This is feedback, not an idea.
I am unbelievably disappointed in Bing Shopping/Ads. (I have been in marketing for 9 years just so you understand I have an idea of what I'm talking about).
I have a relatively new e-commerce website
I do not have any other paid source of traffic going to my site other than Bing Shopping Feed.
A few days after my feed is up and running ($25/day budget) I start noticing a surge in traffic on my site, but no sales and no sign ups (I have an exit intent pop up with a coupon).
I get 4 days of similar traffic, only 4 products are getting the clicks (I have 144 products on my site), and on day 5 my traffic is back where it was before.
I hadn't checked my Bing Ads campaign this whole time - so I take a look. Well that explains the traffic.
Conveniently, 4 days at $25/day adds up to my $100 of free advertising coupon. Day 5 I've used $101 and my traffic is back to where it was before.
So to me it's as plain as day that Bing is manipulating the clicks. I have attached a screen shot of my traffic from my Bing Ads account - just to prove my point.
I'm really horrified. Not surprised though. You and Google can do this all day long and no one is the wiser. Except when you have sites like mine that are relatively new with no other sources of paid traffic - it's obvious what happened.
It's a shopping feed, it's not an Ad - it's not like I have control over the content. It makes no sense that only 4 of my products are getting unusually high clicks (and not popular products either), and the traffic only pops for 4 days... duh!
I would like a response on this - mostly to rectify the situation. I don't want you to me tell that you don't to this type of thing, because I don't and I won't buy it. I mean why wouldn't you, you have all the control and most people wouldn't know what to look for or what to attribute it to. What a racket.
Lori Moore commented
How am I supposed to trust your platform going forward?