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Quite interesting, and while it's very spammy, I think there's a certain…

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on July 16, 2013
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Quite interesting, and while it's very spammy, I think there's a certain amount of irony that Google complains about showing users ads…

Not like some of Google's ads are deceptively styled to look like regular results, or some of Google's SERPs showing virtually no organic links above the fold, or Google gradually creeping into profitable verticals with their own offerings which are ranked above everyone else…

The list goes on and on.  Everything's fine while it makes Google a buck.

I'd love to see one of these pages to check if the ads are coming from Google's feed.  Wouldn't surprise me at all, and would make this all the more ironic :)

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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: A reminder about manipulative or deceptive behavior
Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM. Webmaster level: All Our quality guidelines prohibit manipulative or deceptive behavior, and this stance has remained unchanged since the guidelines were first published over a decade ago. Recently, we’ve seen some user complaints about a deceptive technique …

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  1. And just for giggles check out the link drops in the comments section. Morons.

    Comment by Richard Hearne — July 16, 2013 @ 8:24 am

  2. Don't hold back, Richard. :)

    Comment by Jim Munro — July 16, 2013 @ 8:45 am

  3. I think the comments should give Google something to think about how people feel about G's own deceptive behaviour.

    Comment by Tim Capper — July 16, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  4. Haha Brilliant "Excellent post google i hate those spamming sites but i do like COMPUTER CLASSES IN BERMUDA"

    Comment by Martin Harris — July 16, 2013 @ 10:12 am

  5. So dumb though. They misconfigured the link. :)

    Comment by Jim Munro — July 16, 2013 @ 10:16 am

  6. +Jim Munro did I mention how we were once told not to run ranking reports, but instead use our analytics to see which keywords drove traffic?  Then Google provided "not provided" to protect everyone's privacy.  Oh, except if you paid for that data through Adwords.  Not to mention, that "not provided" had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the threat posed by remarketing.  No.  Not.  At.  All

    Comment by Richard Hearne — July 16, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  7. I was looking at a new site the other day. 100% "not provided".

    Comment by Jim Munro — July 16, 2013 @ 10:27 am

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