Google is evil

And it’s not because progressively all natural results went above the fold.
It’s not because suddenly Gmail decided what is important and not in my inbox.

It’s because not only at work where we are at least 80 souls I’m getting the Google captcha to make a search. Also at home where in the mornings I’m the only one making a search I’m getting this


If that’s Usability, then I prefer to back to the caves era and make my own weapons.

So I’ve decided to switch to Yahoo for my search, thanks Marissa.
Can you please return Flickr to it’s past state and get me more results as google ?

I’ve decided that you will be my favorite geek girl if you do that. Thanks-

Google algorithm trolling

My friend Gabriel from Madrid posted this in Facebook and it made me laught quite a while:
(translation after the spanish original)

Me gusta buscar cosas que no me interesan de forma aleatoria en Google para trollear las cookies, los bots y los algoritmos inteligentes de Google, Facebook y la internete en general. ^^

He tomado esa práctica. cada vez que busco algo, busco a la vez otras cosas que ni me interesan ni tienen nada que ver conmigo. Y doy links y clicks everywhere without a sense !! MMHHUWWWAAHAhaAAHAhahHAHAha ^^

I like to search things randomly that do not interest me to troll the cookies, the bots, the intelligent google algorithms and Facebook.

I accostumed myself to it. Each time I search for something, I search also for other things that are neither my interest and have nothing to do with me. And I go everywhere and click everywhere without any sense !!MMHHUWWWAAHAhaAAHAhahHAHAha ^^

How to make your Youtube music videos work in Germany

Bypass the GEMA blocking to see musical videos with this simple techniques. The problem with many videos, not only musical, but many others is that GEMA wants to get money for each video reproduction in youtube and google does not agree to pay the fee. GEMA represents in Germany the copyrights of more than 64,000 members which are composers, lyricists, and music publishers. So most of the musical videos you want to play will be blocked in youtube by this association.

There is a simple solution for that. Suppose you want to see this video about “Climate change”:

Blocked by gema since it’s has some musical background. You see how irrational it gets. Simply add an “ss” before youtube converting the URL in this:

And Voila! Just click again in the video icon and you are all set.

The trick is that the smart guys over have registred redirecting it to their service. Just wanted to disclose that I don’t have anything agains GEMA and I understand that artists need to get copyright money. But the negotiations between GEMA and Google are lasting too long and it’s too bad to have all this videos blocked. Companies fight and the only damage is for the users. So we have now a simple solution adding two “ss” characters to your video.

An alternative solution: A proxy for Chrome.

Google and the link networks

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for long, and it’s being in my drafts as an unpublished entry for some days now, it’s not an easy thing to explain exactly how I feel about this.
This would not be the first link network targeted by Google. Google has penalized link networks several times over the years, most recently the link network.
But after reading what Seoroundtable published about and other entries about similar networks I though about writing my opinion about it.

Matt Cutts         @mattcutts @dannysullivan @seocom just another day at the office for me. :) Okay, gotta look at some really naughty Russian link selling software now.
9:27 PM – 13 Feb 13

Actually some people that know the market in Russia commented:

Actually we don’t care so much about Google, for Russians Yandex is the king. If Google wants to kill his Russian branch – no problem, nobody cares

It certainly bugs that there are “links marketplaces” out there that are manipulating the search results selling links. Some questions and thoughts arise:

  • Why there are caring about this specially in country where they have 30% of the market search ?
    (Yandex seems to be the search king of Russia)
  • They know this for so long but suddenly they decide to take action ?
  • I’m really surprised that professional SEO’s are still using this kind of get link marketplaces. There are valid ways to get links in an organic way to avoid doing something stupid like this that can damage your client reputation and your professionalism as SEO.

And another though that came to me after this is that Google used to be a search engine which nows looks as a giant advertising marquee of their own advertising and products. Try to search for “Hotel in Berlin” or any popular service and you will see it for yourself.
Google in 2013:

And this is how it looked a search for “Hotels New York” just a couple of months ago when they got in the hotels business:

Thanks! At least after the Google hotels finder we could see some natural results.
Now this is how we see the same search it in March 2013:

So what I don’t get is the double message of fighting so much to keep their search ranking clean but at the same time they put all their advertising marquee in front of your face almost stopping all of us to see organic results.
Why are the organic results so important if you have to scroll to see them in the first place ?

Keep the conversation coming:
Did Google Just Penalize Another Link Network? SAPE Links
SAPE Links Penalized by Google? – Sape employee blog post

Here is the reason about why we will use Internet Explorer: Google keywords ‘not provided’

Lately the SEO world has been quite a revolution. It started long time ago but it was enhanced by last 2 weeks events when Raven announced that they stopped scraping search data but it continues up to this days until everyone is realizing the following fact:

Each day we will work more blindly in the SEO World

The reason is that Google is quite forcing Secure Socket Layer (SSL or https) so this is starting to appear as traffic keywords “Not provided” in Analytics. So what are the keywords that the user typed in Google get our site in the search results:

 Only Google knows

The fact is that the (not provided) traffic will keep on growing. First, because any user that is logged with any Google device will send their encrypted searchs to the (not provided) list. And secondly, because Firefox and other navigators decided to encrypt all the searches done by Google, independently if you are logged into a Google account or not.
After the updates of 10th December in Google Chrome the browser will have the exact encryption as Firefox, hence that means that you will find a closed door when you search for keyword data in any web analytics tool.

To explain it in a simple way, that means that the (not provided) traffic source will keep on growing giving us less and less information about the search keywords that brought the users into our websites.

So what will the Search Engine Optimizations experts will do when they are forced to work almost blind ?

We will do what we’ve done through all obstacles in life: We will adapt and survive (Darwin said it very well)

There is an exception about this when the keywords are revealed: It’s when you use this keywords to do advertising in Google Adwords. Then they have to provide this information.

And there is much more in SEO than tracking search engine results. So if you are a fan of tracking all the keywords and doing all this little adjustments in your content and titles to bring more traffic I personally suggest one thing: Enjoy while it lasts because after this you will have to learn a whole new way to do it. And maybe focus more on original content or social engagement. Or maybe just combine it with SEM and make Google earn a few more bucks.

Google has been trying to tell it very clear long time ago saying “The ranking should not be used as a SEO metric” (Really ?) and now it seems that they are forcing their statement to be right. Because there is not other choice:

The first thing you have to know is that if you live  from Google, your business depends on Google and if you don’t play with Google’s rules…you are going to be expulsed from the match.

Related posts that where an inspiration to write this one:
Google Chrome not provided