Google Places Ads: Preferred Google Vendors?

Sep 29, 2011 • 8:30 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdWords
 

A WebmasterWorld thread points out something that appears somewhat new, Google ads that have google.com destination URLs that read preferred-vendors.google.ca.

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Google Preferred Vendor

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Now, what is this about? Are these ads specifically for Google AdWords Express? I.e. the new ads that lead searchers from Google search ads to Google Place results?

If so, is it fair to label the ads as leading to Google Preferred Vendors?

If not, then what are these Google Preferred Vendors?

Any ideas what this is about?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Martin Roettgerding

09/29/2011 01:01 pm

Just a thought: this isn't necessarily done by Google. If your destination URL is on google.ca (like a places page), you could use a display URL such as this yourself. This example would probably be against Googles Guidelines (pretending to be endorsed by Google) - but I'd say the chances are the ads get approved anyway.

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