Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Popular websites/blogs have dropped page rank

Some major websites/blogs have gone down in their page rank. There's going to be a lot of speculation as to why these sites were dropped. And needless to say, the discussions will be interesting.

Here are some popular sites that have gone down in Page Rank.

http://www.yahoo.com PR10 to PR9
http://www.techcrunch.com PR8 to PR7
http://www.engadget.com PR7 to PR5
http://www.johnchow.com PR6 to PR4
http://www.problogger.net PR6 to PR4 but later returned to 6
http://andybeard.eu PR5 to PR3 but later returned to 4
http://www.copyblogger.com PR6 to PR4
http://www.forbes.com PR7 to PR5
http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com PR6 to PR3
http://www.quickonlinetips.com PR6 to PR3
http://www.johntp.com PR6 to PR4
http://www.autoblog.com PR6 to PR4
http://pingoat.com PR6 to PR4

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Military service rivalry and humor

Here's a dig/joke from a friend of mine via email. He's an Air Force member and he knows I was in the Army at one time--about a decade ago. Anyways, I thought it was humorous.
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There's an Air Force guy driving from McChord to Ft Lewis, and an Army guy driving from Ft Lewis to McChord. In the middle of the night with no other cars on the road they hit each other head on and both cars go flying off in different directions.

The Air Force guy manages to climb out of his car and surveys the damage. He looks at his twisted car and says,....."Man, I am really lucky to be alive!"

Likewise the Army guy scrambles out of his car and looks at his wreckage. He too says to himself, ..... "I can't believe I survived this wreck!"

The Army guy walks over to the Air Force guy and says,...... "Hey man, I think this is a sign from God that we should put away our petty differences and live as friends instead of archrivals"

The Air Force guy thinks for a moment and says, ...... "You know, you're absolutely right! We should be friends. Now I'm gonna see what else survived this wreck"

So the Air Force guy pops open his trunk and finds a full, unopened bottle of Jack Daniels.

He says to the Army guy, "I think this is another sign from God that we should toast to our new found understanding and friendship"

The Army guy replies, "You're damn right!" and he grabs the bottle and starts sucking down Jack Daniels. After putting away nearly half the bottle the Army guy hands it back to the Air Force guy and says, "Your turn!"

The Air Force guy twists the cap back on the bottle and says, "Nahh, I think I'll wait for the cops to show up."

Check Search Engine Results Pages (SERP) for your URL

Shoemoney has a useful tool to check your Search Engine Results Pages (SERP) for Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Alta Vista. See how your URL ranks for certain terms. Here's the SERP utility page.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Removal from Google's Index

Yesterday, I received an email from Google regarding some questionable content on my website. I operate a small classified ads site, so the majority of my content is free ads.

The Googlebot found an ad with some hidden text (text using the same color as my site) on the site. Actually, it wasn't the exact same color but the Googlebot found it anyways. After further investigation, I found 3 more ads out of 40k that had some more funny looking text. Also, there was one ad that used a "dash" but it was actually a url -- very tiny font.

I guess I could have cleaned up those pages and then later resubmit for Google re-inclusion, but I simply deleted them.

Here's what Google said to me followed by the hidden text gibberish.

"Google Search Quality <noreply AT google.com>
wrote: Dear site owner or webmaster of freeadlists.com,

While we were indexing your webpages, we detected that some of your pages were using techniques that were outside our quality guidelines, which can be found here: http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html

In order to preserve the quality of our search engine, we have temporarily removed some webpages from our search results. Currently pages from freeadlists.com are scheduled to be removed for at least 30 days.

Specifically, we detected the following practices on your webpages:

* The following hidden text on freeadlists.com:

e.g.

BA We suffered horribly on the plains of the Cayster, sleeping under tent, stretched deliciously on fine chariots, half dead with weariness. Dicaeopolis [aside] And I was very much at ease, lying on the straw along the battlements! Ambassador Everywhere we were well received and forced to drink delicious wine out of golden or crystal flagons..... Dicaeopolis [aside] Oh, city of Cranaus, thy ambassadors are laughing at thee! Ambassador For great feeders and heavy drinkers are alone esteemed as men by the barbarians. Dicaeopolis [aside] Just as here in Athens, we only esteem the wenchers and pederasts. Ambassador At the end of the fourth year we reached the King's Court, but he had left with his whole army to take a crap, and for the space of eight months he was thus sitting on the can in the midst of the golden mountains. Dicaeopolis [aside] And how long did it take him to close his arse?
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We would prefer to have your pages in Google's index. If you wish to be reincluded, please correct or remove all pages that are outside our quality guidelines. When you are ready, please visit:

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/reinclusion?hl=en

to learn more and request a reconsideration request.

Sincerely,
Google Search Quality Team"