You’ve probably seen a lot of buzz about various home business and ‘work from home’ arrangements using Google’s name. One in particular called “Google Money” is now in legal hot water with Google itself. According to the Google blog, Google is cracking down on certain work from home arrangements who try to use their name. And there are quite a few of those. Most are not legitimate home business opportunities and unfortunately only make money for the perpetrators.
I’m surprised it’s taken Google this long to begin cracking down on the illegitimate use of their name. And perhaps not surprising is that many of these sites paid a lot of money to Google using Google’s Adwords to promote their businesses. This has not gone unnoticed and Google has this to say about that:
Even as we’re taking legal action to try to cut these sites off at the source, we’re still working constantly to remove scammy URLs from our index, and we’ll permanently disable AdWords accounts that provide a poor or harmful user experience, whether or not they use Google’s trademarks illegally. That said, we can’t guarantee that schemes like these won’t pop up, like the proverbial “Whack-A-Mole”, someplace else online — either on a different network or under a different name.
It does indeed seem that home based business “easy money” scams are like a whack-a-mole and it’s important to remember to consider this when looking at home based businesses. A legitimate home based business opportunity should not promise ‘quick money’ or ‘easy cash’. If it does, it’s probably not legitimate. This isn’t restricted to just Google named products either.
This also brings up another issue about affiliate arrangements. If you become an affiliate for one of these sites, chances are you can be held accountable as well. This can mean having your Google account removed and getting banned from using Adwords or Adsense. So be careful what you promote!
Good that Google is finally taking action to clean up this practice and halt the use of their name for scam promotion.