the leading Internet presence and Web hosting provider to small and medium-sized
businesses, announced today that it has completely removed all hidden links from
affected web sites.
Less than 1% of Aplus.Net’s web hosting customer base had hidden links installed
by a subcontractor, hired by Aplus.Net to potentially improve Company’s Google
search engine ranking.
“We didn’t apply enough control over what our subcontractor was
doing,” said Ivan Vachovsky, CEO of Aplus.Net. “We have changed our
procedures so that it never happens again. I would like to thank the online
community, which helped us locate and eliminate the problem promptly.”
Fortunately, less than 1% of Aplus.Net’s customer base was affected. The links
have been completely removed however cached copies may contain the links until
the next crawl by the Google search engine.
Any effect, both positive and negative, related to the placing of the links is
pure speculation. Confirmation of this is the position of Aplus.Net for one of
the “optimized” search terms “domain name.” Aplus.Net is
#400 in Google for this keyword. “We are on page 40 for the ‘domain name’
keyword,” said Michael Nieman, VP of Sales at Aplus.Net. “This is
worse than before the so called ‘optimization.’ On the customer side we have yet
to see any evidence of any negative effect. Regardless, we are happy that the
issue was spotted and eliminated early.”
Aplus.Net is a leading provider of Internet services to small and medium-sized
businesses. The company’s headquarters are located in San Diego, CA with other
offices in Davis, CA, Atlanta, GA and Europe. Facilities in San Diego are over
52,000 sq. feet and include data center and Network Operations Center (NOC).
Aplus.Net specializes in providing a complete Internet presence, including
domain name registration, corporate identity on the Internet, matching e-mail
addresses, web design, web hosting, e-commerce, credit card processing tools,
and website maintenance. Aplus.Net is among the ten largest privately held web
hosting and domain name registration companies in the USA and is a facilities
based provider. The Company owns and operates its own data center and its own
ICANN accredited domain names registrar (Names4Ever.com). Aplus.Net has been
awarded many awards for excellence including the prestigious Editor’s choice
award by the reputable technology portal CNET.
John Martis, EVP, Operations of Aplus.Net,