| 4:50 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
This doesn't only happen at Google India. I have seen them in many SERPs over the last years, targeting several different countries. It seems to be a relatively easy job to obtain databases with business address information, write a script around it and slap ads on it.
| 6:07 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Certainly an issue in some sectors in the UK. I have found it a particular problem when trying to find hotel accomodation.
Nice for the operators as they flood the SERPS however much you localise the search. Top always seems to be the one that points you to chain hotels about 30 miles from your search location.
| 6:43 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Mashup sites, as long as they cover ALL subjects and/or areas, did extremely well with these latest Google changes.
That's not great news for the countless sites who's content was used to promote other sites (that don't often have permission).
| 8:30 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Google provided this option to enhance the search by narrowing it down to the exact location or near by location. But, people are utilizing it to dominate the niche market by promoting their chain of business centers/outlets. This is done in majority by already well-established brands who doesn't want to provide space for other smaller competition in getting businesses.
[edited by: phranque at 8:39 am (utc) on Jun 22, 2010]
[edit reason] TOS #13 [webmasterworld.com] [/edit]
| 9:27 pm on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
even in the US when you do a city + state + service search, you will see pretty much all directory sites below the map results.
| 10:06 pm on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
It happens with a lot of stuff... BtoB and material suppliers... You put something in and get 90% redundant directories. I wish they would do something about it.