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Is it possible to be reported for this and why would G penalise you? How can it tell the difference between legit text ads & ads bought solely for PR?
Has anyone come across feedback from Gguy as to how they view a site which has 1,000 (or 100K) backlinks from PR6/7/8 pages?
I would understand if the site ADVERTISED they were selling PR, but not many do that. Can anyone exlplain what I'm missing?
cant seem to find it right now, sure somebody will bring it up.
As for getting reported, quite possible, but have you thought of reversing the issue, and Google found the site selling the pagerank and worked from there.
But if your site is on apples, and you have many of these links from sites on car sales, wedding dresses, hockey sticks, bowling balls, and an ER fan site, those are not targeted whatsoever, and the question is raised as to why you are paying for advertising on completely unrelated sites, where the buyers of apples typically don't hang out. The likely answer is that you were buying those advertising spaces for the PR value alone.
Shak does bring up a good point, that maybe they found the site selling PageRank. If you plan to buy a text link on a high PR site, make sure they aren't blatantly advertising it as selling PR.
The site is doing very well on a variety of verycompetitive widget region search terms. All pages on the domain have a white bar.
I cannot prove whether or not the domain in question bought these links for their PR value, neither can google.
Another reason to dump the green bar methinks.
That is my adivice.
Just keep sending 50 to 100 emails everyday to every site you can find that has a PR of 2 or higher and try to "trade" links. That's the smart way to do it. That way you're not artifically inflating PR and Google will love you for doing it the right way. It may take several months or maybe even a year or two but paying for what you want is obviously wrong. Now it would also seem that selling something you have that someone is willing to pay you for is wrong too. DON'T DO IT! Just send those emails and wait.
If you do decide to buy advertising from someone, make sure you are not artifically inflating anything by insisting it be in a graphic with a tracking url and with several question marks in the url. Also, try to find the page on the site with themed traffic but as little PR as possible. Anything else just doesn't make any sense.
Oh yeah, and Google will love you. Eventually. Right?
I certainly hope you all take my advice. Selling phentermine without PR is a real trick. But if you are crazy enough to try to "artifically inflate" PR, at least make sure you do it on a site that is totally unrelated to yours, make sure it is listed right below a line of text that says "SPONSORED LINK", and make sure it is on a PR9 site that there are only about 120 in the world to have to check. That way within a week or so someone will Shurlee point it out to everyone on this forum.
Sheesh! Ever heard of embedded links?
What google would have problems with is a site that improplerly skews the results of too many sites.
If I have a PR4 page with "buy a link" google will not care, my links are not going to make all that much difference to anyone.
If I have a PR9 page with "advertise here" and 10 links to pages where the "Ad" is the only significant incoming link, and all 10 sites are in industries where a PR5 is the normal ceiling, then Google will care and might block the PR from being passed to those sites.
That PR9 page is the equivalent of the superbowl. It is normal for major companies to advertise there. Ford advertises on the superbowl, Ford dealers don't.
I've no intention of "reporting" him for blatantly buying PR coz thats just ridiculous IMHO.
Instead, I'd like to know if anyone has any personal experience of action/inaction from Google in relation to such sites.
BTW, Thanks for your feedback on this thread. Its appreciated :)