WBB : Balanced offense leads Orange to victory over Golden Eagles

first_img Published on February 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img A smile stretched across Carmen Tyson-Thomas’ face as Kayla Alexander elevated for another bucket on the left block. Her expression remained the same as the layup bounced around the rim before eventually dropping in.And the smile was still there as the Syracuse guard waited to make eye contact with Alexander before turning to run back on defense as Marquette rushed up the floor.Tyson-Thomas’ shovel pass to Alexander seconds earlier pushed the Orange’s expanding lead to 16 with nearly 12 minutes to play, and the junior knew Syracuse was well on its way to a win.‘When they’re playing Kayla up, she’s getting deep position in the paint, we’re getting her the ball up top with lobs, so I mean it’s just working,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘When your inside and your (outside) game’s working, that’s how you get Ws.’Syracuse (16-11, 5-8 Big East) defeated Marquette 79-63 behind a balanced offensive performance in the Carrier Dome in front of 892 Saturday. Four Orange players scored in double figures, and SU shot 54.4 percent from the field to run away from the Golden Eagles (13-13, 4-9 Big East) for the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexander led the way with 23 points on an efficient 10-of-13 from the field. Tyson-Thomas added 15, Elashier Hall poured in 14 and Iasia Hemingway finished with 13 in an impressive offensive performance for the Orange.‘That’s huge, obviously, to have floor balance and to have balance in scoring is big,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘I thought they did a very good job of scoring the basketball, and our team shot a high percentage.’SU got off to a slow start, hitting just one field goal in the first four minutes of action to fall behind the Golden Eagles early. But then the Orange found its rhythm and responded with a 14-2 run led by 10 points from Alexander.Syracuse took a seven-point lead into the half. The Orange appeared ready to break the game open after Alexander hit a tough shot inside to put SU up by 11 three minutes into the second half. But Marquette ripped off seven straight points in less than two minutes to close the gap to four.With the momentum quickly shifting after a 3 by Marquette guard Katie Young, Syracuse needed an answer. Hall provided it on the ensuing possession with a 3 of her own from the left wing, ending the Golden Eagles’ run to give SU a 46-39 advantage.‘It was just about being at the right place at the right time, honestly,’ Hall said. ‘… I just stepped in with confidence and knocked it down.’The Orange didn’t get overexcited after Hall’s clutch shot as the Syracuse guard, and her teammates showed no emotion getting back on defense. Instead, they dug in and went on a 16-0 run to put the game out of reach for Marquette with just more than nine minutes remaining.And unlike SU’s first big run of the game, Alexander got some help from her teammates.Four different players — Hall, Alexander, Rachel Coffey and Phylesha Bullard — scored during the decisive sequence. Coffey added a 3 after Hall’s, Bullard knocked down a jumper and finished a layup and Alexander made plays in the paint for SU.‘I thought we took great shots,’ Hillsman said. ‘I didn’t feel we forced any shot during that run. I thought that we got good floor balance, we got the ball reversed and we got very good, good shots.’The fifth player on the court, Tyson-Thomas, handed out two of her four assists in the game during the dominant run.Her first came on a perfectly placed lob pass to Alexander from the free-throw line to put Syracuse up 12. Tyson-Thomas could feel the Orange taking control of the game as she held her fist in the air, backpedaled down the court and urged her teammates to keep the energy level high.After Bullard came up with a steal and broke down the court for an uncontested layup, Tyson-Thomas made another play. The Syracuse guard grabbed an offensive rebound off a miss by Hall and dropped a pretty pass off to a wide-open Alexander with two Marquette players around her.That’s when she finally smiled and knew SU had the game in hand with just more than nine minutes to play.‘When we’re playing the way that we play, inside out and high-low and drive and kicking, you’re going to get open shots on the perimeter,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘It’s just up to us to knock them down.’[email protected]last_img read more

