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  • Brandon 3:00 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink

    Just a note, I’ll be away this weekend running the Maine Marathon (my first marathon!) so after tonight, I won’t be in a position to offer any of my amazing fantasy football advice! I know it’s heartbreaking, but hopefully Matt (along with the other readers) can hold down the fort and lead everyone to a week 4 victory. Good luck in advance!

    By the way, if any of our readers also run, check out my personal blog TheRunningBran.com and we can talk running…like how many fantasy points I score for finishing the marathon 🙂

    • Nick 7:32 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      good luck man. marathons are no joke. a good friend has1 coming up in october. hopefully the maine marathon will be relatively flat & fast

  • Matt 11:17 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink

    Tony Romo Flowchart 

    So funny because it’s true. As a Felix Jones owner in two leagues, I laughed at the “running play” part even as it killed me a little bit on the inside. Source: Reddit

    • Brandon 1:42 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hah, funny stuff

      • james hance 9:04 pm on October 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        romo is good in fantasy but soooooooooooooooo inconsistent and unclutch, all of his picks and fumbles, makes me wonder how cowboys fans DONT kill themselves!

  • Matt 8:33 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink  

    Gaming Google 

    If you’ve ever run a blog with any kind of significant traffic and a decent Google PageRank, you’ve almost surely encountered them before: Marketing companies who offer to pay you to write a post with a link to a certain website, often on the behalf of surprisingly large and well-established companies. It’s SEO 101: Google’s algorithms are built around reputation and trust, and links are considered an indication of trust. If enough high-PageRank blogs link to a marketer’s website, Google can be duped into ranking it higher for certain search terms.

    A link by itself isn’t good enough, though: Google has known from the beginning that people would try to game the system, so over the years they’ve developed increasingly sophisticated means of detecting misleading links. They can still be beaten (in theory at least) if websites Google trusts with a high PageRank are willing to put that trust at risk by cooperating with black-hat marketing types who typically ask the blogger or website owner to post a credible-looking “editorial” along with a strategically-worded link.

    Brandon and I have a stock reply for these situations – We don’t mix ads with content, but if you’d like to post a normal ad (identified as such) in the sidebar, let us know. We’re fine with unobtrusive, non-misleading ads, but we think it’s a violation of our readers’ trust to ever post anything that looks like real content but is actually an ad – not to mention that if Google ever caught on, they’d blacklist us in a second.

    Which brings us to yesterday, when we were contacted with the following proposition:
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    • Adam 1:11 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ha ha. This is great. Your integrity is admirable and appreciated.

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