May 22, 2008

Moving to Wordpress

I am converting IHategoogle.org to a Wordpress blog. Here is a link to the new Wordpress version. If you are reading this via a feedreader, then you might want to resubscribe using the new RSS feed.

April 17, 2008

KloakIt Affiliate Program is Back

I have reactivated KloakIt's affiliate program. I used to use MyAffiliateProgram.com's services, but their fees increased way beyond the scope of reasonability, so I canned them. I ended up going with Post Affiliate Pro, which has a very nice affiliate program software package.

Here's a link to the KloakIt Affiliate Program. It pays 20%/10% commissions on a 2-tier system.

KloakIt.com back on Google

For years, my domain kloakit.com has suffered from a Google ban. This was unfortunate for me, because I only used whitehat techniques to promote pages on the domain. I had no idea why it was banned.

To keep abreast of this situation, I had a Google Alert set up to notify me of any new pages from the domain being indexed. A month or so ago, I began to receive notices of pages being indexed.

Now, if you do a search for "kloakit" (no quotes) on Google, kloakit.com has the current number one listing! Also, the domain currently has number two positions for "cloaking script" and "cloaking scripts" (no quotes).

Thanks, Google! I no longer have any reason to hate you. I guess I'll have to find something else about which to vent -- maybe my Finance coursework. How depressing. I wonder if "ihatefinance.org" is available?

September 4, 2007

Domain Renewal Ripoff

I received an email saying that this domain (ihategoogle.org) was due to expire in 90 days. There was a link to a page where I could renew the registration for the domain. I didn't recognize the URL, so I looked into it a bit.

Here's a screenshot of the email from the Brussels, Belgium based company Domain Renewal SA:

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Ihategoogle.org is registered through Dotster.com. The URL in the email was http://www.domainrenewal-online.com/for.php?d=ihategoogle.org . Note the "domainrenewal-online.com", which I had never heard of before.

Here's a screenshot of the domainrenewal-online.com renewal page:

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Note that the cost to renew is $79.95 for one year.

$79.95!!!

Also, note that Dotster.com automatically renews my domains and sends weekly reminders of which domains are set to renew in the next 90 days. The cost to renew a domain at Dotster is $15.95.

$15.95!!!

Domain Renewal SA (the company that sent the email) says this about their "service":

In accordance with expansion on the Internet domain portfolios of various companies has grown very rapidly. It is not longer uncommon for a company to own hundreds of domain names which they have purchased at different points of times over the years. Due to that fact it has become very hard to keep track when these expire. This has caused a great number of problems: Homepages seize to exist, e-mails stop working and in the worst cases companies have lost their entire IT-communication. To avoid this problem Domain Renewal has developed a system which constantly monitors and reminds companies about their domains. It is not uncommon for companies to have purchased their domains with different suppliers which make it even harder to keep track of their domain portfolio. We at Domain Renewal will find and renew your domains for you. By using Domain Renewal to extend your domains you will no longer have to worry for your domain portfolio.


So, for the low, low price of $64.00 per domain, I won't have to worry about my domain portfolio. The only problem is, Dotster.com already takes care of renewals for me.

AND, they don't send deceptive renewal notices.

I don't know what Domain Renewal SA has to do with Oracle, Cisco Systems, IBM or Microsoft .NET, but those logos figure prominently on Domain Renewal SA's home page.

Take a look at Domain Renewal SA's Terms and Conditions (Registration Agreement). If you are gullible enough to complete the renewal form, "you automatically and irrevocably authorize DR to conduct negotiations and act on your behalf with any party needed in order to renew, transfer or register the domain name in question." They may be able to transfer the domain out of your name and into theirs.

And, if they fail to renew the domain, you have no recourse... "Limitation of Warranty: DR is not liable to you, your agent, or any other person, for any losses that may occur due to: (a) the loss, lapse, or cancellation of the registration of a domain name;"

So, if you feel like having your domain under somebody else's complete control, overpaying for a service that is included by every registrar I've ever heard of, and perhaps not getting the advertised service in the first place, by all means, patronize Domain Renewal SA.

