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Search Engines - The New Battle Ground for Middle East Conflicts?

SEO Contest Pits Israel Against Iran

     
3:55 pm on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is the 3rd time this week that politics and seo have seriously crossed paths. I find it fascinating that SEO would be used for such purely political purposes.

[israelnewsagency.com...]

The Israel News Agency in posting these Holocaust cartoons from Iran, has launched an SEO - Internet search engine optimization marketing contest to prevent Iran and Islam terrorist groups news Websites from reaching top positions in Google. This is the first time that a SEO contest was created for a political and humanitarian cause. And the INA has secured Olympic gold in its quest to outrank any and all Arab and Islam Websites as when one searches for the key words: "iran holocaust cartoons" the Israel News Agency has secured a Google first place ranking.

Is this a new era for seo?

8:29 pm on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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the cartoons become somewhat less "entertaining". Don't you think?

The point is not the entertainment factor, just that the results can be easily manipulated by organizations who have the knowledge to use SEO to push their views. Imagine if the cigarette companies pushed sites that advocated smoking and its health 'benefits'. We wouldn't take kindly to that.

At least I think that's the point. :)

5:12 am on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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To all of you SEO experts out there:

You have a lot of power in your hands.Make sure you use it for good causes.

3:10 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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just that the results can be easily manipulated by organizations who have the knowledge to use SEO to push their views. Imagine if the cigarette companies pushed sites that advocated smoking and its health 'benefits'. We wouldn't take kindly to that...

And how, exactly, would you "use SEO" to accomplish that? How would a cigarette company "push" sites?

What makes anyone think that any SEO "expert" can manipulate Google or any other SE? Some of the opinions I have read here just don't make any sense.

And what is to prevent "the other side" from doing exactly the same thing, thus canceling anything out?

It was not SEO's or Google that started the whole cartoon thing - it was 2 muslim clerics that went back to the Middle East and made a big issue of it - and that made the news.

However, their ploy backfired - badly - in their misguided efforts to get Denmark condemned by muslims for the cartoons, they succeeded it making it an international issue, and now you can find those cartoons on millions of websites.

None of this had a THING to do with SEO's or search engine manipulation.

4:13 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sabatoge Erase and Obliterate

If an information war fought in the search engines is public you can begin to imagine whats going on in secrecy.

6:48 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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And what is to prevent "the other side" from doing exactly the same thing, thus canceling anything out?

capital.

6:07 am on Feb 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, here's an interesting cartoon on the whole episode...

[seotoons.com...]

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