Posted May 19, 2006 7:55 am by with 2 comments

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I apologize to all of you for the little secret I am about to reveal, but things have gotten out of hand.

If you’ve ever linked to a post at the Official Google Blog, you’ve noticed that each post displays a list of blogs linking to it. Popular posts can send a nice chunk of visitors to your blog – all for just including a link back to the Google blog.

Unfortunately, I think we’re about to see the end of this free traffic, as spammers have also figured this out.

Spotted at this post.

Carrie Underwood posts – which leads to a spam site. Just about every recent post has at least one spam link.

Oh well, it was good while it lasted, but Google will need to either remove this feature or figure out how to improve it. Cos it’s just too easy to spam them. 🙂

  • Google has already implemented the “no follow” policy with its robots, search engines and Blogger (and others have joined in). For anyone not familiar with this, if you add a certain bit of text to your links, Google’s robots won’t count those links toward the receiving site’s PageRank, which, on a basic level, determines where your site falls with search results. Also, if you look at the Google Blog code, they’re doing something funky with the links, because none of them are actually found in the code.

  • Yep, understood. Google’s too smart to pass on PR, but what I am talking about is the actual traffic. Remember those days, when getting a link meant we actually got traffic and not just PR? 😉