Christian Atsu involved in car crash

first_imgGhana star Christian Atsu survived a near fatal accident on Sunday in Porto.According to Ghana Sports, the FC Porto player was driving his posh BMW 3 series valued at $65,000 alongside two others when the unfortunate incident occurred just a day after helping Porto to record a 3-0 win over Moreirense.Reports are that he and those involved in the accident were treated and discharged at the hospital whilst the vehicle is damaged beyond repairs.This near tragedy comes a day after Kumasi Asante Kotoko forward Kofi Nti Boakye also got involved in a near fatal accident around the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.last_img

Underdog’ Bolt ready to fire in 100m defence

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt labelled himself the underdog as he seeks to round off his glittering individual track career with the defence of his world 100m title this week.“That’s what I keep reading and what my team keeps telling me, so I’ve got to prove myself again,” the 30-year-old said in a warning shot to pretenders to his crown in the blue riband event of the IAAF World Championships.Bolt started this season in sluggish form, running two 10sec-plus times before finally hitting some form at the Monaco Diamond League.“The last race I ran was 9.95sec, which shows I’m going in the right direction,” he said.“It’s a championships and the two rounds always help me. I’ve been here many times. It’s go-time, so let’s go!”He added: “Usain Bolt has retired unbeaten in an individual event, unbeatable, unstoppable — for me that would be the best headline!“If I show up at a championships you know I’m fully confident and ready to go, and my coach, I’m ready to go.”Bolt refused to single out who would be his closest rival for the 100m, with heats on Friday before the semi-final and final on Saturday at the same stadium in east London where he won treble gold at the 2012 Olympics.“The seven people who are going to be in that race with me, they’re the biggest challengers,” he said.Bolt has dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, going on to win a further six Olympic golds and also picking up 11 world titles.He also holds world records of 9.58 and 19.19sec in the 100 and 200m, both set when winning at the 2009 Berlin worlds.Bolt admitted that he hoped his records would last.“I want to brag to my kids when they’re 15, that I’m still the best,” he joked.– 200m in 2008 the best – Bolt parents give him-boots for final race.In a glitzy press conference organised by his long-term sponsors Puma and hosted by Welsh ex-hurdler Colin Jackson, Bolt picked out his then-world record breaking victory in the 200m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as the stand-out performance of his career.“It’s definitely Beijing (Olympics), the 200m, because I never knew I could break the world record,” he said.“That was my main dream growing up — I always wanted to be Olympic 200m champion. When I broke the record I didn’t know how to react.”And he insisted that motivation was not lacking despite having devoted his life to the track since the age of 10.“Every year you find something else to motivate you,” he said. “I love competition, I thrive on competition, and I want people to run fast to push me.“I’m comfortable saying I’m a legend because I’ve proved myself.“I didn’t know I would be 100m world record holder growing up, I had no idea.“Anything’s possible, you’ve just got to put it in your head and work for it. There are no words to explain what I’ve done over the years, and I’m really proud of myself.”Sprinting has been mired by doping over the years, and track and field’s governing body the IAAF has been on the back foot over widespread state-sponsored doping in Russia, whose athletes were barred from the Rio Olympics and will also miss London, although some have been cleared to compete as neutrals.But Bolt insisted the sport was on the right path.“You can’t be happy about doping, but we’re doing a better job and are catching up and if you cheat, you will get caught,” he said.“After the scandal on Russia, it doesn’t get any worse than that. It’s on its way back up now.“Hopefully, athletes will see what they need to do to make the sport go forward.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Thurston EDC and Tenino Chamber Partner To Survey Local Businesses

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilMay 8, 2013 – The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is partnering with the Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce to conduct visitation surveys with local businesses in and around the city of Tenino during the months of May and June. The purpose of these interviews is to better understand the characteristics of the businesses in the community and to determine how the Thurston EDC and the Tenino Chamber can better serve the needs of those businesses.“Both the Tenino Chamber and the Economic Development Council possess unique tools and resources that can be utilized to retain and grow local business,” says Michael Cade, Executive Director of the Thurston EDC.This joint project is an outgrowth of the South Thurston Economic Development Initiative, a recently-formed group that is committed to ensure that business owners in south Thurston County have access to resources. A number of organizations are involved, including Thurston Regional Planning Council, the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau, local municipalities, Washington State University TeleWork program, Yelm Chamber of Commerce, Tenino Chamber of Commerce and Thurston EDC.The Thurston EDC works to connect local businesses with experts and resources to help them stay competitive through its Business Resource Center – providing counseling, mentoring, and technical assistance to new and existing business owners. The Tenino Chamber of Commerce works to be the collective voice of local small business owners and gives Tenino-area businesses the ability to help strengthen and improve their community.The information that businesses provide through this survey will remain confidential. Local businesses that are unable to participate in an in-person survey are encouraged to contact Michael Cade at the Thurston EDC office: (360) 754-6320 to access an online survey.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES – SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2016

