How does Atlas grow? Google search is one critically important way. People find Atlas when they do a word search in google ie "Obama birth certificate", "Obama odinga", "honor killings", "Obama campaign finance fraud" - stories that I broke or did groundbreaking work on and Atlas is usually in the top five of the search results. That's how folks find my work and generally I keep 15-20% of them as return readers. Regular Atlas readers know the media refuses to cover these stories - building readership is the only way to boost awareness in this increasingly dangerous world.
A couple of days ago I was wiped off google search pages. Yes, if you google Pamela Geller or Atlas Shrugs, I come up, that is not the issue. My work is not there, it does not come up in google's search results. It is critical to building Atlas that I be searchable.Youtube searches are still intact as are images.
Further my google search box (left sidebar) which I use almost constantly to search my site for reasearch (as do my readers) has been dramtically affaected. Input any term, any word in my search box and the same thing comes up - FORBIDDEN.
I have had to hire a separate security/consulting firm to get me back online. It is costly. I need your help. Anything you could contribute to help offset the cost - it's a lot of hours would be greatly appreciated.
You can paypal my email address firstname.lastname@example.org - go here to paypal.
Or write me offline if you wish to send a check.
UPDATE: And my google ads, which used to throw off a few bucks a day, generate nothing now. Nada. Zilch. Zero.
Owen Thomas, editor of the Silicon Valley gossip blog Valleywag, has penned a reasoned argument as to how Google is winning political influence in the wake of this month's presidential election. In the column he wrote, he takes a sharp-tongued look at how CEO Eric Schmidt appears to be trying to win and use influence in the new Washington.
Schmidt is savvy enough to realize that YouTube's growing prominence as a media outlet could help the company become a larger political player -- which is why the site sponsored two campaign debates. Traffic? Come on. YouTube hardly needs the help.
In that light, isn't there something that stinks about handing the president's weekly addresses to a single commercial outlet controlled by a political ally of the president? Obama's YouTube chats amount to a large, unspoken, behind-the-scenes government kickback. Every election has something dirty about it. And there's no question Google won this contest.
Rumor has it that Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be occupying the newly-formed tech advisor position to the president of the United States. Barack Obama created this position just shortly before visiting the Google headquarters during his campaign, and some believe that the reason this happened was because the job was promised to Schmidt.
The head of Google endorsed the Democratic candidate throughout the elections, though the ads the company posted on various sites were mostly Republican. However, Google employees donated far more to Obama's campaign than they did for John McCain – about $487,355, and $20,600 respectively, as estimated by the Wall Street Journal.
Me thinks it was the birth certificate story .... I broke it. I have the forensics.
Remember this back in June? Atlas Shrugs: GOOGLE SHUTS DOWN ANTI-OBAMA SITES
UPDATE 2:23pm: Jan did a little investigating:
How is this one for lies?
Policies and Principles: Google and censorship
It is Google's policy not to censor search results. However, in response to local laws, regulations, or policies, we may do so. When we remove search results for these reasons, we display a notice on our search results pages. Please note: For some older removals (before March 2005), we may not show a notice at this time.
UPDATE: Mike in Texas pointed me to Google Ranking Diagnostics
Website Diagnostics panel
Helping you self-diagnose your website
Please note that this page is using NOINDEX, NOARCHIVE, NOFOLLOW to prevent it from being indexed.
Check URL: atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/ -
what to look for
Uh, please note I am indexed, and I am archived.
UPDATE: From reader Mairi:
After checking the online support site, I found out there is NO WAY to access information on WHY a site has been deemed "Forbidden" or HOW to get the problem corrected.
I phoned google again. The young "no named" woman stated that NO PERSON handles the problem, and NO ONE would take my call. When I told her I had been to the support site, and there was NO WAY to get info or support there, she stated that was my ONLY option.
The rest of the conversation was something like this:
Me: Someone had to have made a conscious decision to label the info on the Atlas site "Forbidden"
She: I don't know who that person would be, I cannot release any "name" information, and if there is no support online, than there is no support, we don't do "tech" support, and there is no one I can transfer you to who does "tech" support.
Me: Someone made the decision to label the site info "Forbidden", who do I contact to straighten this out?
She: I cannot give you any other information. I don't have any one to transfer you to. Me: So if a site has been labeled "Forbidden", then that decision has been handed down, and there is nothing else that can be done?
She: I would guess so.
Me: google STINKS! Mairi
UPDATE: Have a look at my google earnings for November:
|Date||Page impressions||Clicks||Page CTR||Page eCPM [?]||Earnings|
|Saturday, November 1, 2008||25,411||60||0.24%||$0.81||$20.59|
|Sunday, November 2, 2008||28,109||57||0.20%||$0.53||$14.79|
|Monday, November 3, 2008||41,367||90||0.22%||$0.67||$27.80|
|Tuesday, November 4, 2008||42,606||52||0.12%||$0.26||$11.25|
|Wednesday, November 5, 2008||47,634||47||0.10%||$0.27||$12.96|
|Thursday, November 6, 2008||36,408||53||0.15%||$0.32||$11.63|
|Friday, November 7, 2008||32,684||49||0.15%||$0.34||$11.03|
|Saturday, November 8, 2008||27,604||33||0.12%||$0.35||$9.65|
|Sunday, November 9, 2008||30,147||66||0.22%||$0.43||$13.10|
|Monday, November 10, 2008||36,732||103||0.28%||$0.36||$13.24|
|Tuesday, November 11, 2008||31,011||129||0.42%||$0.58||$17.95|
|Wednesday, November 12, 2008||28,618||118||0.41%||$0.68||$19.38|
|Thursday, November 13, 2008||34,782||139||0.40%||$0.36||$12.65|
|Friday, November 14, 2008||30,009||128||0.43%||$0.51||$15.41|
|Saturday, November 15, 2008||20,087||93||0.46%||$0.49||$9.79|
|Sunday, November 16, 2008||20,132||91||0.45%||$0.44||$8.91|
|Monday, November 17, 2008||25,438||76||0.30%||$0.48||$12.23|
|Tuesday, November 18, 2008||25,990||74||0.28%||$0.29||$7.54|
|Wednesday, November 19, 2008||17,692||45||0.25%||$0.72||$12.75|
|Thursday, November 20, 2008||13||0||0.00%||$0.03||$0.00|
|Friday, November 21, 2008||17||0||0.00%||$0.00||$0.00|
|Saturday, November 22, 2008||16||0||0.00%||$0.01||$0.00|
|Sunday, November 23, 2008||9||0||0.00%||$0.00||$0.00|
|Monday, November 24, 2008||9||0||0.00%||$0.00||$0.00|
|Tuesday, November 25, 2008||14||0||0.00%||$0.00||$0.00|
|Wednesday, November 26, 2008||2||0||0.00%||$0.00||$0.00|
UPDATE: Boycott Google