Autolink out of Beta, Still Adding Links, No Opt-Out

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Autolink - It's Out of Beta, Still Adding Links and No Opt-Out
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After the huge controversy that followed Google launching a beta toolbar that altered publishers pages, and the subsequent backlash and reputation damage Google received for their efforts, AutoStink leaves beta, with minor changes that make little difference to publisher concerns.....

Chris Sherman breaks the news...

"Our links look different than links put on the page that are placed by the author," said Marissa Mayer, Director of Consumer Web Products. The Google-inserted links now have a pale blue background, which distinguishes them from ordinary hyperlinks.

In addition, AutoLinks now include a number of bookstores and automotive sites in addition to the default choices offered in the beta version. You can also set your own preferred default site either through Toolbar preferences or by right-clicking a Google inserted AutoLink. Either way, once you've made a choice your preferred source is persistent until you change it again, according to Mayer.

Despite what all you pesky SEO's and Webmaster's say Google knows best, so instead of making you happy with an opt-out, they make the autolinks look "different".

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GARBAGE

Unless of course...

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The Google-inserted links now have a pale blue background, which distinguishes them from ordinary hyperlinks.

You use your styles to call for a pale blue background.

 

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You can also set your own preferred default site either through Toolbar preferences or by right-clicking a Google inserted AutoLink.

now I'm thinking.....

Hmmm..

I wonder if I have some right-click javascript code somewhere..

 

so, if you don't install their search box on your pages, they'll just turn your whole page into a search box of theirs....

>> own preferred default

yeah, having looked at it what that actually means is you choose from a prinstalled list of options, one of which happens to be Froogle.

Now that wasn't predictable was it?

pale blue?

Ahhhh! I have a site with a pale blue background, dammit! :(
Ooh! Pretty javascript! :)

Nap time is over

Will the sleeping 4th estate finally wake up? There isn't a US based newspaper that isn't dependent on automotive related advertisers.

Love the META

ukgimp, thanks. I love SearchGuild's META:

meta name="ContentAltering" content="none"

Time to put my code kids to work. Ummm, wait a minute. Ya' don't think I'll lose all my #1 spots in G by insterting that tag on my pages, do you? (I'm only half kidding.) :/

if they do

there'll be a backlash like you wouldn't believe - it won't exactly be hard to work out what happened will it ;).

Seriously though, I don't think using that or any of the javascripts is going to get people directly penalised - I do have that much faith in Google. They may not like what you're doing but I think there's some honour still. They might look a little closer to see if you're doing anything else wrong though.

Is there a way

to just block the toolbar? I'm getting kinda tired of keeping up with the shenanigans. There oughta be an apache module or something.

 

I can't imagine there is - the toolbar is a client-side item. It needs to be fought client-side, thus the use of javascript and metas.
:(

Damned if you do...

Ok, so, let 'em rewrite/steal my content/real estate ... or risk that they'll dampen scores of those who oppose them.

And I used to worry about MS. :/

but it's all about user experience

from the Google Toolbar Help Page

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For all of these features, the Toolbar must send information about the page you're viewing back to Google's servers. When you use the Toolbar's advanced features, Google does not require information that directly identifies you (e.g., your name, email address) and will not sell or provide personally identifiable information to any third parties, except as described in the Google Privacy Policy at http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy.html. We also strongly encourage you to read our Google Toolbar Privacy Policy at http://www.google.com/support/toolbar/?quick=privacy&v=3.0 for more information on this topic.

Realizing that some users prefer that even this non-personal information not be transmitted, AutoLink, SpellCheck, and WordTranslator will only send information to Google if you choose to use them (this means clicking on the AutoLink or SpellCheck buttons on the Toolbar, or enabling the WordTranslator in the Toolbar Options menu). If you do not want the PageRank feature on by default, we offer a version of the Toolbar in which this feature is disabled. We also offer a way for Toolbar you to turn off all of these features from the Options menu.

(my bold)

*raises eyebrows*

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