I was hanging out over at Matt Cutts’ blog today, where the subject at hand was SEO Tip: Avoid Keyword Stuffing. The discussion centered around a site that was blatantly stuffing keywords on its pages, and happened to get banned by Google. The conversation turned, as conversation tend to do, to other penalties sites suffer, and how not all sites that were penalized actually deserved them.
Hot on the heels of Google AdSense checks reportedly bouncing, and as Google heads to Washington to defend it’s recent Doubleclick acquisition (which as we all know, is part of their attempt to buy the whole Internet), it now looks like Google has managed to lose $13 Billion… overnight. (Thanks to Nathan Weinberg of InsideGoogle for reporting on this.)
So, apparently Google has recently changed their guidelines to include a nice little tidbit about Why should I report paid links to Google? Matt Cutts did discuss this on his blog before, but making it official Google policy is something else altogether. Does anyone else sense the oncoming bloodlust
I think it is mostly the timing of these events that make this particular recipe of irony so compelling. I mean, they both do have merit on their own, but when viewed together a certain cosmic sense of “wtf” is inspired within. For me, anyways.
Event the First: