Product CTR’s on Comparison Shopping Engines – Google Shopping

I have a soft-spot for comparison shopping engines (CSE’s). I think they are a great medium for e-commerce websites to be able to use to get their products to their consumers. Google is always working to give the searcher the most relevant result as fast as possible, and Google Shopping (as well as other CSE’s) are an easy way for users looking to buy, to cut out all results that won’t lead them to a shopping cart.

Using CSE’s for our e-commerce clients allows us to reach a target market that is ready to make a purchase. I’ve always put an emphasis on loading data feeds frequently to various CSE’s to ensure the most up-to-date information is available to the searchers. But I take it further by providing as much detail as possible about all the products I am posting. I will spend time analyzing the results pages of CSE’s in order to work toward having my client’s products show up. However, having my client’s product listings appear is only half the battle – I want the users to click on the result as well.

By leveraging titles, images and other product details, I work to improve the click-through rates (CTR’s) of their listings. Recently, I realized that there is even more I can do in Google Shopping to increase CTR’s – optimizing the individual product descriptions!

Although it is not the default setting while using the iPad, many searchers using Google Shopping on their iPad have the ability to see product descriptions in the listings before they click on the result. This means that you can optimize the product descriptions and give more information about your product to increase their likelihood of clicking your result and buying.

See the image below from Distilled’s recent blog posting “Guide to Google’s New Tablet Search“.


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6 thoughts on “Product CTR’s on Comparison Shopping Engines – Google Shopping”

  1. Hey Kelly –
    Good post here and thanks for linking back to my blog post on Distilled!

    I think this is one of the best takeaways from the new tablet search. I definitely think that optimizing these descriptions will help with CTRs, same as meta descriptions on websites.


    1. Hi Doherty…I mean John ;-)

      I’m glad you agree – just because some meta information doesn’t necessarily impact rankings, doesn’t mean they should be forgotten!
      Now I just have to get a tablet so I can continue my own tablet SERP analysis!


      1. Well said Kelly… I mean…

        Just a tip…if you’re doing SEO on a site with sitelinks…figure out how to get a good description showing for the sitelinks. Now that Google has expanded to 12 sitelinks, I bet this will drastically increase CTRs too.

        Have fun :-)

  2. Enticing post Allie. From that photo, it looks like the very beginning of the product description is even more important than the whole, since all of those descriptions get cut off. I’m going to put this knowledge into practice, thanks.

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