Being an SEO expert can sometimes be very tedious and mentally draining. I’m sure many others in the industry can attest to that too, although there are some funny (in a proper SEO dork kinda way) stories that have popped up over the years that do make it all interesting:
The Gobsh*tes Down The M62
Nothing like a century-old rivalry being thrown into the SEO game, some cheeky United fan / SEO had this show up when you type ‘Gobshites’ into Google Maps:
The victims include Tony Blair and George Bush if that’s any consolation, but this outdated practice is probably most known for the search phrase “Find Chuck Norris” in which the website NoChuckNorris.com shows up. You can read more Google bombs here. On a side not too, who actually remembers Google looking like this?!
PAYDAY LOANS FROM MATT CUTTS
My personal #1 on the list, and around the same time I was being a low-life ‘black-hat SEO’ in the PPI industry – an anonymous SEO legend trolled Google in a way that will probably never be rivaled. Not even 5 days after the Google Payday Loans Update in 2013, a website called paydayloansfrommrcutts.blog.co.uk popped up on the front page on Google.co.uk for the term ‘Payday Loans’. For those who aren’t aware, Matt Cutts was the head of the Google web spam team at the time and had announced the crackdown on ‘black-hat tactics’. I love Matt and all, but if whoever did this ever reads this posts – I owe you a beer and you need to tell me how you did it!
GOOGLE SCRAPING UPDATE
In February 2014 Matt Cutts announced a new (and subsequently retired) tool that allowed webmasters to report if any scraped content was outranking the original in Google:
If you see a scraper URL outranking the original source of content in Google, please tell us about it: http://t.co/WohXQmI45X
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) February 27, 2014
In steps Danny:
— dan barker (@danbarker) February 27, 2014