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What not to do in Google

Google Spam King of the Month

11:28 pm on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thought I'd share this just for a quick laugh.
One of my chosen keywords today is showing 250,000 possible results.
The Google SERP's are displaying 900 visible listings.

Some "knucklehead" has apparently "cloaked" his site, so that his site occupies every single listing from # 38 all the way up to # 900! With virtually identical pages.

What do you think fellas, should I report him?

2:47 pm on May 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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38 - 900!

Those who aren't too greedy can sometimes get away with hitting obscure but important keyword combinations for quite some time without anyone noticing.

I've seen some web design/seo/hosting companies use a good method - and they only grab ONE SERP with cloaking. Usually not number one, but in the three-four-five range.

I reported one such case about a month ago, and google had them dropped within about a week. The hosting company had a submdomain back up and listed the next time I checked( I thought that was pretty impressive ), with a loss of about 4 positions -- this time with no cloaking. I was only watching a particular demographic location/market; I assume they use the same method for many markets, but never checked.

I don't report these things to wipe the competition, but so that the search engines can study the methods and create successful filters.

It's really all in a good spirit, provided that those trying to beat the filters are still relevant for the key terms targeted.

Tyring to capture eight hundred positions, however, is likely a bit overboard.

3:01 pm on May 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>What do you think fellas, should I report him?

What do you think? If you think you should, then do it [google.com]. If it's annoing to joe's search experience than google would be happy to hear about it, i guess.

>Google Spam King of the Month

Probably there are people out there with ten times more indexed garbage, hard to tell and in fact not that important, who's the king, imho. ;)

3:08 pm on May 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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