Robert Wilson over at the Job Search Engine Guide advised us on his blog today that Google quietly made their experimental “Jump Pages” that we spoke about here, OPTIONAL.
For a short amount of time, job seekers on Google Base would first land on a “jump page” containing “more details” about the job before they could continue on to the actual destination URL.
While most would see the removal of these pages as a good move – I had predicted that Google was heading in the direction of offering more of a yellow pages/directory product, utilizing the jump pages to upsell functionality such as mapping and video capabilities. Apparently I was wrong (or at least premature). After the whole NYTimes / JobCentral debacle – it seems to get harder everyday to predict how Google is planning to make money with their classified ads offering!