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Google now pays $5,000 or $100,000 to create Google Gadgets for them.

Discussion in 'Google' started by Ohene, Jun 27, 2007.

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    http://www.google.com/gadgetventures/

    How do you help encourage the growth of a widgets or gadgets ecosystem? Being big is a good, natural start. It has helped people flock to develop Facebook applications or Yahoo Widgets or Google Gadgets, just for exposure to the traffic at these places. But Google wants to encourage with more than traffic. Now it's offering cold hard cash.

    Google Gadget Ventures (site to go live at 6:30pm Pacific) is a new pilot program that will pay developers either $5,000 or $100,000 to create Google Gadgets that prove popular with users.

    "We've seen lots of people develop great applications for gadgets that we wouldn't have thought of or developed ourselves," said Sep Kamvar, who leads personalization engineering at Google. "We wanted to incent developers, and one of the things we had been thinking about was to create an ecosystem so people would invest in their gadgets because it was profitable."

    Explaining further, Kamvar said:

    "AdSense allowed lots of people to quit their jobs and make money from it. We want to make the same economic ecosystem for gadget developers. Our main goal here is to bootstrap an ecosystem where lots of gadget developers can spend time doing what they love, doing great things with their gadgets and make money from them."
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    Grants of $5,000 are the first level of support available to developers. Those that have built gadgets listed in the Google Gadget directory which get at least 250,000 weekly pageviews are eligible to apply. The process involves a one-page proposal explaining how they would use the grant to improve their gadget.

    Those who successfully earn the first level of support can then go on to the higher level of funding -- $100,000 in seed investment. This is designed for the gadget developer with a business plan on how a gadget can actually earn money. The $100,000 investment from Google is meant to help kickstart the development. As explained, it is only available to those developers that have first proven their worth by winning an initial grant.

    At first, the pilot program is not open for general applications. Instead, Google will be contacting selected developers asking for proposals. But then the program should open to public applications in the future.

    Though the larger grant is billed as an investment, Google said the intent was to structure the funding in a way to encourage product development, rather than to be a way for Google itself to earn money off investing in potentially lucrative gadgets.

    "The payoff for us is in more pageviews and users. By getting more users, we get more searches," said Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience.

    via SEL
     
    Ohene, Jun 27, 2007 IP
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  2. sslshopper

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    Wow! I need to learn how to program Gadgets! That would be amazing if a lot of people were able to live off of projects for Google. It seems like the skill set is a lot narrower than working with Adsense but there are still probably quite a few people who could do it.
     
    sslshopper, Jun 27, 2007 IP
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    odin93 Active Member

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    Wow awesome, that is great now another way to make money from teh big G.
     
    odin93, Jun 27, 2007 IP
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    luckyNumber Active Member

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    Hmm, never even heard of Google Gadgets. Best check them out!
     
    luckyNumber, Jun 28, 2007 IP
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    yaffiliate Peon

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    Is it just me or does $5K seam like a very little amount for 250K weekly impressions?

    Don't get me wrong money is money, however, if you annualize it, the CPM on 13 million impressions (52 x 250K) it is less than 39 cents.

    With billions of free cash can't Google afford a little more?
     
    yaffiliate, Jun 28, 2007 IP
  6. Ohene

    Ohene Guest

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    :eek:

    They are part of the iGoogle page
     
    Ohene, Jun 28, 2007 IP
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    EGS Notable Member

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    That's pretty awesome. :D I wish I was a developer. :)
     
    EGS, Jun 28, 2007 IP
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    w3bmaster Notable Member

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    Hmm some guys will make nice money from this
     
    w3bmaster, Jun 28, 2007 IP
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    juanthedj Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Now, it calls for a study on programming or so! Anyone to join me enroll? lol :)
     
    juanthedj, Jun 28, 2007 IP
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    PioneerGold Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking the same thing.

    Wonder why Google is being such a cheapskate about it.

    The traffic has got to be worth more than .39 CPM.
     
    PioneerGold, Jun 28, 2007 IP
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    smalldog Peon

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    http://www.google.com/gadgetventures/faq.html#21

    Ideal for non U.S citizens..
     
    smalldog, Jun 29, 2007 IP
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    trocobob Banned

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    I didnt understund , please can someone explain well to me ..
    what is a gadget ?? exemple ?? and how this can work
    sorry for my stupid question
     
    trocobob, Jun 29, 2007 IP
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    Did you bother to click the link? It's embeddable html code, like a utube video
     
    Ohene, Jun 29, 2007 IP
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    wow.....where to start ?
     
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    DarkX Peon

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    You will need to be a developer. :rolleyes:
    Pretty good amount :D

    These are gadgets http://www.google.com/ig/directory
    if i'm not wrong. :)

    Any good developer here who's gonna email them ? :D

    DarkX
     
    DarkX, Jun 29, 2007 IP
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    i'll start using google web toolkit to create something, who knows perhaps i'll get this 5000$ :)
     
    webhuge, Jun 30, 2007 IP
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    Sorry for bumping up an old thread here, but I didn't want to start a new one for this question.. :)

    Anyone here who have applied for the grant, and have you received any answers yet??
     
    Redleg, Aug 15, 2007 IP
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    LOL, another new topic to study.
     
    Tiffany Hua, Aug 15, 2007 IP
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    I got a great idea for a sweet email widget that would revolutionize email but i have no clue how to code it or make it. if any body is interested in helping me make it pm or email me at
     
    lowboman, Aug 15, 2007 IP
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    Hi,

    I am never heard about google gadget, Can you give some information about google? Expecting your words..:)
     
    Traffic Master, Aug 15, 2007 IP