Google appears to have this loophole the place you’ll be able to basically hijack or destroy a Google Enterprise Profile that can be utilizing Native Service Advertisements. What occurs is that if another person hyperlinks their Native Service Advertisements to that very same Google Enterprise Profile, the Native Service Advertisements will cease performing.
There’s a grievance about this within the Google Enterprise Profiles discussion board the place, as Ben Fisher put it on X, “A competitor makes a brand new LSA for a competitor and since the hyperlink to GBP is computerized the system will basically nuke the competitor out of existence.” “It is a brutal new tactic that opponents are doing on LSA,” Ben defined.
Here’s what this enterprise proprietor wrote:
We had a Google LSA account that was working fairly nicely. Hastily we stop getting leads, and even spam. Each time I name LSA buyer assist they offer me a scripted runaround. I lastly obtained a rep to look into it and he informed me that our Google my enterprise profile has two LSA’s linked to it, which is inflicting our advert to be invisible. After I verify our GMB there is just one account linked to us, and it is the one which I arrange. I’ve solely ever arrange one LSA account, and I am the one one with the entry and credentials to take action. I am being informed that I can’t unlink this different uknown LSA account as a result of I do not know any of the credentials of that different account. Their answer was for me to unlink our 10 12 months outdated account with established opinions and begin a brand new google enterprise profile from scratch. It is a horrible suggestion in my thoughts. Why would an unknown entity get to power us off of our personal Google itemizing. There should be a approach the place we will re-verify our account and eradicate any LSA’s we do not approve of.
After all, I didn’t do this to confirm however I belief Ben is aware of his stuff right here.
Ginny Marvin, the Google Advertisements Liaison, posted on X that she has shared it with the workforce. She wrote, “Thanks for flagging, I am sharing with the workforce.”
Thanks for flagging, I am sharing with the workforce.
— AdsLiaison (@adsliaison) February 6, 2024
Hello, I’ve DMd you
— AdsLiaison (@adsliaison) February 7, 2024
We have additionally reported, not too way back, on Native Service Advertisements opinions being hijacked.
Discussion board dialogue at X.