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Siggi [PersonRank 1]

Monday, May 8, 2006
14 years ago5,419 views

Don´t be evil. Tick tack. Don´t be evil. Tick tack.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

My French isn't great, but if you visit blogs-de-voyage.fr/ (as shown in the logo) it looks like you can create a free blog:

blogs-de-voyage.fr/account/cre ...

If you create a blog, it appears to then be hosted on Expedia's domain. I managed to stumble around and create an account for this blog:

google-blogoscoped.blog.expedi ...

I guess this is for travellers to keep in touch with people whilst they take a trip around the world. It's a good idea for a travel company to offer in principal. However, Expedia are idiots for hosting blogs on their primary domain (albeit subdomains) – especially without any prior approval of account names. That would be like Google hosting Google Pages and Blogger on the google.com domain!

IMHO Expedia are innocent of spamming but guilty of stupidity...

viggen [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

yup, Expedia is pushing it for a while, (are they too big to be bothered?), even hidden text
abakus-internet-marketing.de/e ...

cheers
viggen

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

BTW, Philipp, if you want me to edit that blog so that it doesn't contain "Google Blogoscoped" all over it, let me know! We wouldn't want Google to rank that site more highly than yours... ;-)

Alex [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Pathetic..

But the worst is the companies which are linked to severe spam, and even addware and viruses. There are real ones out there that make this crap. This fake virus scanner crap, weather bug, all these lame pieces of software. Not that they care, but each time I encounter one of these guys, I spam them back with phone calls and report them.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

After reading the comments on SEO Black Hat, loads of other people have noticed that this isn't necessarily Expedia spamming already:

seoblackhat.com/2006/05/05/goo ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Thanks Tony, I added this to the post!

bas [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

what's the difference with pages like this: workathome10.blogspot.com?

Elias KAI [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It happens when your organization is growing and you are out of control, I have met expedia.fr in the past and showed them this warning, they did not know about it , they did not care or take it as serious.... guess why _ ?

Marketing managers are too busy (let's put it this way better)

olivier [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Some people REALLY want to buy viag... and Rolex, why worry such redirection pages ?

Dhiren [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

So what should a company like Expedia do about this to plug the hole?

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