Google vs. Paid Links

Over the weekend Matt Cutts published three posts that had sent the seo community into a frenzy by Monday morning. The main theme of the posts causing all the chaos was paid links. The first post Hidden links, mentions paid links almost in passing, but seems to tie them into the manipulative practice of hiding links. The second post simply agrees with and points to one by Matt Mullenweg On Sponsored Themes discussing the practice of paying to have your link included in a free blog theme. Both of these posts might have passed without much fanfare had it not been for the third post, How to report paid links.
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Say A Prayer For Virginia Tech Tonight

Some days we’re reminded that there are more important things. Today was one of those days. By now you’ve undoubtedly seen reports of a gunman killing 32 Virginia Tech students and then himself early this morning. A few hours ago I sat down to write a typical post, but decided it will need to wait till tomorrow. Some things are more important.
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This Week In SEO – 4/13/07

Are you superstitious? It’s Friday the 13th today as if I needed to tell you. This Week was supposed to be a slow blogging week with Search Engine Strategies going on in New York. I expanded my reading list a little bit and found the usual amount of links for your reading pleasure. Plenty of good stuff including links to notes on many of the SES sessions. As always let’s start of the links with social media.
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Why I Blog

Yuri tagged me in the latest blog meme going around. This one asks the question ‘Why Do You Blog’ and you can track things at the Blog Meme Tracker that Michael Jensen has set up. Thanks Michael. This is the second time I’ve been tagged. If you remember back in December Yuri tagged me for the 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me meme. And if you don’t remember, well now you have a link to learn a few things about me you might not have known. And now on with the show and the reasons I blog.
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Google Earth: A Tool For Social Change

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google Earth are teaming up to raise awareness and hopefully promote social change in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The online mapping initiative. Crisis in Darfur enables more than 200 million Google Earth users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur, Sudan.

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