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    How Google profiles SEO's

    At SMX one of the more contentious subjects was the debate over Google’s Android Phone giveaway, and demonstration that they are in practice profiling SEO’s.

    Let’s back the clock up and review the facts:

    • On May 27th at the Google I/O developer program Google has what is the press calls an “Oprah Moment” and gives away FREE cell phones to all attendees.
    • Within 1 hour of the giveaway the phone finds it’s way up on Ebay with a starting price of $200.
    • This phone receives 29 bids and has a final selling price of $760
    • Within the 24 hours after that phone is given away Android receives approximately 50,000 new links.
    • It doesn’t require a huge leap of faith to assume that at least 1 and quite possibly many more of those links can be directly attributed to Google giving away a cash in kind gift valued at between $200-$760.
    Continued at: How Google Profiles SEO’s

    Do you believe the story holds water? Have you personally seen evidence of Google's SEO profiling?

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    Michael's post was a bit disjointed, because it talked about two fairly unrelated topics:

    1. Google's hypocrisy in penalizing people for compensating bloggers for product reviews
    2. Potential unfairness in Google's profiling of SEOs


    Google's hypocrisy is beyond question and beyond belief, but you asked about profiling.

    I do believe that Google profiles SEO's, based upon data such as:

    • AdSense ID's
    • WHOIS records
    • Nameservers
    • Hosting companies (a.k.a. IP addresses)
    • Google Webmaster Tools tags
    • Google Analytics tags

    Personally, I have been very up front with Google by keeping all of these variables constant across my web sites -- but Google has not rewarded me for my honesty.

    When I have a few weeks to work on it, I would like to start making more of my projects difficult for Google to profile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer
    Personally, I have been very up front with Google by keeping all of these variables constant across my web sites -- but Google has not rewarded me for my honesty.
    Care to elaborate?

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    When I have a few weeks to work on it, I would like to start making more of my projects difficult for Google to profile.
    Interesting. Yet Google doesn't appear to have penalized you overall. Why bite the hand that feeds you?

    Is there really a difference between the TSA profiling Arab-Americans and Google profiling SEO's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by m42 View Post
    Care to elaborate?
    I use the same AdSense ID, GWT login, GA login, nameservers, and hosting across most of my websites. I'm easy to track, so that should look whitehat -- right?

    Quote Originally Posted by m42 View Post
    Interesting. Yet Google doesn't appear to have penalized you overall.
    Google has beat the crap out my my political sites. It has gone through them like a tornado and penalized sites for no discernable reasons.

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    When Google does well, I pet it. When it does poorly, it gets the newspaper!
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