Friday, September 14, 2007

Google Bomb List --- John Chow, me ... and what other bloggers will be next?

Google bomb bombing list John Chow
by Paula Neal Mooney

  1. First John Chow was banned from Digg.com, then I was banned from Digg.com...


  2. Then John Chow was Google bombed, now I've been Google bombed...(technically not the correct term, since that refers to linking to Google with text not associated with what you're writing about, but you get my drift)


  3. Next John Chow made $17,828.61 last month alone in blogging income, then I made...well, from my praying lips to God's listening and responding ear...


What is a Google bombing?
Opal the Vegan Momma warned me this could happen. She knew that Matt Cutts from Google said that if too many links with the same anchor text come from the same blog, Google will smack the whammy down on them.

So, like John Chow no longer ranks on the first page of Google's search-engine results pages (SERPS, for you non-techies scratching your head at this post) for "make money online" nor even his own name -- I, too, no longer rank for "Paula Mooney" or "Paula Neal Mooney" or "Blogger Salary" -- plus probably a few other terms.

It had to happen.

But I liked putting that "by Paula Neal Mooney" linked to my blog's homepage so folks who don't know to click the header link above could easily find me.

Touche.

Gratefully -- oh miracle of the Lord above -- my traffic is still somehow hanging around 2 grand pageviews per day even with the Google bombing -- because I still rank well somehow on Google for some specific terms.

But I can tell my Google searches referral links have dropped -- more Yahoo, MSN and other referral links fill those "referral URL" fields now. Who knew how many folks used MSN and Yahoo search engines, where the traffic is still flowing in?

But I'm so used to Google, that I stumbled around Yahoo just to find John Chow's posts about this topic.


After the Google bombing, focusing on the niche web sites...

Thankfully, my niche sites are still getting the good Google juice. So now I know not to bomb them with too much anchor text.

And the Google bombing has taught me to focus on those sites anyway, like my new micro-braid hair styles and pictures web site.

These niche sites are turning out to be my bread and butter in terms of better click-thru rates on my Google Adsense income.

C'est la vie!

Such is life in good old Google land...

If anything, I'm hoping these lessons learned will help my readers thru my experiences.

Go ahead -- other people can now get to the top of Google on search terms that John Chow and I no longer rank well with.

But stop just short of Google bombing! ;-)

7 comments:

kystorms said...

thank you Paula, for yet again teaching us by your own experience. this is rare to find, people willing to let others hear and learn from their mistakes.
And as you said, from your lips to Gods ears, my you be blessed a thousand fold!
:-)

PhotoshopHouse said...

Just another slap from google !
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tAnYeTTa said...

as usual, i'm confused about it all. i love your blog though. hopefully you'll get back on top and you know you're a winner in our book anyways! :)

Anonymous said...

Great blog and great ideas. I am sorry you were "Google bombed". Was there something more than many same word links? Usually Google just doesn't include those or pay much attention to them.

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Jayne said...

I know Google doesn't like "keyword stuffing", but I had no idea you could get the problem for your own NAME. That makes no sense!

nexy said...

Hi Paula,

I didn't know what Google Bombing was until I read this post. I should have suspected something was up though when a couple of weeks ago I was looking for your site. I googled your name as I had done before because I couldn't remember the exact URL but your site did not come up as #1. I was like WT..

That is crazy how Google works like that. Again, thanks for sharing your experience.

Aman said...

Google bomb is not the honest way to boost traffic I guess.

Paula Neal Mooney