Reporting a large spam network

MaryAnne G

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Hi all -
I recently discovered a competitor of a client who appears to have a very large spam network, featuring:

- Doorway sites on exact match keyword domains - about 100 of them (all linking to their main site - that's what got me started looking)
- Fake GMB listings to match (the competitor has just one physical location)
- Each GMB page has approx 20-30 reviews with very suspicious reviewer patterns

Any suggestions as to how to go about reporting this?
 

MaryAnne G

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Thanks Joy - that would be great! I'm familiar with the webspam report, reporting this many bad listings to GMB is a new one for me.
What documentation do I need and in what format? I assume the maps URLs of all the listings? Website domains? (Some are only linked to GMB via the same phone number) Screenshots of suspect reviews? Evidence of the relationshp to the actual business?
 

MaryAnne G

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This is Auto Leasing.

I was talking about this with our client the other day - so what do they say? "Why aren't we doing that?"

<headdesk>
 
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MaryAnne G

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The client is (hopefully) going to love me - some of that spam bumped him out of the pack.

I was amazed at how many sites they were running - and I'm not 100% convinced I've found all of them yet! While matching up sites and GMB URLs I discovered a few that weren't on my original list. Domain registration alone must have cost them a small fortune (especially renewals at Godaddy - ouch!)
 

Phil Rozek

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Yeah. Another upshot is that a cleaned-up local map can eventually become a deterrent.

Occasionally I see a local map that's so competitive that it's immaculate. Would-be spammers are a little less likely to try something, if it doesn't seem to be the way to get ahead.

Also, I would imagine that some onetime maps-spammers eventually figure, "OK, if I can't get away with spamming, nobody else will," and rat each other out.
 

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