This debate has been going on across certain Tumblr sites for awhile, but is reaching a tipping point today after Mary Rambin herself addressed the issue on her own tumblr. UPDATE!: That post was just removed! (we have it below!) There is a back and forth between Mary and SoupSoup which can be read in full below. We are currently on the phone with an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) expert in Denver to see what they come up with (if NonSociety is in fact in violation). What does this mean? Well, in many cases a website can receive anywhere from 50% of their traffic from Google. If NonSociety is in violation, and Google cuts them off, this could mean drastic changes for their traffic numbers. The whole argument after the jump...
UPDATE: "There's Something About Mary" has apparently been tracking the google cheats first, and quite awhile ago!
Non Society Violating Google TOS
One thing you definitely don’t want to do if you’re a budding web entrepreneur is get your site banned from Google. You might as well close up shop if you’re unlucky enough to get caught violating their Terms of Service.
Non Society is so desperate for traffic that they’ve put hidden keywords in their source code for such ridiculous keywords as “What Is Your Credit Status” in order to get high Google listing for totally unrelated search terms. This is a major violation of Google Terms of Service.
Shill those boob jobs, botox injections, colonics, and crash juice diets while you still can ladies. Your party is about to end.
In a nutshell, our public forums (Advice Box and QOD) were spammed three weeks after we launched them. Stay tuned for an official response from our programmer.
A little note from me. We don’t need to add keywords for page views. With hundreds of thousands of loyal readers, a handful of gossip sites, and a few nasty rebloggers, we’re doing just fine thanks. Thinking about it now, I really should write a thank you note to Denton for today’s Gawker and Jezebel posts. So many of their readers click once and become daily visitors.
Mary, spammers can’t edit that portion of your source code.
Apparently, i’m not the first one to notice or the first person to warn Non Society either.