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How This Panda Victim Google-Proofed His Business

How This Panda Victim Google-Proofed His Business

By Chris Crum January 31, 2014 | 7 Comments

Earlier this week, famous web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis unleashed his new app Inside. It’s a news aggregation service, which has proven immediately addictive to fans. While the app itself is an interesting enough story in its own right, there’s another …

EzineArticles: Some Content Ranking Higher
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Since being hit hard by Google’s recent algorithm update, EzineArticles is hard at work, trying to get its rankings and traffic back up. CEO Chris Knight tells WebProNews, "Beyond what we shared in the blog/twitter, we’re going to return to not sharing specifics on our traffic or ranking."

Calacanis on Google Algorithm Aftermath and Impact on Mahalo
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As previously reported, Mahalo is reducing its staff by 10% as a result of the loss of revenue and traffic from Google’s most recent algorithm update. We reached out to Calacanis for comment on the situation. 

Google Algorithm Update to Get “New Layer” to Help “Falsely Caught” Sites
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As we discussed in another article, Google’s recent algorithm update aimed at content farms had some apparently unintended casualties. One of these was the Apple news blog Cult of Mac. Publisher Leander Kahney wrote a scathing post about the update, clearly furious over Google knocking their search rankings (and traffic) down as if they were a content farm. 

Google Update Costs Mahalo Employees Their Jobs
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Google’s recent algorithm update, aimed at content farms, has done more than harm content farms. Some unexpected casualties were hurt in the search rankings as well. Google is acknowledging this. 

Mahalo Employs Botnet Criminal
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An employee in Mahalo’s IT department, John Schiefer, has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for launching a botnet attack. He was charged and agreed to plead guilty back in 2007. In the meantime, he got a job at Mahalo and has been working there up to his sentencing.

BlogWorld Expo: Keynote Luncheon with Rubel and Kawasaki

BlogWorldWebPronews anchor Abby Prince-Johnson was present for the keynote luncheon at the BlogWorld Expo, where star bloggers Steve Rubel and Guy Kawasaki spoke with one another on a variety of topics from Yahoo to Mahalo.

SES New York: Calacanis Pitches Mahalo Social
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Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis, after stirring up some controversy at his last SES keynote address, was invited to speak again at the SES Conference in New York, and his tone regarding SEO was a bit softer.

SES New York is here again, and WebProNews is there to bring you reports and videos from the Big Apple. Enjoy our coverage this week.

The Irony of Mahalo Traffic Growth

A couple of weeks ago, Heather Hopkins at Hitwise noted that the human-powered Mahalo search engine has been showing a very strong curve of increasing traffic:

Hitwise Gives Mahalo Search Share Update

Everyone knows that, when a graph’s vertical axis goes to 100, whatever is plotted on it will look very different than if that axis went to 1,000.  So here’s Mahalo’s good news/bad news situation: a certain diagram makes its growth look astounding, yet it’s still leagues behind Google, Yahoo, and even Ask.

Mahalo Making Social Improvements

Mahalo, everyone’s favorite human-powered search engine and Jason Calacanis venture, has announced a few more “socially” improvements to its site. One of the major updates leverages other social media sites; the other is frankly patterned after another.

Calacanis Gets Free SEO Report For Mahalo

It maybe that Jason Calacanis just likes stirring up the SEO crowd, or it could be that he really feels a certain way about them. Either way, the hostility that met him at the beginning of the week meets him again at its close.

Facebook Killing Google? Um, No
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Some buzz centered on Robert Scoble’s contention that properties like Facebook and human-edited search engine Mahalo add up to a Google-free future misses out on an important factor.

Cutts Thinks Google Is Human

Matt Cutts says there is more to Google than the churning of computers. He talked about the role of people in the search process.

Mahalo – Search Results Inside Search Results?
So I was just reading a post by Graywolf about the Mahalo blog giving out nice free links to sites they would never include in their own search results for being to ’spammy’ and started poking around the new human search engine.

Automated Content Development & Moral Dilemmas
Fantomaster had a great comment about whether automated content generation is moral:

Mahalo To Curate Web Search

Substantial buzz has accompanied Jason Calacanis’ startup debut of Mahalo, a search site with human editors refining the results for the currently 4,000 top search terms.

Mahalo To Curate Web Search
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Mahalo To Curate Web Search