown in the listing description and at the footer of the seller’s listing. Sellers are angry because their listing already do not show in Google Search. So why would sellers pay for promoted listings when their items are loaded into an iFrame and not indexed to Google? There is more detail on the Promoted Listings at eBay’s website.

Google Search bots do not crawl iFrames

I also want to direct your attention to this new eBay forums posting Makes you think twice about paying eBay up front to list your item. The placing of additional ads on seller’s pages for advertising makes for a mixed bag of sour grapes.