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, EFFINEX, THIRD: “He ran great. That was his first race in just over three months . . . going a mile and a quarter. I mean, that was impressive. You can’t ask for much better. That’s all it was and that’s what it felt like. He got to them and I thought we had them, but by the three-eighths pole I felt him take a big breath and once he got his air he didn’t put his head back down and take off again!“I went, ‘Oh no, he’s tired!’ But then I thought that sprinter will stop but that son of a . . . didn’t stop. I needed Effinex to stop and take a break and then fight on but then when Melatonin took off I knew we’d have to get him next time.” JOE TALAMO, MELATONIN, WINER: “What a tremendous effort. I think I need some Melatonin right now to calm down from it. Dave and everyone involved are so high on this horse and his confidence coming out of that last race has really only gotten better, working-wise. We had a great trip, he broke real sharp and I just put him up there and fortunately he was going so easily. When I got to the first turn, they backed off him a bit so I was able to give him a breather and he opened up turning for home. I was pretty excited.“You don’t really know until you try the distance and I didn’t think it was going to be a problem. Last time he made the lead pretty early and he kind of started to wait on horses and that’s when I knew I still had horse left. He’s a fun horse to ride, I’m just so grateful for the opportunity.“His race last time was just so impressive to me. He was sprinting, he was running on turf but he just impressed me the way he did it. He won by over three and it was even easier than it looked so we’d thought we’d take a shot today.“It means so much to win this race. I told Elizabeth when I left for the track today that I thought we had a big chance. I didn’t think we’d win like that but it was pretty exciting.“This is huge. I had goose bumps when I crossed the wire. Ever since coming to California, aside from winning the Santa Anita Derby, this was a huge, huge goal of mine. This is one of the biggest races in California and to do it at Santa Anita in front of a crowd like this, is just icing on the cake.“I felt Mario clip heels with me but I was more surprised, there wasn’t much room in there. I wasn’t aware that he was having any trouble with his horse, I was more concerned about Rafael (Bejarano, aboard General a Rod). It wasn’t a hard hit. It’s not like it stopped Melatonin’s stride or anything. I felt a little something though.” NOTES: The winning owner is Susan Osborne of Glendale, CA, who races as Tarabilla Farms, Inc. ABEL LEZCANO, HARD ACES, SECOND: “I thought we were taking that last turn really well, up towards the front we were really slowing down which didn’t make me too happy. Coming out I provoked him a bit, got him going and was able to maintain good speed but in the end it wasn’t enough.“I am very happy to have gotten to race this horse and especially thankful to John Sadler who allowed me to ride his horse. This is a great team and I am thankful for everyone’s hard work.” TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img DAVID HOFMANS, MELATONIN, WINNER: “Joe (Talamo) was instrumental in running in this race. Joe and his agent, Scotty (McClellan) were insistent that we go. After his last race he said we have to run here. Joe was convinced after his last race. He said he loves this race track, he’s so strong and he had so much horse left, I think he wants to run even farther, and I was convinced he was a miler.“I breezed him seven-eighths the other day with Joe and was convinced to go here. Without California Chrome, it opened it up. We expected to be on the lead.“We’re going to San Manuel (Indian Bingo & Casino to celebrate). The hell with Disneyland.“As for the horse, we’ll see how he comes out it and what shakes and go from there.”Asked if this win was bigger than Alphabet Soup winning the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic: “I don’t know; right there, right there.” MARIO GUTIERREZ, DONWORTH: “It was a rough trip. It was just a tough trip, that’s all.” DOUG O’NEILL, DONWORTH, SEVENTH: “Bad training. He was rank. You just have to blame me on that one. Mario did a great job. They were flying and he was trying to get him to settle.” -30-last_img read more

