So you probably have heard the news that Australia wants Google and other platforms to pay to list search results to news outlets. I wrote a more detailed article on this at Search Engine Land. Well, now, Google has added a large noticeable banner to the top of the search results in Google Australia for any query.
The banner reads “Google Search is in the news. “You may have heard about a proposed law. We are willing to pay to support journalism. Hear our proposal.” The button goes to a short YouTube video Mel Silva, Managing Director for Google Australia, explaining Google’s case and offer.
Here is what the search banner looks like in the search results in Australia:
If only Google made it that clear for its search ads, but that is asking too much.
Here is the video:
Forum discussion at Twitter.