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WTF: Googlebot of Doom

Posted by Melanie Phung on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 10:09 pm

There’s a great story on The Daily WTF about the Google spider wiping out every page of a company’s CMS-built website. How is that even possible? It had to do with someone copying and pasting a “delete this page” hyperlink from the CMS into the content of the published page. The way search engine spiders index the web, as we all know, is to “click” on every link it finds, so that’s what Googlebot did. Result: poof, pages gone.

(I was originally made aware of the story in the current Stepforth Weekly, one of my favorite SEM newsletters.)

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