Calls made for alternative venue ahead of Carndonagh courthouse closure

first_imgConcern and disappointment arose in Carndonagh today after it emerged that the courthouse is due to close temporarily with no plans for local alternatives.The Cardonagh Courthouse is set to undergo essential repair works in the coming weeks while court sittings are moved to Buncrana.However, local representatives have called for an alternative venue to be sourced in Carndonagh. Inishowen Sinn Féin Councillor Albert Doherty said it is important that legal proceedings are held in the town.Cllr Doherty said: “Working in cooperation with my colleague, Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn, we have submitted questions to the Minister for Justice and the Minister for the OPW requesting that they both ensure that court sittings will continue to be held at a venue in Carndonagh while the local courthouse will be undergoing essential repair in the time ahead.“I understand that the Colgan Hall has been suggested as a possible venue and I would support this suggestion and the exploration of other locations in the town. Indeed it is disappointing that the Courts Service and the OPW did not confirm an alternative venue in the town prior to issuing a notice of closure for the Courthouse.“It is also important that the Carndonagh District Court will soon be back in situ at the Carndonagh Courthouse and that this important building in the community is fully refurbished and made safe for all”. Calls made for alternative venue ahead of Carndonagh courthouse closure was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carndonagh courthouseCllr Albert DohertyInishowenlast_img read more

Kalou ‘made an offer by West Ham’

first_imgWest Ham have offered Salomon Kalou a move to Upton Park, according to the Daily Express.Kalou’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is believed to be keen to sign him.Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wants to snatch Pavel Pogrebnyak from Fulham, the Daily Mirror say.The Russian striker has been a massive hit at Craven Cottage since joining Fulham on a deal until the end of the season.But it is claimed that McLeish is planning a summer bid for him and has already spoken to representatives of the 28-year-old, who will be available on a free transfer in May.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

SA launches school for public servants

first_img22 October 2013 South Africa has launched a National School of Government to provide “hands-on and brains-on” training as the country moves to establish a modern, professional, performance-oriented public service. Speaking at the launch of the school in Pretoria on Monday, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said there were no short cuts to delivering operational excellence. The establishment of the new School of Government follows a nine-month process of comprehensive research and international benchmarking carried out by a task team of scholars, education practitioners and academics with experience in managing higher education entities. The government had tried providing public service training through various kinds of institution, but had “come to the realisation that establishing functioning state machinery, the creation of a public service ethos and the creation of a cadre of government, is a responsibility that cannot and should not be outsourced,” Sisulu said. The new School of Government replaces the current training institution for public servants, the Public Administration and Leadership Management Academy, locating public service education and training provision within the state. “What we have today, I am convinced, will stand the test of time, because we have learned from our past mistakes, learned from international best practice, seen ourselves through the mirror through the diagnosis produced by the National Planning Commission.” Sisulu said the School of Government had to respond to the “urgency of now” in righting the wrongs that have so far hobbled the public service. “Curricula and programmes will be designed on the basis of a sound understanding of the challenges and realities of the public service environment. It is about unleashing the best in our students to enable reform and performance oriented public service.” The minister described this as a shift from the current model, that focuses largely on building the generic knowledge and skills of individuals. “The National School of Government and its hands-on and brains-on approach will enable us to apply common norms and standards in the public service … In doing so, the School will help to address the unevenness and the poor quality that characterise most of the learning and development offerings in the public service.” The School of Government will be strengthened by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, facilitators, trainers and organisational development experts, and governed by a council that is accountable to the public service minister. Sisulu said a principal would be appointed who, supported by a number of deputy principals and a registrar, would deliver on the overall functions and responsibilities of the National School of Government. “Our new academic approach to professionalising and making the public service efficient and effective ought to set the new public administration management frontiers to the year 2030,” she said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists builds South Africa’s science capital

