Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) made its name in the realm of Internet search more than 15 years ago, and became so well-known for it that the company name has become a verb in the English language. We have all heard “I Googled you.”
Surely we have all noticed that Google has continued to dominate search, but it also has developed a massive monetization strategy for search that generates billions of dollars a year in revenue for the company. But have you noticed that advertising seems to be very prominent on search results pages? And have you noticed recently that certain ads seem to always show up even as you use your ad-blocking software?
You might have guessed that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is behind all of that, which seems to turn its once-reliable search feature into a massive advertising billboard. Search seems to not be about search anymore, according to some recent stories that crossed our desk Monday.
Aaron Harris of startup Tutorspree, did some research recently that measured the amount of “real estate” that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) dedicates to organic search results on its search pages, because apparently he was very much aware of the seeming pervasiveness of ads on Google Search pages. And what he found out on one hand might be surprising, but on the other might just be the sign of the times. Harris broke down the size of the screen on a 13-inch MacBook Air computer and looked at how much space the organic search results took up on the first page of a sample query of “auto mechanic.”
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He found that only 13 percent of the screen space had organic results – the rest of the page was taken up by various forms of advertising or white space. And even then, the organic results showed up on the bottom left of the screen, even with or below most of the advertising related to that search term.
But if you think that is all, just wait until you try Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) on mobile, Harris said. As his example, he typed in “Italian food” as a search term, and the New York City-localized organic results did not show up on his smartphone screen until he scrolled down four times. Is that something that surprises you? What about the idea that Google pays to gets its ads seen by as many browsers as possible?