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Google Tests More Local Service Ads In SERPs - Search Engine Journal

Last updated Tuesday, August 2, 2022 16:30 ET , Source: NewsService

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Google is testing more local service ads per set of search results, with three ads on a page instead of two.

Ginny Marvin, Google’s Ads Liaison, confirms the test saying the aim is to increase consumer confidence in LSAs:

To confirm, this is an experiment. We’re running a small test to see the value to consumers and providers of providing one additional service provider in the Local Services Ad unit. The aim is to help consumers discover and book services from trusted providers with confidence.

— AdsLiaison (@adsliaison) July 26, 2022

Google’s experiment is opposite to what’s intended, as it draws more attention to the ongoing problem of LSA spam.

Google Increases LSAs To Three Per Page

The addition of another ad unit has the potential to be a positive change for businesses advertising their services on Google.

However, it’s making Google’s LSA spam more prevalent.

As noted in replies to Marvin’s tweet, several issues plague local service ads right now. Such as:

  • Ads for fake businesses
  • Ads for business profiles with fake reviews
  • Ads for business profiles that are deactivated

Considering every one of these ad packs has the promise of being “Google screened,” there must be a quality assurance gap somewhere.

The spam problem is tremendous & I'll cover that in great detail in the near future. I am...

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