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Side Match

Subscription of competitor's Web site



9:03 pm on Mar 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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How can the Site Match staff make sure that a Side Match subscription is actually done by the Web site owner?

It just has occurred to me that competitors have a very simple way to extinct pages of their competitors.

Imagine a SEO guy who wants to push its pages up in the SERPs. He may think that it is easy to detect some competitors that are not so clean in their SEO strategy and hope that after submitting it to Side Match, it will get detected and the site removed! Result: One rank up. In the worst case, the site wonít disappear, so just cancel the credit card after successful integration and the link will be suspended with the first required click-through payment. Result: One rank up!

This may look like an expensive strategy. Itís not. Moving up from the second to the first search result page or from the second to the first position on the SERPs may be thousands of dollars sales worth and compensate the multiple 49 USD you have to pay.

I hope you donít understand me wrong. I would never try to get higher rankings with such a lousy strategy. My intent is to open a discussion about this. I am sure that there are some people out there that wonít hesitate to apply such a method.


12:21 am on Mar 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

NewAtThis I'm sure it's possible to do this, especially at the beginning of the program where they're still trying to figure things out.

However, why wouldn't you just send in a spam report instead of having to go through such an expensive and complicated process?


12:52 pm on Mar 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

I think about 5% of spam reports are actually looked at within a 3 month time frame. It's a clever spam report idea..

.. however, three issues:

a) I am sure the TOS will be that you must own / control the web page.

You may find that you will be unable to utilize SiteMatch for your own websites if you contravene TOS. If you have all sorts of credit cards, well, I am sure you will run out sooner rather than later.

b) Probably yahoo might just tell them to fix there spam. This may be or might not be so good for you.

c) they probably won't get dropped upon credit card termination if the free crawl had already found them, that's what I have heard repeated clearly a few times.

Keep 'em coming though.


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