Large Scale Bulk Spam Uploaded to Google Maps

Mike Blumenthal has uncovered a case where a computer repair company is using mass uploads to Google Maps to generate national business. While the methodology can be seen as spam, the company is offering national repair services - though it is questionable if they have offices or employees everywhere.

It is difficult to reach the company directly - their phones are manned by a service at all times, the contact info when you do a domain lookup is buffered by Domains By Proxy - who incidentally proclaim they are protectors from spammers.

As is pointed out in the Google Groups covering Google Maps the local nature of this app seems to be diverted. The listing of an 800 number and a post office box address should be two things Google blocks in the Map API.

This is starting to get some press and should be interesting to see what happens.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.