Google Bans BMW Germany, Ricoh Germany

Last week, I
wrote
about BMW Germany being spotted spamming search engines. Google’s Matt
Cutts

posted
on Saturday that the site is now out of Google — and the Ricoh
Germany would also be removed for spamming (it’s out now). The move has sparked what
I’d call unprecedented coverage by mainstream publications on a spam removal (BBC,

Forbes
,
London Times
,

Financial Times
,

Sydney Morning Herald
).

The Financial Times and Forbes articles are especially worth reading. BMW
criticizes Google for not contacting it first in the Financial Times:

"Google has decided to spread this information which has created this, I’d
almost say, media hype," [BMW] said. "They spread it on Saturday, a few days
after the pages had been taken off. They hadn’t talked to us beforehand which
we found a bit surprising."

Hey, how about not having allowed it in the first place? If it wasn’t out for
the public to see and discuss, BMW wouldn’t have an issue.

No doubt smaller companies and individual webmasters will be hearted by the
fact that even big companies like BMW can get banned at Google. The reality is,
however, that they’ll be back in soon. Most big companies that get banned are
put back in quickly because searchers expect to find them for navigational
queries. I cover that more in our Search Engine Watch Forums thread,
Google
Removes BMW Germany For Spamming
.

Whether BMW will now face a public relations black eye for having spammed
Google remains to be seen. I kind of doubt it, but I’m pretty cynical about
these things.

Meanwhile, Dave Naylor
spots
BMW France apparently has spam issues, as well. Somehow, I suspect the talks
that Google and BMW are having right now means they might escape the axe if the
spammy stuff is quickly removed.

Finally, just a chuckle. Matt’s reported by Forbes as being "a blogger who
purports to work for Google," while the London Times calls him "a blogger
claiming to be a Google software engineer."

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