Google Checkout Badges For AdWords Ads To Be Removed Imminently!
On google.com at least anyway – and google.co.uk will follow shortly no doubt…
*Update – 2nd June 7:11 am BST – I can confirm they have now disappeared from google.co.uk search results.*
Here is an email from Google :-
Please be aware that beginning on June 2, 2011, the Google Checkout badge will no longer appear on your ads on Google search results.
We’re making this change to improve the user experience on Google search results pages.
For more information, please visit https://checkout.google.com/support/sell/bin/answer.py?answer=1323905
The Google Checkout Team
© 2011 Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Checkout account.
I thought this was some sort of elaborate joke at first – but the Google link in the email is genuine.
Thanks for the 3 hours of notice Google ! :-(
This is a real kick in the teeth for all those e-commerce sites that went through the painful process of implementing Google Checkout and jumping through all the hoops required to get these badges!
This really really beggars belief…
Obviously this has been done to make room for ‘Plus One’ buttons. Well Google, I hope it was worth it when you find that millions of e-commerce sites remove the Google Checkout option tomorrow!
By the way – you can now permanently erase the following post about how great Google Checkout is from your memories!
AND – furthermore – from now on, when sending out electronic invoices to clients, I will make sure I always use Paypal rather than Google Checkout!