Google Makes Online Stores Incredibly Simple

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Update: Google has now introduced a gadget wizard for the Store Gadget. The company says:

Today, we’re excited to introduce a new feature for the store gadget: a wizard that streamlines the store creation process. By automating the manual steps in the original instruction guide, the new store gadget wizard should leave you with even more time to focus on your business.

More details here.

Original Article: Google Labs has launched an interesting new gadget that allows users to create a Google Checkout store in gadget form to use on their blog or web site. According to Google the process is as simple as three easy steps:

1. Sign up for a Google Checkout account

2. Fill out a Google Docs Spreadsheet

3. Set up and insert you gadget

Sounds easy enough. Easily create an online store using a Google Docs spreadsheet. Interesting indeed. "No complicated coding or technical tasks are required," says Google on the gadget’s homepage. "You can get your first online store up-and-running in under five minutes."

As business owners and non-business owners alike look to sell stuff online to make some extra money in a less than ideal economy, a simple way of setting up a store can be just the ticket. With this gadget, once users sign up for Google Checkout, they can list their products in the spreadsheet and manage their inventory right in Google Docs.

The gadget itself can be embedded anywhere, which could be incredibly useful, particularly to those sellers who operate more than one site. In fact, online business owners are often encouraged to blog. Wouldn’t it make sense to have the store embedded right on the blog, for easy access? I think it would in many cases.

The gadget comes in three different sizes – large, small, and tiny. Here is how they look in comparison to one another:

Google Store Gadget

Google Store Gadget

  Google Store Gadget

When it comes to making the spreadsheet available to customers, you can do this by clicking "share" in the upper right-hand corner in Google Docs Spreadsheets. Then you choose "publish as a web page" from the drop down menu, and make sure that the "automatically re-publish when changes are made" option is checked. Then just click "start publishing".

If you have any trouble using it, Google runs down the whole process here. They have also set up a Google Checkout store gadget forum.

It should be noted that this gadget being a project of Google Labs means that it is still in the experimental stage. Does that mean you can’t use it? Of course not. Let’s not forget that Gmail just left its "beta" status this year. But with the gadget being a lab, just know that it could have bugs.

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  • http://www.andromedical.com Andromedical

    We are based in Spain and we have been actually waiting for this Google Merchant Account to be accesible for other countries than USA/UK why does it seems that Google is always focusing on those markets when it comes to applications.

    Europe is a very big market and its growing in this e-commerce, SEO, SEM fields very fast…so thay why the lag??

  • http://pakspire.com Pakistan

    Google Checkout is only available in US and UK, what a shame!

  • http://www.independentcomputerconsultant.com computer consultant

    Sounds very interesting and easy to use. Will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.corporateessentials.com.au/ Gary

    this could be good for shopping for promotional products

  • http://www.homesolarpowersystems.org Home Solar Power Systems

    This would be good for shopping for promotional products. We hope everyone would jump onto Google checkout as at first it seemed easy to buy from and it also provided free merchant services. PayPal is much better and easier. We are pretty much with all the support we are going to get.

  • http://offlinetutorials.110mb.com Fro

    Looking forward to use it on. Try a spin to sell some products.

  • http://www.tabletennisdb.com Table Tennis Database

    When will Google let Canadians open a store? This is ridiculous.

  • http://www.tmdesigner.it/ Tmdesigner

    Promotional time for online store! nice one

  • http://www.latterkursus.dk/latterkonsulent.htm Ejvind

    It’s really annoying to see that always the bigger countries are getting the best choices. Living outside US or UK, makes it impossible to sign up for this service.

  • http://www.bespokejewellery.net Deb

    Using Paypal and Cubecart at the moment but think I will give this a try as it looks a good product.

  • http://www.guaranteedunsecuredcreditcard.com/ Terry

    You know this may not be such a bad thing google is trying .with all the recent changes with ebay this could be a nice alternative.

  • http://www.bikeshopcastlehill.com.au Home Solar Power Systems

    Google, Moving ahead in technology!

  • http://www.alldressforms.com/ Mannequin-Lady

    Collection agencies – very observant! LOL

    Chris – excellent article and heads-up. I needed a reminder of this, having viewed all the Google Gadgets when you first mentioned this.

    Chris again – this captcha is funny! If we don’t know how to add, we’re really in trouble! LOL!


  • http://www.yiwuen.com/ yiwu

    yes google always make life easy.

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