steve40 - 5:43 pm on Sep 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
Big G has so many more of their own properties to show adds than back in 2003 ( Gmail, Youtube, Maps, Places Etc. Etc why do you think they are continuing to push Google + ) plus they show more adds on their search results above results and below the results and at the side.
They are a business when all said and done and have shareholders, they continue to increase profits each year because they continue to show context related adds which in turn leaves less for publishers so unrelated personalized adds follow the visitor around.
All the while they continue to dominate the market they will continue to increase profits even during a poor economy.
Do I like it NO but it is currently their ballpark and I have not seen any other company making inroads so we live with it and have to accept that is the way it is.
I suspect the reason they are no longer promoting publishers is they do not want to dilute their own earnings by facilitating advertisers who could pay less per click and Google would only get a percentage of the click.
Only time will tell if it swings back in favor of the publisher but I suspect never back to the heady days of 2003 to 2007