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Classified Ad Bug?? Search seems to have little relevance


Sorina Garrigus
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I am considering canceling most of my classified ads I had out for years now. The issue is the ads that pop up in search all have very very little relevance in many cases. For example I searched my own store by typing Game Store. In Phonenx or other older style viewer searching in the classified tab I am 6 out of the 7 hits that come up. But when I search in the search all table I dont come up AT ALL. The last page there are ads is page 7 so I have been charged for by Linden Labs for services not rendered. Judging on the number of hits I had on my ads it hasnt changed by much at all since last year. I have 9 ads I been paying 51 and nobody is seeing them unless they look at my profile or happen to search in the old system.  To top it off there were classified hits about male escorts in a search for game store and my game store doesnt even come up.

First is there a fix for this or is this how it is. It only shows the top paying ads with disregard to search relevance and your paid for ads don't show at all. Legally speaking it is not legal to have paid services when services are not rendered as it is in this case.

Second who or where would I go to to get the problem fixed and a refund? Business slowed down a bit and this is clearly one of the big reasons why. I don't recall any notices that went out about changes in the classified ad system where some paid for ads just dont show up in searches. Maybe if I paid 100000 for an ad it would but thats kind of obsurd.

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I just calculated that given the amount of views of my ad haven't increase in a year or more ( recall a year and a half ago I was at about 240 and now my main ad is at 245 teleports) I estimated I paid at the very least L$19584 (estimated $80 US dollar value) for pretty much no ads displayed and of course loss of business to boot. 

 

How much would one have to pay to have their ads listed and how much does one have to pay for it to pop up in relevant searches? I was a bit stunned that a search for the words game store which I am the only one except one other wouldnt get my add posted when searching for game stores.

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My profits are small, but they are pretty consistent on a daily basis, at least when LL allows much anything to be delivered.

The key has been to keep all my costs down and provide the maximum number of products.

Basically, if no one can see a product or get it delivered anyway, I don't see any reason to pay to have it seen or delivered.

Think about it.

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I see this a lot and yes, it is sort of borked however, good SEO management does help this a lot.  Some time ago I posted what has worked for me and much like you, my keywords are similar in nature as mine are "Home Lighting".

You may want to read my post on this at: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Commerce-Forums-General/Thank-You-Search-Gods-for-making-it-work-again/m-p/452021#M46163

 

 

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I did an experiment and I changed one of my ads and paid L$1005 for it. I search for the words Game Tower (My place is called Celestial Game Tower) and two pages come up in search but my classified is no where to be seen. I search game store and my classified finally shows up on page 10. I then tried searching for "game store" with the quotes and imy L$1005 ad didnt come up at all but some of my L$51 ads did. I think because store was in the title of the ad of the cheap one where game store was in the bulk of the ad.  Problem seems to be they tweaked the search not to favor relevance.

But the regular (non ad)  search comes up just fine and I am one of the top hits typically if searching for Game store. So if seems to me if they use the same search routines they do for the ads they do for search and then list them in order of how much paid in it would make more sense. It seemed it use to be like that.

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I agree but it didnt use to be that way the ad searches use to be more relevant than they are now. Low overhead is a good way to go if you can do it. My overhead is pretty high compared to when I started on a small 1024 lot years ago. but lately I been doing decent from my other income sources outside my store.

I been trying to find good ways to get people take advantage of the games I have out in my store to come and bring friends to play and which with luck some might purchase. That was in part what my ad was written to try to do. I will let the ad run for a bit, see what kind of results it produces. its had some hits maybe one a day on average for teleports but I think anything less than $3000 your pretty much are having ads that arent being seen in a lot of cases

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