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Posted 21 July 2004 - 01:49 PM
Posted 21 July 2004 - 01:56 PM
strange goings on at Google . . .
Posted 21 July 2004 - 02:39 PM
Sites that use the "bad" method don't show up... remove the "bad" stuff, and next time Googlebot comes a-crawlin', the sites are back in the index without having to plead their case. (Maybe build in a bit of a delay between the time Google knows the bad stuff is gone and the time they re-list the pages, just to drive home the point...)
Automatic reinstatement for sites that were automatically blocked. Less work for Google, as it accomplishes what they want -- compliance with their terms -- without any manual intervention at all on either end. Sounds like the sort of thing those math geeks at Google would love.
Posted 21 July 2004 - 02:51 PM
Posted 21 July 2004 - 03:55 PM
That's how come they could get so many in one fell swoop. (Not fowl swoop as I saw Anthony P post somewhere else today... )
Posted 21 July 2004 - 04:49 PM
If they think it's their responsibility to punish sites that have been naughty, then they could very well build in a significant delay before reinstatement or require some sort of manual intervention. Only thing is, manual intervention could suck up a lot of time and effort, and from what we've seen in the past, manual labor isn't their "thing" at the Googleplex. But an automatic delay would certainly be doable. Only problem is, then they'd still be innundated with e-mails and requests for reinstatement from contrite web site owners.
If, on the other hand, they simply want to avoid letting naughty SEO tactics float "unworthy" pages to the top -- then there's no real need for a lot of "punishment". Pages with the naughty bits are filtered out, pages without the naughty bits are displayed. Webmasters and SEOs who "see the light" and get rid of the naughty bits get back in right away (or nearly so).
In the second method, there's a more direct association between the tactics and the results. Use these tactics, you're outta there. Get rid of them, and you're back in. Nice, clean direct association. Makes the point, I think.
Perhaps this is Google's way of "training" web site owners, sort of a warning shot across the bow. Could be that -- after everyone's had a chance to absorb the lesson -- they'll institute further measures for anyone foolish or naive enough to continue to use these techniques. Sort of a whack upside the head for those who didn't learn the first time around. Then again, maybe not. There are plenty of other spammy techniques that are still slipping through; maybe they're spending their time working on those instead (we hope, we hope)...
Posted 21 July 2004 - 09:33 PM
I would anticipate that some fraction of those folks who wrapped their sites in TP also used other unclean SEO methods. It would seem to me that sites that had been fingered as spammers would be held to a higher level of scrutiny.
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