A Few Days Off

Just an FYI that the blog and comments feature won’t be active for the next couple/few days. I plan on some quiet time offline. That’s one of the perks of earning online isn’t it? When we feel the need to or when circumstances demand it, we can pause those adwords campaigns, make sure the hosting’s paid up and step back when we need to.

The SERP wars, cookie drama and MIA commish will still be waiting for us when we get back. 😉

See ya in a few.

Cool Blog Concept

Ran across this blog the other day: Goodies Blog

For your enjoyment and education, we request goodies from manufactures and update you on our search. We seek interesting promotional and household items which strike us as innovative, unique, timely or quality improvements on a classic theme.

So what they’re up to really adds up to fun. They throw out a bunch of requests and then provide a blog write-up to whoever sends them da goods! It’s a win-win for the blog owner (hey free goodies! :lol:) and for the product manufacturers (cheap advertising – cost: the sample & shipping).

You know I hope this blog hits the roof with response (both viewers and manufacturers) and the blogger has a bunch of success with it. It really is a fun concept.

Google Gulp April Fools

I thought Google’s April Fools was very creative and a nice poke at some of the chatter lately:

Quench your thirst for knowledge

Think fruity. Think refreshing.
Think a DNA scanner embedded in the lip of your bottle reading all 3 gigabytes of your base pair genetic data in a fraction of a second, fine-tuning your individual hormonal cocktail in real time using our patented Auto-Drinkâ„¢ technology, and slamming a truckload of electrolytic neurotransmitter smart-drug stimulants past the blood-brain barrier to achieve maximum optimization of your soon-to-be-grateful cerebral cortex. Plus, it’s low in carbs! And with flavors ranging from Beta Carroty to Glutamate Grape, you’ll never run out of ways to quench your thirst for knowledge.

Google Gulp

And to play along, we’ve got some folks providing the gulps over at eBay:

9 items found for google gulp

eBay and Google Gulp

WordPress And Search Engine Spam

Boy this is a tough one to swallow. I think WordPress is such a great open source project, a real treat as blogging software (hey I’m using it here! :lol:), and the community as a whole is very creative and wonderfully supportive.

But this newsflash is hard to take:

WordPress Website’s Search Engine Spam

The Problem. WordPress is a very popular open-source blogging software package, with a great official website maintained by Matt Mullenweg, its founding developer. I discovered last week that since early February, he’s been quietly hosting at least 120,000 168,000 articles on their website. These articles are designed specifically to game the Google Adwords program, written by a third-party about high-cost advertising keywords like asbestos, mesothelioma, insurance, debt consolidation, diabetes, and mortgages. (Update: Google is actively removing every article from their results, but here’s a saved copy of the first page of results. You can still view about 25,000 results on Yahoo. Or try this search tool, which searches multiple Google datacenters.)

I do think Matt made a *critical* error in judgement when taking on this revenue source and the methods he put in place to, errmm, host these pages.

A post from GoogleGuy:

There definitely appear to be hidden links on the root page of wordpress.org using CSS, e.g. “text-indent: -9000px; overflow: hidden”. That’s clearly against our quality guidelines at http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html#quality

What’s more, it looks like the company responsible for doing this (hotnacho.com) is also responsible for creating duplicate content in the form of posting the articles in multiple places, as you can see with this url: http://tinyurl.com/3omjj (these duplicate pages probably won’t last long).

Google’s guidelines are quite clear on things like hidden text and hidden links to duplicate content. People should have a skeptical reaction when someone comes trying to buy links to spammy/duplicate pages, esp. if they want control of a subdomain or a subdirectory on your own site–linking to content like that can trigger effects to a whole site’s reputation, as this person notes:
http://sayanythingblog.com/2005/03/28/google-comes-through

Part of the scandal involves Matt’s public stance on blog/search engine spam and implementing the nofollow tag in WordPress.

Huge damage was done here and I don’t think he’ll ever shake this one off.

Thanks to ThreadWatch for the heads up on this one.

ETA: Blog comment spam bots are hitting this post hard. Removing comment ability: 28/09/06

Sneak Peek At Yahoo 360

There’s a quick peek of Yahoo 360 over at Charlene Li’s blog:

First look at Yahoo! 360

I got a detailed walkthrough of Yahoo! 360 this afternoon, and I have to say, the Yahoo! team has done an excellent job thinking through key details of how to not only integrate blogs and social networking, but also how to pull in elements from the Yahoo! network.

Looks good to me so far, beta testing starts on the 29th of March.

Thanks to WebProWorld for the link.