BP, which unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S. history in the Gulf of Mexico, has purchased key search terms from Google, Bing and Yahoo to ensure that searchers see its efforts to help however it can in the catastrophe it created. BP admitted to paying for search keywords so its response Website would rank high in search engines when users look for terms related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Do a search on terms such as "BP
" "Deepwater Horizon
" and "oil spill
" on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Bing these days and you're bound
to see a sponsored link to BP Plc's Gulf of Mexico response Website
The company that unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S.
history in the Gulf of Mexico has purchased key search terms from search engines
to ensure that searchers see its efforts to help however it can in the catastrophe
rig, working off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, was
rocked April 20 by an explosion that killed 11 rig workers, injured 17 more and
caused the drilling platform to sink.
The explosion damaged the wellhead, and an estimated 5,000
to 15,000 barrels per day are befouling the Gulf. Birds surface
each day covered in oil
and the fishing industry in the Gulf has been incalculably impinged.
BP has capped the busted
wellhead, but it is unclear how effective the measure is and the company's image has mightily suffered.
BP has been the subject of jokes and satirical Websites,
including the sardonic BP account BPGlobal PR
on Twitter. The company has also been derided for spending $50
million to repair its image in TV advertising.
The company purchased search keywords to ensure its
response Website rides high on Google, Bing and Yahoo, which together command
95 percent of the world's search engine market.
BP admitted to paying for search keywords so its response
Website would rank high in search engines when users look for terms related to
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
While BP did not to respond for eWEEK's request for
comment June 9, a spokesperson for BP told Reuters
the company wanted to make
it easier for people who were trying to access information on the BP Website to
"We know people are looking for those terms on our Website and we're just trying to make it easier for them to get directly to
those terms," the spokesman told Reuters.
Google, which has been
the BP developments with its Google Earth application and NASA
satellite images, offers keywords for bidding to buyers through its AdWords