tedster - 2:52 am on Jun 14, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 2:59 am (utc) on Jun 14, 2011]
Google's ads are discreet ..they are not "in your face"..they are not the first thing that hits you or "users" when you or "users" go to Google search page ( there are no ads on it ) ..and they are not the thing that hits you or "users" most about the serps returned for any search..
And here's where the Adsense staff had an unfortunate departure from the philosophy that the organic SERP layout team was following. The Adsense folks really did push for more intrusive ad layouts for a while, and they took some webmasters over the edge with them. I've looked at pandalyzed site after pandalyzed site that used Adsense blocks to push the content down near, or even below, the fold.
Thus proving the that there was a pretty good Chinese Wall between the segments of Google ;)
[edited by: tedster at 2:59 am (utc) on Jun 14, 2011]