I have noticed that several of my competitors have more than one website. To the buyer they look like different organisations, with different brand names etc, but they are actually the same organisation selling the same product. Under PPC, they are able to hog the top positions, presumably the thinking being if website A doesnt get the business, then chances are website B, or even C will do. Obviously this hacks me off a bit. Is it frowned on by the PPC providers if they realise and do they take any action if they are alerted to it?
Yes, I have noticed this with one of my competitors also. They have at least four sites that I know of, plus they use clickbank hoplinks to advertise similar sites. So under some keywords, they will have 5 or 6 of the top 10 listings. They do this on several search engines, I notifed Findwhat about this and they replied that this person uses several accounts with different billing information on each account so they can't do anything about it. This particular person is from Canada, I looked up his dns information and also got his account details from his clickbank nickname before they disabled the link to be able to do this, all have the same street address and same last name. I got smart about this, since I consider he is not playing fair, I found out which keywords he had bid the most on, and make sure I click on some of them each day. I've noticed he has been lowering some of his bids lately.
This same person also has 7 out of the top 10 listings under the same keyword on 7search. I also notified them about it a week or so ago, but it looks like they are not going to do anything about it neither. I guess if you want to dominate the top listings, just get multiple sites and create a separate account for each one.