12 Jun Buy Google +1 Votes? How Long Before It's Gamed?

I was recently adding the Google +1 button to my site, and while I'm not too happy about adding another bloody button to the long list of ones here, it had to be done. I've yet had to see any positive results, or notice a change within my Google SERPs in regards to this new social voting feature. The long tail search results still are over spammed and it seems that Google's Panda update is still lost in the dark...

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06 May Donations As A Link Building Tactic? Be Careful

A recent thread in GWC made me remember that donations are an often tactic used by companies with a lot of link money to burn. They're usually pretty safe from Google's clutches, but they're also a huge risk. I was doing some backlink analysis for someone in a thread who had got stung with a -50 filter, and saw some not so good links. I was quite surprised to see a company of this high standards pulling this off, so...

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20 Apr Panda Update Is Working For Us Against OneWayLinkBuilder.com

OneWayLinkBuilder.com has been scraping not only our blog content, but Vertical Measures blog as well. I've asked many times through many streams and nothing was done about it, well, not until Panda anywho. We've implemented Google's original source meta tags, blocked the scrapers via .htaccess but that didn't stop them there. They take our content fully, rip out the links and the images which is really down right rude.  Since Panda is supposed to throw down thin, duplicate and weak...

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13 Mar Paid Links in 2011

I never thought I'd be writing another post about paid links, especially in 2011. Talk about beating a dead horse, resurrecting it and then beating it to death again. You can find our team helping people for free on Google's Webmaster Central, and it is the reason I've decided to blab on the topic. Almost on a daily basis we're answering topics where the webmaster either has no idea that buying links are a no-no, or they're not checking who...

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16 Feb Forbes.com Caught With Paid Links Again?

While I'll usually refrain from posting about specific sites and problems, this is already made public thanks to Google Webmaster Central. Since JCPenny was getting some flack from Google and the web this last week, it looks like other Fortune 500's are being treated equally. While a site like Forbes.com does have what to appear to be paid links, they're always quite on target. Despite that, they're followed links and it seems that the new "unnatural links" message was warranted....

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15 Feb How To Lift A Google Penalty

Here's a great new Webmaster Help video with Matt Cutts talking about lifting a Google penalty. A lot of people, and I see it in their help forums a lot, think the only way is to have it manually reviewed. It's great to hear that you can fix things and let their spiders fix you in good time. If you're company is feeling the sting of a penalty, we do offer our services and help in getting you back on...

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12 Feb JCPenny Caught With Paid Links?

I just enjoyed reading the long and well done report by the NT Times on the black hat hi-jinx JCPenny has been tangled up in. I don't need to chat much about it as they went 5 pages deep into uncovering what was going on. JCPenny, by the looks of their Alexa, did quite well this last holiday season! This is a good warning to all big brands not to game their links and stay away from any anchor text filters...

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26 Jan Google Targets Content Farms and Low Quality

There has been a lot of talk about Matt Cutts recent remarks regarding the amount of content farms and low-quality (spun and other) content that dominates the SERPs. We saw in the Mayday update how Ecommerce sites with manufacturer content descriptions started taking a dive. This was also seen throughout the real estate industry because of IDX and MLS listing system spread across tens of thousands of Realtor sites. There definitely is a reason why SEO's keep talking about content being...

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25 Jan 20,000 Links For $250 Please – What The F$%!

For those of your who enjoyed taking a gander at the hilarious post we wrote in November titled "Can I Get 5000 Links Please", I bring you an even better one. The freelancer sites are littered with the craziest link building offers one can find. No legit company in the world would be out trying to snag deals like this, but instead these are affiliate marketers going after spam links. This one in particular caught my attention on Twitter and...

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