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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...]
As for iAcquire itself, it won't comment on the case, citing client confidentiality. It won't acknowledge that it was involved in any way, nor confirm if it has worked with DBCC. But the company did give me this statement:
We work with many of the largest brands in the world. Itís very common that we run into large brands everyday buying links from blog networks and large paid link marketplaces, and our mission as a business is to direct brand strategy towards whiter hat link building approaches.
The request that went out on behalf of DBCC was a classic example of non-disclosure. It lacks warnings about possible Google penalties. It even required that there be no visible disclosure, which might very well violate US Federal Trade Commission guidelines [ftc.gov].
Should iAcquire do the same?
[edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 11:17 pm (utc) on May 25, 2012]
Hypocrisy at its finest.
Google is willing to sell you a link that will "game" your way to the top of the search results (Adwords)...
One internet company I will love to watch crumble and will not miss one bit.
To me this just sends the signal that buying links does work to manipulate rankings and their algo is incapable of doing anything about it so they have to resort to this kind of stuff to try and scare everyone.