Google Points Out – “How Easily Ads are Confused With Organic Results”

Sep 19, 2008 | 1,358 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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A German microsite was crafted by Google in order to advertise their AdWords program, which shows ads in search results. It is called Google Full Value of Search. In one of its PDF, there has been a lot of discussions going about a Google-initiated market study by Eye Square and TNS Infratest. This study was conducted in order to analyze the efficiency of sponsored links on result pages.

One slide includes an eye tracking study, showing where users focus on in results during the first 5 seconds; one major focus is the top yellow box showing the AdWords. Another slide tells advertisers how easily those AdWords are confused with organic search results. – Philipp Lenssen (who translated the language in one of his blogs)

The following was the interview that was conducted with test user Erik and is quoted by Google (translation done):

INT [interviewer]: “Why do the results on top have a yellow background, did you notice?”

TP [tester]: “I didn’t notice this.”

INT: “What does it mean?”

TP: “It definitely means they’re the most relevant.”

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3 years ago, Google co-founder Sergey Brin told Playboy in an interview:“One thing that’s important to us is the distinction between advertising and pure search results. We make it clear when something is paid for. Our advertising is off to the side and in a couple of slots across the top. Ads are clearly marked. There’s a clear, large wall between the objective search results and the ads, which have commercial influence. Other search engines don’t necessarily distinguish.”

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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