Wait… Google Banned BeatThatQuote Again!

On March 7th, Google acquired BeatThatQuote.com. The attention of the acquisition got SEOs to call out that BeatThatQuote was violating Google’s webmaster guidelines and led to the site being penalized by Google.

Then yesterday, I reported BeatThatQuote was no longer penalized, at least that was until they were found to still be violating Google’s guidelines.

Now if you look at the [beatthatquote] search results, beatthatquote.com is not in the first spot anymore. So Google penalized the site they own again! Did you get all of that?

Google bought a web site, penalized it a day later, then removed the penalty two weeks later and now a day after the penalty was removed, they penalized it again!

Postscript: A Google spokesperson told us, “we strive to enforce our webmaster guidelines across all websites, even websites owned and operated by Google.”

Hat tip to Rishil for spotting this first.

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  • http://socialmedianerd.se/per-pettersson/ Per Pettersson

    This is hilarious!

  • http://www.Blippitt.com Chris Monty

    This is really taking the phrase “Google Dance” to a whole new level.

  • http://www.travellerspoint.com Peter Daams

    “we strive to enforce our webmaster guidelines across all websites, even websites owned and operated by Google.”

    Acquiring violating sites is a great way to enforce those guidelines.

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