I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but it’s probably worth pounding it.
This is a screenshot sent to me by a buddy in the US – it shows Google search results for ‘credit cards’. What you see is 10 advertisements, one of which is Google promoting its own wares, and only a single genuine search result at the bottom.
Look closely or you might miss it. Sadly, I know this is just one example of many.
So this is what it has come to.
What’s worst about this is that I get the impression that people have sort of come to terms with how Google has changed over the years.
It almost seems like the company thinks showing real search results are now a necessarily evil (get it?) they have to deal with in their quest to shove as many ads in your face as algorithmically possible. I understand why, even if I think this route will lead to Google’s downfall (which is still many years away, but I have no doubt it will occur).
What I don’t get is why people keep putting up with it.