Yep time for the news, so go ahead and read it as I’ve got other stuff to do..
New review by me…
"Up for review today I have an excellent product, one that I’ve come to love honestly, it’s the Crimson Pro mechanical gaming keyboard from a company called Sentey and it features Cherry MX Black switches. The Crimson Pro has plenty of features that gamers and non gamers can appreciate I’m sure. This keyboard features red LED backlighting behind all of the keys and you can even re-program the keys to do most anything you want and even disable them or program macros to them. The Crimson Pro comes with a carrying case and a bit of gamer swag and it even has built-in USB ports and audio jacks. Read on to learn more… "
I’ve got a new giveaway going on over at TestFreaks..
" This week for the Steam key giveaway we have SkyDrift which is an indie racing game but with planes but there’s a slight twist as if you can’t overtake an opponent you can just shoot them down. There’s much more to it than than though as the game does feature great looking graphics and three different game modes. In SkyDrift you have access to eight different planes but each planes has four different skins. Read on to see what you need to do to win your own key…"
New review by me..
“When someone thinks of a router they think of that rather large box with antennas that connects to your network for internet access, at least I do, but technology let’s us make things smaller and smaller. Today for review I’ve got the Satechi Smart Travel Router and it’s small, can easily fit in your hand and since it’s small you can take it with you, hence the name of course. It’s much more than a router though, it also has a USB port in it for charging but more importantly is that it’s a world power adapter that can be used in more than 150 countries so all of your stuff can get power wherever you are. The router is a router obviously, but it’s also a repeater, an access point and a client which means it can turn other devices into wireless ones, or enable wireless access for them. So read on to learn more…”
New review by me…
Quote: “I get a lot of products for review and honestly I don’t keep or even use them after the review. I give them away to family and friends usually or I just tuck them away to use maybe later. One of the products over the years though that I loved and used everyday was the Ripper XXL from XTrac which is a really big mousepad, technically called a deskpad. I had the Ripper XXL for a few years and I finally had to sadly throw it away as it was just too worn and frayed. Very luckily for me XTracGear recently, I guess you could say, re-introduced and/or redesigned their Ripper line of mousepads and sent me a nice new XXL over for review. So read one to learn more… “
Quote: "So yes we’re back with another free Steam game for you, this week it’s Deponia which is an award winning point and click style adventure comedy game. This is another one I have but haven’t played yet, I’ve just got too many games but I want to play it and I’ll get around to it it eventually I’m sure. You can win it though and play it for yourself…"
I don’t understand, Google has penalized my site dragonsteelmods.com saying it violates their quality guidelines. I have nofollow on 99.999999% of the links on the site just like they want, but apparently that’s not enough. What I don’t get is why Google won’t tell you exactly what you’re doing that violates the guidelines, you just have to guess.
I have a total of seven links that are not nofollow as far as I know. I use a plugin that adds nofollow to everything except what I manually change.
One of them leads back here to this site. – I guess I can’t link to myself?
One of them is the template designer – is it bad now to give the designer credit?
Two of them are paid text ads bought privately – I guess I can’t do that according to Google?
The last four are from the company Text Link Ads done automatically via a widget – I guess I have to remove them?
The site has been online since 2005 so there’s probably thousands of links, so seven out of thousands isn’t too bad I think.
I looked at their guidelines and I’m not violating anything.
This is from Google guidelines with my comments after them:
Quality guidelines – basic principles:
Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines. – I do this, it’s product reviews and tech news for users to read and find out more, that’s all it is, nothing more, nothing less.
Don’t deceive your users. – I don’t deceive my users, what’s there is what’s there, plain and simple
Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you, or to a Google employee. Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?" – I don’t do any tricks, I don’t even know any tricks. I’ll happily explain to anyone all of this and anything they want.
Think about what makes your website unique, valuable, or engaging. Make your website stand out from others in your field. – I have reviews that other sites don’t have. Companies do value my opinion but apparently Google doesn’t, or at least that’s how it seems to me.
Quality guidelines – specific guidelines:
Avoid the following techniques:
Automatically generated content – I do not do this
Participating in link schemes – I do not do this
Creating pages with little or no original content – I don’t do this – I have over 800 ORIGINAL reviews. It’s a tech site so the other content is tech news and press releases just like other tech sites do. If you’re going to punish me for doing this then you have to punish all the other tech sites as well.
Cloaking – I don’t do this
Sneaky redirects – I don’t do this
Hidden text or links – I don’t do this
Doorway pages – I don’t do this
Scraped content – I don’t do this
Participating in affiliate programs without adding sufficient value – I don’t do this
Loading pages with irrelevant keywords – I don’t do this
Creating pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware – I don’t do this
Abusing rich snippets markup – I don’t do this
Sending automated queries to Google – I don’t do this
Engage in good practices like the following:
Monitoring your site for hacking and removing hacked content as soon as it appears – I do this
Preventing and removing user-generated spam on your site – I do this
So I’m confused, according to their own guidelines I don’t violate anything but yet I have a rank of zero now and they say I’m being de-listed and everything else they want to do to me..