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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Is Google Being Evil? What About Yahoo?

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(The Blog Herald) The players in this affair: Google software engineer Matt Cutts, whose role with in Google is described by Search Engine Watch as being "on the front lines of Google indexing and quality control issues", of which I can only presume he’d be dealing with attempts by people to manipulate Google’s search results.

Throw in self-admitted content thief, blog spammer and all round "black-hat" SEO David Naylor, somebody who basically makes a living out of manipulating Google and using tactics that the vast majority of people would find highly immoral and in the case of content theft, illegal as well. It turns out, according to a post at Naylor’s blog, that the two are mates.

This is disturbing news if it is indeed found to be accurate as that would imply that Google is "turning a blind eye" towards blog spamming when it comes to certain individuals. Comment spam (via linkage) is becoming a major problem within the blogosphere, and is probably one of the major reasons many publishers have turned off comments on their blog as well as the ability to leave a track back too. This new information contradicts Google's policy when it comes to fighting blog spam, but upon visiting Dave Naylor's website the story gets a little bit clearer.

Dave Naylor (the alleged blog spammer) was able to attend a tour of the Googleplex along with a host of other people. Dave was fortunate enough to not only receive a private tour of the complex but also meet the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Apparently Dave Naylor seems to know many people not only within the Google Community but also within their rival as well.
(Dave Naylor) And finally thanks to Tim Mayer, my good friend from Yahoo. I got to go to the Yahoo Campus with 18 or so other SEO’s to discuss the new 19.2 Billion page index...(wow!) Yahoo looks to have a few issues with websites landing pages will write more on this later...We got a Yahoo tour and helped with recent index size increase and relocations of website’s internal pages (incorrectly located, but they are working on it at the moment), and then on to the all American theme park which was a great way to end another great day.

Although this event seems like nothing more than a lucky guy receiving tour perks around the Googleplex, if Dave Naylor is involved in the "blog spam business," then his arrival on both Google's and Yahoo's campuses raises serious eye brows. Upon visiting Dave's site a user will notice at the top a simple phrase ("Where nothing beats a good rank") which may indicate either a very omnious past or something to do with his SEO occupation. Either way his visit is starting to generate contraversy, something neither Google or Yahoo need, especially after favorable reviews within the cyber community.

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