To great fanfare and presumably at great cost Google launched boutiques.com, their potential rival to eBay, or as they put it:
Boutiques.com is a personalized shopping experience, brought to you by Google, that lets you find and discover fashion goods through a collection of boutiques curated by taste-makers — celebrities, stylists, designers, and fashion bloggers. Boutiques uses visual technology to help fashionistas discover and shop their look and creates the opportunity for designers to showcase their collections and latest inspirations online
Firstly I noticed that despite getting top fashion bloggers on board to develop shops, they don’t have the good grace to follow the links out to them. Over here with Karla of Karlas Closet shop, you’ll notice that the link to karlascloset.com is nofollow. Surely if Google have recruited someone to create a shop they must trust them? The great and the good Google can’t be hoarding page rank can they?
On site SEO can still make a massive difference. I was recently building out a Stocking Fillers website, and in my research I noticed that a site went from number ten in the serps one day, to number one the next.
The difference seemed to be that they previously had the https version indexed.
The reason for their increase in ranking could be:
They are no longer splitting the page rank / link equity to two versions of the URL.
The https is slower to load and if Google are indexing that, it can impact the rankings.
But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.
In many ways it reminded me of a product called Groove that was ulitmately bought and pretty much shelved by Microsoft as they incorporated some of the technology into Office products, and also I’m reminded of Scrybe.
They were all technically very clever and did interesting things but with tech driven development we sometimes get great solutions in search of a problem.
I was delighted to be given an early Beta pass and just wanted to take a moment to thank them for the invite.
Naturally I have been playing a little with the search engine and have adapted my serps bookmarklet with a Blekko friendly version. As their service is beta, the bookmarklet is bound to break as they adjust things. Please leave a comment below if you find a problem.