The Big ORM Tease: Ripoff Report Temporarily Removed From Google

Aug 10, 2011 • 9:50 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

ripoff report logoYesterday the news broke that Ripoff Report temporarily removed themselves from the Google Index.

At first, people thought that Google may have banned them. But that was not the case, someone actually used the Google Webmaster Tools feature to remove the site from Google.

Ripoff Report told Search Engine Land, "Ripoff Report did not intentionally request Google to delist the website, and we are still investigating what occured."

In any event, the site is now fully back in the Google results. But here is a picture of ripoff report gone missing.

ripoff report gone

What a tease for some people, SEOs and companies.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Ryan Jones

08/10/2011 02:33 pm

Looks like somebody used the bug that existed a few days ago to do this.  

Tony Wright

08/10/2011 03:12 pm

I got at least one good night of sleep.

Black Seo Guy

08/10/2011 04:26 pm

I really hate that site because it has so much false stuff on it that it's crazy. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"

SEO Services

08/10/2011 04:53 pm

My God This is really Big News Need To Research how can we remove site from webmasters

Michael Martinez

08/10/2011 05:32 pm

600,000+ pages vanish and reappear within Google's index in less than 24 hours and no one comments on the rapidity of the transitions.  Amazing.

Ripoff Report

08/10/2011 07:33 pm

We're back! Just a temporary hiccup. Really glad to be here.

Tony

08/10/2011 07:45 pm

This proves that even the shameless storm troopers at Google can be duped by the cloak of "internet anonymity".  It shows that the ROR is a den of backstabbers, liars, and thieves and even their own employees can't be trusted! Google should wisen up to this fact.  Google, whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty" in America?  The ROR and Google have joined forces to libel well meaning people and businesses (myself included) to the point where our reputations and livelihood are completely destroyed!  I can never use my name in public as the ROR and Google have smeared me to the highest degree possible. They have hijacked enough reputations.  This time it has got to stop.  If false information was found in a credit report file, it gets fixed and there are laws to protect/restore this. However, if one's reputation is libeled online, there is no remedy.  This is internet piracy and must be stopped!!!

Jim

08/10/2011 10:13 pm

Google gives these blackmailers and character asassinators better treatment than their own Adwords customers.  Google thinks its is freedom of the press but its fee advertising for ROR with way better position than you get with Google algoythyms.

Stupidscript

08/10/2011 11:03 pm

Tony (and Jim), Google is not joining forces with ROR any more than they joined forces with any other website that turns up in their results. ROR clearly has some SEO skills, even if they are ugly, and they rank just like any other site. The organization I work for has been included in their crappy "reports", and so I don't like them any more than you do, but at least I remember that we live in America, and there are legal remedies in place for you to use. If the information being presented is actually not true ... sue them for defamation. And, of course, the person to sue is not the website that hosts the complaint, but rather the people making the complaint. Just like off line, the same laws apply. All it takes is money and persistence ... and a virtuous stance helps tremendously, too. (Of course, if you're just complaining, and the reports are actually true, then you don't have much of a case. In either situation, Google is not joining up with ROR.)

Stupidscript

08/10/2011 11:24 pm

Good info on some of the complexities, here: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-anatomy-of-a-ripoff-report-lawsuit

Ripoff Report

08/11/2011 03:36 am

It was a mistake.

Ripoff Report

08/11/2011 03:36 am

We trust our own employees just fine.

Ripoff Report

08/11/2011 03:37 am

Not true. We were not hacked.

Jan

10/16/2011 07:58 am

Well I am fighting back at Ripoff Report, by suing Google in Australia. I posted as a consumer and used my correct details which were passed on by the editor to people I posted about. Luckily, thanks to the SEOs asking Cutts to investigate  Google cannot say they did not know about ror.

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