Screenshot of my Google home page:
Even when I sign out, the SEO Webposition ad is still there:
But, I asked around and my co-workers aren’t seeing it on their home pages. And apparently it’s browser-specific to Google Chrome, because the ads don’t show up in Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Personally, I seriously dislike it. Google used to have such a nice clean interface; I applauded their spare, utilitarian design. They’ve been adding more and more links to the main page, which I still find bothersome but I figure is mildly useful for others.
But advertising on the Google main page? Really? Even if it’s for Google products and features, this ad is garish and shrieks, “Girls! Girls! Girls!”
What’s worse is that I wasn’t sure if it was actually an ad, so I clicked on it just to check it out, not because I was interested. Which means the Google split testers are thinking, “Hey, people are liking the main page ads. Funny how they’re not converting.”
What do you guys think?