Play_Bach - 6:17 pm on Aug 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
Interesting netmeg, thanks. What I remember is Google before they even had advertising. When Google finally did figure out how to monetize their site with AdWords, I don't recall seeing ads above the organics, but just in the sidebar. In addition to companies buying their way to the top, another criticism at the time (just like today) was that the ads looked nearly identical to the results and I recall Google was getting a lot of bad press about it, hence the Marissa Mayer TV spots. I don't remember seeing ads above the organics until after the Froogle push in 2006, but maybe they were and just not for any of my searches?