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Seems Google is advertising vodka sellers despite their own rules against it.
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from dannysullivan 2317 Days ago #
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I can appreciate the irony, but to be fair, this isn’t apple to oranges.First, that’s not a "Google Checkout" box that’s appear. It’s Google Shopping results, like here. Just like regular Google web search, you have paid and unpaid results in shopping. Notice in that link I gave how there are no paid results.Now that box showing up in Google’s web search results that’s "promoting" particular vodka sellers? That’s just Google Universal Search integrating the unpaid results from shopping search. Google’s not selling those products, nor are they being advertised.If you want to consider unpaid listings as advertisements, then a general search for vodka on Google should bring up no merchants in the unpaid results at all, right? But that’s not the case -- and hasn’t ever been the case despite the no ads policy being in place. So what’s the news now? Nothing has changed -- in fact, we’ve even had shopping results inserted even before Universal Search just like now.You could argue that if Google wants to ban things in ads, they should ban the same things in editorial results. But Google’s never claimed to be consistent here, when I’ve talked to them about it in the past. Some things they don’t want ads for (some things they also by law can’t take ads for), and that’s it.I suppose you could also argue that aside from Google Shopping, there’s the completely separate Google Checkout payment system, and Google shouldn’t allow vodka or alcohol to be sold through that system. But that might be the case already. I haven’t checked there terms, but if I restrict a vodka search on shopping to just merchants that sell also through Google Checkout, I only seem to get things like books and posters.

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from lorenbaker 2317 Days ago #
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http://www.buycostumes.com/Category/0/Product/21166/ProductDetail.aspx?REF=SCE-froogle

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from dannysullivan 2317 Days ago #
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Heh. But not actual alcohol.FYI, I did check the actually Google Checkout policy, to see if they accept merchants that sell alcohol. They don’t. So not only are the Google Shopping Results being discussed not ads, but Google Checkout merchants (a subset of those listed with Google Shopping) are specifically prevented from using that to sell alcohol.

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from Aussiewebmaster 2317 Days ago #
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Okay but they are promoting the sale of alcohol and other advertisers can’t.

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from avi 2317 Days ago #
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Why has Google banned advertisers from selling alcohol via Adwords, whereas Yahoo and MSN  have not done so via  the YSM or Adcenter program?  Is it that Yahoo and MSN cannot afford to take the hit on the lost revenue?

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from dannysullivan 2317 Days ago #
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No, they’re not promoting anything. Look, you can’t advertise cigarettes on Google, right? So do this search:http://www.google.com/search?q=cigarettesThose are 10 web-wide listings. Not paid, just 10 listings that come from crawling the web, some of them from places that sell cigarettes. Are they promoting anything in there? Not to me -- it’s standard ranking.http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=earthquakeThat gives you a news unit at the top of the page, news results that are being inserted because they’re deemed relevant by the universal search algorithm. It’s making an automatic decision to insert the unit there, and an editorial one. It’s not a paid thing.So here:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=vodkaSame algorithm decides to do a special unit to show editorial links out of Google Shopping Search. If that’s "promotion," then Google had better not be showing the news results I pointed out earlier (cause they’d be promoting news content) or listing anything from the web about cigarettes as I pointed out, because that could be argued as promotion as well.Bottom line to me -- these aren’t ads. These aren’t listing Google is selling to anyone. So I just don’t get the idea that some advertisers are being treated special much less the idea that Google itself is selling alcohol.

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from kevinheisler 2317 Days ago #
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Great debate, thanks for your input Danny, and, Danny, thanks for commenting at Search Engine Watch! http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/080514-014838 Feel free to post the balance of your comments over at SEW Blog

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from dannysullivan 2317 Days ago #
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Ironically, I need to buy some more vodka :)

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from lafmm 2316 Days ago #
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@dannysullivan It’s on me! For you that is, not the whole 4th of July shindig...

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from HustlinGrind 2316 Days ago #
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It wouldn’t just be vodka for the record, try adding "buy" before your alcohol of choicehttp://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1B3GGGL_enCA233CA233&q=buy+rum&btnG=Search

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from ciaran 2316 Days ago #
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I’m with Danny on this one - those are Product results. Not ads. No-one’s promoting anything (although why Google stops people bidding on booze terms is a whole other discussion)

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from marketposition 2316 Days ago #
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Hey, what about these ads?http://www.marketposition.com/blog/archives/cheap_tobacco.gifThe first one, perhaps since it is promoting a place rather than a product it glides through? Second one, dynamic insertion perhaps, but still...

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from BogglesMyMind 2316 Days ago #
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The way I read the article was that Frank thinks that it is inconsistent that Google wouldn’t allow one thing in AdWords that they do allow in the product listings.   As Danny said, there is inconsistency here and that is the argument.  I do not think Frank ever suggested that these were AdWords ads, but rather that the rules should be consistent.  Make no mistake about it, the listings generated here are from Google Products (formerly Google base). What irks me is people are turning this into a "right and wrong" about the listings being AdWords.  That was not the intention.  The intention was to focus on the inconsistency. Everyone agrees, Ciaran, that these are product results, so you are both "with Danny" and with Frank.

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from dannysullivan 2316 Days ago #
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To be clear, I don’t think Google’s being inconsistent. I think some people might want to argue that, but I’m not. I’m saying the opposite. The consistently do not try to enforce their ad policies on editorial results in web wide search, and they are not trying to do the same with editorial shopping results.

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from dannysullivan 1893 Days ago #
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It’s not accurate, sorry. See my comments in the main story.

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