|Competitor threatening to get my site penalized by Google|
Here's my situation, I have a site that I've owned for the past 5 years, that ranks well for my primary keyword. All of a sudden, another site comes out of the blue and gets great rankings. I was curious as to how they did this, and found that they were able to get some high PR links on edu (professors) pages because of related content, as well as some blog/forum spam.
I figured they must have emailed these edu sites and asked for the links themselves. So I did the exact same thing, politely emailed them, and got my site linked as well.
After that my site went back to #1, and his #2. Out of the blue today, I get an email from my competitor threatening me. He basically accuses me of stealing his secret link sources by looking them up in Google. So to the point, he says if I don't ask for ALL of them to be taken down he is going to do everything he can to get my site penalized or even blacklisted by Google.
He goes into a little more detail saying how Google recently changed its algorithm so that sites that participate in certain types of content farms, blogspam, and forum spam then the site will be penalized, and if I don't remove the links he says I 'stole' then he'll make sure my site is penalized or banned. To be clear, my site is 100% organic, and 100% white-hat. So now I'm worried that if someone else starts up some serious black-hat stuff that I'd be penalized.
Now he didn't include which site he belonged to and the email didn't come from his domain, but it is blatantly clear.
I was always under the impression that Google wouldn't penalize you for any incoming links, but would just make them basically worthless. I read up a bit more today about the recent changes at Google and am getting mixed messages, it almost makes it seem like it would be possible for him to do this to me.
If this is indeed the case, what is to stop everyone from doing this?
I'm not going to take the links down either way. I don't appreciate being threatened in this way. But am still worried that this is even possible.
I very much doubt that Google would pay any heed to such a complaint. If they did it would be happening all the time. Rest easy.
Thank them for sending you that stupid email which you will keep as proof if needed be.
"stealing his secret link sources by looking them up in Google"
Quote of the day.
So to the point, he says if I don't ask for ALL of them to be taken down he is going to do everything he can to get my site penalized or even blacklisted by Google.
...how about get the email with the threat printed out, go to your lawyer let him make write a few lines on their official paper, acknowledging that your received it and send it to them.
Out of curiosity, what did you do, and have you heard back from them?
Ignore the email, and any subsequent emails. Forget it. Have a nice cup of tea.
I had someone send me an email once complaining that my site was ranking higher in Google than his and it was hurting his sales.
There are lots of kooky people out there and with the Internet you get exposed to more than your fair share.
This is hilarious. Complaining to a search engine is like giving confession to a deaf and blind man, it may be therapeutic but won't accomplish anything concrete. Email your sore loser competitor and wish them successful SERPs (search engine results pages).
hey I have reported my competitors (with proof) of buying links to Google and G never did a thing to them. Now more and more competitors are buy links from that same one site but who else cares. They are all chalking up the top 10 and those who have worked organically and don't pay are being sideline. This is how it works I guess. But just to let you know, even if you report or if you are reported, G won't take any action.
Its a false threatening I think. you should not worried about this.