May 06

Due to overwhelming pressure from daily requests for link removals due to Google algorithm penalties, I have hard coded our script to apply the nofollow tag to outgoing links on our article pages. A big thank you goes out to Mike at Articlecell.com for his help.

Spam is a continuous problem and we try very hard to weed out articles submitted by less than creditable authors. However, some of these spammy articles do sift through despite our efforts to eradicate them. I apologize for any lame articles that fester on my database. I have a link to report these mistakes in judgment on every article sidebar and look forward to receiving a report on suspect articles from any visitor.

I have tried our best to not use the nofollow attribute, but Google, in its ongoing efforts to try and eliminate shady link aggregating spam and� meaningless articles has cast a broad net over many article directories and media gathering sites. Even well managed, human edited sites such as ours have been targeted(somewhat unjustly) and penalized where it hurts the most…our traffic. Unfortunately, the good well meaning hard working author has been penalized due to the lazy, misguided, greedy link sucking spammers and their money-grabbing, fake seo accomplices.

Is Google winning the battle? I’m not so sure. I can easily find �several article directories that will accept any piece of trash article regardless of whether or not it makes any sense and Google lavishes them with massive traffic and recognition. Am I bitter? Gee….how can you tell? I guess hard work doesn’t apply to article syndication. If the quality of these less than stellar article directories is awarded by Google, then it is my opinion that they are failing in providing the best experience for viewers using their search engine to find credible, informative articles. The user experience for Google visitors is suffering.

I don’t envy Google’s position. As the leader in search engine technology(for now), Google continually tries to update its algorithm to create a better user experience for its visitors. With billions of websites and trillions of bits of information, they obviously have a few issues with some of the less than stellar sites getting undeserved recognition.�

Google had taken to telling site owners to ask article directory owners, like myself, to clean up their mess…and penalized them if they didn’t do it quickly. The site owners, who either were submitting� their own spammy articles, or using someone else to do the spamming for them, somehow felt that it was our responsibility to clean up their mess….for free. Wow…Isn’t ignorance bliss? Well…enough is enough.�

Since our site now is using the nofollow attribute for outgoing links to our articles, there is no further reason for Google to penalize any so-called, suspected, un-natural link activity. To all other good, creditable authors, keep submitting good quality articles and your reward will be guaranteed.

 

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