Google Increases House Ads On Adsense Sites

    September 28, 2005

In the past, advertisers have worried that Google “house” ads compete for space with those who are advertising on SERP’s for fairly granular search queries, such as “flight tracker.” …

Now it appears Google’s stepped up their inclusion of house ads in Adsense creative units. I wonder if publishers get paid for these clicks? One assumes so, but is this kind of showboating really necessary from the company that is brokering the ads? Do ad brokers traditionally run their own ads above those who are actually funding the whole business, i.e. the advertisers’ ads?

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Andrew Goodman is Principal of Page Zero Media, a marketing consultancy which focuses on maximizing clients’ paid search marketing campaigns.

In 1999 Andrew co-founded, an acclaimed “guide to portals” which foresaw the rise of trends such as paid search and semantic analysis.