Does Microsoft Wear A Black Hat?

This is pretty damn funny.

Aaron Wall posts about a link from the official IE7 website. The link leads to a site called IEAddons. If you run a few searches on that site, you’ll find such “intriguing” tools as:

Alexa Booster: – has been designed to simulate real online visitors and also simulating referrals to your site. It will improve your Alexa and search engine rankings.

Doorway Page Wizard: – guides you through a step by step process to create highly optimized doorway pages for your website.

In fairness, anyone can upload their application, and those applications appear to meet the upload guidelines, however the presence of this type of software does send somewhat of a mixed message. The MSN guidelines state:

The following items and techniques are not appropriate uses of the XtraMSN Search index. Use of these items and techniques may affect how your site is ranked within XtraMSN Search and may result in the removal of your site from the index.

  • Loading pages with irrelevant words in an attempt to increase a page’s keyword density. This includes stuffing ALT tags that users are unlikely to view.
  • Using hidden text or links. You should use only text and links that are visible to users.
  • Using techniques to artificially increase the number of links to your page, such as link farms.

Perhaps the left hand doesn’t know that the right hand is aiming a gun at the foot!

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