Google reportedly published and then removed a rough draft on its Google Commerce blog about it soon allowing Google Wallet users to purchase Web content, but 9to5Google was able to grab a cached version of the deleted post.
“Today we are announcing Google Wallet for web content – an experiment designed to help content creators bring more of this high-quality content to the web,” announced the company in the draft. “Google Wallet has several interesting features that help your readers feel comfortable buying your web content.”
A few of the features include:
- Buy web pages individually —Users can buy what they desire with prices ranging from 25 cents to 99 cents.
- Instant Refund if they don’t like the content — Available within 30 minutes of purchasing, but Google is keeping a close eye to prevent excessive refunding.
- Long preview content — Search engines rank articles based on the free preview content, so users should make long previews to rank well.
- Rich obfuscated content —Users can show what is available for purchase in an obfuscated version of the page.
- Single secure payment method — Allows users to buy web content with the same Google Wallet account linked across all Google products.
- Provide perpetual access — Content belongs to a user for forever once bought, and Google even provides an archive service to support perpetual access if website expires.
- Compatible with ads — Allows ads to run alongside preview content, so users can get an ad impression without relying on folks to buy the content.
Googlers Rob Ennals and Pali Bhat of the Google Wallet for Web team also revealed book publisher Pearson, and its subsidiaries Dorling Kindersley and Peachpit, and Oxford University Press are already signed up to sell web content with Google Wallet, while GigaOm and Motely Fool will possibly be ready for launch.
9to5Google contacted Google for a comment and will update if more information is given.