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Does Google mind people having the word "google" in there url?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by deviatus, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. deviatus

    deviatus Power Member

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    Let's say you want to make a site that is completely legit and complimentary of Google, something like GoogleMarketWatch(dot)com and have adsense running on the site. Would this be allowed?
     
  2. Strider

    Strider Junior Member

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    I wouldnt invest too much into a project with the word "google" in it. Their lawyers will send you a letter if they dont like asking you to comply.

    My general rule is: Ignore the emails and comply with mailed letters. If they have managed to get your mailing address, you failed already.
     
  3. Lurking

    Lurking Junior Member

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    Yes. They'll shut you down.

    Don't waste your time.
     
  4. endgame_media

    endgame_media Newbie

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    Yes they mind, their lawyers will be all over you once they find you.

    do like google cash dectective did

    gcdetective.com instead of googlecashdetective.com... etc
     
  5. Yukinari84

    Yukinari84 Elite Member

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    Hell yeah they mind.

    You'll get shut down before you even try to buy a domain with Google in it.

    I think most domain name sellers will give you a message like "this URL is prohibited" or something like that.
     
  6. BalingDazzer

    BalingDazzer Regular Member

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    GoogleSniper.com doesn't seem to have a problem; and I'm sure there tons of other that don't have a problem as well.
     
  7. Sweetfunny

    Sweetfunny Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Save yourself the hassle and pick something else, they are very arbitrary in how they deal with it. I know popular sites with Google in the name, and they get linked to by people like Cutts etc and there's even anti-google sites running ok.

    I got a DMCA just for using a couple of small images, so they do what they want when they want.
     
  8. Winstone

    Winstone Newbie

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    It really depends on what your site is doing.

    There are plenty out there using 'google' in their url that have survived for years because google doesn't object to their content. Do a search - and note that pretty much all of them include a clear disclaimer that they are no relation to google and not endorsed by google.

    That said, it would be unwise to plan a long-term business with such a name, because google can kill it whenever it chooses, and that's a pretty fundamental weakness.
     
  9. neobyte

    neobyte Junior Member

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    Lots of people use google in their domain name, like googlecash, googlecashdetective, googleprofit.

    But if you are serious in build a long term business, don't use the the word as you never know what is going to happen with these lawyers nowdays
     
  10. makavi

    makavi Newbie

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    I own googleearthtwitter.com...
     
  11. predayshus

    predayshus Junior Member

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    You know what's not fun. Getting the certified letter from a company's lawyer. Especially if you invested any time into the site.... Trust me, pass on this 1.
     
  12. Arthas

    Arthas BANNED BANNED

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    i own a google domain. would rather not say what it is though.
     
  13. tattoo

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    Trademarks in domains always go to the trademark owner, but the companies have to weigh the cost of getting it from you. If you don't cave in immediately when you get a letter from their lawyer, they will need to spend at minimum $3,000 to go through the legal process. They may recover some of that by suing you for damages though.
     
  14. donjuan

    donjuan Power Member

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    I think the response here will give you the general idea that you probably should forget it unless you crave that sort of repercussion.