DaveN raises an interesting point and one that has long had smaller players feeling resentful towards search engines.
When Bigs Corps Spam, It's OK
Think this isn't true? Sure it is, i've seen examples over the years as many here at Threadwatch have im sure. I can understand that Google (as prime example) cannot afford to ban large corporations for a number of reasons:
- Big $$$'s for Adwords etc
- Cant afford the PR scandal
- Cant afford users not being able to find the corp's site
So is this fair?
Of course it's not, but then very little in life is fair and im not generally of the whiney nature heh.. however, bringing Search engines to task over the seriously lop-sided execution of indexing penalties has some interest.
Why exactly is it ok for Elance to use hidden text and not me? - As dave points out, if he did it, he'd be likely to get banned.
Examples of LARGE Corps that Spam
It's been a long establised tradition in the webmaster/seo circles to not shop the little guys, but large corps have been deemed fair game. In that spirit, go right ahead and give examples of how search engines allow large corporations get away with spamming while the independent site builders are penalized.
I'll start with Elance.
only large corporations or sites please