Google PoisoningFebruary 7th, 2007
I have long railed against the notion of "Search Engine Optimization". I consider it to be nothing more than scam artistry. To try to make one's living by luring legitimate search traffic to your shady business operation is a very slimy thing to do.
Today, I had a problem getting a workstation to obtain a DHCP address via DHCP relay to a different subnet while using a Symantec Ghost boot disk. I turned to Google, with the specific terms "ghost pxe boot dhcp relay".
I found nothing immediately useful, but kept paging through the results, hoping for some buried gem. On page 9 of my search results, I saw these (which have been obfuscated and unlinked to prevent additional Google Juice going their way):
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Who really thinks that someone looking for Ghost PXE boot information is going to click on a link to a mortgage site? Or a driving instruction site? I know I've occasionally been misled by search results to click a spammer's clever link; but the links above are in no way confusing: they're blatantly false.
I hate Search Engine Optimization, and I have zero respect for those who pursue it. They make the internet harder to use for everyone in the short-sighted pursuit of their own venal goals.