Introducing Google Checkout

Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 11:21 AM

For you webmasters that manage sites that sell online, we'd like to introduce you to one of our newest products, Google Checkout. Google Checkout is a checkout process that you integrate with your site(s), enabling your customers to quickly buy from you by providing only a single username and password. From there, you can use Checkout to charge your customers' credit cards and process their orders.

Users of Google's search advertising program, AdWords, get the added benefit of the Google Checkout badge and free transaction processing. The Google Checkout badge is an icon that appears on your AdWords ads and improves the effectiveness of your advertising by letting searchers know that you accept Checkout. Also, for every $1 you spend on AdWords, you can process $10 of Checkout sales for free. Even if you don't use AdWords, you can still process sales for a low 2% and $0.20 per transaction. So if you're interested in implementing Google Checkout, we encourage you to learn more.

If you're managing the sites of other sellers, you might want to sign up for our merchant referral program where you can earn cash for helping your sellers get up and running with Google Checkout. You can earn $25 for every merchant you refer that processes at least 3 unique customer transactions and $500 in Checkout sales. And you can earn $5 for every $1,000 of Checkout sales processed by the merchants you refer. If you're interested, apply here.

Congratulations! You've discovered botcoins, a new currency for webmasters! You can use botcoins for your daily searches, even without typing anything! (100 botcoins = 1 free search). To redeem your botcoins, simply find a Google Search Team member in person, hand over your botcoin certificate, and request your query. The Googler will then make the search for you. Note: Googler may ignore you or choose to search for a different phrase or topic if they are in a bad mood. And, currently no mining opportunities are provided for botcoins.