Monday, April 14, 2008

Best Match in Retreat!

Scot Wingo posted about eBay sellers "hacking" Best Match last Friday and shortly after that post, eBay's Best Match search results were once again sorted by "ending soonest".

As of this morning, it looks like some of the Best Match sorting has returned, but not keyword relevance. "Ending soonest" seems to have the most weight in the sorting algorithm. I'm sure they are working on a fix for the "hack" and will be restoring "Keyword Relevance" shortly.

As I said in an earlier post, sellers are always looking for an advantage, so this will not be the last time they "hack" Best Match. I'll keep you posted with more information as I get it.

Just my 12%

2 comments:

Tony P. said...

A funny thing happened on the way to the kill-the-keywords algorithm; ebay stuck in a hidden Best Match routine, to everyone's settings.

The "Customize" options for the search/browse pages has had two individual options for the display settings, for quite a while. After this last BM 'outage', the Browse setting is now set for Best Match.

That means that the Sort setting may show Ending Soonest, etc. on the page you're looking at, but the actual sort will be Best Match. You will have to go into your Customize settings and set the Browse option.

But Wait! It gets even better. Chances are that you won't see a separate option for the Browse setting; you will have to click on the link that states: "Create a separate Browse function".

Only then will you see that Best Match is your chosen form of sorting when browsing. If nothing else, ebay is darned clever. ;-)


"uh, we still give you an option... you just gotta find it!"

Tony P. said...

To clarify:

"The "Customize" options for the search/browse pages has had two individual options for the display settings, for quite a while."


The two 'option settings' for display pages are Browse and Search.