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Can you pay for top position at Google SERP's

 4:03 pm on Nov 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Just received a phone call about the service for pay for SERP and guarantee top 3 position. I know it just sounds like another scam. I was about to cut the link soon I heard she said that. She asked me quickly would I like to have a demonstration, well, its free, why not. I was thinking that I'm wasting my time while the saleswoman busying the process. 3 minutes later, they actually DID put one of my site on the #3 of my chosen keyword. Not sponsored link.

It can't be true, I know you will say that, including myself, if I didn't see it by my own eyes.
So I have a quick check with other 2 computers, in case the one I use has virus, no, same results.
How this possible? Any suggestions?



 8:09 pm on Nov 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

No, you can't pay for organic search ranking at Google. Rest assured there IS a trick involved here.


 8:16 pm on Nov 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

That's pretty cool. Blatantly false, but pretty cool. I'd like to know how they did that (they almost certainly only did it for you).

From everything I've seen, you can't make a change, have Google crawl it, then index it, then put it out to the datacenters all in three minutes. So even if they can rank you, I suspect it just physically takes a lot longer than three minutes for the results to appear in your datacenter.

Still, it's a pretty neat trick.


 8:26 pm on Nov 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Must be some kind of redirect or they know how to manipulate Google's SERPS. I'd run like the wind.

Better yet-- report them to Google.


 8:52 pm on Nov 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

If your PC has not been compromised in some way, my best guess would be that you were already at number 3 for that keyword.


 10:26 pm on Nov 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

They are selling you pay per click ... your result will show along with paid ads on google, not in the natural results. i get calls from those guys about once per week.


 10:50 pm on Nov 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yes, you can PAY. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you will RECEIVE.


 12:20 am on Nov 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Send me the company details. We're dealing.


 2:19 am on Nov 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

kmick - are you aware that the top three results in many google searches are also sponsored links? They're not just down the right hand side?


 7:33 am on Nov 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

If the top three results have a coloured background and a label saying they are sponsored results, then they are not organic. They don't always show up.

kmick, did this company give you any cool toolbars to load?


 10:39 am on Nov 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

kmick, did this company asked you to search for the keyword from your end directly, or they gave you a link to click on that directly point to the results?


 1:14 am on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

It sounds like pay day - I've had plenty of similar phone calls to a private number and the only way they found it was through our website, viewable from the SERPs. Period.


 3:53 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

I tried this out recently. The saleswoman was from a company with the word "Google" in it's name - supposedly an "official reseller". She said it would guarantee a listing somewhere on the page for each search on my targetted keyphrase, including sponsored and organic spots. I paid up as it wasn't much just to try it out and at worst I thought I'd get some PPC. Several phone-calls later with their "IT Dept" I was told that it didn't cover organic listings, only PPC. So basically it's a managed PPC campaign which may suit some, but was mis-sold to me.

After 3 weeks faffing around nothing happened so I got a refund which to be fair they processed quickly.


 4:51 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Simsi consider yourself lucky. I feel sorry for those who don't have any knowledge of the business and get robbed of thousands each year for a few extra hits a day. Oh please heh.

Gumball Monkey

 5:01 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Can't do this with Google, but you could do this with Yahoo - I haven't used Yahoo for a while now, but the product name is 'Paid Inclusion'.


 6:04 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

This doesn't exist with any major search engine these days. 'Add a site' is similar to 'paid inclusion' lol.


 8:08 am on Nov 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

The idea that you could pay for a position on a dynamic engine is silly.


 7:29 pm on Nov 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

Even the Yahoo Paid Inclusion program only guarantees that your page is in the index. It doesn't guarantee any particular ranking position. I wanted to correct any wrong impression, but let's not take the thread off-topic. This forum is here to discuss Google Search, not Yahoo.


 12:41 am on Nov 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yahoo's paid inclusion program is part of its search engine business failure. (Why didn't Google come up with this idea? 8->)


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