Google is testing banner ads
October 27 , 2013
Google mentioned in a 2005 blog post that there won't be any banner ads on its homepage and neither would there ever be any "crazy, flashy, graphical doodads flying and popping up all over the Google site."
However, it seems as if the search giant broke its promise and has been testing banner-looking ads for a week now. Southwest Airlines is one of the 30 advertisers whose searches will result in a box full of results and a big banner on top.
The company insists these ads only look like banners but are different. "Advertisers have long been able to add informative visual elements to their search ads," a spokesman said.