Google’s latest move is to censor online content moving through it’s various channels; search, video which is ‘controversial’.
You can see it in black and white above.
This site, and other onliners such as WSWS have experienced exclusion from the index, or severe penalties. On the other side of the fence, in the world of YouTube, many publishers whose livelihood is based on the forum through and it’s many subscribers, have found content ‘demonetized’.
Even posters whose content has nothing to do with controversy, light entertainment channels may find they’re getting censored if they don’t present their information in the right way.
In many cases Google is simply targetted the individuals. Removing their content wholesale, whether it’s breaching guidelines or not.
Judgement has been cast
Google refused to monetize my YouTube content many years ago. They said I was running a ‘click-scam’, the truth is, Google Adwords only pays publishers for a PERCENTAGE of the click-thru’s they get on their site. Some clicks don’t get registered at all. When you’re making money from BILLIONS of clicks a day, that’s a lot of money.
I know this, having been a publisher since 2003/2004 when Adwords first came out and I started running the program. I ran it for over 7 years…. Anyway, another story…..
List of demonetized YouTube stars
This list is ongoing, so if you want to slip me an email with your story, I can include you.
The second day in a row, michaeltyler.co.uk has been hit by a Denial of Service attack eminating from ‘Google Cloud Services‘.
Each time, in the early hours of the morning, I’m visited by the ‘Google Cloud Service‘ bot, which subsequently visits ever page on my site in quick succession.
It’s called an
(In this this type of attack, Application Layer receives high-workload requests that consume server resources such as RAM.)
This places an unnaturally high demand on the servers CPU, slowing the server down, and if left, possibly blowing it up. To stop this happening, when the CPU gets warm, it automatically designates the source and shuts it down, putting the offending site on error.
Each time, I’ve been able to trace the source of the problem to Google Cloud Services.
Google Cloud Services caching sites for their owners, but it’s closing my site down, maliciously!
Usually when you sign on to some sort of BOT activity on your site, you’re asked to put a verification code on there, to confirm that it’s actually you requesting the traffic, not some rogue element wishing to take your website down.
You as the owner, actively sign-on to have your site crawled. …
Seems that one of the richest companies in Silicon Valley is having trouble finding lawyers to correctly T & C it’s latest browser release, Chrome.
Deep in the User Agreement, which all you downloaders have signed up to ,is something which we suspect Google has been doing all along. This just proves us right.
So here it is in black and white and from the Google-Horse’s mouth.
By submitting, posting or displaying the content, you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.
Thanks to the US firm of lawyers acting on Google’s behave for the head’s up on that one.
I’ve been an Internet publisher since 1998, back in the day when people were using AltaVista as their main search engine, Netscape navigator was main browser, Yahoo was a new invention and Usenet was the in-thing (social networking hadn’t been invented then).
I was a publisher when Google bought the trust of the internet community with a repository of old musings in something called the Déjà-News archives.
Even the spammers thought Google was alright.
Florida Update (Feb 2005)
Spammers spammed, hoaxers hoaxed, phishers phished, the good generally mixed with the bad and the Ugly. Google said, this is a bad thing.
“Why do we need all these spammy sites all mixed in with the good people trying to make honest money, Serg?”
In 2005, Gooogle rolled out a massive update. Called it Florida, it took a chunk of sites and cut their traffic by half.
Of course, everyone in the industry panicked.
But there was method in this madness
Google were clever. Those sites which were spammers, made busy changing everything, changing:
their page names
their page’s content
keywords densities, descriptions
changing backlink text
getting more links through publishing more spam
Just about anything anyone could suggest that would improve their rankings again.
They made a lot of changes.
By calculating changes and comparing it with how willing webmasters were to change their site over this period, (about 4 months), Google could make a guess as to that sites actual worth. Legitimate sites might see the ability to adjust perhaps 10% content for the sake of a better ranking, whereas a site with useless content would change anything.
Those who adjusted little, (there was really little to change, believe me), stayed in. Those who adjusted a lot, went out.
Penalty Update (October 2007)
In October 2007, another update took place. Again, my site took a massive hit.
Google vaulted it as a punishing paid links** update.
My site has never accepted paid links. Nor ever paid for links.
I said nothing, my site doesn’t publish spam, nor does it undertake practices not sanctioned in the ‘Google official Webmaster Guidlines’. It’s taken me from then until now to put 2+2 together and figure out exactly what’s happened.
Manually altering results Google in the October 2007 began manually altering search results to generate more income in line with the forthcoming changes in it’s ‘Adwords’ policy released this May.
Previous to May 2008, Google wouldn’t allow bidding on trademarked terms. For example: If you wanted to buy a climacool Adidas jacket you would type that into your search engine, chances are you’d come up with the manufacturers site first, then a number of other sites, also selling that particular product.
That’s where my site lived for a long time.
I sold budget flights both on a commissioned and non-commissioned basis and was the first site in the UK to do so.
My rankings were up until October 2007.
I directly attribute the May 2008 changes with the October 2007 update.
I’ve sat back. Because, I’m fairly sure my site’s as good as it can be. It’s never broken the rules and as such, there’s nothing I can do.
Net effect of changes to Google Adword policy
Reduce the Diversity of the ‘net: Mom & Pop sites that have traditionally employed SEO techniques to differentiate themselves from the crowd are going to find their business reduced, why would Google send visitors to a site where it can find all the best goods when it can take $1.80 per Adwords click from someone who can afford to pay? It won’t.
This will reduce the diversity of the ‘net, putting smaller, more efficient operators out of business and handing more money to corporations who take their place.
Channel more money to corporations: Google is currently straddling between freedom of information, (the spirit of the net), and corporatism. Freedom of information means exactly that, free.
Organic listings* represent free information.
Through manipulating and removing sites with high quality, focused information and allowing trademark orientated Adword adverts to appear alongside poorer results instead, Google is skewing the pitch toward corporatism. Those with advertising budgets and skilled staff to administrate complex Adwords campaigns in a meaningful fashion.
Google likes to hide behind the veil of ‘freedom of information’ whilst reaping the profits of corporatism.
Stymie new development: I’ve developed a substantial number of pages, and Google refused to list them. (See thread).
Don’t assume, if you’re a developer and develop a top new app or service it’ll get listed. If it interferes with Google’s business interests, Google either pull it when it realises it’s making money, or not list it in the first place.
This stymies bedroom developers who depend on a traffic flow to promote their product or service.
In the past Google could be relied on to provide that relationship. That isn’t the case anymore.
Reduce search quality: If Google is prepared to sacrifice search quality in the name of ‘Adwords’, this signals to Engineers to have their own ideas.
Google have moved away from the purity of information weighted results making this a breeding ground for opportunist Engineers who stand to politicise search on whoever pays them to present in a positive light.
Search results of the future could be ruled by a cabal of powerful search engine engineers wearing funny hats, (much like Google Webmaster forums are now), thrashing out each others ego’s on innocent webmasters below ‘lawnmower man’ style whilst handing the best listings to those who pay them to speak up in their favour.
Google manually manipulate SERP’s in the name of business interests.
Google pretends, through it’s Webmasters Guidlines, you will get high rankings if you do the right things.
Google’s Déjà-News, freedom of information, spirit of the ‘net days are dead. If you want an impartial search engine, build your own.
* Organic listing is a listing that appears on merit.
** Link are a means of valuing a site’s worth in internet terms. The more people link to your site, the more respect you get in the community, the more your site is worth.