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    Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    I found bunch accounts being used by SEO company's like H i b u (spaces added to obfuscate) adding SAB's without storefronts, incomplete edits, duplicates, vandalism, places without physical fixed locations, and bogus addresses. They are pushing about 12 edits every 4 mins around 6pm to 6am Pacific Time (US). Some edits may seem or be legit, but majority of their edits are bad.

    User accounts found so far:
    https://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=6...13910672138772
    https://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=6...56239055003919
    https://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=6...21230221421729
    https://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=6...48759963246886
    https://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=6...69179938684435
    https://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=6...87319601167085
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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    Thanks Dallum!

    I hate when big agencies either don't know what they are doing OR are just spammy and don't care. They can do so much damage - or try to.

    I assume you reported these over at MM?
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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    Linda,

    Others and I have reported all of them in MM and reported in the MapMaker forums. Some of their edits are auto publishing. We try to denying them and they are still pending. We have 2 RER's and 6 regular MM users in our private team and we can not keep up with them. So far no results on getting them to stop with bad edits or any help from others outside our little group.

    We even discovered hijacking where they, h i b u, created their own website for the business and then try to change the Google listing to show their site instead of the official website.

    I feel sorry for the legit businesses involved because I found some where h i b u messed up the details, wrong location, duplicate, website address hijacking, deleting address, deleting website address, etc.

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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    Sorry I didn't mean report in MM, but report in the MM forum.

    Can RERs over there escalate to Google management? I assume so.

    Q - I didn't dive deep or anything, but I'm curious how you know they are all H i b u? I saw H i b u on the top name, but the rest are anonymous. Are you following a pattern of cross edits or how do you tell they are all from the same company?
    Last edited by Linda Buquet; 04-05-2015 at 06:22 AM. Reason: Spaces added to the name to obfuscate from search engines
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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    Lina,

    We reported the accounts on both the MM forums and on their MM profiles as spammers.

    Time frame 6:00pm to 6:00am pacific time 6 days a week so far when they do editing and they usually take break (meal break....I'm guessing) around 1:00am to 1:30am pacific time. All websites say "Powered by H i b u" in footer. (Cross edit) Found one of those anonymous accounts editing the same place as the the account named "Shelly H i b u". They all make similar mistakes like no comments and leave reason as "Adding details" on all edits. They also do vandalism by removing addresses, names, and websites from existing places. They also place some SAB's in middle of no where, empty lots, houses, apartment complexes, churches, etc. and with or without addresses. They also make duplicates sometimes of places that are already on the map. They sometimes use the wrong categories for the businesses and sometimes use descriptors in name.

    Only about 15% of their edits may be legit.
    Last edited by Linda Buquet; 04-05-2015 at 06:23 AM. Reason: Spaces added to the name to obfuscate from search engines

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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    Stinky! Hate that crap like this happens and is so hard to take down.
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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    Here is example of one of their SAB and hijacking attempt on a Chambers of Commerce. It appears they work 7 days a week. just 2 of them working on Saturday night.

    https://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=3...1a8c9c7fb6ad1b

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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    OMG!!!

    I feel like calling that business and telling them what they've gotten themselves into.

    Here is the link to the MM thread too: https://productforums.google.com/for...0/J095DMWSXPsJ

    Mara in that thread said: "When I looked at the H i b u profile it tried to download multiple files. Luckily, Apple and Google warned me and i could block it. First time that I've run into a booby trapped Google profile."

    That's pretty scared!

    I'm going to poke Mike and see if he wants to do an expose on these guys.
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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    Crap they are a Google Premier SMB Partner too.

    I'll also escalate to Jade.
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    Re: Mass SEO and SAB Spam

    Another hijacking attempt...this time on a RadioShack.

    https://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=3...d6c78db7e87c76

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