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He is even threatening to contact Google and ask them to remove me from the listings (haha).
He says, the reason he is angry is because my blog is not related to that particular search term, but his site is. Therefore he thinks I should not be above him.
I would be keen to hear how you guys would have dealt with this guy?
[edited by: tedster at 7:09 pm (utc) on Dec. 9, 2006]
It means the search engines are finding relevant material in dark corners of the web.
Heh, yea, but you never know which dark corner you might end up in, and you might not want to be there. I noticed that one site I did for a club started ranking in the top 5 for the phrase pipe bomb, with the commensurate traffic spike. Couldn't figure it out, and it was somewhat disturbing, till I realized it was because I had a show listed with links to two bands, one called The Bomb Pops and the other called 500 Feet of Pipe. Thus we were coming up for pipe bomb. Not exactly what we were going for.
For some reason, that really sets people off. :)
The concensus seems to be that Deano made this up.
The smoking gun they point to is a prior post on his blog about a planned viral marketing campaign.
That and the fact that he doesn't name the person making the complaint, and so there is no way to verify it.
Tedster didn't mention a reason for his editing of the original post here. I wonder if, perchance, it contained a URL?
Viral Campaign Stey by Step
Firstly I need to find something that is going to get a reaction from people and get them talking. I have already chosen what this will be.
Next step is to create a site that is going to get your point across and act as a call to action for the readers.
After that will be the promotion of the site via related sites.
Ending with a mass press release to relevant sources.
The goal is similar to the butterfly effect, meaning that everyone who reads the site is a potential spokesman for your site. If enough people become spokesmen then the site can really snowball.
Before the end of the week I intend to have the site up and running and then I will aim to start phase one of the promoting over the weekend.
I will be putting progress reports on here on a regular basis, so if you have never done a viral campaign before then stay tuned and perhaps we can learn together.
(For those who have been hidden on some island since WWII... I'm referring to the fellow who says he was charged $0.001/kbyte for roaming data, when he was quoted .001 CENTS/kbyte on multiple occasions, backed-up by recordings of phone conversations, transcriptions, etc. Rep after rep proved that they didn't know the difference between .001 dollars and .001 cents. This one has made the rounds. I am now having my doubts...)
People love these types of stories, as it sparks memories of their own outrage at having been in similar situations, dealing with someone who is apparently just too stupid for words. It's a clever viral marketing ploy - sometimes you can get a great deal more interest going over a NEGATIVE.
But I think the public is catching-on to viral marketing, and it's now going to become risky, as the public reaction may turn negative when caught.
Sony got caught pretty quickly on the "I want my PS3" "basement rap".
To move the discussion back to the topic of this forum... I am sure that Google is watching these developments very closely, and we can expect them to influence the next round of algorithm updates,
1) I don't know the term, or the company. I didn't ask, he didn't tell
2) It's not a hoax, despite the /. hysteria. The planned viral campaign was going to be something completely differnet, on a purpose built site, with much better hosting back-up...
3) >> I am sure that Google is watching these developments very closely
I guarantee it. Stuff like this goes directly to search relevancy, and the perception of search relevancy. This having gotten so public will inevitably bring it to the attention of Google employees
> Offer to sell him your blog. Get as much as you can from this nut case and start another blog...
> Offer him your SEO services for $100/hour.
> I would give him a mail and explain him about what is seo
Yes something like that. But don't mail (it'd be an evidence). Ring him up. Ask. Try to figure out what his real problem is. Give him one or two SEO-hints and then tell him about the oppertunities he's obviously missing. Interesting challenge for a good salesman;)
Ignoring doesn't seem to work for you, because otherwise you wouldn't have posted here.