amazonaAmazon has just launched a trial of a new advertising program known as Product Ads. Basically an outside retailer lets Amazon know what products they would like to sell, Amazon then showcases these products in advertisements on relevant pages throughout

While Amazon has long shown other retailer’s products on their pages, these were always still hosted on the Amazon site. The difference here is that any user clicking on these ads will be redirected to that retailer’s site instead.

The key, as ComparisonEngines points out, is that this could very well be the first step towards Amazon creating a full-fledged shopping-based search engine of sorts. Right now Google Product Search and eBay’s are the leaders in this arena, but neither has as much clout in terms of online retail sales as Amazon.

This program is cost-per-click (CPC), so advertisers only pay when a user actually clicks on the advertisement and is diverted to their site.

Just as Google has built AdSense off of providing relevant ads to users, these Product Ads will be extremely relevant to Amazon’s users, as you know anyone browsing Amazon for a product is very likely at least thinking about purchasing it. If ad relevancy is a determining factor of click-through rates, these ads are going to be getting a ton of clicks.


VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member