I know that it’s been in the blogosphere often during the past few months that Google was displaying sponsored results among SELECT google image searches while users were logged into their google accounts, but now it appears to be mainstream.
I was actually just doing a search for our new Universal Search Optimization Chart to see if it was showing in google images and noticed the sponsored ads appearing.
The kicker is that I wasn’t even signed into google, which means that these results may now show all the time. What does this mean for the industries that internet marketing focus on? What about artists and others who want to sell their “prints” and things? Will Google offer to sell them for you? Does this ruin the algorithmic benefit to Google image search in any way?