Spamming Google search is old news. How about spamming Amazon? I was recently doing some Amazon shopping and decided to check how bargain hunter friendly the website is. So I entered a few terms that popped up in my mind not really expecting much (why would Amazon want to promote discounted products? ;-)) but what I discovered totally threw me out of track. Take a look for example at these results to the search term “coupon”:
The first positions are dominated by Body Stocking products from Leg Avenue, Body Wrappers, and Nyteez. I checked a few related keywords and these same items persistently take the lead.
I don’t have a clear explanation to this phenomena right now. One thing I know is that last summer Amazon introduced new feature called “Search Suggestions” which makes it possible for customers to influence search results (here is the press release).
Have search results been really spammed or is it some sort of software bug?
Update 8/1: Just found an interesting side effect. These products don’t only show in Amazon search results. You can see them on amazon widgets embedded on other sites. Take a look for example at the widget I embedded below for a test. By design it is supposed to be context sensitive. Can you see the same long legged girls? I would assume there are thousands of these widgets out there making nice profits to whoever sells these products.