I wrote a post some time back about Charging People For Removing Their Links. The reason I’m getting all these requests is because these guys have all been notified that they’re in violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This is a bad thing, especially if your website is business related. The reason being that once you get on the almighty Google’s bad side you’re site can be delisted from the Google search engines.
Here is what Google has to say about it.
Violations of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines
Your page has been blocked from our index because it does not meet the quality standards necessary to assign accurate PageRank. We cannot comment on the individual reasons your page was removed. However, certain actions such as cloaking, writing text in such a way that it can be seen by search engines but not by users, or setting up pages/links with the sole purpose of fooling search engines may result in permanent removal from our index. Please read our Webmaster Guidelines for more information.
Once you have modified your site so that it meets our guidelines, you can submit your site for reconsideration.
While there can be a lot of reasons why these guys are in violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, the point that interests us is the one where people have been trying to rig search engine results by using unscrupulous back-linking techniques.
Last week I wrote a post called Is CommentLuv Bad For SEO? That post was necessary because of posts out there which were writing crap about a great plugin. Perhaps this misconception has come about because a lot of requests from Googles to remove such links so as to appease the Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, were being found in the comments! This has nothing to do with CommentLuv and everything to do with the people leaving the comments.
Google Hates Paid Links
We all know that Google hates paid links. That means posts where the blogger has accepted payment for placing a link in said post. One can assume then that Google feels the same way about people paying others, whether it’s through SEO companies, Fiverr or whatever, to leave comments on blogs. How do I know this happens? One way is from the actual emails I receive where they admit doing wrong!
I need help removing a spammy profile created by my last marketing company. I don’t have access to the email account he used to set up the account, but the profile name is “Wells” and it links to my website with the words “removed” many times. I need to have the profile removed please or if that’s not possible maybe just the links. I appreciate your time, please let me know if there is anything I can do to complete the removal process.
We have tried to contact you several times regarding the link to our site “removed” on “removed”. This link is in violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and must be removed in order to bring our site into compliance with Google’s terms.
We are assembling a reconsideration request and will be submitting it to Google, soon. Again, all links which we could not remove will be included in the information we submit.
Please remove the link from your site and notify us when this has been done, so that we do not include your site information in our submission.
There are a lot more but I’m sure you get the gist of it all. Most pay, some threaten me with the disavow tool. I gladly accept the money and ignore the threats.
So, how does Google distinguish between good comments and bad comments? Who knows but I’m sure they have their ways. Perhaps having a lot of comments appear suddenly, all linking to the same site triggers some alarm. Perhaps they’ve noticed a lot of spammy links appearing from a certain IP address? Even I’ve noticed some of the comments I’ve had to delete used different names and email addresses but all originated from the same IP.
So, what is the lesson here. Beware shonky SEO firms and don’t pay someone to leave comments on blogs. Honestly, why would you do that anyway? How can you trust someone with such a high responsibility when there is so much at stake?