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Google Inc. is penalizing Overstock.com Inc. in its search results after the retailer ran afoul of Google policies that prohibit companies from artificially boosting their ranking in the Internet giant's search engine.
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from ogletree 1313 Days ago #
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First off why did this take so long to get on sphinn.  It has been over 24 hours since this came out.  I know I submitted it yesterday and it had already been submitted before that. I had to make my comments on digg instead of here. Sphinn needs to move faster on big search news.  I can understand a few hours late but 24 that is way too long.

Here is my comment from digg.

I don't really see how this is against Google's rules.All they did was offer a discount to schools and then told them how to do the anchor text. Those people put up the links because they wanted their school to get the discounts. That is how marketing works. Google seems scared to death right now and are making rash decisions. This goes back to intent.  Somebody could do the same thing and Matt Cutts would say it was fine.  It just becomes bad when somebody starts to rank because of it.  Google sent out a bunch of free cell phones and got a ton of links because of it. This is just a PR stunt. NYT & WSJ need to run a list of spammers every day until google has nobody left to rank.



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from MattMcGee 1311 Days ago #
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To answer your first question, @ogletree, this past week was a challenging one. Two of our three admins were away and at least two of our editors were also away due to personal stuff. I think we do a pretty good job of keeping up with things but an item may occasionally slip through. I don't think anyone/anything was harmed by this story maybe being a little slower in reaching the home page than it normally would have.



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from ogletree 1311 Days ago #
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Well of course nobody was harmed. I just think that if you want people to take this site seriously you should make sure big stories get on the front page sooner. That is really no excuse.  There are a ton of people that can be backup admins. I thought this was a major site.  You would never hear the WSJ or NYT make that kind of excuse.  If there is a big story it will be on the front page as soon as it can be. I would like to talk about things when they happen not 24 hours after it happens.  This site really is kind of small time compared to some of the other SEO sites out there as well as the forums.  It is rare to see more than a handful of comments and even then it might take a few days before those comments show up. With an attitude like that this site is never going to go anywhere. From what I can tell it has failed to achieve much relevance in the industry.  Nobody is going to come here for breaking news if this site is known for being way behind the news cycle. I like this site and I wish it was used more. I really enjoy the discussions I have on digg and was hoping this site would provide that type of discourse for search topics.



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