Industrial Strength - A Column From Search Engine Land Protecting your brand online is an ongoing activity. It requires hard work and due diligence. One area of concern is when others bid on your brand, or use your brand name in their ads. My current understanding of Google’s policy is that it’s OK to bid on a competitive brand name, but it is not OK to use in your ad. Yahoo’s policy appears to be a bit stricter, and does allow for the possibility of prohibiting the bidding on a trademarked term.

So how big a problem is this? Let’s look at some data, courtesy of Hitwise for searches on the brand name “Orbitz“:

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