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Here's a story that may make your blood boil, and is bound to fascinate you one way or another. An online retailer aggressively courts negative reviews and publicity, threatens customers, and much more, all because it helps him rank better in Google. From the piece: "Online chatter about DecorMyEyes, even furious online chatter, pushed the site higher in Google search results, which led to greater sales. He closed with a sardonic expression of gratitude: 'I never had the amount of traffic I have now since my 1st complaint. I am in heaven.'"
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from chriswinfield 1369 Days ago #
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The link above takes you to the NY Times reg screen for me,

Here's the TechMeme coverage about it as well: http://www.techmeme.com/101128/p2#a101128p2



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from Michelle 1369 Days ago #
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@chriswinfield hey chris went to check/fix the link, but it's not going to a reg page in any browser for me :(  Readers can also check out Danny's in depth look at this at Search Engine Land: http://searchengineland.com/googles-gold-standard-results-take-hit-new-york-times-57081



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from StephenChapman 1369 Days ago #
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@Michelle - For what it's worth, I'm taken to a reg page as well. It won't allow me to read the article unless I sign up. Checking out the other links accordingly. =)


-Stephen



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from Fitz 1369 Days ago #
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Here's the actual article: http://tinyurl.com/343hymh



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from Michelle 1369 Days ago #
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@StephenChapman @Fitz NYT cookies let you view a couple of items, then send you to login page on subsequent visits. Dump those cookies and you should get the article. Or see Danny's coverage in the Search Engine Land link above :)



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from Jill 1368 Days ago #
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The guy in the story is defrauding customers. While it sounds like legal action may be pending, it seems to me that the law should be handling it -- not Google.

And why the heck did the NYT actually link to the guy's site? Talk about perpetuating the Google problem.




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