The organic/paid switcheroo…

In my ClickZ column today, I’ve written about Universal search again. In particular, I showed a couple of examples of a video result for Dove. But more interestingly, a commercial result on the organic side of the page.

However, as I wrote the column when I was in Los Angeles last week, I noticed that the results in the UK are very different. Fortunately, I took a screenshot of the search for – bourne ultimatum – and as you can see, it’s most certainly a commercial result on the left hand side of the page.

Yup, clearly marked “Google Promotion” and just a little scary. I’ve suggested in my column that, it may happen that for purely commercial queries, we may start to see commercial results on the left hand side of the page, with a little list of those blue organic links on the right hand side.

Crazy thought… or not?

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