BaseballGuy - 3:32 pm on Nov 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
I agree with superclown2.....Google is not a search engine anymore, it's an advertising agency. They are being extremely unethical by not disclosing this....and they are still operating under the good-will they created in their early days when they really and truly cared about the quality of the search results, not their Adwords profits.
I did a search yesterday for a company on my laptop. I clicked on the first result without actually realizing that it was a Google paid advertisement via Adsense. I quickly hit the "back" button on my browser and went to the organic result that I was looking for (on the top of page 2, I might add).
I have over 15 years experience doing SEO and "internet". I was sober and not tired when I did the Google search.....it was clearly obvious to me that Google is attempting to blend their paid search results in with the organic results. The color of the background or something was "changed" ever so slightly to make the Google advertisements blend in further with the organic.
Funny how Google tells webmasters not to do the same thing....