302-hijacks and domain name spam

Aaron reported halfway april that 302 hijacking is back, and today, I came across the most horrible example I’ve seen in a while. Looking at this query (for obvious reasons), my eye was caught by the feedburner.name result in there. Since the title reflects another URL, I was already suspecting some nasty stuff… It’s a…

“Plumbing the web” – duplicate content issues at Google Webmaster Central

The girls and boys over at Google Webmaster Central have been busy on the Google Developer Day. Now that’s all nice, but when I was searching for something on their blog for “nofollow”, I got 4 results: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2007/02/come-see-us-at-ses-london-and-hear.html http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/atom.xml http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/rss.xml http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default Now as you can see, 3 out of the 4 results here, are feeds……

Greyhat and Blackhat SERM techniques

I was thinking a bit more about Search Engine Reputation Management, because I’ll be speaking on the subject at the Digital Marketing Event next week. When I was reading a lot trying to find some “new” ways to do SERM, I sort of got caught with some ideas in my head which I wanted to…

SEO Jokes

My colleague Roy made me laugh today, and not a little, over this very geeky SEO joke: Me: “Hey, we’re ranking for duplicate content.” Roy: “How often?” Now, if you can laugh about that, you know you’re doing good as an SEO and probably bad in your personal life :). Any more SEO jokes you…

Technorati redesign

Dave Sifry posted on the Technorati blog that Technorati has updated it’s design. And I actually really like it! There’s one thing though… My colleague Roy pointed at the source code, especially the tag cloud… Come on guys, you can do better than that!

Blocking your site’s search results?

Recently, Matt Cutts posted about search results in search results, as apparently Vanessa had updated the guidelines about this a bit after some uncertainty as to how you should handle your sites search results. The guideline now states: Use robots.txt to prevent crawling of search results pages or other auto-generated pages that don’t add much…

Cloak your sitemap!

There’s a discussion on Webmasterworld as to whether XML sitemaps are a welcoming door for scrapers. Especially with the new autodiscovery feature for sitemaps around, it becomes very easy for a scraper to find any and all URL’s in your site. So in my opinion, they are a bit too warm of a welcome. Tedster…

nofollow is NOT meant for editorially reviewed links

Imagine you’re like me, and you like WordPress so much that you write plugins for it. People start writing about these plugins and they, of course, link to you. You see these pages writing about you show up in your referrer stats and of course you go and have a look at what they’re writing…

Affiliate links? Cloak them!

John Chow did a post on how to hide your affiliate links… Of course the only proper way to hide affiliate links is: cloaking them. I’m thinking about building a WordPress plugin for that specific purpose. Anyone know of a proper affiliate link cloaking script?