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Competitors destroying you in SERPS with Links
Making you a part of a linkfarm without your knowledge
ildarius

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Msg#: 3641732 posted 3:50 am on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Good day,
How can you protect yourself against competitors that one day decide to include your website in a massive linkfarm?

 

idolw

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Msg#: 3641732 posted 6:37 am on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

you cannot.
you do not need to worry about it though.
google's algo was created in a way that does not allow to harm your rankings because of incoming links.
so, if you do not link to the spammy sites, you should be fine.

martinibuster

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Msg#: 3641732 posted 7:00 am on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

idolw is correct about the algo being able to deal with less than optimal inbounds, but there's another scenario that can undermine the algo.

I know of several cases where crappy inbound links, without reciprocation, caused a site to be banned. Then throw a spam report into that or a search engine quality review. There is no algo or hand check that can tell which site generated the spammy inbounds themselves and which one was the victim of Negative SEO.

[edited by: martinibuster at 7:23 am (utc) on May 5, 2008]

CainIV

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Msg#: 3641732 posted 7:22 am on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

google's algo was created in a way that does not allow to harm your rankings because of incoming links.

Actually this is quite untrue. It is very possible to hurt competitors with inbound links if you are the type of person who actively pursues these types of tactics.

Unfortunately, for us honest folk, there is very little you can do if it happens, but you will want to setup a Google webmaster account and make sure you submit a reinclusion request explaining what has happened.

martinibuster

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Msg#: 3641732 posted 7:31 am on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

...if you are the type of person who actively pursues these types of tactics.

I think maybe idolw was not addressing that part of the question. If bad inbounds alone negatively affected rankings then the rankings of many quality sites would have dropped because of all the scrapers and cloakers linking to them. I think that's what idolw is addressing.

But when you combine spammy inbounds with an active pursuit of a specific negative result, that's a different situation. So i think you're both right. :)

koan

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Msg#: 3641732 posted 8:02 am on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

I got a relatively new site that has gotten penalized or banned just as it was starting to perform because it somehow got added as a site wide link in a site that seems to be also selling links at the footer of all their pages and linking to text link selling companies. It isn't my best work though, with a lot of duplicate content and few quality inbound links. I just created it to test the waters. Still I find it strange. I'll probably have to check my pages and see if I don't also link to a banned site or something.

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