rants from the dark side of marketing

Automating Misspelling

First of all, why would you be interested in misspeling?

  • 1. To avoid getting your pages hit by a duplicate filter if you are using “borrowed” content or scraped search results. You might also increase your traffic by ranking for misspellings/typos. There should be millions of search queries that are misspelled each month.
  • 2. To increase the variance in a pseudorandom text generator.
  • 3. For e-mail (and newsgroup) spam so spam filters don’t hit you so much.
  • 4. To avoid any other kinds of message filters.

Here is some sample code for an automated misspeller.


October 28th, 2005 » 21:54 » 3 Comments

Power your WordPress

Before a couple months I was doing some googlehacking and wanted to see how many stupid blackhats are on the net. I searched for queries like “inurl:RSS2B2″, “inurl:RSS2B3″, “inurl:RSS2B” (these are some of the default folders for Rss2blog) in Google and yahoo. I found several folders indexed, most of the times because there wasn’t and index.html file in the root. Next I tried the default login details admin:admin and a lot of them allowed me to login. Next was Traffic equalizer web version. I used “inurl:TEadmin”, “inurl:TEADMIN” etc which are the default folders. Again admin:admin did the trick.

What could I do with access to their scripts?


October 27th, 2005 » 4:37 » 6 Comments

Google Base working

As of now base.google.com gives you a login page, where you can login with your google account. We know that Google just wants to be the Biggest Brother ever, but this is mind boggling.

Some item types (you can also create your own):


October 26th, 2005 » 15:47 » Comments

All your base

All your base are belong to Google.

October 26th, 2005 » 10:15 » Comments

Neutral Response

An article by Michael Pedone introduces the idea that Google should ignore questionable links, as a way to thwart both link spammers and GoogleBowling.

It does sound good, but would it really solve a problem? Sure GoogleBowling obly through links won’t work. You can still GoogleBowl through other means, such as the “bacon polenta” trick by darkseoteam also known as googlewashing. How about link spammers? My prediction is that they will keep spamming their links everywhere and they won’t even have to be careful to avoid bad links.


October 26th, 2005 » 2:16 » Comments


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Content may be king, but distribution pays the king’s mortgage.

8/12/09» 15:51» link» comments

Google acquired reCaptcha about a month ago, you might want to throttle your reCaptcha solving per IP address from now on.

14/10/09» 16:22» link» comments

Matt Cutts on how Google deals with spam.

7/10/09» 14:31» link» comments

Why you don’t want to shard.

Real World Web: Performance & Scalability.


Gearman is interesting.

31/08/09» 4:46» link» comments
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