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cheeky stunt from bulldog

loony
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

i just searched plusnet by accident in google UK and noticed that bulldog comes up top of the list in the sponsored link at the top.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=plusnet&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

is this ethical ISP practice from bulldog?

(this is aimed at plusnet admin, and i didnt know where else to put this post)
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

Who's this company? http://www.plus.net.uk froma few results down.
loony
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

now that is confusing...
loony
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

it even has a different CS phone number, but appears to be the same company, perhaps i can get thru on that number instead
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

I'm sure anyone can advertise on google allowing their site to be shown in the sponsored link section if the keywords match.

Do a google for "gas"
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

What he means is it actually says:

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Plusnet
www.bulldogbroadband.com Fast Speed & Low Costs from £9.75. Sign Up for Bulldog Broadband Now!


So bulldog have intentionally paid for the google ad where it says Plusnet at the top even though it forwards to bulldogs own website. I am guessing they can do this but its a bit of a snide trick if you ask me.

Although I thought google had policies on stuff like this where they wont advertise if its totally misleading. Then again I guess they wouldnt make any money if that was true.
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

Don't they have to pay or every "click thru" from the sponsored results ?

So, in theory, lots of people searching for Plusnet could click in the Bulldog link (a few times just to be sure) and cost them a few quid ? :twisted:
loony
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

yes misleading and if i was plusnet marketing, i'd be very angry to see that.
loony
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

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Don't they have to pay or every "click thru" from the sponsored results ?

So, in theory, lots of people searching for Plusnet could click in the Bulldog link (a few times just to be sure) and cost them a few quid ? :twisted:


Cheesy
Dizzley
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

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Who's this company? http://www.plus.net.uk from a few results down.


Why it really is PlusNet with a quaint 1997 style web presence Wink

(whois listing below)
Domain name:

plus.net.uk

Registrant:
PlusNet Technologies Ltd

Registrant type:
Not supplied

Administrative contact's address:
Internet House
8 Furnival Road
Victoria Quays
Sheffield
S4 7YA

Registrant's agent:
Plusnet Plc t/a Force 9 Internet [Tag = FORCE9]
URL: http://www.force9.net

Relevant dates:
Registered on: 30-Sep-1997
Renewal date: 30-Sep-2007
Last updated: 10-Jan-2006


Cheesy I see that Llubdog have got lots of free publicity right here though.

Edited for obligatory typos
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

http://www.plus.net.uk/ is a legacy site for Plus Nets Business users.

Chilly
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

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Don't they have to pay or every "click thru" from the sponsored results ?

So, in theory, lots of people searching for Plusnet could click in the Bulldog link (a few times just to be sure) and cost them a few quid ? :twisted:


Further to my previous observation, the sponsored link seems to put a session ID in the url, presumably to stop "plusnet" ?! being charged twice for multiple clicks from the same session.

The refresh button seems to generate a new session though.

PS this is purely for information purposes Wink
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

Is it just me or has it dissapeared?
LiamM
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

This is actually against Google rules.

I work for a company where I manage an Adwords account where we spend about £100,000 - and you're only supposed to list under relevant keywords and not mislead. I couldn't setup a computer company and advertise under PC World for example.
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cheeky stunt from bulldog

So have Google removed it then Liam? Or has Google just locked me out because I have already clicked it?