A couple of sort-of noteable things that didn't make it into our story from earlier today.
Neither a merchant's participation/non-participation or user ratings (enabled by the system) will impact the way their AdWords ads are ranked, Google told me. (But, as Chris Sherman notes, if users show a preference for clicking on ads with the little shopping cart icons, this may positively impact participating advertisers' rankings.)
There are no plans, at this time, for integrating Checkout with AdWords in such a way to enable cost-per-action pricing for AdWords. This despite a much-buzzed-about CPA ad test. "We haven't been focused on CPA at this point in time," Benjamin Ling, Checkout's lead product manager, told me.
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Pamela Parker is a former managing editor of ClickZ News, Features, and Experts. She's been covering interactive advertising and marketing since the boom days of 1999, chronicling the dot-com crash and the subsequent rise of the medium. Before working at ClickZ, Parker was associate editor at @NY, a pioneering Web site and e-mail newsletter covering New York new media start-ups. Parker received a master's degree in journalism, with a concentration in new media, from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.