Why They’re In Violation Of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines

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

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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.

Then there is this one.

Hello,

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?

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Blog comments are certainly most talked about topic as spammers use it to get valuable links and genuine users use it for asking and sharing their questions, experience, and doubts. So I feel if someone is using it for good cause then comment is genuine and not a spam trap.

  2. I have been charging people to remove links for a long time and have received a lot of criticism for it, some have said I am blackmailing the companies and some have accused me of holding them to ransom. Absolute rubbish.

    Well done for charging them, after all they are asking you to take up your valuable time to remove something they PAID someone to put there in the first place. As I like to say “they paid someone to create the mess, they should pay me to clear it up.” :)


    1. Twitter:
      That’s exactly right Saliba. Why should we remove it for free. Perhaps if they had left the comments themselves I would think about it but if they did that they probably wouldn’t be in trouble. It’s always been my belief that one way or the other you end up paying for your mistakes. That’s how you learn. :smoke_tb:
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  3. Twitter:
    The problem with these people threatening to disavow you is that it means absolutely nothing. All it says to Google is to please ignore this link that I or my representative put on another site. Moronic to say the least; these so-called SEO experts have no idea what they’re doing because that’s not close to a threat.

    As I’ve been sending more of these things to my spam filter, they’re starting to die down some. Truthfully I’d rather that that having someone pay me, but I’ll take what I can get.
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    1. Twitter:
      Hey Mitch, either they don’t understand what disavow is all about or they’re hoping we don’t so they can scare us into complying with request. What’s funny is they were dumb enough to place those crummy links and now they’re dumb enough to think they can scare us. :smoke_tb:
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  4. I have 2 doubts here, one that how does Google know its a paid link. I don’t think anyone would mention on the post and can genuine non paid links also be counted as paid mistakenly and is it ok to approve comments on our blog which leave their own links again and gain.
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    1. Twitter:
      I’m sure there are many criteria that Google can use. Google can look for unnatural links within a post. For example, the post could be about plugins but has a link within it leading to a holiday destination.

      That is only one example. The fact that Google sometimes gets it wrong and penalises a good site by mistake just shows that even Google makes mistakes.
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  5. Twitter:
    Hey Peter,

    Although I do not agree with anyone doing any underhanded things to help their sites I kind of feel sorry for the people who hired an SEO company to help them rank with theirs. It’s obvious to me that those people had no clue how to do that and these companies probably lured them in promising them the moon, stars and heavens for all I know.

    I don’t want to think bad of those people for not knowing any better because it’s happened to a lot of people I know personally that just had no clue about their sites, how to get them ranked, how to start writing content, etc. The online world is just not something they’re that familiar with. Like most people, they just wanted traffic to their site and of course they intended it to be targeted traffic.

    I know a lot of SEO company’s reputations have been tarnished for their underhanded tactics although you have to admit that at one time Google said it was okay. This is the part about Google that I really can’t stand.

    I still agree though that if they want to pay you to remove the links then no problem. If not it’s not a reflection on you since they placed their links on your site. Oh the lessons we learn right!

    ~Adrienne


    1. Twitter:
      Hey Adrienne I kinda feel sorry for them as well. Having said that they still have to take some responsibility. Maybe if they researched the SEO company properly they wouldn’t have picked them in the first place.

      That doesn’t excuse those who use places like Freelance and Fiverr to find someone to leave comments on blogs.

      Just got another 10 bucks from someone who realised it was worth the money to get the links removed.
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  6. Hey Peter,
    Thanks for sharing these informations. I was aware of these guidelines regarding backlinks. Now i will take care of these type of violation during commenting on other blogs. Now a days lots of spamming in commenting, but i think this is wrong. Commenting on any blog should be in a way.
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    1. Twitter:
      Glad you liked the post Ravi. I’m sure that as long as people do things the right way they should not have to worry about Google.
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  7. For better SEO bloggers need to build original links. There are some bloggers who try to manipulate Google by some paid link to boost up the SEO of heir blog. But after some time they have to face Google penalty.

    The one main step to follow is commenting if we want to get link from any website.
    Thanks for sharing this post.

    ~Ravi
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    1. Twitter:
      What people have to remember is sooner or later Google will get you. Sometimes even when you probably don’t deserve it.
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  8. Hi Peter,

    Isn’t there a way to check out some of these companies before you hire them to put links on your site?

    It’s rotten that there are sooo many dishonest people on the Internet and all they care about is lining their pockets with cash.

    I think you should charge for removing bad links from someone’s blog. Some people think that everything should be FREE. :)

    Good post and great info.

    Geri Richmond


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      Hey Geri,

      There’s always Google. I mean, isn’t that’s what Google is for, apart from traffic and giving us an excuse to complain that is. :laugh_tb:

      I agree too that it’s a pain that so many dishonest people are out there. Which is why it’s always a good reason to do the research before parting with you hard earned cash.
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  9. Thanks for sharing such a great content! I was not completely aware of all points and will definitely consider it further. There is also one thing to take into consideration, that is:

    Putting geographic keywords in hidden text of a web page which will cause the site to be removed from search results. This is possible when positioning text off-screen, using the same color with text and background or locating text behind an image.

  10. If a webmaster refuses to remove your link from his website you can send him a DMCA takedown notice. If still he is not doing the needful to remove your link from his website, you can use google disavow tool to disavow all the spammy backlinks to your site and restore credibility.


    1. Twitter:
      Hey Vikram,

      I’ve never heard of a DMCA Takedown Notice so I had to look it up. I’m afraid that has nothing to do with sites being in violation of Google’s webmaster guidelines.

      As far as I am concerned he can either pay me to remove the links or he is welcome to use the disavow tool.
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