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How can you tell if a site has been blacklisted for selling text links?
davidge




msg:3981821
 8:52 am on Sep 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hey Guys,

I can't find the answer to this question so apologies if it has been asked before.

How can you tell if a web site has been black listed for selling text links?

Dave

 

conor




msg:3981855
 10:05 am on Sep 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

Sites that G has identified as link sellers usually have their ToolBar PR reduced.

So if a site was previously PR6 and was obviously selling links and now is PR4 there is a good chance that it has been identified and filtered.

Equally sites that look like they sell links andhave unusually low TBPR or even a white bar where you would reasonably assume that they they would have more PR are probably identified in the same way

Lame_Wolf




msg:3982684
 2:45 pm on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

My site went from a PR6 to PR4 then PR3.
No links sold, although we do link to a lot of sites, but that is for good reason.

conor




msg:3982732
 3:56 pm on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

@Lame_Wolf These days its enough to 'look like' you "could be selling links" to be filtered. If the links look like they are not editorially freely given then the same issue arises.

Dropping from a 6 to 4 is a classic symptom of visible TBPR filtering for link manipulation

Lame_Wolf




msg:3982834
 6:15 pm on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Conor, the links had been there for years. Obviously, I cannot say what my site is about etc, but if something is used that does not belong to us, then we link to the offical site of that person. These are low PR / grey bar pages anyway (in most cases).

The drop in PR hasn't affected SERPS nor visitors, but annoying that innocent sites get caught up in the mess.

The site is whitehat, professional looking, Gov IBLs, a number of homepage links from other sites (because they used things from my site) and were freely given by those people in return.

When PR6 I changed the ownership of the site (everything else remained the same). It remained a PR6 on the next update (it was only about a month later and I know the "snapshot" google takes is a few weeks proir to that).

But on the next update it went to PR4, and on the next update, a PR3 where it has remained as ever since. :(

anallawalla




msg:3986375
 1:48 am on Sep 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

but if something is used that does not belong to us, then we link to the offical site of that person.

Then you should nofollow them and ask for a reconsideration request. If this doesn't solve it, you may find that your backlink sites might have stopped linking to you or were penalised themselves.

sullen




msg:3987205
 8:49 am on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

but if something is used that does not belong to us, then we link to the offical site of that person.

Then you should nofollow them and ask for a reconsideration request.

That sort of goes against the point of adding the links as credit for the articles doesn't it? If someone used my article with a no-follow link, I'd probably ask them to remove it.

It sounds to me like it's the ownership that's the problem. Personally, I'd try a reconsideration request *without* adding no-follow to the links.

otoh of course it could be that many of your inbound links were downgraded and that the site really is now a PR3.

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