Brian Pinkerton just released a post letting us know that about a month ago, Technorati started using a new system to count links and rank blogs.
This new “secret” method of ranking blogs in their index is supposed to be both faster and more reliable than the old one.
While stale link counts are a thing of the past, the new system is not perfect. When things go awry the new system produces mistakes just as fast as it had been producing correct answers. As a consequence, link counts and rankings can fluctuate up and down alarmingly in a day. Or, the system gets slow and doesn’t produce answers at all. We’re on the path to fixing these problems and hope to have it completely solved soon. Nevertheless, when you see something amiss, please let us know!
Let’s wait a bit and see if we have any changes in the rankings or the Top100 blogs.
Update: Brian tells us how the new link and rank system works.
Using a new undiscovered security hole, hackers compromised all of HostGator‘s servers, and inserted trojans into their client’s websites :
HostGator says hackers compromised its servers using a previously unknown security hole in cPanel, the control panel software that is widely used by hosting providers. “I can tell you with all accuracy that this is definitely due to a cPanel exploit that provides root access and all cPanel servers are affected,” said HostGator system administrator Tim Greer. “This issue affects all versions of cPanel, from what I can tell, from years ago to the current releases, including Stable, Release, Current and Edge.”
Continue reading cPanel (all versions) Security Hole Exploited in Mass Hack
So my friend Janos messages me, and shows me this :
Can anyone explain this 1649 character description ? Check it out.
More in Janos’s blog.
Edit23 September: I am now seeing this weird problem for my blog too (and the website mentioned above now shows OK):
Can someone at Google have a look at these issues ?
So I wanted to see what are the most viewed (according to Alexa) search industry website and/or blogs.
And anyway, I wanted to compare those with my blog too. Here’s what I came up with:
Continue reading The most trendy search industry websites
During yesterday / today (and it keeps going), a HUGE ATTACK HAPPENED with more than 630 websites (Romanian and foreign, but mostly Romanian) beeing hacked by a certain Arab Security Team (AST) (e-mail address : email@example.com) an arabian hacking faction, militating for “lebanon innocents”.
Continue reading What a mass defacement can do to you, as a hoster – 650 hacked websites in one day
First of all, sorry for such a long inactivity period. I’ve been in a continuous and stressful activity of moving with the office, the equipments, buying and configuring lots of other stuff for the new office, and I didn’t had time to blog.
Continue reading Google AdSense account disabled – The FAQ
Is Threadwatch really down ? or hacked ? or what ? In IE it shows a “page cannot be displayed” error, and in FF a blank page.
This is the first time I ever saw it offline. Aaron ? :(
THe funny thing is that my own blog showed the same EXACT status when I tried to enter the administration back-end of WordPress. I fixed the problem by overwriting all the WordPress files from the standard kit.
I came up with the crazy ideea of asking people a dozen questions about search marketing (and related fields) in DigitalPoint. Why did I do this ? Because I often make posts, after I receive a questions/e-mail from my visitors, asking me this and that..
Continue reading 14 search marketing questions, answered
Previously we discussed about Business.com inserting the nofollow attribute in their listings.
Continue reading Business.com removes the nofollow from links
When I saw this:
I was like: Ops I did it again :D. But it seems it was just temporary.
Alexa is starting to use a different session ID url for it’s thumbnails, without the ability to pass parameters in the URL..
Continue reading Bye Bye Alexa thumbnails