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Link Penalty?

link penalty, google ban

     
2:32 am on Apr 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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About a two years ago my website was linking to unrelated sites (before it got way out of control as it is today), not alot but a decent number.

I eventually removed the links a few months later (~ 1 1/2 years ago), but not before google gave me a penalty of some sort. From what I can tell, anytime I link someone the link is pretty much valueless, and on everyone I link to I do not provide them with any backlinks when you do link:www.partnerdomain.com.

I still rank extremely well for certain keywords, my website has backlinks and a good PR; my links are just valueless at this point. Anyone know if my site will ever come out of this penalty? As I said it's been a year and half since my website first was banned (at which point i removed the links), and now I hardly link to anyone (let alone unrelated sites).

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.

proudmoose

7:14 pm on May 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Going back in the thread where someone referred to "ooops" and "over-optimization." Where can I find out what qualifies as "over-optimation?"
7:31 pm on May 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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they never realised smart seo guys would spot the
opportunity and be able to exploit the weaknesses...

We currently have two threads going on, each featuring a webmaster who may have read some e-books, opted-in to link pop schemes, and engaged in search engine manipulations that they saw others doing (and assumed it would be ok)- and got toasted by Google.

It seems there are a large amount of people out there spamming Google who are either in denial of or don't know the errors they are committing. It's really too bad, and I feel sorry for them.

Some of the comments in this thread reflect the naivete involved in DIY seo that can really hurt a business. If you really value your business, please be sure you are practicing safe search engine practices, and if you aren't sure, check with someone who knows.

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