Wikipedia Wins One Battle Against Black Hat Paid Editing

The Wikimedia Foundation announced that it successfully obtained orders preventing four sites, which advertise paid Wikipedia article editing, from using the Wikipedia trademark. The sites are wikipediapagecreators.com, getawikipedia.com, getonwikipedia.com, and onwikipedia.com. The foundation, which has been battling undisclosed paid editing,…

Google Goes After Yet Another Link Network

Earlier this month, Google revealed that it would be cracking down on more link networks, following a larger trend that has been taking place throughout the year. Google’s Matt Cutts hinted on Twitter that Google was taking action on the…

Google Reportedly Kills Link Network Ghost Rank 2.0

Google has reportedly penalized link network Ghost Rank 2.0, and sites with links from it. If you were using it, you probably should have expected this to happen sooner or later. Cutts appeared to have hinted at this last month,…

Electronic Locks Aren’t Very Effective Against A Hacker

I can appreciate that hotels now exclusively use key cards to open doors. They can be deactivated if lost and can’t be picked like a traditional lock. Safety is the name of the game here and hotels are the safest…

Matt Cutts: Here’s How To Expose Your Competitors’ Black Hat SEO Practices

Google’s Matt Cutts put out a Webmaster Help video discussing how to alert Google when your competitors are engaging in webspam and black hat SEO techniques. The video was in response to the following user-submitted question: White hat search marketers…

Google Penguin Update Recovery: Hidden Text And Links

There’s been a lot of discussion about Google’s Penguin update since it was launched. The update, if you haven’t been following, is about decreasing the rankings of sites that are violating Google’s quality guidelines. With that in mind, it seems…

Google Webspam Algorithm Update Draws Mixed Reviews From Users

Google’s Matt Cutts has been talking about leveling the playing field for sites that don’t participate in “over-optimization”. Last month at SXSW, Cutts made something of a pre-announcement about such changes, and it looks like a major part of these…

Google Webspam Update: Where’s The Viagra? [Updated]

Update: Viagra.com is back at number one. As you may know, Google launched a new algorithm update, dubbed the Webspam Update. According to Google, it’s designed to keep sites engaging in black hat SEO tactics from ranking. The update is…

Going From Black Hat To White Hat SEO Doesn’t Mean Google Will Like You

Much of the discussion in the SEO community of late has been related to Google’s efforts to “level the playing field” for mom and pops vs. those with bigger marketing budgets, and comments to this effect made by Matt Cutts…

Royal Wedding Brings Out the Cyber Criminals

Cyber criminals are exploiting the world’s fascination with the British Royal Wedding, which is taking place on Friday. They’re using the attention the event is getting to bolster spam campaigns and push rogue antivirus software through black hat search tactics,…