March 17, 2006 - spam result

In Google Terrorists on Yahoo, Philipp Lenssen asks

When you search Yahoo UK/ Ireland for "google", the fifth result will be for... "". What's that, a Yahoobomb?

[Thanks Eric of Mechanical Turk Monitor.]

Update: Something similar happens when you search for "mcdonaldsforshizzo" (the second result for me is ""). [Thanks Maurizio M.]

(also Search Engine Watch)

These seem to be results of web-spamming, perpetuating itself by pages being scraped and re-scraped. It's not clear how it started. But I conjecture the tag after the "#" seems to be so that they can track which spamming pages are working.

Yahoo is being affected by the spam-pages.

Here's some examples (*not* linked, since these are spam!)
(note there's a tag "#darwin" there)

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google | on March 17, 2006 07:38 PM (Infothought permalink)
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