Reno - 3:57 pm on May 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
in fact a whole lot of average users don't even know what a sponsored link is.
It wasn't that long ago that I had intelligent people say to me "Isn't AOL the internet?"
Now a lot of people are thinking "Isn't Google the World Wide Web?"
AOL is still around, but they made some bad decisions and things changed in such a way that now they are a minor player. I can only hope that the same thing will eventually happen to Google -- I don't wish them into oblivion, but their power is too great so if they eventually get down to 30-40% of all searches, the online world will be a healthier place. Whether this latest incarnation is going to be their "Time Warner merger" is open to debate, but given the reviews from the professional webmasters at this board, it may not bode well for them.