When someone searches for your business on Yahoo, Yahoo serves up the standard local knowledge panel we are all familiar with. But they are also placing a pretty obtrusive ad right in the middle of the knowledge panel.
Here is an example:
They are definitely showing competing ads for the business shown in the knowledge panel, and for competitive market areas – such as for the insurance listing above, sites could definitely be losing traffic to them. And I can see how many of those who skim would blindly click the ad, thinking it leads to the website for the business featured in the knowledge panel, especially since many of them don’t have a link to the business, such as the Nordstrom example.
They also display ads in the same position when you click through to the expanded map listings, again with competitors, as you see a Macy’s ad on a Nordstrom result.
These ads are displayed directly below the information of the business, but on top of the reviews Yahoo is displaying.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though. Yahoo is extremely ad heavy in their search results, so it is only natural that ads would be here as well.
Neither Google nor Bing have ads displayed in the local knowledge panels of businesses.
Ads within the local knowledge panel in Yahoo seems to be displayed for all users in all locations.
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