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Competitors spamming the SEs with YOUR URL



3:25 pm on Nov 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

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If pages loose positioning when spamming occurs what is there to stop competitors from spamming search engines with YOUR site?

So if your site was www.shoes.com and you sold shoes (obviously) is there anything in place to stop your competitors from submitting that URL to the search engines over and over again as spam until the search engine/directory starts punishing that site?

Is there any cases of this occurring and if so has anything been done about it? If not then I guess if you were very unethical you could do this to your competitors..



10:35 pm on Nov 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

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If you are sure your competition is doing just that I would hire some good old help to take care of the 'situation'


10:41 pm on Nov 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Hi hayluke and welcome to wmw!
Search engines have in place various filters to weed out multiple submissions, so the chances are very slim that you will be punished for the actions of others. Do you have any specific engines/directories that you are worried about this event happening in?


10:12 am on Nov 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

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My 'current' understanding is that there is no way to penalise a site apart from what is actually on the site. I know that there are rumors to the contrary, but put your self in the SE's shoes (no pun intended) I bet they get millions of attempts to penalise sites. You would quickly reolise that this was going on and remove any such penalty from the algorithm. The same has been said for FFAs or Link Farms - I believe that the major SEs do not approve of them and so do not give any advantage (or dissadvantage) to links from FFAs, it was said that sites listed in FFAs got penalised. If this were true then all of the unethical SEOs / WebMasters would submit all of their competitors to FFAs.


12:11 am on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Kapow, then submitting to FFAs has no negative effect on SE position?

Your logic makes sense, but the "SEO industry authorities" or SEOIAs ;), disagree and have suggested that FFAs are "bad". So I would love to hear your stats, so I can start submitting to FFAs! :)


10:39 am on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WMW Tapolyai
My 'current' understanding comes mostly from what I read at WMW. I am not an expert but there are many here who are - perhaps someone with some solid evidence (for or against) will join this thread.

Also the fact that it just makes sense. What would you do if you ran a major SE?


2:50 pm on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

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thanks for replying everyone. I think that my question's been answered but I guess it's something that we don't know for sure and I expect may vary a bit on different search engines. Fortunatley the site I am working on doesn't have many direct competitors so it shouldn't be a probelem, I was just curious..

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