I wonder if this is even a legitimate business. Is it nothing more than a phishing attempt? I see that I'm not the first to notice this.

June 26, 2007

Get an MIT Education Free of Charge

Here's something interesting: you can take a lot of M.I.T. courses online for free -- for no college credit, of course.

September 27, 2006

Speaking Gig

Just a quick note to mention that I've accepted a speaking gig at the next Webmasterworld Pubcon in Las Vegas in November. I'll be in on the "Spider and DOS Defense - Rebels, Renegades, and Rogues" session along with Brett Tabke, William Atchison (IncrediBILL), Vanessa Fox (from Google) and Jake Baillie (bakedjake). I'm not sure if I'm the rebel, the renegade or the rogue...

I'm not certain but I may also be involved in the "What Every Webmaster Should Know: PHP, PERL, ASP.net" session, too.

I go to alot of the Pubcons... drop me a line if you're reading this and want to meet up.

September 15, 2006

Ben Wilks Posts his Interviews

Ben Wilkes (SEO guy from Australia) has begun interviewing some SEO types and is posting his interviews over at ben-wilks.net.

So far he's interviewed:
and he will be interviewing:
  • Ammon Johns

  • Paul Hayden

  • Eric Ward

  • Chris Dimmock

  • Jim Boykin


In my interview, I give my Top Ten Tips for Black Hat SEO.

August 28, 2006

Google Adsense Cracks Down on the Blend

I run a website called IPLists.com. It has lists of search engine spider IP addresses. I have Adsense ads on that website. The Adsense ads are "blended" in very, very well with the content.

Today, I received an email from Adsense:
Publishers are not permitted to encourage users to click on Google ads or bring excessive attention to ad units. For example, your site cannot contain phrases such as "click the ads," "support our sponsors," "visit these recommended links," or other similar language that could apply to the Google ads on your site. Publishers may not use arrows or other symbols to direct attention to the ads on their sites, and publishers may not label the Google ads with text other than "sponsored links" or "advertisements."

Please make any necessary changes to your web pages in the next 3 business days. We also suggest that you take the time to review our program policies (https://www.google.com/adsense/policies) to ensure that all of your other pages are in compliance.

There are no inducements of any kind to click on the Adsense ads. The ads do not "stand out" from the content inappropriately. The ads are not labeled (except of course for saying "Ads by Google" as all Adsense ads do).

I can only assume that "the blend" is against Adsense Policies, even though there is nothing in the policies that forbid it.

Unfortunately, I am unable to show you exactly what "the blend" looked like, because they have disabled Adsense for that page. You can get some idea by looking at the Google cache of the page, here.


August 15, 2006

QuadsZilla Launches Private SEO Black Hat Forum

Well-known blackhatter QuadsZilla (blogs at seoblackhat.com) has launched a private black hat forum.
Right now, there is way too much good stuff that I simply can't publish on the SEO Black Hat blog. If I posted these tactics and exploits they would immediately get all the wrong kind of attention.

I'm a member of the forum, and I can personally vouch for the quality of the posts in the forum. Pre-launch, we were discussing some pretty cool stuff, such as XSS vulnerabilities and how they relate to SEO, domain kiting, content databases, etc.

At $100 a month, the membership fee is probably too steep for newbies, but shouldn't be much of a problem for experienced blackhats. That's kind of the point.

July 31, 2006

Free Whitehat Site Review

If you have a whitehat site (what are you doing reading this blog -- shame on you) and you want to get your site reviewed for free, check out Jaimie Sirovich's Free Site Review Clinic. If your site is chosen to be reviewed, you will also get some link love from Jaimie.

Jaimie is a smart guy with a lot of whitehat SEO knowledge and experience. Anyone would be doing well to benefit from one of his site reviews.