Yahoo and Synd8- Two more Filthy Black Hat Spammers

Here are two more examples of Search Engine “Spam” by big name companies. The first is classic SEO Black Hat spam. Computer Generated almost 200,000 pages at sub domains of their main site, stuffed them with keywords, and stuck adsense on the pages. For details, check out the Syndic8 gets Wiped by Google – WordPress Style threadwatch discussion.

<applauding>Fantastic Work boys!</applauding> (except for the getting caught part.) However, when they were caught and banned by the search engines, they just took down the black hat spam pages and their site was unbanned – just like what happened when WordPress was caught.

The lesson is: if you are big enough, you can get away with anything when it comes to Search Engine Spamming. What are the Search engines gonna do? Not list WordPress and Syndic8? yea right! It’s like having diplomatic immunity – the normal rules / laws just don’t apply.

So why do these reputable companies engage in SEO Black hat strategies?

The answer is obvious. We’ve all seen the business model:

Step 1. Make a Website
Step 2. ???
Step 3. Profit.

In case you were wondering, Step 2 is Implement SEO Black Hat Strategies and Tactics.

Next, I would like to take a moment to welcome Yahoo to the SEO Black Hat Fraternity. We know their representatives specifically call hidden test / color on color text in a page spam.

Highlight between the “different code on the next code on the next screen” and the close window button on this yahoo link and you’ll find white on white that reads:

Visually impaired or blind users: We can help you register. So that a customer care representative can contact you, please provide your phone number in addition to your required email address when you contact us by pasting this URL into your browser:

If you’re like “that’s not Spam – that’s for the text readers the Blind use, you jackass!” Then could I write in black on black text:

“Visually imaired or blind users: This site is about Keyword, Keyword (verb), keyword (noun) . . . etc” ?

hmmm . . . i might try that!

Now while I don’t call this Spam, (for me SPAM is SEPRs Positioned Above Mine), it does fall into Yahoo’s definition. So Yahoo only get’s a technical addition to our club.

Yahoo – consider yourself on probation. While, technicaly, you are an SEO Black hat, you’re going to have to step it up a notch to keep your SEO Black Hat membership card.

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