Mike Blumenthal has a fascinating post about a local attorney who allegedly hired someone to get him placement in Google Maps. The hired webmaster/SEO guy spammed Google with bulk uploads and now the lawyer has been banned from Google Maps for “the foreseeable future.”
As a result, the attorney complains: “I have suffered at least a 30 percent drop in business.”
Placement in Google Maps results (and thus prominently in Google search results) has become an increasingly high stakes game for some with corresponding instances of mapspam. Amazingly, even one of Google’s partners, Earthlink, has apparently engaged in it.