I'm going to take a contrary position here.
Although none of our sites have received such a message this will be our position should this happen.
Dear Mr. Google:
We purchased advertising on another site. Apparently you intend to use your virtual monopoly to
force us to end this advertising or suffer the consequences. As this advertising competes directly
with your adword monopoly we believe your actions violate the law.
We'll see you in court.
CC Your states attorney general, consumer affairs, (your relevant gov't agency)
Hmmmmm....could this be in restraint of Free Trade and be in violation of Federal laws? I'll ask my one of my colleagues that specialize in that type of law.
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On a more basic level, this is just a bad Branding and PR move for Google. They are just going out of their way to be stupid by to shining a light on all of their questionable practices such as -- privacy (the Feds are hot on the trail now), fair trade and deceptive advertising practices.
And, now they chose to go after small businesses in the middle of a 2nd Great Depression and put them of business and their employees in the unemployment lines. What a bunch of geniuses!!!
You couldn't make this stuff up!!! What a PR nightmare!
They've chosen to put a hatchet man out front, in the form of Matt Cutts, rather than an evangelist such as Guy Kawasaki was for Apple. Seemed to work pretty well for Apple.....hmmmmmm............ One is about building buy-in and a customer base that is ecstatic about the company, Apple in this example, the other is about Power and Domination, Google.
Sergey Brin is over at Google worrying about the oppressive forces in the world that are trying to shut him down. --> http://www.webmaster....htm#msg4442138
It serves him right, now he knows how it feels and he's going to get little support in his fight. What goes around comes around -- there are 1,000's of small businesses that are worried about the oppression of Google! Businesses that got suckered into Google's game with free everything and now find out that Google was really trying to give them a taste of the drug so they could force it on them in the form of their advertising products. Having said that, it's a free world (at least in the US) and they can use that business model if they want, but I think it's a really dumb way to go. It's been tried before and has never succeeded.
Have you ever tried Facebook Ads or the other larger Media Networks who are all highly reputable and will appreciate your business?
Edited by ChuckFinley, 18 April 2012 - 03:00 PM.