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Helping your competitors get banned



9:04 am on Oct 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We all know what we shouldn’t be doing in terms of SEO, so why not apply some of this knowledge to help yourself by getting your competitors banned? I am not condoning this type of action but I would like to know if anyone has tried this – if you don’t want to own up to it on the open forum, why not sticky me.

Imagine what a few thousand links from one site with the same keyword linking to your competitors site would do to their site! Would they get banned? At the moment I feel like someone is doing this to my sites.

What I would like to know is would you or has anyone out there tried to do this, I am sure people will talk about the ethical view on this and I will be the first to say that this is not something I would take part in, but has crossed my mind a few times.


8:28 pm on Oct 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This might seem as OT, but I need to tell you about quite an opposite experience from this fall.

I new client wanted an event site for a science event in late September. Since the event was a collaborative project between 20 organizations, they didn't want to use any of their existing sites.

The domain was purchased in mid July.
We launched the site a month later, and over the next three weeks got about 100 inbounds from the participating organizations and their sub organizations, private sites and blogs. Most of these had a short presentation text, taken from the event site, in most cases with the exact same wording.

When the event passed, most of these links dissapeared. At least the page 1 links from museum sites and such.

The site has been ranking well for its main keywords from the start, and still does. Now with a PR 7.

So. Lets see.
New domain. Tick.
Lots of new IBLs collected in a short while. Tick.
Most links dissapear suddenly. Tick.
Most sites linking with the same keyword and from pages with similar content as the linked site. Tick.

Shouldn't this site be buried? It's not.


5:53 am on Nov 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"Shouldn't this site be buried? It's not."

Maybe because no visitors to it clicked the little frownie face link in the google tool bar?

Maybe people clicked the happy face enough times to raise the PR of the site?

Don't let google fool you, they are using the toolbar data.


6:57 am on Nov 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Nikke: Is this your site now that the event is over and gone? If so, I would get some
great relevant content on there ASAP, and take advantage of this wonderful jump-start.
I wouldn't even monetize it for a while, just keep the ball rolling. -Larry


7:14 am on Nov 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sadly not. However, it was such a huge success they desided to make it an anual event.


4:48 pm on Nov 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Don't think I will need to do this anymore, just watching my main competitor (top listed for years on all keywords) slip down the rankings further and further each time I look!

Just wish I was going back up the SERPS!

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