homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.227.20.250
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Pubcon Platinum Sponsor 2014
Home / Forums Index / Google / Google SEO News and Discussion
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: Robert Charlton & aakk9999 & brotherhood of lan & goodroi

Google SEO News and Discussion Forum

    
Google "hidden" ad links
On 403 forbidden error pages
menial

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 12:51 am on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I was looking for something on Google and found this error message below. Not for the first time. What intrigues me is the fact Google links to a site without using the nofollow tag. Then on that site you can clearly see Google ads. When you put the anchor text in google, both pages of the site are on the first page under these keywords. I'm not sure if my site would be fine if it was using similar advertising techniques..?

----------------

<h1>We're sorry...</h1>
<p>... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.
</p>
<p>We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected,
you might want to run a <a href="http://www.download.com/Antivirus/3150-2239-0.html"> virus checker</a> or <a href="http://www.download.com/sort/3150-8022-0-1-4.html">spyware remover</a> to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.
</p>
<p>We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on Google.

 

tedster

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 4:20 am on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Isn't your logic a bit thin here? On download.com, you don't see ads FOR Google, you see Adsense ads FROM Google. So why should Google use "nofollow" here? The links, freely given by Google as a help for Google's users don't fall into either reason that Google "requires" rel="nofollow"

1) Google does trust download.com and the link is not user-generated.
2) There's no evidence that download.com paid Google for those links.

menial

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 4:34 am on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Maybe it's thin, but I feel it would make more sense and be more fair to put these links:

<a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=virus+checker">virus checker</a>

<a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=spyware+remover">spyware remover</a>

... unless Google don't trust their own search results. But it apparently does since it still keeps the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

I'm not looking for any conspiracies here, just stating my observations and [thin/clueless] opinions.

tedster

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 4:41 am on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Ah, but download.com vets any software download that they offer - they perform a kind of editorial function. I would assume that Google is using that factor in their decision.

< By the way, I don't think you are clueless at
all - but I do think you are predisposed to find
fault with Google, and this clouds your analysis. >

menial

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 4:52 am on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I believe download.com isn't the only reputable company that vets its software. Anyway, it looks to me like an example of a deal behind closed doors (whether money is involved there or not).

Halfdeck

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 7:36 am on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

"I believe download.com isn't the only reputable company that vets its software."

And Google isn't the only reputable search engine. Still, people often link to Google instead of Yahoo. That's a personal, editorial choice.

Achernar

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 3:06 pm on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Maybe it's thin, but I feel it would make more sense and be more fair to put these links:

<a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=virus+checker">virus checker</a>

<a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=spyware+remover">spyware remover</a>

And how would you search with these links when google is preventing you from searching anything at all (which is the point of the "error" message)? ;)

menial

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 3:34 pm on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

And how would you search with these links when google is preventing you from searching anything at all (which is the point of the "error" message)? ;)

Google is preventing from searching only this particular term (something like www.domain.cn - this is when the "error" appeared), not blocking me from accessing google.com or the error page itself.

Achernar

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3477001 posted 5:14 pm on Oct 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've seen the same message, and the user/ip was totally banned.
You can generate this type of error by making searches as fast as possible (5-10/sec). At one point google will think you're a bot, hence the "your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application".

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / Google / Google SEO News and Discussion
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved