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I think I'm being Google bombed
Can this affect rankings?
freelistfool

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Msg#: 3325479 posted 6:06 pm on Apr 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've been getting hits from Google for some "adult" keywords which are nowere on my site. When checking google I've found the page they point to and have verified that it hasn't been hacked.

The keywords show up for about a week and then dissappear only to be replaced by another set of "adult" keywords.

After a the first week my rankings for various keywords that are actually on my site have been falling from the first page of Google to the second (or from the second to the 3rd and 4th). Can there be a connection? Is this something I should worry about?

 

errorsamac

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3325479 posted 6:48 pm on Apr 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

My testing has shown that lots of low quality links using the same anchor text can bring down a site in the SERPs. However, I have only tested using anchor text that has keywords which actually show up on the page.

skippy

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3325479 posted 7:08 pm on Apr 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi freelistfool,

Are you sure you have not been exploited? I had the exact same thing happen to one of my sites. One way to check is to use the LinkFromDomain: command in msn. That should show your outbound links.

Crush

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Msg#: 3325479 posted 7:15 pm on Apr 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

"My testing has shown that lots of low quality links using the same anchor text can bring down a site in the SERPs. However, I have only tested using anchor text that has keywords which actually show up on the page."

Well, I have one site -30 with some low quality links but I also have a dozen others rocking at the top. So as with everything google, keep guessing.

mattg3

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Msg#: 3325479 posted 8:16 pm on Apr 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

Seems to me pretty obvious now that Google has opened a HUGE hole to nuke sites ...

Miamacs

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Msg#: 3325479 posted 11:12 am on Apr 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes. I'm surprised that we didn't see many more reports on such cases. The topic would need a separate thread to bring this to the kind attention of Search Engine 125. They seem to be passing the trust to sources who like to outcast their competition.

Right now you could bring down an internal page with a single "quality" off-topic link.

And an entire website with a bunch of off-topic or same-anchor links to its homepage. All you need to do is outmatch parameters - excluding relevance of course -, you don't need to outmatch quantity. How's that for a link profile change.

There's always a bigger fish, especially if you don't need to stay within the niche.

It's much easyer to find an off-topic source than doing actual link building.

Something needs to be done, and this time it's NOT The webmasters who'll fix it for Google.

They wanted control to be out of reach for us.

Well it is.
Great job.

...

mattg3

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Msg#: 3325479 posted 3:20 pm on Apr 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

well the Google Bomb fix apparently created a website nuclear bomb backlash. Given that they needed years to fix the Google bomb issue, I don't have much hope this will be resolved in any reasonable time.

errorsamac

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3325479 posted 3:24 pm on Apr 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've been testing this and I posted an update in the -950 thread. It looks like it takes more than a single high PR off-topic link to bring down a site. You need many low quality links with the very similar anchor text to do it.

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