Monday, May 19, 2008

A day in Hua Hin

On Saturday night my friend called me and asked if I wanted to go to the west coast! I said, of course, yes, and we drove there late evening. Yesterday was a public Buddhist holiday so we had a very relaxing day. The weather wasn't so good, with a very heavy downpour. A bit overcast too. Still, we had a great time, with good food and laughter. Back to it today.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The healing powers of shopping!

Well, with that done, I feel it's time to have a mini-celebration! And where better to go but the Emporium. It's expensive, yes I know, but I just need to get out of the office for a while.

Spam report

Okay, the sites have been reported to Google's spam report! I'm feeling more confident about doing a good job for this client now. Cross fingers, I hope they do something!

Now we're getting somewhere

I've just received a post from a user on 5 Star Affiliate Programs Forum, saying, "If you believe that another site is abusing Google's quality guidelines, please report that site at Google prefers developing scalable and automated solutions to problems, so we attempt to minimize hand-to-hand spam fighting. The spam reports we receive are used to create scalable algorithms that recognize and block future spam attempts." The link doesn't work but does!

Yahoo gives even more weight to domain spam!

On Yahoo, I see that two of this company's sites for bangkok property are on the front page and another two for bangkok condo. And, worse still, they have registered a dot org, which is doing well. This is not easy!

Googled but not squooggled

I think I'm just going to have to do my best with this. Deliver the report and explain what's happening. There's not much else I can do after writing in some of the forums. Must get on with other work.

Iain to the rescue?

Got in late this morning and opened my mail with a minor hangover. I just don't understand. Why do they allow this to go on? Why don't they penalise sites that do this like they say they do? Six identical websites? The rats! I thought Google's robot's were smarter than that! Now I'm not so convinced.

I've just read The Duplicate Conetent Myth on SitePro News ( They say: "Let me set the record straight: I don't believe there is such a thing as a duplicate content penalty. Yes, search engines can detect duplicate pages and will do what they can to avoid including them. But that usually involves a filter-based algorithm to determine the "original" page and ignore the dupes...Google incorrectly assumes that the authority site is the originator of the content and ignores my pre-dated version."

I wrote in a couple of forums about all this yesterday and the advice was to report the site to Google. How do I do that?