explorador - 2:39 pm on Aug 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
Mentat: The big $$$ is on search, not on display, that's why you see so many programs trying to install adware (toolbars) with custom search engine.
The truth is that search ads are much better paid and have much more effect
It seems G is focusing a lot on that. Anyway I just removed all G searches from my websites and I'm saying 100% with my website own search. I got tired of G bringing pure "get out - exit" results loaded with ads and content at the bottom.
While those ads sure mean money, they also mean users won't stay on the sites, so the websites become just a rock to make the jump to some content that perhaps won't be useful. I'm not saying I disagree with you, I agree. I just think many of my readers use the search form on my websites to locate related info, not products or services. G is trying to turn almost every search into a biz, yes is natural.
It was discussed a few years ago how some kind of ads-earnings might mean loosing traffic at the long run. In my case my earnings are returning to be stable for many reasons that I don't understand but removing G search sure feels good.