On Not Blogging For Ages

Thankfully my blog doesn't display post dates, or get much traffic. This happens to most blogs as I understand it, the owner gets bored, or isn't really invested in a topic, and gives up. I'm not going to say "I've been really busy", partly because I don't think that's particuarly true, and partly because I know people who are far more busy who blog far more often. At work it's been a very busy three months, but not so busy at home. Things I can remember happening in SEO since I last posted: That penalty on that large flower site that people are talking about. I've got no opinion on it because I haven't done a deep dive on it. There was a fresh batch of link warnings afterwards, probably 'shock and awe'. 301 redirects probably pass as much value as regular links, rather than a tiny [...]

Ahrefs.com’s Spammy Link Profile

According to Ahrefs.com, Ahrefs.com is linked to with 93 varieties of anchor text containing  "Louis".  This is the "Louis" of "Louis Vuitton". They've also got links with anchor text for: Beats by Dr. Dre Cialis Burberry viagra Mulberry Chanel and more [...] I put this list together based on spam this blog gets. If I've been spammed with it, Ahrefs probably have anchor text for it. From blog comments. So are these the people spamming our blogs? Don't Ahrefs know that their on page optimisation is terrible for these keywords? Obviously they aren't the ones spamming this here. And what's happening isn't a case of our darling negative SEO, or someone's test. It's human/machine error. Think about it a second. Lots of websites have links pointed at them that were never [...]

Backlink Analysis (Just Got Harder)

I thought this up this morning. Please don't do this. The Disavow links tool is very interesting; some are planning to use it to game ranking-->penalty-->recovery cycles. I've had another idea. It's Like (Not Provided), Only Again Once you have disavowed, your backlink data has effectively been (not provided)'d; it's a lot less useful than it used to be. Linkscape and Majestic crawlers will not be able to differentiate between vanilla links and disavowed ones. You might have had similar thoughts regarding other agencies; how are we going to know which links the people before us have disavowed? Can you imagine what a mess these profiles are going to look like 3 agencies later? Another interesting side effect of the tool is that less crap will be cleaned off the internet (and stay in [...]

2 Tips to Make Your Life Marginally Better

Are you tired of your life not being marginally better? Feeling down because these 2 tips have been out of your reach for so long? Annoyed by this string of sentences that serve no useful function? Read tips have better life. #1 Text-Link is a Firefox extension that should be part of all browser functionality. With this extension you can double click on a non-hyperlinked website mention in text. I get actively angry when I use someone elses browser and they don't have this installed (because I am an unreasonable person). Install it and test it out on these links: ohgm.co.uk http://ohgm.co.uk http://www.ohgm.co.uk In the old days I had to struggle like I was living in an infomercial: Moving my hand, clicking and dragging the mouse to highlight the desired text. Hitting [...]

Intentions and Permissibility

Introduction: This paper examines a number of issues arising from an analysis of the relationship between intentions and permissibility. This analysis is developed in response to the straw man position, ‘IIP’[1]; that the content of the intentions held by an agent in performing some act are irrelevant in determining the moral permissibility of that act. This is done intentionally as assurance that IIP is not confused for my own position. The crux of this paper has its origins in my resistance to accept double effect reasoning as I understood it and the work of both Tim Scanlon and Judith Thomson on the matter. Examples regarding double effect reasoning, in cases such as euthanasia, can often tend towards unappealing results. You want voluntary euthanasia. Under most versions of the [...]

Don’t Disavow (Too Late Now)

Whether the Google Disavow Links tool is a good or a bad thing, it doesn't matter.  There will be a enough published recoveries to get penalized webmasters salivating. Tin Foil Hat Time... Machine Learning reCaptcha, as I understand it, is an exercise in machine learning. The machine uses image recognition to assign a confidence value to some image (in this case text). reCaptcha then uses humans to improve the algorithm, by having them enter the images of text as they read them. Typically this will be the same, or similar to, what the machine thinks. This data is then fed back into the OCR program. I think spam flags might work in a similar way. The Disavow links tool is an excellent way to collect data which would allow Google to improve the algorithmic detection of spam - the webmasters [...]