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v7ndotcom elursrebmem: Turn something completely silly into something good

When you search Google for for “v7ndotcom elursrebmem” the results will confuse you, until you stumble across GrayWolf’s v7ndotcom elursrebmem page.

Q: So what’s v7ndotcom elursrebmem?

A: Using the Web to help kids with cancer.

You really should support GrayWolf’s campaign by dropping links to his charity page:
<a href='http://www.wolf-howl.com/v7n/'>What is v7ndotcom elursrebmem</a>?<br>
Using the Web to help kids with cancer.

Thank you.

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Can you trust a SEO who steals?

Tahir J. Farooque runs a SEO service in Los Angeles: Cresoft Corporation. Instead of writing up articles on search engine optimization for the company’s Web site at cresoft dot com, he prefers to steal those from other Web sites.

Tahir J. Farooque is not only a content thief, T.J. Farooque is an incredible stupid plagiarist. When this not that savvy thief receives a cease & desist letter, the stolen content gets shortened a bit. Laughable to think a thief can get away with theft by rearranging the sales pitch thrown together from stolen content. But that’s Tahir Farooque’s poor mind. Putting a business at legal risk and asking for bad publicity seems to be easier than writing an own copy. Perhaps Tahir F. is not capable of doing his own research, but then he lacks a fundamental skill for a search engine optimizer. Would you assign SEO work to a stupid thief?

I’ve put up a page with screen shots, whois info etc. under Content Theft: Tahir J. Farooque’s plagiarism at CRESOFT.COM (Cresoft Corporation), feel free to link to it with a suitable anchor text.

UPDATE: The content theft sold the company, and the new owner apologized for the plagiarism. That’s why I’ve removed the info page linked above and crossed out the company name.

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The "Sozialgericht Bremen" Farce

Philipp talks about a german judge threatening a supermarket owner and blogger for a top10-spot for the court Sozialgericht Bremen at Google. I’d consider the judge’s letter business as usual in the Germany of 1933, nowadays it’s plain sick. However, I’m giggling thinking of a future disclaimer on german SEO sites “our work may get your butt in jail”. If you understand german, read the “Sozialgericht Bremen” letter here. Since the Sozialgericht Bremen farce made it in the press, chances are the blog post will outrank the court soon, and that’s well deserved. Hint: a few more Sozialgericht Bremen links can’t hurt.

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Blogging is not a crime!

Blogger Aaron Wall sued over comments on his blog

The short story is this: Aaron Wall is being sued over comments left on his blog by his readers about a notoriously unsavoury company called Traffic Power, or 1p. Within the Search industry, these people are regarded as the lowest of the low, and if you dig through some of those Search results, or the links at the bottom of this post, you’ll find all the gory details. Suffice to say, they are considered theives and villains by the overwhelming majority of the Search Marketing community.

We don’t think it’s right, do you?

We feel this has to end here. There is far more at stake than a scummy company vs a blogger - this is about free speech on blogs, and the right for users to comment, without blog publishers having to fear lawsuits.

So, What Can YOU Do?

See the graphic at the right below the links? It links to the donate to Aarons legal costs post. You can start by giving him a few $$$’s to fight these people effectively.

Help Promote the Blogging is NOT a Crime Campaign

By using one of these lovely graphical banners on your blog, forum or website, you will help spread the word, and raise more cash - enabling better lawyers and legal council. Simply pick one that fits your site, and link it to the donate post.

Simple eh? Don’t you feel GOOD now?

Resources

There is much to the history of TP/1p, and you can find a lot of it in the Google searches linked above, but recently, these are the more notable posts and discussions on the subject if you’d like more in-depth information to quote and link to.

Please redistribute this ThreadWatch post if you wish.
And please put one of the banners on your blog to help spread the word!

Thank you for your support of free speech on blogs and elsewhere on the net!



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Another Content Thief Caught

Protect your unique content! Yesterday CopyScape alerted me to a content thief reprinting my stuff at [*]. This moron scraped a few paragraphs from my tutorial on Google Sitemaps, replaced a link to Google’s SEO page by a commercial call for action, and uploaded the plagiarism as sales pitch for his dubious and pretty useless SEO tools.

As usual, I’ve documented the case and sent it over to my lawyer. Then I thought I could do more with all the screen shots, WHOIS info etc., and developed a template for a page of evidence [*]. Now it takes me only a few minutes to publish everything others should know about a content thief. Entering a few variables and pushing a button creates a nice page documenting the copyright infringement.

Unfortunately I can’t post the template, because it works with my CMS only, but you’ll get the idea. Be creative yourself, put the thief’s name, company and personal data promitently nearby terms like ‘evil’ and ‘thief’ all over the page, including the META tags. Then link to the page and submit it to all search engines. After a while do a search for the thief and check out whether you’ve outranked the offending site. If not, consider reading a few of my articles on search engine optimizing ;)

[*] My content was removed after my outing page has been picked up by the search engines and ranked fine within a few days. Thus I’ve removed the names and links. Here is another example of an outing page: Content Theft: Tahir J. Farooque’s plagiarism at CRESOFT.COM (Cresoft Corporation)

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Green Tranquilizes

Widely ignored by savvy webmasters and search engine experts, every 3-4 months the publishing Internet community celebrates a spectacular event: Google updates its Toolbar-PageRank!

Site owners around the globe hectically visit all their pages to view the magic green presented by Google’s Toolbar. If the green bar enlarged a pixel or even two, they hurry to the next webmaster board praising their genius. Otherwise they post ‘Google is broke’.

Once the Toolbar-PR update is settled, folks in fear of undefined penalties by the allmighty Google check all their outgoing links, removing everything with a PR less than 4/10. Next they add a REL=NOFOLLOW attribute to all their internal links where the link target shows a white or gray bar on the infallible toolbar. Trembling they hide in the ‘linking is evil’ corner of the world wide waste of common sense universe for 3-4 months again.

Where is the call for rationality leading those misguided lemmings back to mother earth? Hey folks, Toolbar-PR is just fun, it means next to nothing. Green tranquilizes, but white or gray is no reason to panic. The funny stuff Google shoves into your toolbar is an outdated snapshot without correlation to current rankings or even real PageRank. It is by no means an indicator how valuable a page is in reality, so please LOL (link out loud) if the page seems to provide a value for your visitors.

As a matter of fact, the above said will change nothing. Green bar fetishists don’t even listen to GoogleGuy posting “This is just plain old normal toolbar PageRank“.

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