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January 04 2014

Google Puts Rap Genius Back Atop Searches, Favoring Smart Results Over Holding A Grudge
Screen Shot 2014-01-04 at 1.26.55 PMGoogle apparently cares more about giving the best search results than punishing spammers, as it's returning lyrics site Rap Genius to its high rankings for searches after it was exiled for SEO spam 10 days ago. What looked like a death sentence for Rap Genius' traffic has turned into a slap on the wrist. Today Rap Genius detailed what it did wrong, and how it got back in Google's good graces.

December 25 2013

Google Destroys Rap Genius’ Search Rankings As Punishment For SEO Spam, But Resolution In Progress
Goolge Vs Rap GeniusGoogle hit back hard today after it learned lyrics site Rap Genius had been using dubious SEO tricks to attain top spots in search results. Now doesn't appear on the first page of results for a search of "Rap Genius", and popular queries like "Jay-Z Holy Grail Lyrics" don't bring up the startup like they used to. The reduced traffic could devestate the well-funded startup.
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