Giant Brass Balls Avoids Handjob?

This post title may also get flagged as offensive by our friends at ScanSafe, depending on their level of purity (see my previous post)

I’ll take that risk…

Anyway, world-famous blackhat SEO, Stephen Colbert, has succeeded in getting ranked #1 for “giant brass balls” after asking viewers to link to him using that term.

Wasn’t Google’s anti-Googlebomb algo supposed to prevent this type of thing? Why didn’t it in this case? Was the”new Googlebomb algo” merely a hand-job?

He’s also #1 for “greatest living American“.

Matt Cutts on Googlebombs:

Because these pranks are normally for phrases that are well off the beaten path, they haven’t been a very high priority for us. But over time, we’ve seen more people assume that they are Google’s opinion, or that Google has hand-coded the results for these Googlebombed queries. That’s not true, and it seemed like it was worth trying to correct that misperception. So a few of us who work here got together and came up with an algorithm that minimizes the impact of many Googlebombs“.

Tip: Inside Google

  1. dburdondburdon04-24-2007

    Sadly these are not genuine Googlebombs. The pages that a featuring high in the SERPs contain the respective words “Balls”, “American” or “Living”.

    The George W. Bush “miserable failure” and Tony Blair “liar” Googlebombs were directed at sites that didn’t contain the offending words.

  2. BozaBoza04-24-2007

    Would Google allow googlebomb for more competitive terms has anyone try this? Suppose your linking strategy is so successful you get thousands of links on a short period of time will the new algo consider this a google bomb? Is there any documentation on this?

  3. Peter Da VanzoPeter Da Vanzo04-24-2007

    Interesting, David. One word in common is enough?

    Boza, it would appear that the on-page content may influence the Googlebomb algo, as David points out.

  4. King CobraKing Cobra09-01-2008

    This sounds more like an excuse by Google and they either have the means to prevent this stuff or they don’t.

    Ken
    King Cobra Poker

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