Google Checkout Desperation

I went to login to my Google Checkout account today. For some reason instead of clicking on my bookmark, I did a search for Google Checkout and clicked on the link. Something really caught my eye with the Google Checkout listing in Google.

Google Checkout

Google doesn’t even have their own listing as the title for Google Checkout in the SERPS. They are advertising an auction company (hibidder.com) in the title of the Google Checkout listing.

Andy Beal recently blogged about Google Checkout taking a dive after their $10 and $30 coupons went away. Coincidentally I had commented about how Paypal was able to get very large only because of the wide use of eBay, and that without a site like eBay, Google Checkout would have a hard time catching on. It looks to me that Google may be thinking the same thing, and that they are trying to get users away from ebay and onto sites that support their own payment system.

I cant believe that Google would do something this seemingly desperate. In addition to this, it also looks like they had manually changed their title in the SERPS, as nowhere in the Google Checkout Homepage does any of the altered title text appear.

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  1. […] Paypal pays Google money to smack Google Checkout in the face Published by wiseassoffice May 1st, 2007 in Interesting and Funny and Google. Google seems to be taking it on the chin today. First their iGoogle.com services went crazy killing people’s perfectly arranged main (ig) pages. Then everyone mocked them because of their add of a “i” in front of Google, (come on guys this is not the nineties). Now Paypal is taking their turn, before when doing a search for Google Checkout, they weren’t even number one. Now Paypal is the number one pay result where they claim that you can “Improve Your Customers’ Experience”. Which since you are doing a search on Google Checkout implies that Google’s customer experience sucks. It must be a bad day for Google when you take money from Paypal to smack you in the face. […]

  2. john parsons 6 May, 2007

    It is amazing. There’s no real reaxon to use Google Checkout anymore. I’ve discovered a service called PaidByCash — they allow you to pay cash for your online purchases. Don’t have to use my personal credit cards online and no risk of identity theft.

  3. ahmed 11 May, 2007

    i think google checkout is great but it is limited to some uk and usa only.

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