Can you imagine Google offering a monthly fee for using Google Search? Can you even imagine an option to remove the search ads in exchange for a monthly fee? I cannot and I’d be shocked if Google would ever launch a subscription model for Google Search without ads.
But that is what Google is asking some users via a Google opinion rewards survey. Eli Schwartz spotted this survey and posted it on Twitter. The survey asks, how interested would you be in paying a reasonable price for a search service with that feature. The feature is “Results show no ads at all.”
Google does offer a premium service for YouTube without ads – so I guess it is feasible – but I’d be shocked, floored, if Google ever did this with Google Search. The only way I can see this happening is if government regulation pushed Google to a point where this might make sense for their revenues.
Forum discussion at Twitter.