16 Feb SAPE Links – Google's Coming For You

  For some reason SAPE links has not been touched by Google's nasty magic ban wand but it looks like after a lot of chatter via SEO forums, Matt Cutts is a coming for them. While I hope no legit business has been running these links because if so, I'd get on the disavow train pretty quick. The majority of the other people I imagine are affiliate sites than an just turn and burn as they say. Either way, if you're...

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13 Mar Private Blog Networks Getting Deindexed?

The word on the "digital streets" in February was that blog networks were getting heavily deindexed by Google. There have been a lot of these private blog networks popping up on the market and a lot of people got stung on the 7-9th and 18-21st of February. Within the last year, webmasters and SEO's have been debating whether or not external links could hurt your rankings. Now, we can confirm it's a sure thing as a lot of them are now getting...

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25 Aug 10 Big Brands That Google Has Penalized For Paid Links

Over the years, Google has applied some high profile penalties and they've always been a fun read. I thought I'd round-up all the big ones I could find and present them for your amusement (and education). All the companies in this post had been caught with their hands in the paid links cookie jar. Whether they were selling or buying, Google came down hard on them for a bit but, as you can see, they're all back and doing fine...

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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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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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07 Feb BBC Does Reputation Management Right!

I'm loving this topic and the amount of real world examples I can showcase here are endless. I really appreciate big brands who get their hands dirty and respond to either true or false statements made against them in the real "social" world. I was sitting down this morning @Starbucks, doing my morning blog trolling and came across a very interesting topic. The post by Sam Rutley over at PushON, an awesome example of link bait, titled "Paid Links On...

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13 Jan Paid Links – The Best Way To Rank In The Top 10

Now you might be double taking at the title because most of you who read this blog know I am not in favor of paid links. Now with that being said, why the hell am I talking about them? Well for the past couple of months I've been taking on a lot of clients which involves me to research their competitors backlink profiles. I've also taken on a few clients who were competing for some very dominated keywords, and from...

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