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  • Google Announces Invalid Domain Through Blacklisting

    Click fraud is a big deal (Google claims it’s as low as a few percent but other leading industry experts disagree and put it much higher). I was actually fairly impressed that Google not only acknowledged the problem but is actually taking steps to prevent it that are visible to...

  • CAPTCHA Curiosity

    Tim Tucker posted an interesting solution to some of the CAPTCHA solving stuff going around. He posted that to comment on his blog you must enter any data, as long as it’s incorrect. So as long as you don’t type in whatever you see and it is six characters long,...

  • Alexa Fallacy - As if Anyone Thought Otherwise

    Okay, no more theories, no more guesswork, I finally have proof that Alexa data does not jive with actual real internet traffic patterns. Well, at minimum it doesn’t match what they claim it matches - it does prove other interesting facts, but I’ll get to that in a minute. My...

  • Malicious SERP Arbitrage Lessons

    I spent the better part of my free time for today putting together a rather sophisticated search engine result page arbitrage tool. No, I won’t release this one. Partly because it sucks, partly because it requires that I allow other companies to run JavaScript on my domain, partly because it...

  • Detecting Spiders is the key to SEO

    One of the major problems in blackhat SEO (search engine optimization) is detecting what is a robot and what is a user pretending to be a robot to detect what you are doing. There are a lot of tricks out there, but almost all of them can be subverted. It...