Am I alone in noticing that Google searches often load relatively slowly now, with unpaid results appearing about a half second before the paid ads at the top of the page? More than once, at a particularly impatient moment, I've reached to click on the first (unpaid) result at the top of the page, only to discover that an ad had loaded into that same space a split second before my finger managed to complete the click. I've then been directed to the advertiser.
This is a little irritating for me (though I've also accdientally landed on a the same page - except through a paid click.) But I have to think this could be very irritating to those advertisers who pay for my uninteded visit. It's not like I stay on the page. I quickly back out, re-google, and wait for the results to fully load.
I wonder if this is just a glitch or an actual strategy?