Google's announcement on Thursday, Oct. 15, that it realized a net profit of $1.64 billion in the third quarter of this year is good news not only for Google employees and shareholders but for everyone in this recession: Google's record profit suggests that better days are right around the corner

CNN explains: "The company's ad clicks serve as a kind of barometer of consumers' willingness to spend. The more people click on ads, the more willing they are to buy things."

And for online marketers, in particular, Google's news sounds a welcome note of hope in that it indicates the resurgent strength of Internet advertising.

Google relies on online ads for almost all its revenue, and "accounts for roughly a third of all online ad spending in the United States," says Miguel Helft of The New York Times. The company's results showed 7% revenue growth YOY.

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