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Anyone tried Google Checkout?

Postby Sandra » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:49 pm

I just discovered Google Checkout Google's (improved) version of Paypal. Plus when you advertise on Adwords you can get free processing:

For every $1 you spend on AdWords, you can process $10 in sales for free. For sales that exceed this amount or if you don't use AdWords, you can process them at a low 2% and $0.20 per transaction.


My first impression is that it would be great...would just require some technical integration with the shopping cart and autoresponders OR just use Buy Now buttons just like on Paypal. Plus the name recognition of Google lends an air of credibility.

Has anyone used Google Checkout?
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Postby midwestmedia » Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:35 pm

I signed up for Google Checkout on the first day it was available and have to admit that I haven't done much with it since. I felt that the restrictions on what could be sold with it were, well, restrictive to say the least. I run a membership site, and if I remember correctly, membership sites were not allowed under their TOS.

I don't use PayPal either, mostly due to my own run-ins with the Uber Gods of PayPal who seem to decide on a whim whether you get your money or not, but also due to fear that I will become too dependent on one processor. For now, I use 2Checkout and so far am really happy, but I have to admit that if Google Checkout would allow membership sites, I would be all over it....especially for the reduced fees due to purchasing Adwords ads, which I do anyway.

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This man is an expert on Google Checkout

Postby Paul Glowiak » Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:03 pm

Nick Temple is an expert when it comes to Google checkout. You can find his site at Nick Temple's Google checkout Secrets. I get nothing for this, since I have learned a lot from Lynn :D, so this one is a freebie.
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Postby Warren Contreras » Mon Jul 31, 2006 8:03 am

midwestmedia wrote:I have to admit that if Google Checkout would allow membership sites, I would be all over it....especially for the reduced fees due to purchasing Adwords ads, which I do anyway.

Hi Jen,

So why not think outside the box?

If you picked up a few Private Label Rights products and offered one to each of your members for the same fee that you charge now, then gave them free entrance to your membership site it would solve the problem.

You are selling a digital product to satisfy Google's requirements and you are giving your members a nice bonus without much expense to you at all. In fact, your savings from Google could finance the bonuses.

I do a similar thing with a downline program I promote and send each subscriber to my Ebay Store to pick a free product once each month they renew. The incidental sales from Ebay traffic pay for my Ebay expenses.

I take this one step further and bought a program I use to make them Brandable so my customers can use them to promote their own website.

Just a thought,
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Postby Sandra » Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:09 am

Thanks for the replies. For those who are interested Sitepoint published a good article on the topic today: [url=http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2006/aug/14.html]
Google checkout[/url]

After researching Google Checkout more I decided not to use it though. It does not automatically integrate with 1shoppingcart. They have plans to add it but no indication on when that will be.

I have to manually approve about half of the paypal purchases in 1SC so I imagine GC would be about the same. That is not a big deal if you are selling physical products, but for digital downloads it is. People want their download immediately after purchase. So I just went with a new merchant account.

For those who are selling physical products and using Adwords GC would be a good option though. Maybe someday it will work for my situation. I'd love to get the free payment processing!
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Postby JamesFry » Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:29 am

"Nick Temple's Google Checkout Secrets" certainly is not cheap. $197 just to find out how to use Google Checkout!
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Postby jaidai » Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:42 pm

Sandra wrote:Thanks for the replies. For those who are interested Sitepoint published a good article on the topic today: [url=http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2006/aug/14.html]
Google checkout[/url]

After researching Google Checkout more I decided not to use it though. It does not automatically integrate with 1shoppingcart. They have plans to add it but no indication on when that will be.

I have to manually approve about half of the paypal purchases in 1SC so I imagine GC would be about the same. That is not a big deal if you are selling physical products, but for digital downloads it is. People want their download immediately after purchase. So I just went with a new merchant account.

For those who are selling physical products and using Adwords GC would be a good option though. Maybe someday it will work for my situation. I'd love to get the free payment processing!


Sandra,
I have an option that is better than 1shopping cart for you. Why don't you use the free shopping cart software - CubeCart. It allows digital downloads and works with pretty much all gateways including paypal. You won't have to manually approve your digital orders. And if you are using 1shoppingcart for it affiliate program abilities, spend what you would for 2 months on 1shopping cart and purchase idevaffiliate software. This way you will save yourself about $1000 in your first year.

We originally were going to go with 1shoppingcart, but decided it didn't have the features we needed. the cubecart/idevaffiliate combination worked better for us, had more features and was cheaper in the long run.

It is pretty simple to set up the shopping cart. And if you think it would be difficult, I will give you a discount on setting it up.

You can check out cubecart here. You can check out idevaffiliate here.
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Postby Sandra » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:33 pm

I have looked into Cube Cart and it does have great features. The only thing I could not figure out was getting the cart to smoothly integrate into the look and feel of the website. With 1SC you can just create buy now buttons that when clicked will add items to the cart. Does Cube Cart have that ability?
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