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Using my business name for their search

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by txirrigation, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 977

    About once a week I google my own business name to keep up with reviews, and to make sure no one has made false reviews against me. I have caught and prosecuted a few competitors for liable along the way by doing this.

    Recently I noticed that one of my competitors was using my business name as a search query for his website. He was also using it for his adwards campaign.

    I guess this is kind of a complement, but I would like to shake it. I am assuming that if I mention it to him at one of the assoc. meetings that would be enough to make him deny and remove. If not I was going to send an email calling him out on it.

    I do not think that there is anything illegal about it, but to me it just seems wrong.

    Anything I can do here?
  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    Send him a letter asking him to stop? The internet is the wild wild west I don't think you can do much about it. I could be wrong though.

    I would worry about angie list reviews more then general online reviews
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    There is nothing wrong with it. I have the words Rainbird, Hunter, and some others in my campaigns. Sure, they are not my competitor, but they may not want other businesses utilizing their large brand name. I personally don't think what he is doing is something to worry about.

    On another note, I've mentioned over the years of a local company that has a name extremely similar to my company name. It is very general and generic, and people confuse them with my company. My company ends in Etc., Inc, where theirs ends in just Inc. I have purchased the domain name for their company and have it redirect straight to my website. Nothing wrong with it, it still has all the words for within my company name, minus one.
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,650

    you sneaky barstid you :rolleyes:
  5. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 977

    I had the same problem with a company opening a business with almost the same name as mine. I filed a complaint with the state, and they had to forfit thier name, as it clearly states in the laws you cannot have a name that is too close to anothers where it may cause confustion (in legal jargon of course) They had a business name like "Joes Irrigaiton" but then started a DBA that was the same as mine just without the LLC.

    Protecting your repuation is one of the most important parts of business.
  6. Yeah like Dana says nothing wrong with it and SEO consultants recommend it. Type Rain Master, TRC Commander, Promax UA, along with about 400 more keywords and every potential misspelling ........
  7. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    Like "romete pigtial"?
    You still come out at the top of the list on google. :clapping:
  8. It's my down to earth blogs ;-/
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  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    One of my (many) ex employees thought he was going to make a run at me. He called his business "Budget Irrigation" and had the brass to cruise down to one of my clients and try to grab the gig: they called the cops.
  10. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 977

    Luckily I know Spanish, and my guys don't know English.... I do not have that problem.

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