Google begins testing image search ads

Search giant makes its money from text ads, but putting ads in image search results lets it show graphics as well. It insists that it'll place ads only in a way that adds to user experience.

Google has begun showing ads next to image search results.
Google has begun showing ads next to image search results. (Click to enlarge.) CNET News

As it promised to do, Google has begun testing ads shown next to image search results.

Google Blogoscoped and TechCrunch carried screen shots from readers showing the new tests, and Search Engine Land added a shot of a banner ad as well. Now I'm seeing the image ads too.

Google's cash cow is its ability to display small text ads next to search results, but the new examples include pictures as well. That could be more distracting or more useful, depending on how you see it, but Google insists that it'll place the ads only in a way that adds to the user experience, one measurement of which is that people search more often.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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