Google Reconsideration or Reinclusion Request

Robots.txt Blocked Can Still Rank

Now Google have changed their wording for reconsideration requests (formerly reinclusion requests), I have filed one for this domain.
(note to Google, why isn’t Michael’s permalink ranking?)

I am not going to call this a perfect example of a reconsideration request, but I decided that it was better to be 100% honest about my thought process for both now and in the future, because whilst I am now blocking paid reviews with robots.txt, there are so many things still not specified within the webmaster guidelines that it is a potential minefield, especially for someone who has previously been the target of a manual penalty.

Nofollow Killed Google Social Graph API 3 Years Ago

Socila Graph API example

Lets face it, I have social profiles all over the web and I am or have been an active participant in tons of conversations on blogs and forums.

3 years ago Google introduced rel=”nofollow”, very similar to rel=”me” , rel=”friend” and other XFN and FOAF standards.
Today Google are championing their new API with the slogan “URLs Are People Too

Techcrunch Now Nofollow Sponsor Links

Techcrunch November 2007 Sponsors

I would like to congratulate the Techcrunch team for finally coming to the realization that linking to sponsors within posts, without using nofollow on the links might be in violation of Google’s Webmaster guidelines.

Google Dictating Nofollow For ALL Links From Compensated Content

As I had hoped, ( http://community.izea.com/blog/2007/12/an-invitation-t.html ) Ted Murphy had a chance to chat with Google’s Matt Cutts at Pubcon

It seems Google want all links within content that “wouldn’t exist without payment” to use nofollow, but seems to be focusing on services like PayPerPost, and not other forms of links which wouldn’t exist without compensation.

SEO Linking Gotchas Even The Pros Make

Single Page

2008 SEMMY Runner-Up I am going to attempt to debunk almost every WordPress SEO “Expert” article ever written, and in some respects this article even debunks some of the things I have written in the past.

Linking Abuse Or Linking Awareness

Classic Blue Text

Blogcatalog Members today are collectively blogging about abuse.

Bloggers Unite

I thought of blogging about all kinds of abuse that affect real people day in, day out, but decided that ultimately that doesn’t fit in with my audience, or really add any authority to the words I would be writing.

Twitter Nofollow

News of Twitter adopting rel=”nofollow” is disturbing.

Sure links from Twitter can be abused, because Twitter profiles are so heavily interlinked.

What they should have done is stuck nofollow on your “twitter blogroll” links thus making each Twitter account a little more independent and negating the benefit of building up mass friendships for more than traffic generation.

Steal Content From Download Squad to get links!

Download squad often has some high quality articles, but sometimes I wonder whether the writers really understand what they are writing about, or are compiling their content whilst referring to multiple sources.