Google to Shake Up SEO With Ecommerce Gadget

Widgets are becoming the norm on social networks, blogs, and start pages. Google has just released their version of an ecommerce widget (which they call a gadget) for the iGoogle start page and everywhere else that can take a snippet of code. It was announced on the Google Checkout blog.

Now, this is not what I would classify as an ecommerce gadget. You cannot conduct a transaction, but it is a good indication of what Google has in mind.

Currently, it simply displays a product with an image, name, mini-description, price, and merchant name. It also shows a handful of other similar products from select Google Checkout merchants in a carousel scroller. It’s more an advertising gadget.

 

Here is the kicker: when going to add this Google Checkout gadget it asks if I’d like to see this gadget on google.com

Google checkout Gadget

Could this mean we will soon see ecommerce gadgets right ON Google search results? I’d say yes. There is nothing preventing Google from developing out the gadget to be fully transactional, especially with Google Checkout as the transactional engine. We already know they are serving up gadgets for things like weather.

Google weather gadget

What does this mean for online retailers?

      All your hard work getting to the top of Google SERPs may be all for nothing as Google Checkout merchants will likely have prominent visibility in the form of a gadget
      You will recognize the opportunity to leapfrog competitors by getting on the Google Checkout train
      You will have to learn how to optimize for Google ecommerce gadgets in addition to organic listings
      It will be part of AdWords and likely be a pay-for-performance delivery medium
      Nothing. Google will ‘not be evil’ and figure out a way to index merchants products regardless of Google Checkout status and include them in gadgets. (Highly Unlikely)
      Nothing. I have read too much into this and Google will never try to close the loop on ecommerce transactions – selling ads AND product on the same page. (Highly Unlikely)

There it is, the Google Checkout ecommerce gadget. What do you think? Will this change everything we know about SEO for ecommerce? Is this a huge opportunity of which you are eagerly waiting to take advantage? Is it nothing?

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6 Responses to “Google to Shake Up SEO With Ecommerce Gadget”

  1. FYI says:

    Google as a whole is not good for small business any longer. It’s a black box designed to extract as much money as possible from small business while giving back as little value as possible. This piece explains why Adwords is something to be skeptical about: “Why Google Adwords is Not Helpful to Small Business” http://smartstartup.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/07/a-fable-doing-b.html

  2. I have to disagree with your sentiments about Google (as a whole) not being good for small businesses. They have been and are the ultimate equalizer. How many other vendors give away top notch tools like Google Analytics? In regards to AdWords; yes, it is more difficult and expensive to rule the roost, but there is still plenty of opportunity if a small retailer is not focusing on keywords like ‘cameras’. The long tail and micro-niches are where they will find success. If it is risk you are referring to, yes, there is risk in depending on any single acquisition channel.

  3. Jason, I just noticed this in the SERPs. For product searches (like laptop bags) you see options underneath Google’s logo: Web Products

    And you can see “All Items” or just “Google Checkout” items.

    Essentially Google has become a comparison engine! No wonder they recently scrapped Froogle.

  4. [...] On the heels of last weeks discovery that Google released an ecommerce gadget (and my “speculation” that there may be an introduction of the gadget into Universal [...]

  5. This is good for those of us selling through Google Checkout :) However I can’t see me being compelled to buy something every time I load up my google home page.

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