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Best Of The Web: The End Goal Of A Submission Is Not A Link Best Of The Web: The End Goal Of A Submission Is Not A Link
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We recently ran an article called “The Blurry Lines Of Google’s Paid Links Policy“. Much of the article talked about web directory The Best Of The Web, which has a submission process, requiring submitters to pay a fee to have …

Recover From Google Penguin Update: Get Better At Links Recover From Google Penguin Update: Get Better At Links
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Even before the Penguin update, a lot of webmasters had been getting messages from Google about questionable links. About a month ago, we talked about Google de-indexing paid blog/link networks, which led to some such messages. This appears to have …

Google: If You Care About Your Standing in Search, Don’t Wait Out Penalties Google: If You Care About Your Standing in Search, Don’t Wait Out Penalties
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As previously reported, webmasters with links from paid blog networks that Google recently de-indexed have been receiving letters from Google Webmaster Tools. Google’s John Mueller talked a little about such letters and the reconsideration process in a Google Groups thread …

Are You Surprised That Google Doesn’t Like Paid Blog Networks? Are You Surprised That Google Doesn’t Like Paid Blog Networks?
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Google has been cracking down on lesser quality content littering its search results a great deal over the past year – probably more than any other time in the search engine’s history. Obviously, to those who follow the search industry, …

Chrome Comes Out Of The Penalty Box, Following Paid Link Fiasco Chrome Comes Out Of The Penalty Box, Following Paid Link Fiasco
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Remember when Google was involved in that controversy regarding paid links on blog posts about the company’s Chrome browser? As people had caught wind of what was going on, Google implemented a PageRank penalty on Chrome’s landing page, which knocked …

Unruly Media (Of Google Paid Link Fiasco Fame) Aims To Avoid Similar Fiascos Unruly Media (Of Google Paid Link Fiasco Fame) Aims To Avoid Similar Fiascos
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Early this month, Google was caught up in some controversy related to paid linking. It’s funny how the Internet works. That seems like such a long time ago, and so many Google controversies ago. Since then, Google has sparked heated …

Aaron Wall Interview: Google Paid Link Story Wrap-Up Aaron Wall Interview: Google Paid Link Story Wrap-Up
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The topic of paid links is in the headlines once again, and ironically, Google is the accused. As WebProNews previously reported, Google was recently caught up in a controversy after it violated its own Webmaster Guidelines as part of a marketing campaign for Google Chrome.

Google Demotes Chrome PageRank Following Paid Link Fiasco Google Demotes Chrome PageRank Following Paid Link Fiasco
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Following the previously reported upon controversy surrounding a marketing campaign for Google’s Chrome browser, Google has apparently decided to devalue its Chrome landing page (in terms of PageRank). At least temporarily. Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land acquired a statement …

Google Promotes Chrome At Cost Of Search Quality Google Promotes Chrome At Cost Of Search Quality
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Google is the subject of some controversy related to sponsored links. They involve posts promoting Google Chrome for small businesses. Are you OK with Google’s Chrome promotion strategy? Let us know in the comments. As you may know, Google has …

J.C. Penney Sees Some Google Visibility Recovery After Paid Link Scandal J.C. Penney Sees Some Google Visibility Recovery After Paid Link Scandal
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Earlier this year, J.C. Penney was caught gaming Google. A New York Times article exposed that the company had been benefiting enormously from excessive paid links, which is obviously against Google’s rules. They had ranked number one or close for …

6 Ways Twitter Lists Are Changing the Game
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We knew Twitter lists were going to be big for Twitter. We knew they were going to greatly increase the usefulness of the service, and for many, even the enjoyment. What we didn’t know, however, was that right out of the box, we would see so many different uses for them, providing a window to the potential that they really do hold not only for Twitter itself, but for any business or individual who uses it. Let’s look at a few of those ways that Twitter lists are being used.

 

Does Google Penalize Paid Links in Javascript?
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You may recall back at SMX Seattle earlier this year, Google’s Matt Cutts talked at length about paid links. He touched upon the topic of Google being able to read javascript after giving out advice for so long to use javascript as a way to keep Google from reading paid links.

The Ups and Downs of Paid Tweeting
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Update: Izea has launched thier paid tweeting service (discussed in the original article) on its own site at SponsoredTweets.com.

Matt Cutts Answers Questions About Directories and Ranking
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As you may know, Google’s Matt Cutts frequently answers questions from Google users on the Google Webmaster Central YouTube channel. There are a couple recent ones in which he addresses questions about directories and how they contribute to a site’s rankings.

The first question is:

Will Google consider Yahoo! Directory and BOTW (Best of the Web) as sources of paid links? If no, why is this different from another site that sells links?

Are SEOs the ‘Bad Guys’?
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There have been a couple of pretty interesting articles written this week that ask a legitimate (if not somewhat sensationalized) question:  Does Google consider SEOs to be criminals?

Google Talks About the Links-for-Money Spectrum
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In a Q&A session at SMX Advanced in Seattle, Google’s Matt Cutts talked at length about paid links. He was asked several questions about this.

Google recently announced it is now reading javascript and acting upon it. In the past, the advice given out has been if you have paid links, you should either nofollow those paid links or use javascript because Google didn’t read it.

Google’s Cutts Apologizes For Paid Post Snafu
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Jaws dropped last week upon the news Google penalized its own Japanese site in Google search results after discovering Google Japan participated in a pay-per-post blogging scheme. WebProNews Video caught up with Google’s anti-spam-team captain, Matt Cutts, who offers his apologies.

Google Penalizes Itself
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Go ahead and laugh, because it is funny. Google Japan’s probably too embarrassed to laugh, though, and someone somewhere is likely to resemble the spittle-drenched apologist from the movie Gung Ho.

Google Japan, according to its apology, was apparently unaware of the company’s own terms of service. Paying a Japanese pay-per-post promotion company to pimp its new Hot Keywords blog widget caused the website to be busted down from PR 9 to PR 5.

New Paid Links Service Sparks More Debate
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InLinksQuite a storm of debate has erupted over a new service called InLinks – essentially a paid text link service that allegedly makes it hard for Google (and other search engines) to detect them. And mouths of  Internet marketers begin to salivate.

Paid Links Go Underground
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For every abolition an underground emerges. Google’s not exactly the law, and bootleggers during Prohibition didn’t exactly offer seminars about avoiding the revenuers. Todd Mailcoat, Rand Fishkin, John Lessnau, with six middle fingers between them, offer no such discretion and invited PubCon attendees under the table in a session titled Linkfluence: How to Buy Links With Maximum Juice and Minimum Risk.

Paid Link Reporting Spurs Furious Debate
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Matt Cutts posted a note about Google being in position to handle paid link report submissions from the Internet community; Michael Gray complained about the fairness of the request.