Hosted Doorway Pages & Paid Links Back At Stanford University

Bouncing ball time. Last April, I
wrote about
how the Stanford Daily newspaper was
selling links for those seeking to rank better on Google, ironic given that
Google was born out of Stanford University and is very anti-link selling. Then
last May, the
newspaper decided to abandon paid links along with doorway pages it hosted for
third parties. Today, SEW Forums moderator AussieWebmaster
notices
that paid links and hosted web pages have come back, such as you’ll see at the
bottom of the paper’s home page here
and a hosted page here.

Nope, I don’t see the use of
nofollow as
Google’s Matt Cutts
recommends,
nor is the page banned by robots.txt from being indexed. Far from it, it’s
ranking well.

AussieWebmaster — Frank
Watson
— oversees a site for currency trading terms, which is why the
Stanford-hosted page came to his attention. It currently ranks fifth out of
about 40 million pages that Google has indexed for the term
forex.

Well heck, at least the page carries Google’s own AdSense ads on it :)

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