Lee Odden

Google Builds Pages

Lee Odden     Google, Marketing Industry News

Who hasn’t covered Google’s latest bid to take over the internet, Google Page Creator?

Lowdown: Easy to use, 100 mb of space, requires Google account, url is like: toprank.googlepages.com/home, differs from blogger in that this is for static pages and blogger is for journal entries. Seems like Geocities all over again.

Also, here’s some coverage of the coverage:

  • A thread at WebmasterWorld discusses the ease of use as well as accessibility issues similar to Gmail.
  • David Utter at WebProNews gets in on the action and points out how Google Page Creator takes the wind out of Microsoft Office Live Beta and the interesting message you get if you use another browser besides MSIE or Firefox.
  • Loren Baker of Search Engine Journal comments on how Google Page Creator fits in with Google’s plan for world domination. Well, maybe not that, but at least Google’s efforts to acquire and host user content.
  • Threadwatch offers this link to Digital Inspiration which offers screen shots.
  • Chris Sherman at Search Engine Watch had the benefit of communicating directly with the Google Pages Creator Product Manager, Justin Rosenstein who says the service was the result of frustration he experienced when friends or family members wanted to create web sites but were stymied by technical challenges. The new Google offering is another in a long line of 20% projects developed by Google engineers.
  • Nik Cubrilovic at TechCrunch adds his commmentary and compares to other web page creation and CMS systems.
  • Matt Cutts offers a great array of screen shots.
  • and many more.

Hey Jim, I couldn’t help it with the post title. I wonder if “We Build Pages” will get any ancillary web traffic from the similarity of the “Google Pages” name?

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. I thought about making the GeoCities observation in my article, then I thought “someone will do that in a blog somewhere.” Heh.

  2. Not long after it’s launch, it goes down. 🙁

  3. The GeoCities thing kinda shows our age, doesn’t it David?

    Thomas, looks like it’s back up.

    Hey Jim, You know you’re a “cool SEO” when Google names a product after you. 😉

  4. That’s a good point Bill. If creating posts on Blogger was as easy as making a page with Google Pages Creator, that would be a very nice improvement. Anyone at Google listening?

  5. HEHE – LMAO – I’ll admit that your wording drew me right in and had me thinking exactly what you said at the end.

  6. Avatar BillSaysThis says

    Wonder why they didn’t call it gPages. More seriously, why didn’t they spend the resources making Blogger better and more suited for this kind of use?

  7. Lee, you’re exactly right. Being able to remember GeoCities as a stand-alone site, Hotmail when it ran on Solaris before Microsoft bought it, and Yahoo when it had a grey background and two columns of directory links, means being really old in Internet time, doesn’t it?

    I feel so old 🙂

  8. Stop, stop. You’re making me think of things like Prodigy and NetCruiser.

  9. Prodigy? Bah. That’s like remembering GNN or CompuServe pre-AOL. If this doesn’t have you crying into your beer, nothing will: Delphi and GEnie, at 300 baud.