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Rap Genius Returns To Google Search Rankings 115

Posted by Soulskill
from the play-nice-with-the-internets dept.
theodp writes "After being punished by Google for manipulative SEO tactics, a contrite Rap Genius says it's back in Google's good graces. 'It takes a few days for things to return to normal, but we're officially back!' reads a post by the Rap Genius founders. 'First of all, we owe a big thanks to Google for being fair and transparent and allowing us back onto their results pages. We overstepped, and we deserved to get smacked.' Rap Genius credits some clever trackback scraping programming for its quick redemption, but a skeptic might suggest it probably didn't hurt that Rap Genius' biggest investor, Andreessen Horowitz, is tight with Google."
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Rap Genius Returns To Google Search Rankings

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  • Q: Rap Genius?
    A: Oxymoron

    • by timdingo (1922214)
      /agreed Sometimes, when reading on or hearing of people I don't approve of, I'll drop a pejorative 'who?' even though I've got a pretty good idea who said person is. Not this time. This time I haven't got a clue as to who this 'Rap Genius' is. Not sure I want to know either.
  • who? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 04, 2014 @02:59PM (#45866599)

    who?

    • Re:who? (Score:5, Funny)

      by lxs (131946) on Saturday January 04, 2014 @03:22PM (#45866713)

      The people who bought this ad space.

    • Well, you've heard of them now . . .

      1. Piss off Google.
      2. Get headlines in the press.
      3. Profit.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I've been in the computing industry since the 1970s. I've seen trends come, and I've seen trends go. I've seen people come, I've seen people go. I've seen companies come, I've seen companies go. I've seen technologies come, I've seen technologies go.

      But over these several decades of experience, the worst, and I mean the very worst, people I've ever had to deal with are the hipsters that have weaseled their way in since 2008 or so. They've advocated for some of the worst technologies we've ever seen (JavaScr

  • Slashdot (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CheezburgerBrown . (3417019) on Saturday January 04, 2014 @03:12PM (#45866659)

    Delete this stupid article and smack whoever posted it. what a load of useless shit.

  • by mutube (981006) on Saturday January 04, 2014 @03:23PM (#45866723) Homepage

    Unfortunately, it's the boundaries of how un-newsworthy content can be and still be called "news".

    Someone I've never heard of does dodgy SEO, gets banned by Google, then gets the ban lifted (+- unproven allegation of favouritism) and I'm supposed to give a shit?

    Happens every day, almost entirely to other people I've never heard of either.

    • by Frosty Piss (770223) * on Saturday January 04, 2014 @03:33PM (#45866779)

      Unfortunately, it's the boundaries of how un-newsworthy content can be and still be called "news".

      Someone "modded" it up at the Firehose, and Soulskill put it on the front page... It's probably a Slashvert, either paid to Dice or more likely paid to Soulskill.

      • Someone "modded" it up at the Firehose, and Soulskill put it on the front page... It's probably a Slashvert, either paid to Dice or more likely paid to Soulskill.

        The future is coming [slashdot.org]... and it's ugly and full of ads.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          What I hate about the internet today - by Gus
          1. SEO - it's obvious
          2. The Cloud - security nightmare
          3. Advertisements - pay for your own site, or get it off the internet. You're not doing anyone any favors
          4. Social websites - facebook, twitter, google+, you all suck
          5. Youtube - posting a 10 minute video explaining how to do something that you could have explained in 1 line of text
          6. Web Forums - mail lists are better, you losers
          7. IOT - I don't even want to hear about this, it's fucking ridiculous
          8. Please

      • by pspahn (1175617)
        The correct and appropriate typo would have been "Soulshill".
  • Google has a right to do whatever it wants. This is a fact. It is a private firm, and if it wants to put up goatse.cx every time someone types in BING that is their right. I would defend it. However, such abuse would indicate they are not the right firm to depend for our internet searches, as does this event.

    My understanding is that if someone typed in Rap Genius the site would not come up. This to me is simply unprofessional behavior on the side of Google. Yes, demote the ranking if someone uses ano

    • agreed with all your points.

      google searches are near worthless. most others are also the same, but google is supposed to be 'great'. they once were. they no longer are.

      you mean to tell me that with all the genius power and funding google has, they can't weed out the link farms and fake sites that end up at the top of the search? I look for tech info and mostly I get SALES, SALES, SALES!! we want to sell things. we don't want to give info away.

      the web is dead, compared to what its dream was and what i

      • by Threni (635302)

        > google searches are near worthless

        You clearly aren't a developer who needs quick answers to edge-case problems which have affected a hangful of other people (including your client), or someone stalking their...uh...forget that - go with the programmer thingy.

        • by ganjadude (952775)
          agreed. In my job I use google all day long to troubleshoot and whatI need is usually within the top 3 results. Granted my searches are usually for a specific error code
          • by fred911 (83970)

            "whatI need is usually within the top 3 results. Granted my searches are usually for a specific error code"

            I agree. The problem with many, many result pages are the users queries. Properly formed queries provide useful results.

    • by cdecoro (882384)

      Why the hell has the parent post been modded (1, Redundant)? This is the most insightful post I've seen on /. all day. Shame on the mods.

      • He was modded redundant because it's bullshit. In the same breath, he complains about useless results due to spam as well as Google's attempt to stop people making the results useless due to spam. And apparently Google's algorithms are "broken" because they "created" a problem, namely SEO manipulation. But then he goes on to explain that AltaVista was subject to SEO manipulation as well. And he's condemning Google for attempting to fix it, while blaming them for being unable to! After using this silly logic

  • they wouldn't have banned him in the first place. they would have contacted em and then made them resolve it.

  • by BringsApples (3418089) on Saturday January 04, 2014 @04:37PM (#45867081)
    I didn't RTFA I didn't even finish reading the whole summary. This is stupid advertizing. This makes me feel like looking for other news outlets...

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