first_img16 October 2014Seesaws that pump water; lighting a city using solar power; improving crickets’ protein content to make food bars; these mind-blowing ideas were all conceived by young South African scientists and presented at the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists where “students have a chance to show others their projects about their own scientific investigations’.The expo was held from 8 to 10 October in Gauteng’s Boksburg. Endorsed by the Department of Public Enterprises, the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Science and Technology, the Young Scientists Expo invites some 17 700 pupils from across the country to compete for a ticket to the International Science Fair. The competition is stiff, with just the top 822 selected to represent their regions at national level.According to Parthy Chetty, the expo’s executive director, “South Africa wants to establish itself as a hub of science research and excellence. In order to do that South Africa needs to be producing outstanding scientists, researchers and technicians and attract top talent from around the world. By hosting young scientists from Africa we are exposing them to the exciting world of science in South Africa and we are starting to make that vision a reality.”The expo aims to support and showcase female scientists and young scientists from across the continent; this year it attracted 477 female participants, versus 345 male participants, with entrants coming from Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana. The students discussed their work with judges, teachers and students from other schools, expanding their horizons through broadening their science knowledge and growing peer networks.Naledi Pandor, minister for the department of science and technology, was at the event. She told the pupils to not limit their ambitions, but to “dream as widely as you can. There are immense challenges that confront South Africa but you can be part of resolving those challenges.’Eskom Chairman Zola Tsotsi presented the awards at the expo with Pandor; he said: “At Eskom we value the important role of education, as part of the solution we have invested in training and education to drive growth. Our country relies on innovation to break the shackles of poverty and to create wealth and the learners here today have the power to create a better life for the poor.”Eskom is South Africa’s electricity utility.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Biggest SEO Blunders of All Time

