• http://skillcode.com/ Alex Ivanovs

    Now, that’s one big ass bull**** title right there.

    I’m not even sure we could say it’s ‘hijacked’ – this type of activity is very common, the only difference is that other script kiddies will be a lot smarter and earn money trough other means – this is just blatant ‘luck’ shining on someone and he wanted to make the best of it.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    It’s common, as the story says, that someone might hijack an existing listing in Google Search, if they spot a server with a weakness.

    It’s not common at all that this type of thing happens with Google News, which — again as the story explains — uses a different algorithm than Google Search, one designed to reward (supposedly) authority sites in particular subjects.

    This site (as the story explains) has no such authority in movie reviews or entertainment. The doorway pages that were indexed by Google were also pretty crappy. It has none of the signals you’d associate with a quality news article.

    Yet that’s what Google News is rewarding? Sure, maybe the person just got lucky. But it’s a pretty big failure on the part of Google News — and ultimately, yeah, I consider it to be a hacking of the relevancy. It’s certainly the best term to describe it to people who aren’t really going to be familiar search engine terminology. And it’s not hijacking, that I can see, in that the listing seem to have actually originated from the publication itself (probably through it being hacked).

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    But hey, fair enough that you could go either way on the “hacked” term. I’ve changed the headline to say “Spammed,” which I think there would be less debate about.

  • http://skillcode.com/ Alex Ivanovs

    Hey Danny,

    I love how you work with words, keep doing what you do.

  • http://payperclick.ph/ Lemuel Jovellar

    Sorry but the only thing that came to my mind is, “who cares about google news”? I mean, I have a site that’s been admitted in google news and I absolutely have no traffic coming from google news at all. I’m thinking you guys had better luck at getting traffic from being a part of google news to merit even talking about it?

  • http://www.it-sales-leads.com/ Barbara Mckinney

    Google will always have a hard time keeping spammers from ranking well and creating a fair marketplace.

  • http://www.technosurfer.com/ Hamza Ghanchi

    Google news is really full of bugs and it shows so many buggy news and sometimes old news with new time-stamps.

  • Matt O’Toole

    ^^^Maybe Google, in response, will have something to say about SEL letting their comments get spammed.

  • Sandro Galindo

    The Call and Post is our local (Cleveland) African American focused publication. They do great work and I know Don King is/was a past investor. I’m sure they had nothing to do w this. I hope it’s resolved soon.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Well, that got flagged when I caught up to this. Spam happens; we try to catch it as quickly as we can. But there’s a big difference between a spammed comment and a spammy story getting top billing on Google News.

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