When you hear search engines talk about bad neighborhoods they mention things like WAREZ sites.
Some people would be afraid to link at Astalavista, thinking they might be pointing into a bad neighborhood or supporting software theft. Google and Yahoo! apparently think the site has quality content and have both decided to endorse software theft worldwide by placing their ads on the site.
- here is some Google AdSense...and another one next to the Hackers Black Book
- here is some Yahoo!
- here are Google and Yahoo! next to one another
- here is a custom inline popup Google AdSense banner
Google will tell you to avoid bad neighborhoods and Web Position Gold:
- Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.
- Don't use unauthorized computer programs to submit pages, check rankings, etc. Such programs consume computing resources and violate our Terms of Service. Google does not recommend the use of products such as WebPosition Gold™ that send automatic or programmatic queries to Google.
but they sponsor sites that help you steal the software ------>
How would you like to be the ad buyer paying Google for the privledge to place ads for your software next to cracks for stealing it?
I don't think this post is outing anybody either. As the most famous WAREZ site, Astalavista enjoys a PageRank 7, ranks #1 in Google for [cracks], and most of my web friends have heard of the site. Surely it gets enough traffic to where Google and Yahoo! both know it is a publishing partner.
Are these search companies this greedy? Supporting any site so long as there is traffic? Without regard to the business model or who they hurt? The engines really need to clean their shit up before they force others to help them.
How can anyone take these companies credibly when they talk about marketing techniques, targeted leads OR content quality?