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The next growth area will be hundreds of thousands of verticals, driven by small businesses exploiting areas and needs that fortune 500 companies can not fill efficiently. The search engine company that gets most advertisers on its side will win market share, and winning will require ability to service everybody, not just super sophisticated internet super geeks.
However, many private companies not sanctioned by Google, have sprung up in order to try to bridge gap between Google Adwords program and ability to advertise efficiently on Google and achieve a high ROI. One such company is http://adwordstraining.org that offers free video training and free frequently updated information at http://marketingnewsblog.adwordstraining.org
Simple training videos are available on site, as well as an advertiser self study course to get non-technical people up to speed with Google Adwords advertising.
Between Google's extensive training program of Google Professionals and private training by private companies, this knowledge gap may be bridged, and in process a whole new industry of Google Adwords Marketing companies may be created, to facilitate knowledge gap between Google and advertisers that want to take advantage of enormous advertising reach afforded by paid search.
But, this might not be enough for Google to keep its lead, as advertisers often follow path of least resistance in getting their messages out, and they are ones funding growth of search engine industry.
Where those advertisers ultimately go will determine ultimate victor in ever growing search engine wars, and winner is by no means secure at this point.
Steve Blom Founding Partner InTouch Media Group http://www.intouchmediagroup.com
Steve Blom is a founding partner of InTouch Media Group, a publicly traded company specializing in the online marketing field. http://www.intouchmediagroup.com