Web retailer Overstock.com, which never does anything quietly, fired off a press release Monday announcing its release from the "penalty box" Google threw it into after it was caught violating the search engine's policies.
What's the penalty box? It's the time-out corner where Google (GOOG
, Fortune 500
) sends naughty websites that have tried to game its search algorithms.
The vast majority of Google's search results are automated. But the company can -- and often does -- take manual action to bury sites that are running afoul of its rules. Google's powerful webspam team serves as its search referees. Incur their wrath, and online oblivion follows.