Last week, it was JC Penney that Google came down on, for what could only be called "black hat SEO" techniques used on their behalf by a company that this author will no longer be directing your attention to. They can get their own [expletive deleted] press.
A colleague of mine recently stated that he had acquired positions one, two, and three in Google for all his targeted keywords. He didn’t seem as happy as one would expect while I congratulated him. I said “what’s wrong aren’t you excited,” He said “now what!” I said “Just because your number one in Google for all your targeted keywords doesn’t mean the job is over. Your job has just begun!”
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