All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Paid Links’

Senator Tells Matt Cutts About Paid Link Schemes Google Is Missing

Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Jay Rockefeller, sent letters to Google’s Matt Cutts, Yahoo’s Shashi Seth and Microsoft’s Qi Lu about moving company scammers using paid links to game search results. The committee is conducting an investigation into the scammers, and found paid links appearing to give them better rankings in the search engines. …

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Matt Cutts Has To Explain Paid Links To Newspaper

Google’s Matt Cutts has a new blog post up about paid links. He says he was contacted by an unnamed newspaper who saw its Pagerank drop from a 7 to a 3, and wanted to know why. The reason, as Cutts explains, was because the site was selling links that passed PageRank, which is, of course, a violation of Google’s …

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Google Removes Parts Of Penalties If You Make Changes

Just as you can recover from a Google algorithm update like Penguin, you can bounce back from a penalty as well. In fact, you can even partially bounce back, even if you’re unable to bounce all the way back at once. Link buyers, pay attention. There’s a discussion in Google’s Webmaster Central forum, discussing Google partially removing penalties, complete with …

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Google: We’re Starting To Enforce Paid Links More

Google’s Matt Cutts has been making light of paid links all week, but in reality, Google isn’t joking when it comes to enforcing this part of its quality guidelines. According to Google, it’s cracking down on this more than ever, and we have seen in recent weeks, that Google is indeed cracking down. Follow @kerrydeanKerry Dean SEO @kerrydeanIt’s time for #SMX! …

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Google Seems To Be OK With Paid Inclusion These Days

We know from the countless instances of paid link penalties that Google doesn’t like it when you buy your way into organic search results, but Google has other financial transactions that influence some of its search results. Last month, Danny sullivan and Pamela Parker put out an interesting report about Google’s apparent paid inclusion program, which comes in the form …

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iAcquire Gets Rid Of Paid Link Offerings Following Google De-Indexing

Blogger Josh Davis recently put out an investigative report exposing the marketing firm iAcquire for engaging in paid links for clients. Once Google caught wind of it, iAcquire was de-indexed from Google’s search results. Now, the company has openly admitted to “financial compensation,” though it says it has been transparent about this with its clients. On Tuesday, iAcquire put out …

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Paid Links Scandal Gets Marketing Firm iAcquire De-Indexed From Google

Earlier this week, we posted an article about an investigation from blogger Josh Davis, which exposed marketing firm iAcquire for allegedly purchasing backlinks for clients. Davis’ report caught the attention of Google’s head of webspam, Matt Cutts: Follow @JoshDJosh Davis @JoshDSearch Secrets: How a prominent SEO company is covertly purchasing backlinks for a Fortune 1000 corporation. http://t.co/2cgosTu8 #LongRead   Follow @mattcutts …

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Do You Trust Your SEO Service Not To Do Paid Links?

Josh Davis at LLsocial.com put together a pretty in depth report on what appeared to be a Fortune 1000 company purchasing links, violating Google’s Webaster Guidelines. It turned out, as he shared in an update, that the company purchasing the links was a separate company from the Fortune 1000 company. There was some confusion, as the company had sold certain …

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The Blurry Lines Of Google’s Paid Links Policy

As you probably know, Google isn’t a fan of people paying for links that pass PageRank. It’s considered to be a manipulation of search results and a violation of Google’s quality guidelines, which are the focus of Google’s Penguin update. It’s interesting that there seem to be exceptions to the rule, such as a directory like Best Of The Web, …

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Some Free Directories Go Missing From Google, Some Paid Directories Doing Well

There some discussion going on in the webmaster/SEO community that Google may have de-indexed some free web directories. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable points to a WebmasterWorld forum thread on the subject. The thread begins with a post from user Sunnyujjawal, who says: While checking some sites links I found 50% free submission directories are out of G now. …

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Best Of The Web: The End Goal Of A Submission Is Not A Link

We recently ran an article called “The Blurry Lines Of Google’s Paid Links Policy“. Much of the article talked about web directory The Best Of The Web, which has a submission process, requiring submitters to pay a fee to have their sites reviewed. If BOTW deems the site worthy, it will list a link in the appropriate category. Since initially …

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Recover From Google Penguin Update: Get Better At Links

Even before the Penguin update, a lot of webmasters had been getting messages from Google about questionable links. About a month ago, we talked about Google de-indexing paid blog/link networks, which led to some such messages. This appears to have been only one of Google’s major efforts in early 2012 to crack down on search engine manipulation and black hat …

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