It’s beem a while since I have posted to the Google Spam Hall of Shame. It’s not that there is any less of it or that it is less obvious, its just that I have been busy on other projects. But I couldn’t resist this example of systemic name abuse occurring in the jewelry business … Continue reading Google Spam Hall of Shame
This week’s second Google Spam Hall of Shame award goes to not one deserving business but to a group, who have worked hard and persistently to achieve this honor (drum roll please….)- the personal injury lawyers of the City of Orlando. This achievement, of having every listing(ok two out of three1) in the 3 Pack and the … Continue reading Google Spam Hall of Shame – A Well Deserved Group Award
This week’s Google Spam Hall of Shame nominee achieved a double double score in the race to be nominated and secure this week’s nod. The offender has 13 words (96 characters)1 in his business title and somewhere north of 20 fake reviews. I discovered the listing via my on-going review spam research and I loved his … Continue reading Google Spam Hall of Shame
Update: As of 2:40 EDT all of Michael Park’s reviews are taken down so you will have to take my word for their value. As you know I have been exploring a Google review spam network. Google took down everyone that I pointed out to them in the network but neglected to dig one iota … Continue reading Google Spam Hall of Shame
In the routine of other research I am doing, I found several listings that definitely deserve nominations to the Google Spam Hall of Shame: Beachside Towing $45 towing in St Augustine and St Augustine Beach Florida More than a fake name and more than a few fake reviews. Was this a fake listing1? Not according to Google. Not … Continue reading Google Spam Hall of Shame
If its good enough to do, its good enough to do in excess. Particularly with a name that gets verified in the GMB. The only questions I have remaining are his age, his wife’s name and how many children he has. Maybe Google should do away with categories and attributes and just allow businesses to … Continue reading Google Local Spam Hall of Shame
Ok. I admit I don’t know if Mark Henderson, Google Local Guide Level 5 really did die from caffeine1 but I do know that he reviewed thousands of Starbucks across the Midwest, the Eastern Seaboard and the South last week. And I know that he is a Level 5 Local Guide and that if he … Continue reading Google Level 5 Local Guide Dies of Caffeine Poisoning While Reviewing Thousands of Starbucks Last Week
Should you add city to your business name at Google? This question recently came in from John Simonson from Webstream Dynamics at the Local U forum (paywall): A (small) multi-location retailer who just starting using Yext was told by a Yext rep to append to their business name their city so to distinguish between their … Continue reading Should You Add City to Your Business Name at Google My Business?
Update 5/8: And the answer is 100! I continued testing and determined that if attempting to use 101 characters, the edit gets rejected with a Please enter fewer characters message: My exploration inside the Google Spam Hall of Shame made me curious exactly how long a business name could be. While I have yet to find the … Continue reading Just How Long Can a Google My Business Name Be?