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12:19 am on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Quick question say you have a insurance site with adsense on it, then you pay for a sponsored ad on an adult site with high traffic and pr would this be ok to do or a no no.
3:24 am on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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then you pay for

Paid links hurt your pagerank. Negative sites hurt your pagerank.

on an adult site

Off-topic and negative traffic.

You can do this but it won't help you.

5:21 am on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I suppose that people who look at #*$!ography also buy insurance, but I'd stay away from having an adult site link to mine if my site has AdSense on it.
6:22 am on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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'Negative sites hurt your pagerank.'

Is this a fact? We run a directory, and for some reason quite a few negative sites feel free to link to us. I guess the association with us is appealing to them.
Does did affect pagerank really? After all, you can not really do much about it, except sending emails that likely will be neglected.
Maybe Google should introduce a feature where you tell them to neglect links from certain sites.

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I think the approach isn't very "clean", and has risks.

Trying to analyze risks, one looks at the sum of the product of the chance of something happening with the impact it has.
impact: might be getting a warning form Google, up to a lifetime ban from adsense. We've all seen the "I've been banned for no reason" threads here. I'm convinced there is a reason on most if not all cases, finding it might not be that easy in all of them. This would be enough reason in my book.

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Bottom line is that google for adsense wants us to "behave ourselves" and think about the visitors' needs first.

I think it's a case of "If you feel you have to ask, ... ".

Already you run an insurance related website with adsense on it, which might make a few out here (and in the googleplex) wonder: "MFA ?"
Getting paid incoming links from an adult site would add to that suspicion.

I'd not be surprised if at some point an algorithm (and/or a manual review) might decide your account isn't performing in line with their business needs and terminate it.

The algorithm is rather non-discriminating it'll do it's thing when it sees enough bad vibes. Since it's constantly tuned, how many bad vibes you need to trigger it is very hard to predict...

So I opinion is that you run -mid to long term- the risk of geting banned from Google. Short term it might give you clicks if your site has no exits but ads, but that adds to the bad vibes even more.

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What does MFA mean?
2:50 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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What does MFA mean?

google it

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What does MFA mean?

Made for AdSense

5:12 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Is this a fact? We run a directory, and for some reason quite a few negative sites feel free to link to us. I guess the association with us is appealing to them.
Does did affect pagerank really? After all, you can not really do much about it, except sending emails that likely will be neglected.
Maybe Google should introduce a feature where you tell them to neglect links from certain sites.

From what I've seen and heard, yes. If a site that Google disapproves of links to another site, Google penalizes that site. I agree though, it shouldn't work that way.

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From what I've seen and heard, yes. If a site that Google disapproves of links to another site, Google penalizes that site. I agree though, it shouldn't work that way.

It doesn't work that way. You have NO control who links to you. It is ONLY when you link back, can it cause harm.

7:41 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You have NO control who links to you.

Exactly. But I've heard cases of where people have dropped due to links from "bad" sites. I believe Google associates both sites with each other and penalizes accordingly.

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But I've heard cases of where people have dropped due to links from "bad" sites.

They have no solid proof on that. Only assumptions. I doubt very much that google told them why they were dropped.

One thing I have found that helps, is to stop people hotlinking to you.

10:34 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Most people don't have problems with "bad" sites linking to them though. "Bad" sites will normally leak to other "bad" sites.

If Google were to associate links to/from bad sites as negative, they would likely improve their search engine. There would be outliers of course, but for the most part it would be beneficial for quality search results.

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It doesn't work that way. You have NO control who links to you. It is ONLY when you link back, can it cause harm.

That's probably true in general--for one thing, Google has said that competitors can't harm you with their linking--but there might be exceptions. If you've got running links in the side margin of a site that's known to sell links, you could have a problem (or maybe the links would simply be devalued--we don't know). And if most of your inbound links come from sites that don't pass Google's sniff test, it would be reasonable to think that your site might have trouble scoring high on the "TrustRank" scale.

Common sense would suggest that buying ads for an insurance site on an adult site isn't going to do wonders for your AdSense CTR and "smart pricing" score (never mind your search rankings), unless fans of adult content have a greater interest in insurance than other people do.

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Paid links hurt your pagerank.

I know paying for links can hurt your pagerank (green bar) but do they actually hurt your ranking/position in Google's search results?
2:53 pm on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Don't buy links. Especially not from adult sites annd other 'shady' neighborhood.