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Showing AdSense Ads for our Competitors?

 8:24 pm on Sep 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Is this a joke?

We give Google all this good information and they reward it by providing a nice MSA (Made For Adsense) page that draws traffic away from our site -- and / or doesn't share revenue with us?

Is there something I'm missing here?

Is there a way to pay to opt out of having Google serve my competitors ads on MY place page?

Plus we have no apparent control of the review content (in the event of defamatory statement, libel, slander, name calling and who knows what else) - are you kidding?

This seems like an open invitation for endless vitriolic posts from anyone and everyone with a negative agenda.

I feel embarrassed to recommend this product!


Robert Charlton

 10:04 pm on Sep 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Note that the Place Pages have had a free link section for quite some time now: Nearby places you might like

The nearby places aren't ads but are algorithmically determined free links, and it could be argued that they're more threatening than the ads, because, from what I've seen so far, they're for nearby competitors and they're a lot more relevant than the ads are. I think the ads have been around for a while.

These pages are prone to hijacking and external edits unless the owner "claims" them. I recently reported the hijacking of a page of a place I patronize (someone changed the url of the website), and it was fixed quickly.

Review content is subject to abuse everywhere. You can flag the Google reviews as inappropriate, which is a better break than many review sites give you.


 3:30 am on Oct 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

The short answer is that Google can do what it wants. If you didn't invest the time to spruce up your Place Page, there would probably be a default page for your business and you'd still have to contend with the other competitor information.

We (large banking group) recently had a bad experience. There are several hundred ATMs and many dozen were showing a rival bank's name in the snippet (when viewed in Google Maps) and the detailed page had the locations of a rival bank many times over. Even the URL in the "Details" area was that of the other bank. We deleted all entries and reuploaded. Things were good for a while. A month later, the rival bank's content is back.

Robert Charlton

 4:38 am on Oct 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

no apparent control of the review content

Check out this thread for more on this point....

Google Now Lets You Respond To Reviews On Google Places
http://www.webmasterworld.com/local_search/4182050.htm [webmasterworld.com]

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