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    Exclamation 888 Casino Certification Revoked by CAP - Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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    888 Casino’s Certification Revoked on CasinoAffiliatePrograms.com

    Las Vegas, NV – 05/05/2006 – CasinoAffiliatePrograms.com (“CAP”) a leading online gaming industry resource, announced today that they are revoking the certification of 888 Casino. The decision is in response to 888 Casino’s failure to reach an amicable resolution involving known content theft and blog spamming being performed by their top affiliates and consultants.

    A CAP spokesperson explained, “These illegal activities are negatively impacting thousands of affiliates and online marketers worldwide. There a number of programming teams operating with the approval of 888 Casino which are flooding search engines like Google and Yahoo with thousands of spurious search results. This angers searchers and makes finding legitimate destinations on the internet difficult if not impossible. These rogues are also robbing bandwidth and corrupting web logs with millions of commercial messages all linked to 888 Casino. This abuse of the system tarnishes the image of the industry as a whole and can not be allowed to continue.”

    To resolve this issue CAP has been in negotiations with 888 Casino for the last six weeks, but so far they have declined to comply and have stated they are not interested in a resolution at this time.

    CAP had been seeking the following action items from 888 Casino on behalf of their affiliate members:

    1. Issue a public statement indicating that 888 Casino does not condone nor will they reward content theft or illegal marketing practices by their affiliates or marketing consultants. If affiliates or marketers are discovered to be engaged in these practices their accounts will be closed, they will be banned from the 888 affiliate program and their proceeds or commissions due forfeited.

    2. Addition to the Affiliate Program Terms and Conditions a provision stating the above policy.

    3. A good faith effort by 888 Casino to adhere to these policies now and in the future.

    “ALL CAP Certified Programs must work vigorously to protect the rights of all of their affiliates, even if that means policing affiliates who maliciously hurt others for profit,” said Lou Fabiano, managing partner at CAP. “By condoning these actions we have no choice but to revoke 888 Casino’s certification, effective immediately.”

    According to their website 888.com, 888 Casino’s flagship property, is one of the leading Casino and Poker Rooms on the Internet. Since its official launch in 1997, over 20 Million people have experienced 888com's exciting gaming action, making them the leading Online Casino.

    CasinoAffiliatePrograms.com is a trusted resource in online gaming industry with a rigorous certification process for casino programs. 888 Casino became a CAP certified partner in 2005.

    About CasinoAffiliatePrograms.com
    CasinoAffiliatePrograms.com “CAP” is the oldest and largest Internet gaming affiliate resource online. Casino Affiliate Programs features an active community forum, chat rooms, affiliate marketing tools, industry news/articles, scam alerts and a rigorous and distinguished certification process for casino affiliate programs. CAP Certified Partners are held in the highest regard and expected to protect the integrity of their affiliates and the industry as a whole.
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    Default What do google have to say about this?

    This may sound stupid, so feel free to shoot me down here, but has anyone approached google about this issue? I'm sure they would want to know about such unethical practices, and there is nothing better than going for the jugular. Does anybody remember the German BMW homepage SAGA? We can kick up a fuss as much as we like but what we really need is one of the big SE's to blacklist them as they do for other unethical practices. Perhaps some form of petition to google could work?
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    Thumbs up

    There are thousands of ways of attacking this problem without Google. Goole would probably appreciate us handling this in our own unique way. But yes, there has been several complaints to Google directly as in "can you tell us who is doing this?" .

    CAP has step it up, and the news will spread like wild fire. As for the people doing the hedious crimes, for me personally I will handle it in my own unique fashion. On this post right now I can send the whole file over to some friends without even telling them. They will pick up and do something about it. All my scrapers have vanished in less the 24 hours. I let some scrapers in and play around for a while, I find it amusing sometimes.

    But for the ones doing the crimes,Get a life! Saturday Night Live, may happen.
    greek39^* gonzo spiffy

    I say as soveriegn from CAP /greek39/
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    YAAAAAAAAAAAY Professor!


    Bewise I like your idea! If you implement a petition, I'll add my vote

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    Give me a shout, via PM, email, or messenger and we'll see what I can do for you. I also work wonders with old reviews, outdated articles, and overall site sprucing .
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    I am pretty confident Google is watching already! greek39
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    Default I wouldnt be so sure

    Greek,
    I agree that google would like us to handle this in our own way, which we are doing, with some degree of success. However if I was owner of a SE I would definately want to know about any sites that were attempting to spam pages in order to manipulate results. Unfortunately I dont have the same confidence as you that google is A) watching this or b) taking action. I believe that by handing google a petition protesting against the techniques mentioned in various posts on this forum, we are doing to things. 1) We are presenting ourselves as honest webmasters wholeheartedly against these spam activities. 2) We are trying to clean up our industry that has been tarnished by certain operators within it. Yes what we are doing at the moment is good and is working, but surely getting the Search engines on board to help our plight will not harm us. I will send the petition to google myself, I will detail all the evidence that we have gathered so far, inlcuding the statements made on this site, but does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can go about this. I was thinking name of webmaster and link to website that you operate, surely this would be enough? If I start a new thread and each member posts on it, simply name and url i can then send it off, perhaps it could be sticky? Any thoughts? moderators?
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    What about marketing our cause on a wider scale. We could get a domain such as ban-888.com and put a petition on there with some background information. We could also ask everyone who was directly or indirectly affected by 888s actions to email google and other SEs. Or maybe get some overeager politician on the job.
    They are always very susceptible to get involved with any odd cause. After all gambling is "bad" and a gambling site manipulating search engines and spamming blogs must be "very, very bad"
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    Do you mind if i post this press release to my RSS news feed?

    Cheers

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    PS I'm also in the process of adding a guestbook. Hopefully that should be up and running in a few hours
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    Guys I think everyone should petition Google at:

    http://www.google.com/contact/spamreport.html

    David you are most welcome to add our press release to your RSS feed. The more exposure we get on this issue the better. I honestly beleive if we all raise the volume up loud enough on this problem then we will get a resolution in the end.

    Guys remember this, we are RIGHT. Whats being done is WRONG. If we fight this long enough and hard enough we WILL prevail. It's never an easy struggle, but generally right does win out if we stay committed.
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    Default Setting up a petition now

    I am setting up a petition on my site as we speak, i hope to have it done in an hour or so, all you will need to do is enter your name and url of your site, (The list will be strictly confidential and your name and site will not appear on the page, all people who sign the petition can put a link to any further details that they may have regarding this issue on this page however). I like the politician idea, I'm contacting a number of news feeds to see if they will run with an article I have written to go with it I'll also post it here when im done). I will also post in as many webmaster forums as i can. I hope together we can make ourselves heard and let it be known that we will not stand for this kind of behaviour.
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