It amazes me to see search pages that so marginalize the actual results. In this example, USA Today’s “web search” (actually powered by Yahoo) takes the cake by allocating a mere 659×101 tall area for the results, assuming a window size of 1024×768. That’s 66,559 out of the 786,432 pixels on the page or just under 8.5% of the real estate.
So, a visitor searching for custom t-shirts is going to see a page like this (I’ve highlighted where the organic SERPs show up):
I prefer a search engine result page that is simple and puts the results first. Here’s the site search at GetYourShirts.com for the same t-shirt query. Of course, we won’t get into a discussion comparing the quality of the results. ;)