Nextag Optimization

Nextag is one of the leading shopping comparison engine (CSE) existed since 1999, which offers true price comparison by providing overall price comparison including shipping and tax based on shopper's geographic location. According to Channel Advisor, Nextag held 18.2% market share in June 2010 in the shopping comparison market with over 17 million visitors each month. Research also shows as many as 45% of all shoppers use shopping comparison engines to find a best price before committing to purchase a product.

Nextag operates on a cost per click (CPC) model with predetermined minimum bids for each product category. By listing products on Nextag, a merchant can increase traffic and improve visibility within comparison search engines as well as utilize 3rd party ratings and reviews.

To produce best results on Nextag, you'll need to build a data feed file that aligns with Nextag's recommendation. The following bullet points are some of the key recommendation offered by Nextag. Comparison Shopping Engine Optimization is constant modification of the feed file for best performance, and Nextag is no different than other CSEs in the market.

1. Category Mapping to Nextag Taxonomy

One of the biggest challenge in creating an optimized data feed is mapping your shopping cart category to CSE's category. Incorrectly mapped products may appear in a wrong category, and could be charged higher minimum bid amounts in addition to drawing non-targeted traffic. (1) By mapping your shopping cart category to Nextag taxonomy, you'll ensure that the products included in the data feed are listed correctly in the Nextag shopping engine. (2) By including Product UPC or Manufacturer and MPN (manufacturer's part number) pair, the included product will be assigned to the appropriate category in many CSEs. (3) Adding keywords that describe your product in the product description will also help visitors find your product easier as CSEs such as Nextag offers product filters in the advanced search form.

2. Product and Category Level Bidding

As outlined in CSE Optimization, overbidding products or categories may not always produce best results but it's worthwhile giving it a try to determine if bidding higher in certain product or category will improve the overall result. Nextag allows product and category level price bidding. Product level bidding can be achieved by adding a column in a data feed, or through the merchant UI offered by Nextag. Category level bidding is only available through Merchant UI. Nextag offers max CPC and fixed price CPC bidding. If product level bids are above the category minimum they take precedence over category level bids

3. Use Promotional Text

Nextag allows "Marketing Message" to be included in the data feed, which enables the merchant to add short promotional text along with their product listing. The Marketing Message program allows the merchant to display a text message up to 40 characters in length with a product listing. This may be done on the product or category level. You may use "Marketing Message" program to offer Free Shipping, Rebate or Coupon offers. You bid on the placement of the text. Bids start at five cents on top of any Rank CPC bid or category minimum.

4. Add Merchant Logo

Another option offered by Nextag is the ability to display Merchant Logo next to the product listing. The extra CPC cost for logo inclusion ranges from five to ten cents depending on the category.

5. Become a Trusted Seller

Nextag grants Trusted Seller Status to merchants meeting all criteria preset by Nextag. Make sure you qualify for this program, and ask Nextag to approve you as a trusted seller by emailing them at [email protected].

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