Google Ransom Notes To Block Automated Queries, Submissions

Aaron Wall reports in Google Taking Action Against Automated SEO Software that new "ransom note" style codes are
being used by Google to block the OptiLink link building software — causing OptiLink to suspend its Google functionality for the time being. Note that ransom notes were also
added recently to a number of other Google services that might get hit by automation, such as its Add URL page.

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