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    Is it ethical to edit your competition?

    Just wondering what opinions are when you find bad or spammy data in in a competitors listing. I am not suggesting editing correct information, but if you notice categories that don't meet "is not does" rule do you edit it? If you notice a duplicate listing is outranking your client do you mark it as a duplicate?

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    Re: Is it ethical to edit your competition?

    I say, and the consensus of most members is that it's all good. There is nothing wrong with calling out and reporting spam of any kind.

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    Re: Is it ethical to edit your competition?

    This is just my own personal opinion, but if it was my own competition or a client's I would def edit or report blatant violations like GEO stuffing name or cats, mainly cuz it's against the rules and partly because of the ranking boost it can give.

    But I don't think I would bother editing "is not does" or dupes. The dupe would likely hurt their main ranking. So if the dupe was ranking D and you knock it out their main claimed listing once the dupe is out of the way could jump to A or B.
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    Re: Is it ethical to edit your competition?

    That makes total sense. Thanks for the feedback.

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    Re: Is it ethical to edit your competition?

    @Jamie

    And if you know your competitors aren't playing straight, don't forget also to report them on their non-Google listings - like Yelp and YellowPages.

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    Re: Is it ethical to edit your competition?

    I've got a client in a narrow market niche where the competition is cheating like mad everywhere and launching NSEO campaigns against my client.

    I'm reporting everything on a daily basis and Google over all has been very responsive. The exception being Maps. Maybe its because a lot of that seems to be done from India and they don't understand the GEO issues in the region. Dunno?

    How I've handled it was to call the Places division and solicit their help to correct the Maps issues. Though even doing it that way Maps doesn't always get it right.
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