Many people have never heard of Google Base – and if they have, aren’t really sure what it does. This tool, found by logging into your Google profile and clicking on “Base”, allows you to upload all of your content directly into a Google information database.
Google Base gives you full control over your content with its WYSIWYG editor. Unlike many other places where you can distribute content, Google Base allows for unlimited use of anchor text, images, formatting, and even offers stats.
Still, the impact of Google Base is elusive… I’m experimenting with it by posting some articles and press releases on it – mostly for the anchor text, but also to see if Base drives any traffic. There have been a few hits on the content, but nothing to get excited about.
I think where Base will really shine is for home shopping or car shopping or types of shopping where products have lots of attributes. For example, you could use Google to find all 4 bedroom houses with a pool and a 3 car garage in San Diego – rather than going just to one site’s MLS listing. Same with cars – search for all 2004 blue BMW 325i’s within 100 miles of your house instead of going to one site and viewing their listings.
This is a hunch – anyone else have any personal experiences or theories about the direction of Base? Leave a comment and share!