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It's not that Google is trying to outsmart its own search engine, but verifying something that SEOs already know. Paid links still work. Google has not mastered sniffing them out yet. That all assumes that Google is paying for these links in hopes for SEO benefit.

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While I completely agree with you, the one thing I question about the restaurant tv example is, does the child zone into the tv because it is something they rarely experience and provides changing imagery that catches their eye?

Again, I don't disagree with the overall point, I just wonder if their interest that you are experiencing is due to the intrigue of something new and not necessary zoning out just because it is a tv.

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joezydeco 911 days ago | link

If I'm in a restaurant and there is a TV in my field of view, my eyes are continually drawn to it. It's the nature of the bright, changing image.

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jtheory 910 days ago | link

I have the same experience. Even if the TV seems to be tuned to an "ads-only" channel, or some sporting event that holds utterly no interest to me, it captures my attention repeatedly.

It's like the visual equivalent of a mosquito buzzing by my ear; not at all desirable, but extremely difficult to tune out.

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transburgh

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Is the NYT the new paid search police? I love that someone is targeting these black hat tactics but it is interesting that the NYT keeps publishing articles with sites and sending findings to google. I guess if it keeps putting google and the buyers in the media it will help with the ultimate goal.

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wow... not even close. It is like he does not understand the point of SEO.

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Your call to action needs to stand out more by using a color that will pop. It currently blends into the rest of the page. Instead of "Register Now" it should say something like "Start Tracking Your Goals".

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I worked at a startup that had the same policy. As long as the team is responsible and driven it is not an issue.

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Twitter bought Twittie (very popular twitter app at the time)

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transburgh 1432 days ago | link | parent | on: Ask HN - SEO Advice

In your case I would do a couple of searches on Youtube for video and Google images/Flickr and compare the number of results that they report. That should give you a high level idea on the amount of content out there for your topics.

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I will do a strip search if they can promise me that there is zero chance the plane wont blow up.

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nnutter 1448 days ago | link

Of course, they can't promise anything like that with certainty. The stupidity of the TSA is that we are wasting enormous amount of time and money for very little benefit.

I miss the days of coming off an airplane, walking down the tunnel, and immediately seeing the face of a loved one.

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hugh3 1448 days ago | link

Zero chance the plane won't blow up? Man, I hope I don't wind up on your next flight.

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