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ADDED: It's just a single search I did. I'm probably not suppose to mention this, but the search was for "email list hosting". The Adwords are on the side, but in a much wider column, and the regular search results are underneath in the same column.
I thought it was all of Google, but it's apparently only for this search.
ADDED MORE: Now seeing it on more searches!
[edited by: hutchins13 at 7:59 pm (utc) on Oct. 16, 2002]
GoogleGuy said it was an 'accident' many people here said it was a beta test...that they claimed was accident, to lure people into complacency.
Well, with this latest 'accident' I'm convinced the first one was a beta test for the new look.
This is the 2nd.
3rd times a charm, right? Just in time for the holidays...goody.
How many searches a second? 600? and then those for that what, 20 minutes went to Adwords?
Average cpc earnings =~ .10 cents a click (I'm guessing here)
times 600 clicks (figuring everybody that was actually looking for STUFF clicked an ad first, even if they scrolled down afterwards)
$60.00 per second
times 60 seconds per minute, times perhaps 20 minutes = $72,000 in revenue from one little 'mistake'.
Even if 1/10th of their searches have adwords, that would still give them about $7,000 from that mistake that lasted less than a half an hour.
What an incentive to go 'oops' with the HTML, eh? :)
CSS testing, hu? That's a GREAT one. Perhaps that is the design they will pitch FAST for the Alchemist contest.
But, why not earn money while they are trying out new things for a contest? I've heard those Search Engine contests can be good for PR...perhaps Google should do one.
Hey, why not a Google Programming contest? :) (tongue firmly in cheek at this point...)