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Search Penalty Stories in the MediaPenalty Stories you may not have heard of...
Penalties - whether imposed on paid or unpaid search results - typically have a detrimental impact on any online business. In most (all?) cases, website owners of legitimate sites are left in complete darkness when it comes to confirming a penalty or determining its cause. Here are some examples of search penalty stories in the media.
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When algorithms attack, does Google hear you scream?
The effect of the penalty had "significantly reduced inbound visitor traffic from Google which, in turn, adversely impacted revenues on these websites" - Justin Drummond, CEO of Media Corp
The Dirty Little Secrets of Search
You get the sense that Mr. Cutts [of Google] and his colleagues are acutely aware of the singular power they wield as judge, jury and appeals panel
Stuck in Google’s Doghouse
[...]People like Mr. Savage, who are demonstrably not bad guys, find themselves in Google’s doghouse and then can’t even get the company to respond to them. Is it any wonder that they feel treated unfairly[...]?
We have been de-googled!
"We have repeatedly asked Google to explain its decision..",
"Das System ist nicht transparent und absolut willkürlich" -
Neue Vorwürfe gegen Google
“Michael Weber, head of the cartography service, Hot-maps, reports that the monthly figures for visitors to his website have plummeted from 750 000 to 250 000 since the head of Google, Eric Schmidt, allowed its own online products to be placed at the top of search results. Weber is also planning to submit a complaint in the next few days.”
Google Told by France to Restore Map Service’s Ads
Google's removal of Navx from the Adwords internet platform "brutally and profoundly affected the revenues" - France's antitrust regulator Autorite de la Concurrence
It's Not Just Microsoft Against Google
Overnight, traffic plunged — because, Mr. Barella says, the company stopped indexing pages from Ejustice.fr for inclusion in Google’s search engine.
Why I Sued Google (and Won)
"With a single click, a faceless Google employee decided that Think Computer Corporation's membership in the AdSense program 'posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers,' and the account was disabled with no warning"
Unrest over Google's secret formula
"We were certainly penalised." - Dave Sifry, founder of Technorati
Formulas at heart of Google complaint
"Senior Google executives told us that Foundem had been struck by an automated penalty designed to detect travel search sites" - Shivaun Raff, founder of Foundem
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