A recent WebmasterWorld thread is complaining that Google seems to have changed the yellow background color of the Google sponsored ads to a color just a bit different then the white background.
Tedster explains that the color he sees now for the top ads are #FFF9DD, which he said, "is very close to a pure #FFFFFF." On my screen they look different, but on a typical PC monitor, it may look very similar to white. Here are the two colors, side by side - so you make the call.
Google first changed the background color for the top ads to yellow back about a year ago. Based on my screen capture then, the color was #FFF9DD, so I am not sure why we are hearing complaints now? Maybe what I am seeing and what others are seeing are something else? Maybe Google is testing something even closer to white?
Tedster is strong about this, saying:
#FFF9DD is just a cop-out. If Google is going to blur the line between paid ads and organic results, they should just go all the way and use #FFFFFF for the whole page. Somehow, this near-match sends an even worse message, to my sensibilities.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.