Google Signals The Beginning Of The End For Google Checkout

Written by Evan Schuman
June 8th, 2011

In the alternative E-Commerce payment arena, Google Checkout has proven to be one of those rare missteps from Google—a product launch that has had surprisingly minimal impact in its segment. This week, Google made a move that might very well signal the beginning of the end for Google Checkout. Google Checkout badges—small promotions for the service—have been unceremoniously yanked from AdWords.

An unusually cryptic post on says, “Please be aware that as of June 2011, the Google Checkout badge has been removed from AdWords ads. This change impacts badges that appear on and search results. This includes the standard and promotional Checkout badge for both merchants and non-profits.” Given the absence of any concrete explanation for the move, it’s hard to not interpret it as Google backing away from the service. It’s true that AdWords ads are very small and every character precious, but when Google stops promoting a one-time important service, the tealeaves are not very difficult to read.


2 Comments | Read Google Signals The Beginning Of The End For Google Checkout

  1. Emma Jenkins Says:

    Do you think this is because Google is going to focus more heavily on Google Wallet as a replacement/improvement? At the moment, the (announced) functionality doesn’t have one-for-one overlap, but perhaps they’re just warming up?

  2. Evan Schuman Says:

    It’s certainly possible, but it seems unlikely as they are indeed not very related at all. More likely is that Google Checkout’s own anemic performance–over quite time–is the cause. To be fair, Google Checkout was and is a fine service, but it didn’t have much value-add compared with the other alternative payments (especially PayPal and Bill Me Later). Google marketing also never seemed to really push it.


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