Searchers Upset Over BP's Google Ad

Jun 8, 2010 • 9:36 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdWords

A very upset searcher posted his concerns in the Google Web Search Help forums over BP buying an ad for their name in Google AdWords.

If you search for [bp] in Google, up comes an ad from BP that reads "Info about the Gulf of Mexico Spill Learn More about How BP is Helping" with a display URL of Here is a picture:

Google BP AdWords Ad

The searcher said:

Having BP's propaganda show up as the 1st response to googling Gulf Oil Spill is bullsh--

Your having BP's propaganda show up as the 1st response to googling the gulf Oil spill is inappropriate and a dis-service.

Clearly, this is someone who has no idea how Google AdWords works. But nevertheless, this person is upset.

This is a valid debate and Search Engine Land's piece named Fighting The Oil Spill On Google: BP Versus The Lawyers kind of gets into it. So check that out.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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06/08/2010 04:09 pm

Great article. I think this is a really good conversation to have. From my perspective, it doesn't seem like they decided to take $50m away from relief efforts to fund this advertising push, and it is what any corporate PR department would do in a similar situation. I've written my take on the situation at:


06/10/2010 01:01 pm

More importantly: Convince Google to Donate Proceeds from BP Ads to the Gulf Cleanup Effort

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