Over the last year or so there have been a few comments and blog posts about Google Vehicle Search in Google Base. There are lots of vehicles listed in Google Base and you can search these vehicles using the Vehicle Search page.
This week I have been seeing these results show up in a regular Google search. While doing research on selling one of my older cars I noticed that typing in the Year, Make and Model brought up a new link for the Vehicles Search on the Google Search results page.
I really liked this option. Without jumping to a bunch of car sites I can get a quick idea of the current selling price of a vehicle. Most of the vehicles listed were posted by Cars.com which is an excellent Car database site, so the quality of the search results were pretty good.
Not sure why, but the results are not showing up consistently. I have tried several different cars and the Vehicles link does not always show up, even for the same car.
Just a note, if you think Blog and Website flipping is something new, Cars and Houses have had a pretty good “flipping” market for years and years. I personally think Car flipping is the easiest of the 3.
It is easy to get tunnel vision when working. One thing to remember is there is a lot going on out there beyond your Niche and it is beneficial to be proactive.
Years ago I worked in retail as a district manager. We had stores in malls and I had a simple rule for employees. Park at the opposite entrance of the mall. Why?
Awareness. Walking through the mall on the way to the store was a great way to see what was going on in other stores and the mall itself. I saw a lot of good and creative ideas come from this practice.
This rule applies to the Internet. If you are trying to have a successful site on the Internet you need to be aware of what else is going on around you and your visitors. It helps to know a little about what others are doing in your market, and it is also beneficial to look beyond your niche. The easiest way to do this is with RSS Subscriptions, Newsletters and Email Alerts. I have sites in several niches, and I subscribe and monitor blogs and people way beyond those niches. Some of the best information I see is where I would have least expected it.
Subscribe to blogs outside your niche and you might be surprised what kind of ideas you can pick up.