first_img Originally published Jun 19, 2014 6:30:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 SEO inception: Google punishes itself for using black hat tactics?There’s only one company out there that can bring Google, the almighty ruler of internet search, to its knees. And that company, of course, is Google.Back in 2012, the Google Chrome homepage received a two-month penalty after it was discovered the site was benefiting from paid links.Two years prior, the company got itself in hot water — with itself — for cloaking content on its AdWords help pages.For more instances of Google punishing Google for SEO infractions, check out this great post from Search Engine Land.And there you have it, some of the biggest SEO missteps in recent history. Remember: If you want to stay in the clear with your site, just avoid making these common SEO mistakes. Got any SEO horror stories you’d like to share? Sound off in the comments below! Topics: BMW feels the Google kiss of death for using doorway pages, receives a “0” PageRankThe year was 2006, and German car company BMW’s German website (BMW.de) was mopping it up in the search rankings with important keywords like “used car.”As it turns out, the company had been using doorway pages to artificially inflate their inbound links and rank higher for competitive keywords. A doorway page, also known as a bridge or portal page, is a webpage that’s created solely for the purpose of redirecting visitors to a parent page. In BMW’s case, this page was BMW.de.Even back in 2006, Google wasn’t messing around. BMW.de was promptly blacklisted, receiving a PageRank of 0 as a consequence of the infraction.Toys R Us pays $5.1 million for Toys.com domain name, forgets to set up 301 redirectsToys R Us really, really wanted to dominate the word “toys’ in search, so much so that they paid top dollar for the eponymous domain name, toys.com, back in 2010.While the plan was to score some serious SEO cred for having such a searched-for term — toys — right in their domain name, the crew handling the project made a big, big mistake: when they launched the new site, they failed to redirect their old URLs. As a result, Google re-indexed the site, so instead of seeing their search ranking for “toys” climb, the Toys R’ Us team watched it take a nose dive.In this case, there was no ill SEO-intent on the part of the company. They didn’t use any black hat tactics — they just messed up. Big time.Want to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to you? When making big changes to your site, keep track of everything in a workbook.Overstock.com trades discounts for links, loses $1.05 billion in revenue after Google takes noticeRap Genius was by no means the first company to construct a scheme for generating rank-boosting links. Back in 2011, it was discovered that online retailer Overstock.com was encouraging colleges and universities to embed links on their websites in exchange for faculty and student discounts on Overstock.com merchandise.As far as terrible, sleazy, no-good, rotten link-building schemes go, this one was actually pretty clever. The “.edu” designation that most academic websites carry gives those sites some extra authoritativeness in the eyes of Google. So if you can get a bunch of these sites to link to your site using the keywords you want to target, you’ll be more likely to rank for those keywords.The problem, of course, is that trading discounts for links doesn’t help make information on the web any more organized. In fact, it muddles it all up (why would all these academic institutions link to product pages for bunk beds and lawn furniture?).Google, of course, penalized Overstock.com big time. These penalties were part of the reason why Overstock.com’s revenue dropped by $1.05 billion in 2011.J. C. Penney sees ranking for “living room furniture” drop from #1 to #68 in a matter of hours after Google penaltyAnother retail company, another link-building scheme. In this case, it’s theorized that J. C. Penney, or the SEO firm that worked for them, bought the company into a paid link network.As a result of participating in the network, the retailer received such an astronomical amount of inbound links — which targeted very specific keyword phrases — that the J. C. Penney site was ranking first for, well, almost everything. This came across as suspicious to some, including journalist David Segal.For the full scoop, you’ll definitely want to check out his New York Times piece on the subject, “The Dirty Little Secrets of Search.” For the abridged version, I think one of the most fascinating aspects of this case was how fast Google was able to take action and drop J. C. Penney’s search rankings. Within hours, they were ranking in the high 60s and 70s for search terms that they used to rank first for (including “living room furniture” and “Samsonite carry on luggage”).So for those of you who’ve ever thought about dabbling in paid link-building networks, take heed. Google knows what’s up, and will bring the pain if it needs to.Rap Genius loses 80% of its traffic after Google uncovers link-building scheme We all know that getting backlinks (a.k.a. inbound links) from trusted websites is a great way to give your website’s search rankings a boost. However, as the lyrics website Rap Genius would discover, the method you use to generate those backlinks is of considerable importance. If your website is attracting links because you regularly create stellar content and people in your industry love you and they always share and link to your stuff, then guess what? You’re golden! Google will give you a pat on the back.However, if you’re attracting links by regularly sending out spammy emails that instruct people to link to specific pages of yours, Google’s going to bring the heat.Rap Genius went so far as to develop a network of bloggers who received publicity for their posts in exchange for including links to specific song lyrics on the Rap Genius site. This “affiliate program,” as Rap Genius called it, didn’t fly with Google, especially since the lyrics the blogs linked to rarely aligned with the actual content of the posts.As a result of this scheme, Google delivered a punishing blow to Rap Genius’s search rankings, and — for a short while — the company lost 80% of its daily organic traffic.Fortunately for Rap Genius, Google is willing to forgive. After publicly admitting that their SEO tactics were whack, and deconstructing their link-building network, Rap Genius was allowed back on Google’s search results pages.center_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Marketers … we’re always looking for ways to make our metrics skyrocket up and to the right. We love our tips, tricks, hacks, “insider” secrets, and yes, we even love our performance-enhancing drugs (sips coffee).Where were we?Right … it seems we’re all so obsessed with improving and optimizing and driving results, that we’re sometimes tempted to break the rules. In the world of SEO, we call that using black hat tactics. And of course, we all think these black hat tactics are unfair or unethical and we never, ever use them.But here’s the thing: If black hat SEO can give your numbers a big boost and get you the results you need, why not go for it? I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?Spoiler alert: The worst that could happen is Google lands a direct hit on your search rankings with a flying roundhouse kick, your PageRank drops to 0, and you eventually get featured in a blog post (like this one) that’s filled with examples of companies that broke the rules and paid the price.Remember, as that influential marketing guy wrote in that famous book of his, “The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be … unnatural.”Actually, that’s from Star Wars. But the message is still relevant: You might hit your numbers using black hat tactics but, inevitably, Google’s going to notice that you’re doing something “unnatural.” And Google ain’t afraid to lay down the law.(Pssst. Want to make sure your website is squeaky clean? Check out our new guide, 10 SEO Mistakes to Avoid During Your Next Website Redesign.)The SEO Hall of Shame SEO Mistakeslast_img read more