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iAcquire was cited as the agency behind Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporationís link buy request emails. As noted in the comments below, this is probably not the first time an agency has been banned because Google believes that it has bought or sold links ó if thatís why iAcquire was indeed banned. We still donít have an official word from Google on this, but it seems the most likely explanation.
However, itís also likely the iAcquire was banned not for buying links but because Google believes it actually does control a paid link network or operates at least in significant part as a paid link company, despite iAcquireís denials. [searchengineland.com...]
I have to say that this I believe this is a significant turning point in the SEO industry--almost as big as 2002 Google PageRank/Searchking lawsuit [searchenginewatch.com...]
It's googles game and they can play it however they want. I choose to no longer play on their playground, I am free to get my customers from wherever I want.
Personally, I am looking to reinvent our business model.
I actually feel like we're in a better position than google, we have a unique product that is in demand even if we are not listed in google's serps.
People look for us and our brand and if they can not find us on google then I believe that google looks bad. They want to punish us for doing what we had to do to get listed in their results but in doing so they are also punishing their users by not providing the best results.
wow, maybe G doesn't like the agency to flaunt it....
..probably not a great idea in retrospect....
It always amazes me how some CEOs remain so professional in adverse situations.
Not all link selling is about Google.
[edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 8:56 pm (utc) on May 26, 2012]
Bully for him to essentially raise his middle finger to Google.
Griffin is referring to Michael King, who Iíd say has built a good reputation for himself in some SEO circles over the past year in his writings and speaking. Heís spoken at our own SMX events and is slated to again next month. Heís sharp, has lots of insight, and he seemed a win for iAcquire when they hired him about two months ago.
Suffice to say, I was pretty surprised that he appeared mixed up with all this. Heís seemed very white hat.
[edited by: martinibuster at 9:34 pm (utc) on May 26, 2012]
How does preaching Google white hat link building square with this paid link buying outreach that Danny Sullivan says "might very well violate US Federal Trade Commission guidelines?
I appreciate your quoted argument above but I do think Google is handling it properly at this point. I STILL wish they'd remove links as a ranking factor altogether because I can't tell you how tired I am of dealing with them, nor do I want to go "gather" them just to rank, but hey. This is the next best option, a pro-active Google willing to act when they must.
If Google had the ability to kill SPAM in it's tracks, they would have done so MANY years ago. There is something amiss with this latest "anti SEO" campaign that Google is running. Something isn't adding up.
My favortie line of thinking from some whitehatters at the moment is that "spammy" links can hurt your rankings so clean up your link profile but it's impossible for negative SEO to work by pointing spammy links at your competition...yes...because Google can magically tell that links are for competitive sabatoge vs rankings manipulation...right...