Interesting note about the results I got: I also have 7 local results, plus 3 news and 3 in-depth articles -- I personally don't see how any "non-webmaster" would see the result-set I'm see for the query as "bad" in any way. It's got everything most people I know would want to see/find and counting the news, local and in-depth articles there are 21 results on the page *but* there's only 1 add at the top.
If Google is really going to "all ads", why is there only 1 ad at the top or bottom of the page for a query like computer? I highly doubt it's because only a few businesses bid on the phrase.
[I'm actually fairly certain the preceding has nothing to do with the number of bids -- There were 6 ads on the right of the page ;) ]
The bottom line question for me: "Is Google really being as biased as we think sometimes, or, is Google trying to make the largest number of people they can happy by serving searchers the results *searchers* have a bias for?"
Note: I might have gotten a bit OT here, but I think [hope] with the direction the thread has gone my post fits.
Right now I have 3 ads at the top, 14 results for the query below the ads, 0 ads at the bottom, 7 ads on the right, no map, very little localization within the result-set -- My IP Address / Location appear to have changed, so the difference could be caused by the change in locations, but there are still 14 results on the page. .
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