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Spammers abusing Google Trends

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
4 years ago2,269 views

Danny Sullivan has posted at length about sleazy webmasters who exploit Google's list of hot trends by creating garbage articles to attract ads for these hot search topics.

Because their articles are junk, a user who has arrived from Google Search is more likely to click on an ad, compared to a website where the article itself gives the searcher what they were looking for.

"search engine land – The Google Sewage Factory"
searchengineland.com/google-se ...

Danny's article is being discussed at SlashDot, where some are accusing Danny of doing exactly what he is complaining about – by writing an article packed with keywords from recent trending topics. Heh, heh...

However it's a real phenomenon, and it goes beyond what Danny is reporting, where webmasters are creating their own content. Here's a screenshot from the "Answers" section of the "Experience Project" website. Notice how they're encouraging their users to generate content about trending topics likely to provide good advertising revenue?

experienceproject.com/question ...


img836.imageshack.us/img836/59 ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Well, this problem exists since the launch of Google (Hot) Trends... And more recently, with Google Hot Trends doctored by fake users searches, it's worse and worse.

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