ColourOfSpring - 8:44 am on Aug 11, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: aakk9999 at 2:57 pm (utc) on Aug 11, 2013]
If a site owner has lost Google's trust, it probably isn't because of "negative SEO." It could be, but realistically, it's probably because the site or its SEO went a little too far with "link building." (In my sector, sketchy link building is rampant, and there are thousands of bloggers who'll happily take your money for plain-vanilla text links or for links that are buried in "guest posts" or "sponsored posts.")
I'm a developer like many of you here. We all know it's trivial to write a small script that can scrape and publish on remote domains. We don't even have to pay someone to do it - utterly trivial to write such a script. The "it's too much hassle to do negative SEO" argument doesn't reflect actual reality. Scrapers are everywhere because it's easy and FREE to do. It's also easy to auto-post blog comments, forum profiles etc. This happens all the time. Feed in 20 domains into a program, and all 20 domains had better have a strong link profile, because things are about to get a LOT more spammy when they next view latest links in GWT. Can we please refrain from taking the Matt Cutts line that neg. SEO is too much hassle to do. It is not. It just comes down to your own moral backbone as to whether you'd do it or not. It is NOT difficult to do. It's push-button easy.
[edited by: ColourOfSpring at 8:55 am (utc) on Aug 11, 2013]
[edit reason] ToS [/edit]
[edited by: aakk9999 at 2:57 pm (utc) on Aug 11, 2013]