Long Time No Post...Various Links & Entrails

Aug 18th

Scraped Content?
Not sure what this is, but it may eventually be interesting to some. Odds are most of those really into scraping have their own setups already though?

Google Sandbox:
Confirmed, ish.

Although a bit technical or transluscent, some think a good tip may be hidden in this post.

Google Print:
Now says they will respect copyright. Perhaps the only reason they were so aggressive off the start was so that they could make it look like they were complying more by changing to somewhere in the middle ground?

China:
Google named 3 authorized AdWords resellers in the ad market
Yahoo! invested $1 billion into China ecommerce play Alibaba, although they may have got more than they bargained for:

Lawyers and officials monitoring China's counterfeiting industry say the alliance with Alibaba may even make Yahoo! effectively a partner in what several advocacy groups and analysts say is a burgeoning marketplace for counterfeit American merchandise

Interesting that few have brought up Google's investment in Baidu in similar terms (as one of Baidu's main search drivers is music piracy).

Yahoo! Site Explorer:
Yahoo! to launch a service offering listings of indexed page and linkage data called Yahoo! Site Explorer (although the site is not up yet)

PDF:
potential exploit problems

I still might have a few notes from SES worth peaking at and posting in the near future.

Published: August 18, 2005

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Comments

Adam
August 18, 2005 - 6:27pm

Insane amounts of updating. You've certainly made up for your absence, however if this is the model you mean to assume from now on by saying 'I aim to spend less time online' then I have to say I'd find it difficult to digest it in big waves like this. At least daily posts are easy to stay on top of. On the other hand, if you mean you'll just lower your amount of posts to 1 or 2 a week, then that'll just plain suck :-)

Adam
August 18, 2005 - 11:34pm

Also, on the subject of the sandbox:

I've personally never believed in it's existence.

"...In defense, I offer up evidence that I can't reveal - that of hundreds of sites experiencing exactly the same type of penalization/filtration effects at Google"

What sort of evidence is this? The evidence that a whole lot of people don't know how to properly promote their websites? Who is surprised at this?

The problem with the sandbox theory is that if just a few sites make it through without this 'downtime' it's completely disproven - no matter what Google says*. Case in point: I recently launched a website which is in the top 5 at Google for a few of my important keywords, and certainly within the top 100 for many more, and this within barely a month of _buying_ the domain name.

The sandbox is nothing more than the natural effect of Googles algorithm as it applies to sites that haven't reached a certain 'quality' level yet.

* The two 'incidents' quoted on seomoz.org and other places can hardly be called proof. They might be construed that way by someone who _wants_ to or already does believe in the sandbox, but to me, if you actually read those incidents, it looks more like the Google guys are just humoring the questioners.

August 18, 2005 - 11:38pm

Great comments today Adam.

Not sure if you want to spill the beans, but what do you think you are doing that most webmasters are not (or what are they doing that you are avoiding)?

Adam
August 19, 2005 - 10:33am

I don't know, I could have a winning SEO e-book on my hands here ;-)

No, my experience of webmasters in general, and even the SEO professionals I work with (I am one too, btw) is that they are stuck executing out of date methods, particularly when it comes to linkbuilding. In a way this is not surprising, since much of the information available out there is out of date. Naturally, people who crack the SEO game keep their secrets close to their chest.

That's not to say good information isn't available, because it is, and I think the one thing that would differentiate me from *most* seos and webmasters is the sheer amount of time I spend researching.

Having said that, I think the 3 big errors people make when linkbuilding are -

1. Making a links or 'resources' page (same thing by any name).
2. All IBL's to homepage.
3. (Tied to #1) Hogging PR.

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