Unfortunately they announced a spammy, outdated SEO link building campaign on Dec 23rd. Google de-indexed the site once Rap Genius's tactics were widely publicized - just 2 days later.
Google will punish spammy tactics even if the site in question is providing real value for users and has a strong online community (RG has >500k FB fans).
Key point: talk to a professional search engine marketer before scaling your next "growth hack."
If these ads match a user's query intent (and they must, if Google is to avoid alienating their users) they'll only marginally increase clicks. Without an increase in clicks (today's search-ad gold standard) Google will have to convince brands that the additional SERP exposure is valuable based on some other metric. http://searchengineland.com/google-testing-top-banner-ads-174927
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