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What Have Google’s Biggest Mistakes Been?

What Have Google’s Biggest Mistakes Been?

By Chris Crum May 12, 2014

Do you feel like Google makes many mistakes when it comes to trying to improve its search results? Do you think they’ve gone overboard or not far enough with regards to some aspect of spam-fighting? In the latest Google Webmaster …

Google Just Took Out Thousands Of Linksellers Google Just Took Out Thousands Of Linksellers
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Earlier this week, Google’s Matt Cutts ran down a bunch of new stuff Google’s web spam team is working on. Cutts tweeted an extension of that today, noting that Google will continue to tackle link networks, and that in fact, …

Matt Cutts Answers A Good Question About Paid Links Matt Cutts Answers A Good Question About Paid Links
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The latest Webmaster Help video is once again about the topic of paid links, but this time it’s about the effects of a paid link penalty on an innocent site that happened to be linked to by a site that …

Google Weighs In On Advertorials In Google News Google Weighs In On Advertorials In Google News

After the whole Interflora paid links fiasco, Google took to its Webmaster Central blog to remind webmasters about the no-nos of paid links and advertorials. Today, Google took to the Google News blog to remind bloggers and publishers that the …

Google Mistakes On Paid Links Mean Worse Results Google Mistakes On Paid Links Mean Worse Results
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There has been a lot of talk about Google and paid links in the news lately, so it’s only fitting that they’re the topic of the latest Webmaster Help video from the company. In this one, Matt Cutts responds to …

Google Busted With Its Own Paid Links Again Google Busted With Its Own Paid Links Again
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It appears that Google has been caught doing paid links again. We’re still waiting for Google to provide an explanation, but the evidence makes it look like this is the case. Our friend Aaron Wall at SEOBook has found some …

Interflora Gets Slapped By Google Interflora Gets Slapped By Google
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Update: While Google hasn’t named Interflora, the company seems to have confirmed the situation with an out of the blue post about paid links on Google’s Webmaster Central blog today. There’s nothing new. It’s just Matt Cutts reminding everybody that …

Google Explains Basics Of Paid Links In New Video Google Explains Basics Of Paid Links In New Video
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Google put out a new Webmaster Help video today about paid links. There’s no new information, and most of our readers can probably skip this one, but essentially, Cutts is just explaining to the uninitiated the difference between a paid …

Senator Tells Google About Paid Link Schemes Senator Tells Google About Paid Link Schemes

Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Jay Rockefeller, sent letters to Google’s Matt Cutts, Yahoo’s Shashi Seth and Microsoft’s Qi Lu about moving company scammers using paid links to game search results. The committee is …

Matt Cutts Has To Explain Paid Links To Newspaper Matt Cutts Has To Explain Paid Links To Newspaper
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Google’s Matt Cutts has a new blog post up about paid links. He says he was contacted by an unnamed newspaper who saw its Pagerank drop from a 7 to a 3, and wanted to know why. The reason, as …

Google Removes Parts Of Penalties In Some Cases Google Removes Parts Of Penalties In Some Cases
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Just as you can recover from a Google algorithm update like Penguin, you can bounce back from a penalty as well. In fact, you can even partially bounce back, even if you’re unable to bounce all the way back at …

Google: We’re Starting To Enforce Paid Links More Google: We’re Starting To Enforce Paid Links More

Google’s Matt Cutts has been making light of paid links all week, but in reality, Google isn’t joking when it comes to enforcing this part of its quality guidelines. According to Google, it’s cracking down on this more than ever, …

Google Seems To Be OK With Paid Inclusion These Days Google Seems To Be OK With Paid Inclusion These Days

We know from the countless instances of paid link penalties that Google doesn’t like it when you buy your way into organic search results, but Google has other financial transactions that influence some of its search results. Last month, Danny …

iAcquire Decides Against Paid Links iAcquire Decides Against Paid Links

Blogger Josh Davis recently put out an investigative report exposing the marketing firm iAcquire for engaging in paid links for clients. Once Google caught wind of it, iAcquire was de-indexed from Google’s search results. Now, the company has openly admitted …

Paid Links Get SEO Firm De-Indexed From Google Paid Links Get SEO Firm De-Indexed From Google
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Earlier this week, we posted an article about an investigation from blogger Josh Davis, which exposed marketing firm iAcquire for allegedly purchasing backlinks for clients. Davis’ report caught the attention of Google’s head of webspam, Matt Cutts: Follow @JoshDJosh Davis @JoshDSearch …

Do You Trust Your SEO Service Not To Do Paid Links? Do You Trust Your SEO Service Not To Do Paid Links?
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Josh Davis at LLsocial.com put together a pretty in depth report on what appeared to be a Fortune 1000 company purchasing links, violating Google’s Webaster Guidelines. It turned out, as he shared in an update, that the company purchasing the …

The Blurry Lines Of Google’s Paid Links Policy The Blurry Lines Of Google’s Paid Links Policy
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As you probably know, Google isn’t a fan of people paying for links that pass PageRank. It’s considered to be a manipulation of search results and a violation of Google’s quality guidelines, which are the focus of Google’s Penguin update. …