This was the first time i had a lot of similar listings in my ArtFire studio. They are my Birthstone Angels. I listed them almost identical one another, only changed the birth months & colors in my descriptions.Â
RESULT: to my horror only 2 or 3 out of 12 that came up on Google & Google Shopping search! Even when I search for February birthstone for example, April listing showed up instead of the February Angel! I was pretty frustrated!!
Time for a Change.
So I asked advice in the forum and they advised me to mix the
title & description up a bit. I did by scrambling my descriptions
from ABCDE to ADECB - BADCE - etc. I also changed the wording at the
first paragraph as much as I could to make them different. I also only
left the exact month info about the birthstone instead of having all Jan - Dec
info pasted on each listing.
few days later, all of my listings can be found on the first page of
Google search with a simple search phrase "birthstone angels". Ever since I updated my descriptions I saw more incoming traffic for my Birthstone Angels.
NOTE TOÂ SELF:
1. Do NOT copy listings. It's bad for Google searches. Yes, it has been told so many times before but you gotta experience it yourself to get it in your brain.
2. You do NOTÂ need to add the top category of your listing to
your tag cos AF has added it. This is to avoid keyword stuffing. i.e: I'm posting my stuffs in Jewelry top
category. AF added the word Jewelry & Artfire in
my tags. Check your page source to be sure. On your listing page, right
click, slect View Page Source. Find the meta data for your tags.
I don't know how different Google requires your listings to be but
be as different as possible. The easy way is to scramble your
description like my example above.
Please share your experience too if you have something similar happened to you :)
NOTE: This experiment was conducted in mid 2010. Google may have changed its algorithm since then so it's best that you do your own experiments to get the best result that suit you.