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    ABW Ambassador flamingoworld's Avatar
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    Competitors bidding on my name?
    Can a few of you guys google the term flamingoworld for me?
    One of the guys who works for me is seeing a lot of my competitors bidding on my name but I see nothing.

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    I see nothing either

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    Nothing here.

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    I see one bidder for
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...ld&btnG=Search

    but not for one without space in the name!

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    I had several bidders (more than 10)
    http://www.google.com/search?q=flami...ient=firefox-a

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    My search was Flamingoworld no spaces

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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    Not sure where Kanoodle feeds to, but at kanoodle.com, search resulted in this ad appearing:

    Shop Flamingoworld
    Browse and compare a great selection of flamingoworld.
    http://www dot monstermarketplace dot com


    ( dot = . , obviously..... )

    edited to remove search123, those were non paid results...
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    My employee, who is in Chicago had quite a few showing for him. Big names too. Some are people I am on network advisory boards for.
    I did get a screen shot.

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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    For the search "flamingo world", including the double quotes, this ad appears:

    Top Deals on Tech Gear
    Hourly Updates on Tech Deals!
    Cool Stuff - Up to 50% off
    www.techbargains.com
    Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbowcreek
    For the search "flamingo world", including the double quotes, this ad appears:
    Yes, that is the only one I see ...

    If someone is seeing a lot of bidders, it is likely a result of Google some how interpreting the search term flamingoworld with some generic word such as coupons and showing those bidders bidding on those general terms. As such I don't see anyone bidding on that term except the one that was already pointed out

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    I wonder if Google is still playing around with 'behavioral targeting'.

    From http://clickz.com/showPage.html?page=3626593 (July 2007):
    A few weeks ago, Google began delivering ads based not only on the current search, but also on the searches immediately preceding it, and sometimes a combination of more than one recent query, according to Nick Fox, Google's group business product manager for ads quality. Fox told ClickZ this week that the feature, which has no official name, aims to capture a more robust understanding of user intent and thereby deliver a better ad.

    "The current query the user is issuing is pretty useful, but in some cases it misses the context of what the user is doing," said Fox. By studying the larger context of queries relating to a consumer's "overall task," he said, Google can boost relevance.
    This could come into play if Connie's employee had been googling competitors' names to see their ads and then also googling flamingoworld. Google would show ads for competitors on the flamingoworld search not because those competitors targeted the keyword, but because Google assumed that the user's intent was to visit coupon sites and therefore it served relevant ads.


    By the way, the best way to check Google ads is with the Ad Preview Tool. And when you use that, also try a state/region outside of your own so that you can see the ads even if an advertiser is trying to hide them from you by excluding your area in the geo-target settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbowcreek
    For the search "flamingo world", including the double quotes, this ad appears:

    Top Deals on Tech Gear
    Hourly Updates on Tech Deals!
    Cool Stuff - Up to 50% off
    www.techbargains.com
    That is the one I see here in the Mid-Atlantic region. Two ad variations for the same site when I search for flamingo world as two words, both with and without quotes. I get no ads for flamingoworld ad one word.
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    Connie, it appears that your name isn't trademarked?

    The name(s) would be approved easily.

    You may want to think about doing it, the copyrights noted on the site are not going to stop PPC. Without a TM you can't IMO enforce someone to stop buying the term.

    A TM increases the value of your site and brand.


    PS:you don't need a lawyer, it's just a couple of forms.
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    I'm not seeing any ads in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
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    Same as Beachy, and same thing appearing with it being two words with and without the quotes. Just your site appears for it as one word. Don't know if it means anything but when I click on the link Rolet has, there's nothing appearing for me.

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    Washington DC area no ads on a flamingoworld search, one for tech bargains on flamingo world.

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    ghoti- Interesting post, thank you.
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    flamingoworld search nothing

    for flamingo world search 1

    Hourly Tech Gear Bargains
    Get the Hottest Tech Gear!
    Cool Stuff - Up to 50% off
    techbargains
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    Is there anything common about those who are seeing the ads? Could they both (your employee and Rolet) be using a specific browser? Do they have BHO that is inserting the extra ads? Are they in the same area?

    I'm seeing what everyone else is seeing (no ads and only one one "flamingo world").
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetsWarehouse.com
    Connie, it appears that your name isn't trademarked?

    The name(s) would be approved easily.

    You may want to think about doing it, the copyrights noted on the site are not going to stop PPC. Without a TM you can't IMO enforce someone to stop buying the term.
    Even with a trademark you can't stop them. The only restriction Google has on trademark use in US/Canada is that you can't use the trademark in the ad text, and that's only after the trademark owner has filled out the paperwork with Google. Competitors will still be able to bid on the trademarked terms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghoti
    Even with a trademark you can't stop them. The only restriction Google has on trademark use in US/Canada is that you can't use the trademark in the ad text, and that's only after the trademark owner has filled out the paperwork with Google. Competitors will still be able to bid on the trademarked terms.
    That is incorrect, the Courts have decided that Google can't necessarily stop them

    The TM owner can stop them cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetsWarehouse.com
    That is incorrect, the Courts have decided that Google can't necessarily stop them

    The TM owner can stop them cold.
    Do you mean they can stop them through the court system? Google will certainly not do anything about it.

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    I get the one for techbargains mentioned above.
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