On Thu, 12 Oct 2006 14:39:31 +0100, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> __/ [ Ignoramus534 ] on Thursday 12 October 2006 14:09 \__
>> On Tue, 10 Oct 2006 21:17:27 +0000 (UTC), Ignoramus27556
>> <ignoramus27556@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Strange things have been happening.
>>> My website had been #2 in google using search term "algebra", for a
>>> long time.
>>> Then a month or so ago it became #1.
>>> Then, a week ago it became #6, which upset me a great deal.
>>> Now it is back to being #2.
>>> What gives? The field of algebra websites has been quite sleepy...
>> Another possibility is this phentermine story.
>> Due to actions of a spammer, links were added to my forums that
>> pointed to spammy phentermine sites.
>> The drop in google rating coincided with appearance of algebra.com as
>> #29 in search for phentermine.
>> I worked hard to write scripts to expunge phentermine ads and other
>> spams from my forums, and, coincidentally, my ranking came back.
>> Whether it was a random coincidence, or witness of google "spam
>> penalty" of sorts, remains to be seen.
> That is an interesting possibility which reminds me of the reason why I had
> to erase SPAM comments in a rush (a cyclic routine isn't enough as not only
> leakage is involved, but also defacing and penalties). At some stage I was
> heavily hit in phpBB, until I altogether closed registration. With hundreds
> of links to potentially-blacklisted sites, crawlers can only be frustrated
> and frown upon your domain. This seems to align with the experience of a
> gambling-related site whose Webmatser recently attested to in a.i.s.e.
> Returning to my own experience, none of the links were rel="nofollow"ed. That
> said, during that period of a couple of months (the spammers clearly had
> that scripted) I didn't notice any gains/loses in terms of ranking (referral
> volume). I guess it may as well depend on how deep inside your site these
> links are included. In any event:
> /Spammers should be shot./
I actually considered a spamming career, given that I have a few
related skills, and decided against it. I am glad I did.