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Double Serving Policy Abuse in magazine category

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I have discovered and outlined two separate companies that are violating google’s policy by double serving ads on Google Shopping/PLA and quite possibly google search. They attempt to mask their efforts by having different domains/logos but most of the content on their sites is the same. This is clear and utter abuse because by bidding on the same products (from different domains), they’re driving up bids for everyone else, taking up more shopping result real estate, and the case of PLA’s, may end up having 100% of the ad space. This makes it difficult for many of us in the magazine category to compete. It is frustrating that these companies aren't banned completely and are continued to allow to operate in this fashion for so long.

 

GROUP 1

 

 

http://www.cheapmagsubscription.com

http://www.cheapmagdepot.com

 

https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&output=search&tbm=shop&gs_l=products-cc.3...711.711.0.1821.1.1.0....

 

1. In some cases, they have the same product images and many cases, pricing is off by only a few dollars.

 

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  VERSUS:

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2. Product descriptions are exactly the same on all of their products. Examples:

 

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3. The same URL structure on Products and categories and Product id’s:

 

 

 

4. Numerous other matching content. For example:

 

 

Same Privacy Policy:

 
Same Terms:

 

 

 

GROUP 2 

 

 www.subscriptionaddiction.com

www.magazinedeals.com

www.magazinebargains.com

 

https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&output=search&tbm=shop&gs_l=products-cc.3...711.711.0.1821.1.1.0....

 

 

  1. They have the same product covers and in some cases, the same exact pricing

http://www.magazinebargains.com/magazine/subscription/everyday-with-rachael-ray-magazine.jsp
http://www.magazinedeals.com/magazines/subscription/everyday-with-rachael-ray-magazine.jsp#sthash.nE...
http://www.subscriptionaddiction.com/magazines/subscription/everyday-with-rachael-ray-magazine.jsp

 

2. Product descriptions are exactly the same on all of their products.

http://www.magazinebargains.com/magazine/subscription/everyday-with-rachael-ray-magazine.jsp
http://www.magazinedeals.com/magazines/subscription/everyday-with-rachael-ray-magazine.jsp#sthash.nE...
http://www.subscriptionaddiction.com/magazines/subscription/everyday-with-rachael-ray-magazine.jsp

 

3. All three sites have the same URL structure:  

 

4. Numerous other matching content. For example: 

 

 

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Re: Double Serving Policy Abuse in magazine category

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Hi there;
You must also show Google that this is the same business entity and submit the complaint using this link;
https://support.google.com/adwords/troubleshooter/4578507?rd=1
I would also recommend to use a table format, to make it easier for the reviewer to follow the case. With your current structure of the presentation, it's a bit hard to follow that all requirements of a violation are indeed present within the case.

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Re: Double Serving Policy Abuse in magazine category

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for product-listing-ads, what google typically needs,

is the exact google-provided ad click url's -- containing

exact aclk links, that lead to a merchant's landing-page

and accurately represents the potential policy violation --
submitted using the following form:
https://support.google.com/merchants/contact/policy

see also
https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/6276171

Re: Double Serving Policy Abuse in magazine category

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These sites look they are all using the same "white label" solution. So, they are basically affiliates of a magazine business who are provided with the software to generate the site, and they just add their logo and contact details, change the colors and set prices.

That's what they look like to me, and I have run similar, non-magazine sites myself.

For example, GoDaddy has such a program for domain names, and here are two sites using it:
http://www.ezyaddress.com/
http://www.inexpensivedomains.com/

Re: Double Serving Policy Abuse in magazine category

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RobSkelton, the cheapmagdepot site and cheapmagsubscription site have the same mailing address, so they're without a doubt the same site even before factoring in everything else.

 


MagazineDeals.com and SubscriptionAddiction both link to the same BBB listing which is for Subscription addiction:
1. http://www.bbb.org/phoenix/business-reviews/magazines-subscription-agents/subscription-addiction-in-...

and:  http://www.magazinedeals.com/aboutus.jsp (link to screenshot below)

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MagazineBargains has a different phone number and address for BBB http://www.bbb.org/phoenix/business-reviews/magazine-sales/magazine-bargains-in-phoenix-az-100002584... . However given all the other similarities in content, is it coincidence that this company is also in the Pheonix area? These people are clearly trying to mask ownership and made some mistakes in attempting to do so.

 

If that's not enough, all three sites are on the same IP subnet:

The hostname magazinebargains.com resolves to the following IP address: 74.208.73.100

The hostname subscriptionaddiction.com resolves to the following IP address: 74.208.73.68
The hostname magazinedeals.com resolves to the following IP address: 74.208.73.144
 
 
 
 
 

Re: Double Serving Policy Abuse in magazine category

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@magmerchant;

Note: An an affiliate is a separate business entity;

 

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