The Uneven Justice of Search Engines

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I picked this up in another forum that doesn't allow URL's so it will probably get pulled. Anyway, if you go to Digits.com, formerly a PR9 website counter site. Down at the footer you'll see "Articles on credit, health care, backup, insurance, home business, web hosting and home buying." which leads to section thats awfully similar to Wordpress articles that were banned the other day. You can still see the articles listed in Yahoo for Asbestos, Credit, insurance.

So looks like G is on the prowl. However one of the things that bothers me is the inequity of punishment. Wordpress only lost the "article" sub-directory whereas digit.com lost the entire website. Whats even worse is that Wordpress hid the links and Digits had them out in the open. It's like DaveN says high profile websites can get away with much much more.

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IMO, there has been a fair amount of wagon-circling by the blog community (and perhaps the SEs) to overlook, explain (read: justify), or othewise mitigate the Wordpress mess. I've just commented on this over at Scoble's where I get the sense that he's stretching to close this episode and move on.

Danny says (Mar 31st):
"After a short period of time, WordPress's home page will undoubtedly find its ban lifted. After all, do a search for WhenU, and you get that company's home page tops in Google despite it having been banned for cloaking last year. After 42 days, it was back in."
http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050331-211635

Yes, a very short period, Danny ...but we all knew it would be.

 

The thread title has now changed to "The Uneven Justice of Google" --I wouldn't say that Google is alone in dispensing uneven justice, so hereby I'm protesting slightly.

Sensationalist....

Im a born sensationalist, but i'll change it again if you can think of a better one..?

One thing that interests me: I've been commenting on and off about this since TW started. How will the increased publicity of Google et al's crime and punishment stuff affect them?

It's not as if it's confined to the seo/web dev forums anymore where it was relatively quiet and under the radar, everyone wants to be a search pundit now and with the explosion of blogs and the way communication has changed as a result, it'll be interesting to see how this all pans out as banning, penalties etc are talked about and reported on by the masses.

if you go to Digits.com

- gigit.com? *lol*

 

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How will the increased publicity of Google et al's crime and punishment stuff affect them?

Across the span of human history, the little people are more easily squashed than the big people - until the little people rise up and displace the big people, then turn into them.

 

Seem a German site grab the XML feed to use the articles in it's pages to get more Adsense money :-)

Ok

Welcome Eric, do introduce yourself here...

Let's stay away from more examples, we're getting dangerously close to 'outing' websites here, and apart from large public sites that have already been exposed elsewhere, and are already in hot water over it, i think we should stick to being a little more generic in our commentary :)

thanks everyone.

unfair!

they pulled the whole site? (I haven't checked - still in the middle of the first morning cuppa :))
That is unfair and unbusiness-like.
The only thing photomatt did wrong was to attempt to cloak the links. The articles were rubbish and in bad taste, but not of themselves a violation.
So another site also hosting rubbish is not a reason to ban the site if they didn't make a TOS-error.
*sigh* They never hand-edit where *I* want them to ;)

 

The only thing photomatt did wrong was to attempt to cloak the links. The articles were rubbish and in bad taste, but not of themselves a violation.
So another site also hosting rubbish is not a reason to ban the site if they didn't make a TOS-error.

I thought crafting pages specifically for adsense/adwords results was against the usage TOS?

Cant' be

Jen did a talk on exactly how to do that at Google recently Wibble...

against TOS

>Cant' be

at one point in time is surely was. and their policies still say its wrong

No Google ad may be placed on pages published specifically for the purpose of showing ads, whether or not the page content is relevant.

AdSense program polocies

Yeah

I knew :) funny though that they'd teach you how to do something against the TOS heh...

Justince in business?

It always strikes me as paradoxical, in a capitalist society/world. I never bother with what's fair or not, all my energy is focused on reacting to reality and staying always flexible, creative, and on top.

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