turbocharged - 4:07 am on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
Are you suggesting that nobody is seeing organic listings? That sounds pretty farfetched to me.
Not far fetched at all but a reality for many who sell actual physical goods. Most any business that sells products over the internet understands what I am talking about. Now to be fair, being beneath the fold may net you 3-5% of the eyeballs viewing the page at best. The other 95-97% end up departing the serps by clicking paid ads, youtube videos or one of the "chosen brands" that commonly benefits from domain crowding. Although these "chosen brands" may be listed in organic positions, their placement and multiple listings are something I would consider "inorganic" at best. At worst, they are whitelisted for whatever reason. Even the actual manufacturers of products rank beneath the likes of Amazon, despite the fact that many manufacturer's websites have more information about the product, pictures and a telephone number to call for sales and support. It would seem that the powers to be don't consider these points or would rather see all goods shipped directly to the consumer from a warehouse. I would think the later is more likely considering where Google ranks actual manufacturers in relation to big warehouse etailers.
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.
Maybe personalized search? I see 3 ads on top, a map for computer (lol) and six ads on the right. Wikipedia sits at number one and a news block directly underneath the wikipedia listings. Once again, all organics except for the non-commercial/competing wikipedia are beneath the fold.
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?"
I don't think having wikipedia sitting at number one for a broad term like computer makes people happy. If they are accessing the internet with a computer, do they really need to see a wikipedia definition of it? IMO it's non-competing "froth" to fill in the space with a non-competitive listing that makes the paid ads look good. Or does Google really think people using a computer to access the internet really need that wikipedia listing to find out what a computer is?