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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently owns Aldebaran Web Design in Edmonds (near Seattle WA) and enjoys educating her clients on topics related to small business website design.

In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


Google Map Spam – New Private Reporting Form

February 11th, 2009

Great news for those of you who have competitors who you think might be spaming Google Map listings (adding more than one listing for a single business): a representative of Google Maps has just emailed me with a new private form!

Why would you need a private form? Well, their current/old method of reporting Google Map Spam was a public forum, so if you reported a company for suspicious Google Map activity, the company could find out you reported them and give you some grief. This happened to me recently and it wasn’t pleasant.

I emailed the Google Map support person with my situation, and she assured me it would be fixed soon.

And this morning she emailed me the new totally private Google Map Spam Reporting Form.

There’s also a new general form if you need Google Map Help.

This means if you see your competition abusing Google Maps by entering multiple listings for their business, you can report them to Google privately, without fear of retaliation. You can also get help with your own Google Map problems in private. Many thanks to Google for listening to the issues of their Map users and responding so quickly.

Thank you Google!

(Due to offensive comments received, comments have been disabled on this article. Some people don’t like it when they’re caught cheating I guess)

J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

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