Google That’s Enough!
One of the many online events at Shaastra (IIT M annual technical fest) is the Google Event – SEO Competition, where the participants are given a search string (durbatuluk shaastra equivocate coecelanth zeppelin) the search of the permutation and combination of which must result your page on top.
As expected most participants chose wordpress.com and blogspot as their platform for the event. A screenshot of the google search for “durbatuluk zeppelin” (Try clicking the links in the search results).
Apparently someone seemed to have tipped off wordpress on how this SEO contest is spamming wordpress and using its various resources.
The quick wordpress feedback system, led to a mass deletion of such blogs. Google followed suite. I made an entry for the competition with http://bothackr.blogspot.com. Now the blog no longer exists.
At first I was astonished to see my blog missing today morning. But after surfing about ten mintues I figured out that most SEO blogs were deleted. Fair enough!
But what irked me was, I wasn’t intimated nor conveyed the deletion of my blog by blogger. It’s just gone. If I hadn’t visited it today morning, I wouldn’t have known whether my blog existed or not.
On the other hand, wordpress handled the issue maturely. First, they archived the blogs and then deleted them, so that the users could still log in and salvage any bit of important information they fed into their seo blog. (Its not necessary that all SEO contest blogs are spam blogs.)
Secondly, Matt addressed the issue in the wordpress blog. But google just dumped our blogs. I along with my search strings had also posted a few important links and references and happenings in the recent past. Everything is gone. If google had intimated me, I could have at least backed up my posts. What is worse is now my blog reads “404 page not found”.
Google here is a piece of advice: We know you guys are the best, but now you are going overboard, my sincere advice to you would be to maintain your PR (You seem to have forgoten about Public Relationship after Page Rank was introduced). Just because you are monopolizing the industry doesn’t me you take such rash actions. I was shocked to see my blog gone without a trace (except for your search engine results which still point to my non existent blog). I have lost a good amount of information, links, bookmarks and logs apart from my SEO entries and I am seriously pissed off. Its just not me, but a bunch of guys who used blogger.
I agree SEO competitions implies splogs. But c’mon one can’t just delete stuff without notice, or at least informing the owner. Many people unlike me, have spent their whole morning trying to figure out how their blog got deleted. A small mail to them, would have at least saved their time. We all would definitely appreciate if you guys were more friendly. Its just not good ‘not being evil’ anymore, get friendly.
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