Is Google Getting Greedy?October 21, 2012 | By: Sean Murray
By now, you’ve probably heard of Google’s earnings release blunder when their financial printer published an unfinished report. That version went viral and was clearly not ready for print since it included a placeholder note that said “Pending Larry Quote,” a space that was reserved for a quotable by CEO Larry Page.
Ad revenue was up 16% for the quarter, a 33% surge over last year’s numbers. But is Google getting greedy? We like to search for MCA industry news and in the last couple weeks, we noticed an interesting “glitch” that started to happen. Approximately 1 out of every 15 times (we didn’t run a statistical analysis), zero results show on the page. It doesn’t actually say “no results found,” but rather looks as if the results failed to load. That is of course except for the ads. The ads conveniently become the only clickable options.
This happens often enough that it has become annoying. We’ve experienced it with multiple browsers and three computers. Has anyone else fallen victim to this glitch?
Perhaps it’s psychological, but it seems like this occurs most frequently on business lending related searches, when the revenue-per-click Google earns just happens to be at its highest. Is Google getting greedy?