Sponsored search: an overview of the concept, history, and technology
by Bernard J. Jansen, Tracy Mullen
International Journal of Electronic Business (IJEB), Vol. 6, No. 2, 2008

Abstract: The success of sponsored search has radically affected how people interact with the information, websites, and services on the web. Sponsored search provides the necessary revenue streams to web search engines and is critical to the success of many online businesses. However, there has been limited academic examination of sponsored search, with the exception of online auctions. In this paper, we conceptualise the sponsored search process as an aspect of information searching. We provide a brief history of sponsored search and an extensive examination of the technology making sponsored search possible. We critique this technology, highlighting possible implications for the future of the sponsored search process.

Online publication date:: Mon, 28-Apr-2008

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