Spam and be punished

Norwegian “digi.no”:http://digi.no/ is reporting as their main headline of the day that the Radisson SAS chain of hotels were “thrown out of Google for Search Engine Spam”:http://php.digi.no/php/art.php?id=112067. Radisson SAS made extensive use of Shadow Domains and Doorway Pages, as “documented by e-guiden.no”:http://www.eguiden.no/cparticle188538-575.html.


After the spamming was discovered, and prior to their exclusion from Google, CEO of Radisson SAS Norway, Martin Creydt was interviewed by digi.no about the techniques used (translation and emphasis by me):
bq. We take this critique seriously, and will run this through our legal department once more. _However, our IT departement in Copenhagen disagree with Google on what should and should not be allowed._
Seriously? They expect to be indexed and reachable in a large database run by a private corporation, _and_ decide the rules themselves?
Further, Creydt goes on:
bq. Getting thrown out of Google wouldn’t be good, but Google can’t unilaterally define the rules of Internet use and search engines. There are lots of other actors we can cooperate with, but of course, Google are large
Since when have Google defined the “Rules of Internet use and search engines?” To my knowledge, they never have. Neither have they tried. What Google have done, however, is providing webmasters with a set of “guidelines”:http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html on what you can and can’t do with their search engine.
To me, this is a joyful day: Spam and be punished. No matter how big you are.

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  1. How to get thrown out of Google

    Virtuelvis writes about Googles decision to remove Radisson SAS (major hotel chain) from their search engine after intentionally spamming Googles database. Spam and be punished Norwegian digi.no is reporting as their main headline of the day that the R…

  2. But then again, considering that Google is a service that many people rely upon for accurate search results, maybe their policies should be subject to some kind of regulation on what they can and cannot do. In this case it is, IMHO, a clear case about a company trying to gain an unfair advantage, but other cases may be more border line.

  3. I believe this is a fairly self-regulating mechanism. Providing delibaretly skewed data when you provide a large, general service, will in the long run hurt you.
    There will, of course, be the odd case where people or companies will feel that they are being treated in an unfair fashion – that is, however, a job for the legal system and applicable regulation.

  4. Radisson SAS straffes av Google

    Virtuelvis kommenterer Digis oppslag om at Radisson SAS ble kastet ut av Google på grunn av …

  5. Spam and be punished

    Norwegian digi.no is reporting as their main headline of the day that the Radisson SAS chain of hotels were thrown out of Google for Search Engine Spam.

    Hail Google!

  6. Radisson SAS

    Radison SAS har havnet i Googles «liste» over «de som gjør som Google ikke vil».