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[edited by: tedster at 8:55 pm (utc) on Feb 21, 2010]
Google will not penalize a site for buying text links, they penalize the site selling links, which devalues any links on that site. Sites getting penalized for buying links is a myth. There is no way google can tell if your link is paid unless they check your checking account.
mikeclover, you are 125% wrong.
YES you can be "penalized" by google for buying links.
[edited by: lawman at 12:35 am (utc) on Feb 22, 2010]
I can go look up any site that is in the top 10 and see that all of them are buying links, I cant prove it, but sites typically dont jsut radomly put a link for keyword on there footer, or sidebar. This is all I am saying
[edited by: lawman at 12:38 am (utc) on Feb 22, 2010]
Can competitors harm ranking?
There's almost nothing a competitor can do to harm your ranking or have your site removed from our index.
Note the addition of the word "almost". I guess Google doesn't want to worry people about those situations where a competitor's actions are not harmful, where Google catches what's going n and ignores it. When I'm analyzing backlinks, I do see a lot of attempts at competitive disruption that are a fail.
But, the change in wording is an admission that there are some things a competitor can do that might hurt your rankings. If I remember correctly, the change came along with the war on link buying.
[edited by: tedster at 7:25 pm (utc) on Feb 21, 2010]
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"If your not buying links then you are not on the first page for hight traffic keywords."
[edited by: tedster at 9:06 pm (utc) on Feb 21, 2010]
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I have a competitor in one of my niches, he ranks like #5, and as high up as #2 for a very competitive term. He is linked on about 200 different websites...all with the exact same anchor text! He was penalized for 3 months
This is just one example. I have MANY experiences just like this.
poor quality backlinks especially in bulk will more likely hurt a new website than it will a well established one.
BTW I buy backlinks every day, I pay google to run my ads, and some of those visitors have websites who decide to link to me. I pay an SEO company to create stupid nonsense viral campaigns just so people can talk/link about how stupid and/or funny it was.
I pay writers to write controversial blog posts so people will link to it. So yes, I buy links in many kinds of forms.
That's actually tricky and clever marketing for your website...