"SEO superstition" strikes again:
Chronicle writer disappears in porn clampdown
The personal blog of San Francisco's Violet Blue, a sex writer published in the San Francisco Chronicle and Valleywag's sister site, has been removed from the Google index, along with several other adult sites. Tiny Nibbles, which runs a well-known annual list of the year's sexiest geeks, does not show in Google's search results, even if filters are turned off. Other sites affected include ErosBlog, a sex news site, and Comstock Films, which makes adult movies of real-life couples. The content's all legal, and naughty, rather than degrading. Some word Violet wrote probably triggered a Google ban, inadvertently, but the search engine's rules are opaque, as is the procedure for an appeal against deletion. You think there are other search engines, so that's okay? There are no other search engines.
IT'S A BUG! The sites haven't been removed from the index. If you go
further into the results, the sites are still there. They apparently
"sandboxed" [update: "marked as spam-like"] for some unknown reason, so they're showing up
much lower than normal. Almost exactly 30 spots, in fact.
Google doesn't hate you. Really.
A good person to contact about these things is Matt Cutts.
[Sigh ... *why* *bother*? Who is going to hear me in the face of the sensationalism?]
[Update: Some of the sites are back, the Google people know about the issue. Again, this is really about spam false-positives, not censorship].By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google | on December 27, 2006 11:40 PM (Infothought permalink)