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Re: [vox] Search engine spammers have crossed the line...

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On Saturday 13 September 2003 07:59 pm, Shwaine wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Ryan Castellucci wrote:
> > Hash: SHA1
> >
> > Do not click any of the hits on the following in a browser with
> > javascript enabled....
> >
> > http://www.google.com/search?q=lugod+site%3Ajoeydipaoloaids.org
> >
> > What is this crap? Aparnetly dozens of sites like this are listing
> > "LUGOD: vox mailing list archives" as a keyword, in an attempt to spam
> > google search results...
> >
> > This has to be stopped....
> If you use a plain Google search (without the site), the first several
> pages are almost all relevant to this group (the main site, meeting
> announcements, etc). There are a few which mention Lugod being a family
> name. It's also apparently the name of a place. And apparently also a word
> in another language(s), I believe from the Phillipines, as judging from
> these pages (the last of which also has an English translation of the
> story):>
> http://mozcom.com/~cagape/beho.htm
> http://www.apostolicnetwork.com/dspadua/espiritu.html
> http://likhaan_online.tripod.com/08242001archivesite/lit13-9.html
> A little deeper Googling turns up "joy" or "pleasure" as a meaning of
> "lugod" in Tagalog, so that may explain the porn. Links:
> http://home.wanadoo.nl/francis.vanstaa/E2B/e.htm
> http://palugod.tripod.com/palor.html
> http://www.foreignword.com/cgi-bin/engtag.cgi?language=tageng&termbox=lugod

Ah, thanks you for the explination, this does somewhat explain this.

> So my theory is they are trying to get people who speak those language(s)
> and since the plain "lugod" search turns up so many references to "vox
> mailing list" and other things related to this club, they put that phrase
> in the pages (along with a ton of other phrases intended for a similar
> purpose) to get them higher priority in the ranking algorithms. It's a
> classic way to trick older search engines into bumping the page result up.
> It doesn't work very well on newer engines, but doesn't mean those sort of
> pages stop using the old tricks. At least with Google, you don't start
> getting this stuff on a "lugod vox" search until the 7th page, but that
> search does show you how predominant this trick is with those sort of
> pages.

I had searched for lugod and ken bloom (I'd seen one of his usenet postings, 
and thought that he was a lugod member) and got the previously mentioned 
garbage on the first page. (hit 8)

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