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So here's what I propose. For those who have a top organic listing, let's all change our meta 'description' tag to read:
The three websites above this one have PAID Google to be there. Find out more, click here!
Maybe we could make this a 'thing' day like those don't buy gas on a specifica date emails?
Would the "find out more" information be honest in explaining that some of the results in the SERPs PAID other sites for links so they could rank higher?
I was kidding about that anyway.
Nobody ever states that paid search results are unpaid. The consumer wrongly decides that. It may one day turn nasty for search engines but then again it probably won't.
Oh yes, they absolutely do. And there's an awful lot of people who don't realize that those are paid listings.
We must travel in different circles. For most of my friends, family, partners & clients (who span all kinds of demographics) they really don't care if it's paid or it's organic - they care if it's what they're looking for.
At the end of the day if someone really cares, I'm sure that they are able to read the words "sponsored links" at the top of that result box.
Erm, it's actually spot #7, if google base or some other universal-search-feature creeps in additionally. Below the fold then on my notebook-monitor.
And I have the impression, that google is really bothered with this and testing it intensively, because sometimes I see only ONE adwords link on top. Bringing down the organics TOO low, may seriously harm google's reputation long term, and they know this.
What I'm wondering, wheel, is, why you post this in the adwords forum? ;)