I’m amused to report that on August 2 we received a note from everyone’s good friend Google, saying that our site has been flagged as having ‘a pattern of artificial or unnateral links’. Basically Google slapped me!
For anyone who’s not a blogger this means Google thinks we are selling links to other sites on our site. Which is particularly hilarious since we haven’t!
We’ve linked to Amazon a number of times – because I’ve written 5 books this year and, you know, you’re kind of supposed to promote the books you’ve written so your readers can find them!
I’ve linked to stuff that we use, things that we enjoy and random weird things I’ve stumbled across on the internet. All free. No payment from anyone for a link.
But still Google slapped me!
That’s not to say we haven’t had offers. But they’ve mostly been for things that weren’t travel related and are of no use to our readers or to us.
Which can only mean that Larry and Sergey of Google fame are on crack!
Maybe we really should be switching to Bing!
Jokes – who even uses Bing?
Anyway I just needed to TELL SOMEONE about this rubbish before I continued ignoring it and got back to updating you with our stories. Our Google search is exactly what it was before and the only difference is our Alexa ranking appears to be dropping a big chunk every day (or rising – whichever is the right term for the bad one!) That’s a tad weird and I’m writing it here so anyone else having the same problem won’t feel alone!
We’re off to Singapore next week and a quick visit to Legoland in Malaysia. I’m sure there’ll be some inappropriate photos from Legoland to share with you all! Actually, I’ll make sure of it!
And don’t worry Larry and Sergey – I’ll be sure to report it to you should I write about a single thing that I didn’t pay for!
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