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But that's not my way of doing business..
Depending on the situation 500 news releases maybe OK. Certainly some large companies have that many.Those news releases are making 95% of all backlinks and are the sole reason for gaining a No. 1 place on several keywords. It isn't a large company. I doubt google will find all paid links, but if they find them they will be replaced by other sites moving up doing this bad endless game.
Google will find the paid links all by themselves...
And if you ARE the boss of your business, then what would your wife / or children want you to do?Luckily I only have to feed a dog and a cat and I'm my own boss ;)
Also, I think google would want you to report the paid links as well so as to help them improve their algorithms.
However, there does seem to be an embedded assumption here that a press release is a paid linkIt wasn't really clear what I wrote Ted, I meant either using paid links or writing a lot of press releases (unpaid) is the trick of gaining good rankings.
be grateful you have noticed what they are doing, do what they are doing betterSadly this seems to be the best solution but I don't want to take the risk burning my site.
Those news releases are making 95% of all backlinks and are the sole reason for gaining a No. 1 place on several keywords.I assume you know what your looking for to make this statement as I highly doubt this is the sole reason. More like another piece of wood to the fire adds heat. Press releases will not push a site to the 1'st position by themselves and there is more to the sites ranking than just that. I suggest you dig deeper and explore a few SEO tools to help see the other factors.
For me it's an ethical question to not report those sites because it makes me to a traitor if I do so.
By NOT reporting, you are letting those everyday folk out there get served up results that may or may not be the best resource. You are letting the common folk get played.
I see nothing wrong with reporting competitors to Google if they are spamming, it is much better then joining them by buying a bunch of paid links like they have...
If you like working for a large company that has more money than God for free, then by all means report away.
but I do know that many webmasters have an image that it's us-against-them (emphasis mine), so somehow or other all webmasters are playing for the same team, or something like that.
There are a few cases where I do take the time to report spam - when it's for malware distribution purposes, or inappropriate for children even though it targets query terms they would use. I also might report webspam that clearly uses parasite hosting - that's another area where the activity is illegal.
Paid links don't bother me. Google seems to deal with these now. What does bother me is the keyword domain spam where one store has ten sites selling the same stuff. They've all been bumped up not down in this update cycle.
I just worry about the sites that are keyword rich and actually great sites all about those keywords getting caught up in the net.
Grow up work on your business and quit being a 10 year old.