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I thought that "sticking to the posted topic" was going to be one of the changes in direction for WW in general, and this board in particular, that Brett announced a couple of months ago?
Am I missing something?
Over the years I've monitored my main competitor's site and done SE battle with him for what seems like an eternity.
During the early days I was always stumped as to why he always came out on top of the serps. Even though I had no clue what I was doing, sometimes I would poke around his site to see how his was different from mine, and how he was able to maintain such high (usually #1) rankings.
His site always contained the strangest design elements; for example, there was always these rows and rows of little dots at the bottom of his pages, like someone had typed in hundreds of periods for no apparent reason. Now why would someone go to the trouble to do that!?!?
And then for a while there were these strange frame-sets; why on earth would anyone ever create a frame set at 99-100%?
The punch-line is that, even though his domain-name is the most desirable for this region and probably worth a couple of hundred grand for the name alone, it has been grey-barred for 2+ YEARS!
So I can tell you from first-hand experience that a "'special' place in the ban list" means that a site gets stomped-on so bad that you'd need dental records to indentify it.
Also, I am not sure WHAT I am doing to get my sites listed. I have 3 theories:
1. i used the addurl link
2. the site is listed in Yahoo (not all of them though)
3. one of my sites in Yahoo/Google has a link to the site that now appears in google.
Which one seems most plausible to explain why I was crawled?