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Lockheed, PBS Join Roster of Hacking Victims. When Will Websites Stop Ripping Each Other Off? Cooper Tire Hijacked 2300 Listings at Yahoo Local, Yellow Pages - Search Engine Watch (SEW) Over 2,300 Yahoo Local listings have been hijacked by Cooper Tires for at least the past month and no one seems to be able to address the issue. The problem is also occurring at Yellow Pages but not to the extent of Yahoo Local. I discovered the problem while giving some local marketing help to Victory Chevrolet in Mt Holly, NC. When checking out their presence in local listings, I came across the listings below in Yahoo Local.

SEO: Building Links To Fast? Look What Can Happen To Your Traffic. The graph below is from the SEOptimise blog showing what happened to a new site after building 10,000 spammy links to it in a single day.

SEO: Building Links To Fast? Look What Can Happen To Your Traffic

What happened was the site tanked in rankings just after a few weeks. He said: I took a new domain that I wasn’t too worried about destroying, picked a reasonably competitive keyword, and built about 10,000 really nasty-looking low quality links in to the home page with a mixture of phrase and exact match anchor text. Facebook To Share Users' Home Addresses, Phone Numbers With External Sites. See update below Facebook will be moving forward with a controversial plan to give third-party developers and external websites the ability to access users' home addresses and cellphone numbers in the face of criticism from privacy experts, users, and even congressmen.

Facebook To Share Users' Home Addresses, Phone Numbers With External Sites

Facebook quietly announced the new policy in a note posted to its Developer Blog in January. It suspended the feature just three days later following user outcry, while promising that it would be "re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks. " In response to a letter penned by Representatives Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) expressing concern over the new functionality, Facebook reaffirmed that it will be allowing third parties to request access to users' addresses and phone numbers. Facebook has attempted to tread a fine line with regard to privacy issues even as it has continuously pushed users to share more information, both on Facebook and beyond the social network. Report: Not Optimizing For Bing-Yahoo Means Loss Of Traffic. Being bad to your customers is bad for business. A recent article by the New York Times related a disturbing story.

Being bad to your customers is bad for business

SEO Takeaways From J.C. Penney Google Paid Link Penalty. I am sure all of you read the NY Times piece from the weekend named The Dirty Little Secrets of Search.

SEO Takeaways From J.C. Penney Google Paid Link Penalty

It talks about how major realtor, J.C. Penney, had unbelievable Google ranking for many keywords that brought them tons and tons of e-commerce income for several months - but how those rankings were achieved through link spamming. Of course, J.C. Hot At Sphinn: Google’s Response To DecorMyEyes, LinkedIn Case Studies & More. It may come as no surprise that the news surrounding DecorMyEyes.com and Google’s response to the publicity it got dominated the activity on our sister site, Sphinn, last week.

Hot At Sphinn: Google’s Response To DecorMyEyes, LinkedIn Case Studies & More

Beginning with the New York Times article, the story spread rapidly across the Internet; several stories reached Sphinn’s home page, and it was also the topic of our “Discussion of the Week.” After Google Warning, Forbes Comes Oh So Close To Cleaning Up Its Paid Links. What do you do if Google warns you about a violation of its paid links policy and you can’t find any such links on your web site?

After Google Warning, Forbes Comes Oh So Close To Cleaning Up Its Paid Links

If you’re a small webmaster you might go to Google’s Webmaster Help forums and ask for help. But if you’re part of the website team at a major international publication, you might keep things in-house and deal with the problem quietly. Unless you’re part of the Forbes.com website team, that is. SEO Poisoning Campaign Targets Bin Laden Searches On Google Images.

The death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden has sparked a series of phishing and malware attacks mounted by hackers looking to exploit the wide coverage the event is getting.

SEO Poisoning Campaign Targets Bin Laden Searches On Google Images

According to antivirus software maker Kaspersky, four hours after the Obama announced the death of the world’s most wanted man, hackers had launched SEO poisoning and adware attacks on Google in order to exploit the popularity of the news. “As always, when big news appear in the press the bad guys start black hat SEO campaigns in popular search engines trying to lure users to install Rogueware,” Fabio Assolini, Kaspersky Lab Expert, said in a blog post.

“It's not different this time, with the top news about Osama's Bin Laden death being everywhere. The bad guys were quite fast and started to poison [search] results in Google Images,” he added. SEO poisoning uses the same techniques as other SEO campaigns, but instead of bringing in potential customers or ad clicks, it is used to spread malware. Scraping for Journalism: A Guide for Collecting Data. Photo by Dan Nguyen/ProPublica Our Dollars for Docs news application lets readers search pharmaceutical company payments to doctors.

Scraping for Journalism: A Guide for Collecting Data

Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing. I’m warning everyone: I’m blogging angry.

Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing

I waited 24 hours.