In February 1998, Bill Gross of Idea Labs launched the first pay-per-click, or PPC, search engine,
GoTo.com search engine pioneered the process of pay-per-click advertising, which allows advertisers the option of bidding on how much they would be willing to pay to appear at the top of results in response to specific searches.
GoTo.com later became known as Overture, which was eventually acquired by Yahoo and renamed Yahoo Search Marketing.
In the fall of 2000, Google followed suit and introduced its own PPC service, Google AdWords. Similar to Yahoo Search Marketing, Google AdWords lets prospective advertisers sign up and show advertisements triggered ...