Mark_A - 7:54 am on Jun 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
tedster: Only some query terms get three ads promoted "north" -
On some of our most desirable keywords there are three adwords above the SERPS and then there is that google [shopping results] from (is it froogle) also above the SERPS. Plus the usual ads on the right. #1 position in the natural listings is a long way down the page now.
When google was growing, they did so on word of mouth and because they delivered clean simple and good quality results which people liked. A lot of people I know who are not internet marketing saavy do not realise that some of these results are paid, others don't care as long as they find what they are looking for. Overall, is the experience still "clean simple and good quality results which people like"? that seems an interesting question for me.