“The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” the saying goes. There are plenty of good intentions with the EU’s Right To Be Forgotten mandate, as well as Google’s attempt to meet new obligations under it. Things are still going to hell regardless. Thanks to the new right, the EU has helped enable convicted pedophiles to ask that their actions be forgotten. It has ensured that businesses convicted of fraudulent activities can seek to have these hidden from the public. And it led this week to censorship of content from at least three major EU news publications. Google, which initially objected to this new right, has now collaborated with it. Google has readily seized upon the role of censor, something that in other countries it has rejected with reluctance. Worse, Google’s attempts at transparency about its censorship have only lead to more confusion. Below, I’ll go through some of the issues that we’ve seen develop since the right was … [Read more...] about The EU’s Right To Be Forgotten Is A Mess & How Google’s Making It Worse
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To consumer advocates, payday loans have become synonymous with predatory lending. The small short-term loans often come with astronomical interest rates that can pull consumers who are trying to get by from paycheck to paycheck into a deepening hole of debt. Just this week, the FTC fined a payday lending group $1.3 billion for deceptive loan practices. Industry watchdog groups have been advocating for more regulation and pressing for change, and in May, Google announced it would start to ban payday and high-interest loan ads. The ban started rolling out the week of July 20. There were estimates the move could cost Google millions in lost ad revenue. Yet, more than two months later, it appears the ban is likely having little to no impact on Google’s bottom line. as ads continue to fill the available slots on desktop and mobile. Why? Because it’s not an actual ban, and the advertisers quickly figured out how to change their messaging to meet Google’s policies. In a … [Read more...] about Why are payday loan ads still showing on Google after the ban?
Google makes several updates to its search engine ranking algorithm every day.Some of Google’s updates come and go, without any real notice.Other updates go live, only to be rolled back several weeks later.And some, become infamous.Caffeine. Penguin. Panda.Mention these updates to any SEO and their expression will tell you how badly their websites (or their clients’ websites) were affected.Another of Google’s famous updates didn’t quite have the same cute name associated with it.It’s merely known as the “payday loan” update.In 2013, Google rolled out their payday loan update in a bid to improve the payday loan SERPs that were being crammed full of websites that had gamed the system through spammy SEO tactics.In the five years since that Google update, the payday loan industry has been a constant battle of websites that try to outsmart Google versus those that play the long game – and hope that doing things “the right way” will … [Read more...] about Hit by the Medic Update? Here’s How to Recover (A Practical Case Study)