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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.

Okay some how there was a glitch. 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: 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. Report: Not Optimizing For Bing-Yahoo Means Loss Of Traffic. From an SEM-SEO resource-allocation perspective focusing on Google historically made lots of sense for small and even medium-sized firms.

Report: Not Optimizing For Bing-Yahoo Means Loss Of Traffic

Some firms didn’t have the bandwidth to address Yahoo, let alone Bing. But after the merger the two now control about 28 percent of all search traffic according recent search market share data from comScore. So now that there are two, it makes sense to devote resources to the Yahoo-Bing combination. Search ad network Chitika says that many of the publishers on its network — almost 50 percent — are receiving less traffic than they could if they were to pay more attention to BinHoo: 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

By treating your customers badly, one merchant told the paper, you can generate complaints and negative reviews that translate to more links to your site; which, in turn, make it more prominent in search engines. The main premise of the article was that being bad on the web can be good for business. We were horrified to read about Ms. Rodriguez’s dreadful experience. Even though our initial analysis pointed to this being an edge case and not a widespread problem in our search results, we immediately convened a team that looked carefully at the issue. 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. 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.” Articles about Google’s Instant Previews and a roundup of LinkedIn case studies for online branding were also popular last week, but none so much as the Google/DecorMyEyes situation. Our “Discussion of the Week” asked, What Should Google Do About Negative Activity Being Good for SEO? 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.

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

We’ve written a series of how-to guides explaining how we collected the data. Most of the techniques are within the ability of the moderately experienced programmer. The most difficult-to-scrape site was actually a previous Adobe Flash incarnation of Eli Lilly’s disclosure site. Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing. I’m warning everyone: I’m blogging angry.

Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing

I waited 24 hours. I’m still angry. So here it is.